Book: UnCommon Bodies (An Anthology)
Author: Laxmi Hariharan and others
Plot: UnCommon Bodies presents a collection of 20 beautifully irreverent stories which blend the surreal and the mundane. Together, the authors explore the lives of the odd, the unbelievable, and the impossible. Imagine a world where magic exists, where the physical form has the power to heal or repulse, where a deal with the devil means losing so much more than your soul.
and it includes
UnTamed by Laxmi Hariharan: Wolf girl Leana Iyeroy, the first hybrid in her family, only ever wanted to be 100% human. An unexpected encounter with the Hugging Saint of Bombay forces Leana to face the wolf inside her. Will she finally make peace with herself?
Wait for it…wait for it…BOOM !! and its Over
Note: The following review is for the story “Untamed” by “Laxmi Hariharan” and NOT for the entire book
First of all a huge thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of her story, which is part of the Anthology that is this book, Uncommon Bodies
Laxmi Hariharan is one of those rarest Indian authors that had changed my view about Indian authors as I was part of that group who had given up hope in finding a good book among all those engineering/management romance books that is piling up in the stores these days and reading a purely Indian based paranormal/dystopian YA in all its authenticity was like hitting diamond after being buried deep down in coal for ages.
(you think I am over exaggerating…meet me in the back alley and I have a bag full of engineering/management romance books that I can use to hit people who thinks I am over reacting… one more engineering/management romance book with hindi shayaris and I am throwing the first person I see, from top of Everest)
So anyways where were we…oh yes the anthology..
I am a huge fan of the author’s imagination power and most importantly writing and narration. The author can actually make you sit and read her work because her narration is captive and language is satin smooth.
BUT..this time around I have a problem
The problem with this book is that I feel that when the author was actually drafting it, she must have had huge plans for it but down the line she must have realized that this is eventually going to be a short story and needs to end in few words and she literally did that
The book to me was like accidently bumping into a drama while surfing through channels on a TV and without knowing you are so engrossed that, forget being at the edge of the seat, you are literally face pressed to the TV screen and when your goosebumps comes out with official flags and pomp pomps, the end credits roll in…telling you to stay glued for the next episode to be aired next week, except in our case there is no next week and you can’t help but throw the remote in anger… its that frustrating!!
The book starts in a way that you have no idea what is going on but somehow makes you want to know and you begin reading it and drowning yourself to reach a point where there is no turning back and BHAM !! the author just finishes the entire thing in just one line
(oops I may have made the author loose a chunk of her prospective readers with my review…haven’t I?…shuuuu me and my big mouth )
For a short story she brings out something really intriguing and powerful but the process of wrapping it up, is what breaks the entire charm.
Its like breaking up through a text message and this sure is a really longgggg review for a short story
The author is a gem worth treasuring if you are one of those who are in dire need of some good indian fiction authors to follow. No doubt she can lure you into her world with her words. Her stories has a very sharp and clean treatment and technically speaking so does this one but the way the book ends is very hasty…too hasty and abrupt.