book reviews

Indian and Nostalgic//Left From the Nameless Shop by Adithi Rao…

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Title – Left from the Nameless Shop

Author – Adithi Rao

Publishers – Harper Collins India

Genre – Indian, fiction

Links – Goodreads , Amazon.in

Synopsis

A boy communes with the gods by talking to a pillar. The ‘hibiscus girl’ has her head in the clouds and feet gently planted in her husband’s home. Two women, married to the same man, find a strange camaraderie binding them together. The whole town gathers to save the friendly neighbourhood shopkeeper’s ice cream from spoiling in the heat. Short-tempered Seshadri hides a terrible shame in his outbursts. A grandfather passes on the magic of self-belief to his grandson. Reminiscent of Malgudi Days, Adithi Rao’s debut Left from the Nameless Shop is a charming collection of interconnected stories set in the 1980s featuring the residents of Rudrapura, a small, fictitious town in Karnataka. This is a place bubbling with energy and the sense of community – one you probably lived in and loved while growing up. These are stories of the life you have left behind. One that you hope to return to.

review

This book has a typical Indian style to it and heavily reminded me of the Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan, which was the inspiration for the book. I think the most interesting part of the book was the writing. It was simple yet vivid, I could almost see the whole scenes happening before my eyes. The smell, taste and colours were vibrant throughout the book and as a reader, it made me visualize the story line more clearly.

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The first story of the book was really sad and interesting. It spoke a lot about love and courage and the characters in it made me fall in love with it.

When you start reading this book, its like you cannot stop. I fell into one of my reading slumps in December so could not complete it. But in January, I did finish it in 2 days!

So, if you are searching for some nostalgic old Malgudi – type stories then definitely pick this book up and you wont regret it!

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desi

4.5/5

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Thank you Harper Collins India for sending a copy.

Shreya.

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