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Title: A Place Of No Importance
Author: Veena Muthuraman
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories
This is another e-book that Juggernaut (the app) sent me in exchange for a review. This book isn't available on Flipkart or Amazon. I am not even sure if there is a paperback version of it. But you could download it from Juggernaut, if interested. A Place Of No Importance is a collection of thirteen short stories, all of which are based out of a small south Indian village.
The small village of Ayyanarpatti forms the dais for the stories in the book. In each story, different characters of the village come alive, complete with eventful goings on, which have been articulately described by the author. Each story has been set in each month of the Tamil calendar. The book begins with a story set in the month of Aipasi ( mid-October to mid-November). Hence, the stories are complete with the festivities/celebrations related to the particular month. Some of the tales are funny and witty with a hint of satire, while some tug at your heart strings. It is a mixed bag of emotions that take the reader to another dimension, namely Ayyanarpatti, where one can experience the life of the villagers, whether it is the scorching heat during summers or fear of an avenging spirit.
The description of the village and the lives of the people there is sufficiently elaborated by the author. It is like travelling to one person's life to another, from one house in the village to another to know what goes on with them. It is always a refreshing change to read about the rural side of our country. You can almost always feel a connection.
An interesting book and definitely recommended.
*** This book was sent to me by Juggernaut in exchange for an honest review. ***