KNITTED TALES: A Collection of Emotions by Rubina Ramesh

32446826.jpgI love reading short stores and find it difficult to review them because I feel I would be giving it all away. Knitted Tales: A Collection of Emotions by Rubina Ramesh is a collection of twelve short stories.

The blurb (from Goodreads):

What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate?
Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you?

Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?
Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?

Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?
In her anthology, Knitted Tales: A collection of emotions, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet make the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.

The stories:

The first story, A secret in the closet, is about how the nightmare of a ten year old girl brings out skeletons hidden in her parents’ closet. The second story, Betrayal, was eerie.  The third story, Chiclets, is about an Indian immigrant girl and her teething problems in US- being called a Chiclet. Forgive me, for I have sinned was one story with an unexpected ending. Lolita is about an actress and how she became one. No regrets is the story of an immigrant housewife and how she manages to get what she wants.

The seventh story is about inseparable lovers, Suvarna and Rekha and Missing staircase is about the relationship between a granddaughter and her grandfather. The tenth story, the other woman is about how both the women suffer at the hands of a man. Daddy, Hear me out is one story every parent should read and realize that there is more to life than what we want for our kids. The last story, Cliff Notes, gives a nice end to the book.

But all in all, my favourite story was, The Little Godmother, a practical story, an experience every parent sees the first born going through when the next baby arrives. It is one story that I would request all the parenting books to have, because, it will help the parents a long way.

My take:

The cover is different. It took me a few minutes to realize what is being depicted, and once I saw the face, it was what I saw when I saw the cover next. All the stories have different settings and have been written very well. The words have been chosen with care- not too many and neither too less, making the length of the stories just apt. The flow and pace of the stories makes the book a page turner. The characters are from different walks of life and are very realistic. The scenes have been beautifully described and can be visualized easily.

The stories revolve around many emotions like suspense, love, passion, anger, parental love, sibling rivalry, secrecy and many more. Some stories had hidden messages and some made me think, is it so??? When I finished reading the first story, I felt that if all of them are so heavy, it would take me a lot of time to finish the book, but I was wrong and I am glad.

A must read for everyone.


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