Book #38

“Emotions make us human. Denying them makes us beasts.”

                                                                                   ~Victoria Klein

‘Knitted Tales’ by Rubina Ramesh brings about the varied emotions knitted inside us- ‘Humans’ , like never before!

I would like to call this book a mélange of emotions and here is the review of the same.

Blurb

What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate?

Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you?

Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?

Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?

Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?

In her debut anthology, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet makes the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.

Book Cover

The book cover serves as a two-way mirror. On one hand, it shows a Spider’s web- spun in the dark woods imparting an eerie feel, all the while camouflaging the face of a lady. On the other hand, it gives a visual peek into what to expect of the book. May be the web is symbolic of a knit of stories and the lady symbolizes human emotions. I would say,  a very interesting and clever book cover!

Theme/Story

‘Knitted Tales’ is an anthology of varied stories, a string of pearls and a potpourri of emotions named ‘Chiclets’, ‘Forgive Me, for I have sinned’, Daddy, Hear me out, ‘No Regrets’ et al. Some of the stories are open –ended while the others make the readers introspect if the doings of the characters are morally right or wrong. Having started the book with the first story, if you think that the rest of the stories will follow suit, then you are wrong! The beauty of the book lies precisely in evoking varied emotions through its stories for which the writer has to be commended. By her versatility in weaving varied story lines ,Rubina has exposed the readers to myriad emotions and responses and one can never get bored while reading the stories, as each one is different.

Characterization

Each of the stories borrows a slice from our everyday life and so do the characters. None of the characters are exaggerated . You are taken on an emotional journey throughout the book. I especially could relate to the character of ‘Jaspreet’ and could understand the series of flutters she experiences in the examination hall. I associated with the underlying sentiments  of ‘The Missing Staircase’, as I too have fond memories of walking up the flight of stairs to my grandfather’s room to deliver his daily dose of newspaper. In return, I used to be gifted two ‘Marie’ biscuits! Like this, every reader is bound to identify with the stories.

Language

The language used is lucid and extremely sublime.I am completely floored by Rubina’s writing style. So subtle, yet so powerful! The writer makes sure to stimulate the senses with the language and the words used, corresponding to human feelings and senses. A reader is bound to feel that he/she is actually a part of the story and the instinctive responses are sure to be kindled effortlessly.The editing is again commendable.

Overall Take

Loved reading the book but felt let down upon reaching the last page. Wished there were more pearls in the string! Rubina, please add double the number of stories in your next anthology. 

Buy or Borrow a copy of this anthology to savour the varied flavours offered across the pages. (Please don’t steal, though!)

I give this book a rating of  5 / 5 !

P.S : I received a copy of this book from the author through TheBookClub , in return for my honest review.

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1 Response

  1. Rubina Ramesh says:

    Dear Meenakshi, “Marie Biscuit” and “Tiger” Biscuit is what I would get too! If my stories have touched your heart, your review of my book has made me decide on what form to take in terms of my writing. Thank you Meenakshi. Your review gave me my direction for my next novel.

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