Book Review : These Circuses that Sweep Through the Landscape: Stories by Tejaswini Apte-Rahm

  • ISBN: 978-9384067564
  • Genre: Fiction / Anthology
  • Publishers: Aleph 
  • Price: Rs.299/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
A fanatical collector of beetles finds out too late where his passion has led him. A woman out on a shopping spree in a glitzy mall finds she can’t go home again. A servant girl experiences a cruel loss of innocence when she eats something that wasn’t meant for her. In the sweltering heat of Bombay, a schoolgirl finds the ground slipping beneath her feet except when she’s watching Star Trek. Four friends meet for drinks one evening, only to find that their friendship is not what it seems. And, in the extraordinary title story, a student who has worshiped his teacher for decades comes to a terrible realization about him. Meanwhile, his old mentor is planning a cunning legacy of his own.

Behind the Book

About the Author

Tejaswini Apte-Rahm is a writer from Mumbai who has lived in Serbia, Israel, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Bangladesh. She studied in Singapore and the UK and worked as an environmental researcher for ten years. Tejaswini was a journalist in Mumbai and has written for Screen, Hindustan Times, the Times of India and Asian Age. She currently lives in London and is a full-time writer.

Me thinks

I could not have asked for a better way to end the year than this book! The cover and blurb are such a sight that they instantly make you want to read it. The book's interiors start with red pages before the main content and it kind of gives it an alluring look. As if they are red curtains which are now opening up towards one of the most spectacular story telling you will see.

Each and every story in this collection is unique. Though there are many who believe anthologies are cliche and done to death , I personally feel they still have not been explored to their full capacity. Such short story collections reinstate my faith in anthologies and the power of immaculate story telling. The author has a knack of taking the mundane and painting it vividly with her imagination making it a story that leaves you spell bound. Tragedy, romance, action, revenge, comedy and social cause are some of the themes that can be found in this book. And each of them is captivating, compelling and moving. I like the way these stories make you reflect on a lot of things, look at life in a different perspective and think of "what if" to a lot of things.

If there is one collection I can associate the word "hand picked" this book has to be it. The stories are very carefully chosen, each diverse and refreshingly different making it a perfect read. The narration is fluid because of which this becomes an entertaining read that promises to engage you for hours together. It is a complete package in every sense - good writing, superb stories, deft narrative and catchy packaging!

Highly recommended purely for its story telling more than anything else.

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Dragon fruit smoothie - unique, tasty and satisfying!

Source: Food

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