Book: The Departing Point: Two people departed…in search of love…leaving love in between
Author: Santosh Avvannavar, Jyothi Byahatti, Raghunath Babu Are
Plot: The Departing Point brings seven exciting journeys of love showcasing different situations and circumstances where the travellers for some reason are unable to complete the journey to reach the “happily lived together ever after “ station.
Ratings: 3 /5
Huge thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of the book
I guess the author has definitely justified the theme as the stories does resonate the reasons by which the individuals seems to break apart in a relationship and the book being a collection of short stories , I would prefer to review it in accordance to each individual stories
Chapter 1 : it was chaotic because it was failing to put forward the background of the story as it starts almost immediately and without a proper beginning and in between it does touch upon a whole lot of thoughts but nothing in a smooth fashion to help one get the jist of the story.
Chapter 2 to me, seemed to wander aimlessly and then eventually loosing the charm and purpose. The story seemed very naïve to be honest
Chapter 3 is every Indian fiction in its concise form. Engineering freshman, crush and first love relationship, shayaris, dorm life, friends and everything in between and to me this was perhaps a little well put together stories of the book though the ending was left untouched
Chapter 4: this follows in the same league of chapter 3 with what could have been a good story that got stopped in a very erratic manner
Chapter 5 : this chapter was a bit confusing to me as the theme and the basic story itself was vague to begin with so naturally the execution faltered and the result was not impressive
Chapter 6 and 7 seemed to be heading with something new in the beginning but eventually at midway seemed to lose its way and ended in a very abrupt and hazy manner
The basic trouble I found with the book is the treatment. It seemed the stories were treated in a very impatient manner as none of the chapters had a refined ending as either it ended almost immediately or left it in mid air which is a fatal error in case of short stories since you need to be quick yet lucid enough to convey an entire story in few pages. Language was a huge trouble for me. For one the usage of Hindi dialogues and phrases irate me to the core in an English literature unless it is absolutely important and crucial which it was not and then trying to encompass sarcasm and humor deliberately in between the story also went on to break the flow of narration
It’s a collection of short stories so would not hurt anybody who picks it up to read since its quick and short but again that is also the trouble with the book as haste interferes a good flow of chapters in the book as all the stories find its death immediately and without proper explanation