Malini has everything she could wish for: a loving family, a good home, and years of happy memories with her late husband to look back on. But she’s haunted by a secret that’s she kept for forty years, and can’t bear to keep any longer.
Her search for answers takes her back to her home town of Kumbakonam, and brings her face-to-face with a choice that could either lead to her heart’s deepest desire, or rip apart her comfortable life.
Malini was five when her mother died and she, along with her elder sister, Nalini, managed their father’s house and everybody in the town had praises for them. Malini was beautiful and intelligent in her studies. Ranjan, their neighbour’s nephew, would teach maths to Malini and she fell in love with him. But fate had it otherwise. Malini’s family migrated to Chennai and she got married.
Now, forty years later, Malini lives with her son, Jayanth; daughter-in-law, Geetha and granddaughter Rumi, in Chennai. She suddenly wants to go to Sneham Retirement Home in Kumbakonam, the town where she grew up, much to the disappointment of her children. She wants to find answers to questions which have been with her all her life. She shifts to the Retirement home and meets Konkona there, who becomes her confidante.
A very different story written in a way which wants the reader to read ‘just a little bit more’ before keeping the book down. The story begins when Malini wants to move and goes back and forth between the present and the past. I loved Malini’s character right from when she is a little girl to now when she is a grandmother. I could actually visualize, a small girl running around in Pavadai, singing in the temple and even weaving garlands, the author has described the scenes so well. She has beautifully described the relationship and the understanding between the sisters.
Loved the book and am waiting for more from the author.
Book Source: Publisher courtesy the Tornado Giveaway organised by The Book Club