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A Word Thrice Uttered by by Parveen Talha – Book review

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A Word Thrice Uttered: Stories on Life's Realities Book Cover A Word Thrice Uttered: Stories on Life's Realities
Parveen Talha
Fiction / Short stories
Niyogi Books
September 15th 2017
Paperback
192
Review copy

A Word Thrice Uttered: Stories on Life’s Realities is a collection of short stories portraying the diverse realities of life through the protagonists – children, women, men, animals, even super-naturals.

Parveen Talha’s earlier book Fida-e-Lucknow (a collection of short stories published by Niyogi Books), steeped in the textures and flavours of Lucknow, brought alive the city and its people for her readers.

In this collection, she has widened her canvas and made it more colourful, with characters from Lucknow and its adjoining towns and villages, playing vibrant roles on a stage shifting through time and space, portraying the rich history of the Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb. Her stories open many unknown pages of history, and bring back forgotten memories of folklore, of not only Lucknow but the whole of Awadh. With the bygone era, the present times also come alive.

Introduction:

There is nothing like reading a collection of short stories. I simply love reading them. They serve various emotions in few pages and that’s what makes short stories beautiful. This book comes as a review copy from the publisher so at first, I would like to give them huge thanks. The title of this book is catchy and the cover page does justice to the stories. After reading good reviews on Instagram, I can’t wait to read this book. So let’s check what this book brings.

Summary:

The author belongs to the beautiful city of Lucknow, and most of the stories are set in Lucknow. This book includes 16 stories each discovers different emotions.

‘Thanks for ditching me’ is a story of an ambitious girl, who fell in love and already start weaving dreams with her love. But the boy betrays her leaving her in trauma. But she chose to go ahead in life and after many years she faces that boy.

‘Rustam’ and ‘Sona and Tiger’ are the heart touching stories depicting emotion of animals. Rustam, a horse has to part from his owner due to partition and he longs to meet them every day. The new family is very good to him but he is not happy with them. The end of this story is unbelievable. Sona, a cow, and Tiger, a dog shares mother and son’s relationship. Tiger is overprotective towards Sona and one day they parted for forever.

‘Amma! Come back…’ and ‘Panditayin’ are stories of mothers, who sacrificed a lot in her life just for their children. However, it doesn’t matter if the child is their own or the adopted one.

‘A String of Bela flowers’ is an innocent love story which didn’t reach to its destination. However, nature makes certain amendments to reunite the true lovers.

‘Centipede’ is a story where the two generation has been shown. In past, Asiya has to be in purdah for her Manjha ceremony and after many years when she attended modern Manjha ceremony she immediately remembered a story of shy bride and centipede.

‘A word thrice uttered’ shows story of a devastated woman who has to suffer in her whole life from the hands of her husband. At last, those three words set her free from his clutches.

‘Gangaji is not far, Bappa…’ is a lovely story where a poor boy wants to give his grandmother a grand funeral at the bank of sacred Ganga river.

‘Let me have a love affair’ is a story of a married boy who wanted to feel the Bollywood romance in his life and for this, he plays with emotions of a girl.

‘Trial and punishment’ is a story of child trafficking, where the culprit gets punishment in the most severe form.

‘Where did the delicacies come from?’ is a story of a woman whose belief in Allah magically helped to feed her hungry children.

‘Virginity lost…so what’ is a story which is a need of the time. The taboo of virginity still looms on the heads of Indian girls.

‘The magic wands’ is a story of an unsaid feeling which makes two stranger friends forever.

‘Real sacrifice’ tells what is a real sacrifice?

The last story, ‘Let sleeping dogs lie’ is a story of a gentleman who wanted to honestly do his business. In this story, the author has covered many dark aspects which are killing our society.

Writing style:

The author has her own way of writing and the use of metaphors is totally amazing. The language and narration are very simple and you can easily finish this book in two to three sittings.

My perception:

I am a huge fan of short stories and this book totally won my heart. This book covers human nature, characters, and emotions. With this, the author has focused on the animal emotion which makes it totally worthy to read. The book is designed with utmost care and I simply loved inside design. The stories are set in the pre-independence to post-independence. I have never read a book set in the Lucknow but this book is making me pick another book set in the Lucknow. If you want to read something worthy, beautiful in the shortest time, then do not miss this book.

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Until next time, Keep reading 🙂 

Sheetal Maurya

Sheetal Maurya is a full-time blogger. She is a die-hard bookworm and has read more books than she can count. She believes in the art of storytelling and reviews books so that the world can choose the best ones and embark on an adventurous virtual reading journey.

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