Monday, 2 October 2017

Book Review : Different Beads of the Same String by Sujay Malik

Why does a teen girl continuously accuse her mother of killing her, "too"? What mysteries does a strange card propose to reveal to a bunch of students? What does a North-Indian girl do, faced with stereotypical humans and sick mentalities? What does a woman do when her family members have enforced superstitions on her? Several more thought-provoking questions and tales lie in between the pages of a 120 paged collection of short stories.

Sujay Malik presents an amazing book titled " Different Beads of The Same String". As a student of English Literature, we were taught the definition of a short story as -

'an invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot'

In this book, I found complete adherence to the technical terms. The number of characters involved in most of the stories are less than four, making them easy to read, comprehend and relate with. Also, the plots are nothing very revolutionary, they are mostly our day to day observations, or the matters around us which we try hard to - un-observe. Malik has decided to focus his writing skills on a wide scale. From unrequited love that is a victim of societal norms to a young student who utters a slang amidst a classroom - 10 stories to read and understand. To ponder upon long after you are done with it.

like how Malik brings his own life's touch, with the mentions of Chartered Accountancy. I have brownie points for the language used in the book. In an age where most authors don't give a damn about grammar, he uses a poignant, elegant writing style that's sure to enrich your "reader buds".

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