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BOOK REVIEW: THE INIMITABLE CHAOS OF LIFE

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TITLE: The Inimitable Chaos Of Life
AUTHOR: Maliny Mohan
PUBLISHER: Story Mirror
ISBN: 978-93-86305-46-6
GENRE: Fiction ( Anthology of Short Stories)

THE BOOK

TITLE

Does justice to the contents of the book which is in fact a collection of stories that bring to the fore the chaotic side of life.

COVER DESIGN

Ah! This I admit, fails to impress. It lends an old book look. I would love to see the author take a re-look at this aspect while going in for a reprint and come up with something that is both eye-catching and communicative.

BLURB

A naive girl of eighteen is trapped in a dungeon, which changes her and her capturer’s life forever. Afar, tucked away in the sleepy terrains of a town in Kerala, a married woman is determined to revisit a forbidden part of her past. A model-turned-MBA aspirant is scourged mentally for a decision she almost made three years back. Back in the less happening village of Kanyapuram, an aspiring author loses a copy of her very first manuscript.

True to its title, ‘The Inimitable Chaos of life’ is an amalgamation of enthralling stories borrowed from the chaotic pages of life, which allure you to relive the multitude of unique emotions humans are made of.

MY TAKE

WOWs!!

The stories 14 in all, bringing to the fore the myriad shades of human character and emotions. Beautifully crafted, they bring forth the inherent strengths and weaknesses in human characters and relationships, sacrifices that are life changing, enmities that ruin, loss that causes heart breaks, nostalgia at the sight of an old flame, etc., etc., Though there is nothing extraordinary in the stories, what makes them unique is the way they have been told. Yes, there are some where the conclusion is well in sight before one reaches the end but there are also others with an element of surprise, twists that leave one saying, “Oh! My God! How did I not foresee this?”

Characters are well- developed and one can relate to each one of them and their actions and reactions and why not, after all they come across as simple folks right there in next door.

OOPs!!

The editing leaves a lot of scope for refinement. It needs to be tightened. Unnecessary jargon/ words and phrases that do not sit well in the contexts they are placed in, often act as speed- breakers. These need to be revisited and removed/ replaced to make the flow simple yet smooth. Hope the author looks into this aspect too while going in for a reprint.

VERDICT

Overall an interesting and engaging read, I’ll give the book a 3 on a scale of 5.


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THE AUTHOR

MALINY MOHAN


Maliny Mohan is a doctor with a creative bend of mind and a passion for weaving stories. Born and brought up in Kerala, Maliny Mohan has contributed to a short story anthology, titled ‘Love and other enchantments’, brought out by a group of five authors – The Fictitious Five, and another titled ‘Colors- Different shades of love’.

An avid blogger, Maliny Mohan is passionate and strives hard to listen to her heart, every time it beats out of sync. Her tales mirror her eye for beauty in its varied forms, sometimes resplendent with the most vibrant of hues and at other times poignant, enriched with subdued shades of grey and black. Apart from being passionate about writing, she is also a trained dancer, lover of solitude, bibliophile, tea-lover and an amateur poet.

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