Frankly I do not possess the exquisite writing skills of Jhumpa Lahiri to describe my experience reading this book. Basically a collection of short stories that manages to take you on an emotional roller coaster ride! Particulraly the last set of stories on Hema & Kaushik simply left me shattered! I took some to recover...no kidding!
Infact that would be my one issue with the book. All the stories have a constant theme of sadness and hoplessness and are so beautifully written that it messes with your emotions to the extent that it rips you apart (and makes you want to rip the book apart if you had not paid $16 for it)! Wish she could write more happy and uplifting stories. I cannot imagine what an high that would give.
They say it is the journey that matters and not the destination. And when you take that journey sitting in your room, on your bed, I suppose it is the book that takes you on that journey that matters. :P . Just couple of weeks back I got back from a trip covering half the world. I was travelling with Paul Theroux through his recent book "Ghost Train to the Eastern Star" and now I am back on, travelling with him to some selected destinations across the world. Hope it promises to be as good a trip as the last one. I just boarded the Orient Express from London to Istanbul.....
Saving the best for the last I suppose. Always wanted to read this one. Even the store assistant commented that you have picked some good books, as he scanned in this one.