Dear readers, the cases (reported ones) of corona in our city have gone down and we are breathing a little better. How is the situation at your end? We are still maintaining the social distancing and trying to avoid stepping out as much as we can. Hope, that the scare of the third wave doesn’t get near us. I am trying to get back on a reading spree of novels and love spending my time more in the fictional world than the real world 🙂
Author: Tanushree Ghosh Novel: From An-Other Land Genre: Fiction, Short Stories
To be honest, I am not a fan of short stories. However, this one caught my interest with its first short story (The line). For me, one of the major unique selling points of any book is the relatability quotient and how close an author can get to different human-emotional experiences.
Dedicated to all who dream of a world without borders someday for all children of the human race.
How can you not fall in love with the first thought of this book? The review took longer than I expected due to my illness. However, I wanted to do justice with the book, so I took my time and started writing the review when I was back in my comfort zone. Short stories have a charm of their own.
Only and only if the author knows how to end it well. I believe, with the long story/lengthy novel you get to have the freedom of setting a theme or a background of a story but doing it in a short story with limited words needs a good understanding of your reader’s mind.
This book contains 15 short stories and somehow in the end all of these stories come beautifully together. The author’s point of view towards immigration cannot be dismissed and leaves us with food for thought. We can’t deny the butterflies we get in the name of immigration. Even though it lasts for just a few seconds and then we are pulled back to reality. “From An-Other Land” is a reality check and an emotional guide for anyone who wants to understand modern-day immigration to the USA.
What did I love about this novel?
Given my short span of concentration during illness this one became my favorite to read. Short stories with meaningful thoughts kept me busy and interested to read more, The words are easy to understand and emotions are expressed well. The author has done justice to create a world where immigration is not all bed of roses and life reflects its true form via different characters.
I was deeply invested in a few stories. These resonated with how I have been feeling about leaving my parent’s house. The streets of Kanpur have a special place in my heart. There is a story called “Purple Days” which talks about coincidences and happiness. It brought a smile to my face. Remember the coincidence of finding your bestie in the same color clothes without any prior discussion. Reading the same book and finding out suddenly in a cafe while sipping a coffee? or just the sky matching with the color of your mood. That boy playing with his dog in the park without a care in the world? These all are little moments but fill us with the true form of happiness for a few seconds.
There is another gem in these five stories with the title “All Lives Matter”. It is such a beautiful story with a bouquet of emotions. From grief to love and from racism to acceptance, the story has my heart. Mehmood, the protagonist of the story is the reason we still believe in humanity.
What did I not love about this novel?
As I mentioned before, short stories are not my cup of tea however, I agree this one challenged my belief. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. A few stories of this novel must have an elaborate version. To be honest, this one is going on in one of my favorite reads of this year. I couldn’t find any flaws as such and would love to read the next novel of the Author soon 🙂
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