Saturday, 30 December 2017

Her Master Key by Shruti Johri : Book Review

Her Master Key by Shruti Johri

Genre : Fiction, Short Stories

Pages : 172

Publisher : Rupa Publications

Rating : 4

When you open an hotel room, you open a page of someone's else's life. The rooms give resort to several people under several circumstances and there is such a wide variety of people that you can hardly compare one to another. However, each is unique in its own way and Shruti Johri's "Master Key" lies in her ability to entrap the tales that she narrates with such precision and ambiguity you are left to wonder if the stories are true in their entirety.

Firstly, Johri's writing style is absolutely delightful. There can be no better reason to devour up a book than for its language and I love how she gives shape to her thoughts.

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Secondly, she explores a wide range of subjects for each story, and thus despite being stories from a hotel, the plots never get repetitive. How beautiful is it that you get a peep into human psychology between the pages of this lovely book? From tracing comparatively lighter subjects like losing an important CD to the gory details of the lives of sex workers, the book is unpredictable. And that's exactly what I like about it.

My favorite has to be "Did Eye Lie", a short story where a widower at the hotel is spooked by the eyes of a painting that seem to follow the onlookers. I loved the element of spook as I am an ardent admirer of horror stories.

So this New Year, be sure to pick up a copy of Her Master Key by Shruti Johri to treat yourself with a great time. Grab a copy here .

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