On a beautiful May evening, Going Home In The Rain and Other Stories by Monideepa Sahu was launched at Walking Bookfairs, Bhubaneswar, India. I was lucky enough to be present at the Book Launch and listen to the author talk passionately about her stories.
I was fascinated by her tales and bought the book. I am so glad that I did. It has been long since I have read a book with a soul, and this book is has exactly that!
Published by Kitaab and penned by Monideepa Sahu, Fourteen beautiful short stories form this remarkable book. Each story is of a different theme, a different slice of life. Sahu picks everyday subjects and converts them skilfully into soulful tales.
What is extra-ordinary about this book is that it feels as if the author is telling the stories herself, the narration is so flawless. You feel you are sitting with a dear friend, in the comfort of your house and listening to her speak of many stories and tales that have been brewing in her mind. The emotions are so genuinely captured that not for once the stories feel forced, it makes you cry and laugh and feel all at the same time.
‘The Tainted Canvas’ ‘Mother’ and ‘Hoshi’s Bombay’ are my favourite ones. I could talk about the stories more but that would act as spoilers. You have to pick up the book for yourself to know more.
Sahu never ever tries to impress her readers with her choice of words or uses any gimmicks to get attention. That is the beauty of the book. The language is lucid, the treatment is subtle, the depth of the stories is astounding, Sahu as Shashi Deshpande calls her is truly ‘A classic story teller.’
I would recommend this book for all short story lovers.
Goodreads Page: Going Home In The Rain and Other Stories