Book Review: A Window Seat by Vishala Katta

  • ISIN:  9789352016198
  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Leadstart
  • Price: Rs. 250/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
When a dying corporate professional escapes into a train to somewhere, he finds himself become a storyteller of old mythological tales. Tagging along is ten year old Hari who is looking for his parents he lost in the trains. Together their adventures lead them to debating with priests, dancing with eunuchs, sharing meals and conversing casually about death with random strangers. A runaway wife tags along with these annoying mavericks. Taking her first train she is all ready to be an actress. That night, what begins as a harmless conversation changes their fate completely. What makes them hold on to each other for longer? Do they find what they were looking for? What happens when they bump into each other few years later? But do all of them make it alive? A window seat is all about those conversations with strangers that seem to change you unknowingly.
Behind the book

About the Author

Vishala Katta writes about the untold stories that ordinary people carry on their shoulders. She finds extreme gleeful childlike pleasure in conversations with strangers and other creatures that choose to respond. Originally, an engineer, she set out to pursue her love for Communications at Mudra Institute of Communication, (MICA) Ahmedabad. She is currently residing in Delhi doing her daily corporate grind as a marketing and communications professional. While most of her day is spent on her seat at work, the rest of the time she is busy lecturing her better half about feminism and travelling to places with the sound of water.

Me thinks

First things first - this book has one of the most amazing covers I have seen in recent times and that's the biggest factor that drew me to the book in the first place. That fascinating cover along with the blurb seemed too inviting to ignore!

I love traveling and somehow this book seemed to be that perfect cure for my wanderlust after a long holiday when my heart was just pining for more. The premise of the book is very ordinary if I say so what is extra-ordinary is the narrative. We all feel lost at times in life and that is where this story is born. Three lost souls on a journey to find the deeper meaning of life and on the way they change things for many other souls as well.

Somewhere there lies a lot of "between the lines" reading in this book. It isn't what it sounds like, if I can say so safely without sounding weird. This book has the strange air that hangs around us long after an incident is over. Not the ones that hold the memories but the ones that hold the incident and the smells associated with it, fresh as if it never got over. I like her language, lucid yet agile in a manner that it moves swiftly from one story to another and still sounds like one story. The descriptions vivid make you travel along the lead characters.

The beginning though a little slow does pick up pace later on and you just want to know what happened to all three of them. Did they find the meaning of life? Did they survive the ordeal to tell their story? And a whole lot of other questions that haunt you till you turn the last page of the book. Overall for a debut a superb book, devoid of any editing loopholes with a story that is stellar and power packed with liberal doses of romance, tragedy, action, emotions and drama this one is a perfect entertainer that leaves behind lot of lessons for every one.

Recommended for everyone who enjoys redefining life and looks for the extra-ordinary in the ordinary!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like rainbow cake - multilayered and every layer equally delicious (read: interesting!)



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