Book Review: Thirteen Kinds of Love by Soumya Bhattacharya
Genre: Fiction. Short Stories.
Format: Paperback and E-book.
An apartment block in the bustling city of Mumbai houses various families and each family has their own story. While a couple in one apartment is mulling over how to break the news of their impending divorce to their young son, a Widower in another apartment wonders if he will ever get over his wife’s untimely death.
Infidelity is one of the gifts an affluent and always touring husband carries back home, will his unsuspecting wife and daughter unwrap it? A spark of love is ignited in a young widow’s heart, will it form a raging fire or be extinguished by her?
The maid who works in all these houses, what does she see? What does she hear? What does she feel? Is she the only one who knows of the stains behind the sparkling façade of the homes these people live in?
13 short stories that stand independent and are still intertwined is what Thirteen Kinds of Love by Soumya Bhattacharya is about.
Thirteen Kinds of Love by Soumya Bhattacharya is set in Mumbai, in a coveted block of apartments called Imperial Heights. Every family living there is different, as families are.
Author Soumya introduces us to each family through a story.
We get to know them, judge them, like them, maybe dislike them too. Based on their stories we form opinions. The stories will also make us look back into our lives and draw comparisons, and make us wonder what we would do in the situations the residents of Imperial Heights find themselves in.
Short stories are one of my favourite genres to read as they give me the feeling of reading many books all at once. Soumya’s smooth storytelling makes the reader glide through the book. Though the book starts with rather dark stories it thankfully progresses to becoming hopeful as it nears the end.
What I initially thought were open endings, which are my pet peeve, delightedly led to connected stories. Joy!
Soumya Bhattacharya’s writing is measured, precise and simply beautiful. His keen observation of human behaviour and mannerisms translates to characters that we will resonate with.
This slim book with an intriguing cover is a quick read you can finish in one go.
*** 3 Stars to Thirteen Kinds Of Love by Soumya Bhattacharya.
My rating chart;
*Use it as a doorstop.
**Read it if you have nothing better to do.
***You may like it if you like this particular genre.
*****What! You haven’t read it YET?!
I received this Book as part of the Blogchatter Book Review Program