TITLE: Of Rumours Lived And Told
AUTHOR: Andrea Correa
PUBLISHER: Platinum Press (An imprint of Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.)




After a lunch of succulent pork and chilled beer, Andrea, a literature student, settles down for a lazy Sunday afternoon chat with her uncle and aunt. Family reminiscences remind them of Akkai, a Roman Catholic nun and Andrea’s great-aunt, who died under mysterious circumstances. This gets Andrea thinking about the lives of the other nuns in the family – like bold and brassy, salsa-dancing great-aunt Deidre, who left the convent to be the Principal of a college; others soft and steely like Akkai and the don-like Stella Marie, a nursing superintendent. Andrea realizes these women have played a large part in the architecture of her childhood in the Mangalorean Catholic community of Bangalore.

As she talks to family members about the nun-aunts, Andrea unearths some peculiar and quirky aspects. Through whispered stories in the family, she comes to appreciate the porous convent walls the nun-aunts and the family navigate. However she also encounters unexpected reticence from some of the family, whose memories of the nun-aunts are somewhat differently textured.

This richly human memoir tells the story of how a young girl finds her way through a flood-tide of recollections and emotion to navigate the tricky shoals of family ties, in an effort to bring closure to the family past.


CONTENT : A memoir as the blurb states, the book deals with the author’s family especially the ones who take a vow to serve the Lord. It gives an insight into their lives as well as the mystery that shrouds the nunnery.

I took up the book after reading the blurb purely out of curiosity. However, once I started off I felt that there was a lot wanting. The way the memoir has been put together, leaves one confused at times. The flow is sadly missing. I personally felt that the book does not do justice to the intrigue that was built up by the blurb.

I felt that the memoir would have been an interesting one if efforts were made to bring in a little more clarity regarding the characters, their background, their life in and outside the nunnery. Also a little more finesse in the style of narration will make the book more interesting. A smooth transition of reminisces of events will help set the flow right.

LANGUAGE & PACE: The language is simple and crisp and the pace is fine.

EDITING: With a little more effort on the editing part, the book can be made more enjoyable. It can do justice to the blurb.



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Ann Lynn Correa a PhD scholar at the Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University, loves to pen her thoughts in the form of poems, short stories and memoir pieces. She hopes to capture in her stories the strife and confusion inherent in people’s lives. The themes she has focused on deal with the strange lives of Roman Catholic nuns in her family, the roots and effects of youthful bravado and angst, the crushing dawn of reason in young adulthood, and coming-of-age tales, precociousness in love and friendship, anxiety and ambition. The underbelly of cities fascinates her, as does the mundane middle-class penchant for drama, good marks, neighborly gossip, rumours and caricaturing the lives of smothered souls.

Ann was long-listed for the Toto Funds Arts, Creative Writing Award in 2015, for her short stories. Singing, painting and badminton remain her hobbies.



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