Of Bridges Among Us by Neeru Iyer

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I received Of Bridges Among Us by Neeru Iyer as a review copy from the author. It is a compilation of ten short stories almost all of them written in first person from the point of view of a lady.

The Blurb (from Goodreads):

The world of Of Bridges Among Us is inhabited by interesting characters — porn actors weighed down by family values, lesbians coming out to their families, suspicious homemakers, and lunatics in confinement with a love for mangoes — and each person has a unique story to tell.

My take:

There are ten stories in the book and the author has touched upon sensitive issues and described them beautifully.

There is a story of a childless professor who meets a pregnant girl in a bus and they develop a friendship but does she help the girl overcome her problem? There is a story of a girl who stays alone, is a workaholic and a very private person. She has a new neighbor who is an old acquaintance, but does she open up to him? There is a story of a lesbian relationship. There is a story of a little girl bullied by her neighbor who locks her up in a room with his mentally unsound uncle. What happens next????

The Girl by the Fourth Window is the story of one sided love. And then there is a story of a lady who learns about her husband’s affair from neighbors and she discovers that he writes about ‘her’ in his diary. What does she do? In The Reunion, a girl who goes there accompanied by her daughter, feels lost and lonely. Why?? There is a story about a porn star whose parents disowned her when they learnt about her profession. There is a story about a grandmother visiting her grandchild when the latter is ill only to leave after sometime. And then there is a phone call.

My favourite story is the last one ‘She’s not afraid of spiders’ about a child who cannot walk and grows up in an orphanage only to be adopted by a lady. The adoption changes three lives. How? Read and see.

The characters have been developed beautifully and are easy to relate to as they are like some people we meet in our everyday life. They represent different women from different parts of the country. Some of the stories were easy to visualize. The language is simple and the flow is good.

The book has been written very well, it is hard to believe that it her debut book. This book is a must read.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

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