Monday, July 29, 2013

Book Review: Waves: Experiments in short stories (1996 - 2005) by Ahila Thillainathan

On the jacket:

Ten short stories exploring moments in people's lives that causes different responses akin to the movement of waves.
Paperback, Reprint, 128 pages
Published July 19th 2012 by Self-published (CreateSpace) (first published July 2010)
original titleWaves: Experiments in short stories (1996 - 2005)
ISBN 9558535095 (ISBN13: 9789558535097)


On fine morning, I received a mail from Srilanka. Ahila Thillainathan found my blog while looking for a food blog. Coincidence or what! She mentioned about a self-published book, Waves, (first self published in limited copies in Sri Lanka in 2010 for a fund raiser and then on Amazon in 2012 not for a fund raiser). An I, love short-stories. There was no way I would not read this book. And I am so happy I got to read this wonderful collection of stories.

Not a waste of breath, The Cuckoo, Vani, Safe in the city, The mango tree, One foolish mustake, All for a cup of coffee, To tempt fate, The birthday wish and The Gaze - every story is so earthy, simple and easy to identify with. Again, as I strongly feel, well-written short stories do, these ones also make one think. Think, relate, delve into and bring back some learning, some lessons.

Easy, simple, free flowing language, plots close to our home, right from within our lives, every story in Waves is a pleasant read.

Rating: ****/5

[This is a author request review. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.] 

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