Tuesday, January 7, 2020

#654 : The Lady in the Mirror by Charu Vashishtha : Review





The book is a collection of eight short stories involving various facets and traits of life - Jealousy, honesty, revenge. The characters are majorly women and they seem very realistic, it is fairly evident that some traits of the characters and aspects of the story have probably been modeled after characters the writer is directly acquainted with. The stories cover a plethora of “daily” subject ranging from god to effect of miscommunication.

Written in simple language, the stories were a simple joy to read. The narration, the characterization, the plotting were bare minimal reflecting much on traits as important as self-love. While the book may be an effective light night time read, it lacks the punch that a short story ought to deliver. There is no evident flaw with the way the stories are written, but then there is a feel of something that is missing that could have made it more effective. There are times when a reader wishes the story had that little unexplainable something extra, for me, this book was that case. In a way, the stories felt like a children’s moral tale only that it wasn’t really so.

It is quite a herculean task to bring a central theme in collection of short stories which look diverse at the outset. However, this writer has brought in a theme very subtly which the reader would probably realize upon completing the whole book and contemplating about it. The theme is not evident on the surface but could be related to upon pondering over the stories.

A good one time read.

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