Saturday, January 21, 2017

These circuses that sweep through the landscape (Book Review)

Book details

Title – These circuses that sweep through the landscape
Author – Tejaswinig Apte-Rahm  
Genre – Fiction (Collection of short stories)
Publisher – Aleph Book Company promoted by Rupa Publications India
No of pages – 157

The storyline
The book is a collection 10 short stories that take you to the wonderland of stories. An obsessive collector of beetles becomes self-destructive landing himself in a never-solving trouble. Short story named ‘The Mall’ aptly describes how a woman on a shopping spree entangles herself only to realize that she cannot go home. On the other hand, ‘The house on the hill’ describes the little girl’s innocence with a bit humor attached to it. ‘Drinks at Seven’ spills the beans about the friendship among four friends who meet up one evening for drinks & they realize what’s there on surface is not the same inside. Short story named after the character ‘Mili’ describes past lovers’ plight in depth leaving both high & dry in their present scenario.

Lastly, ‘These circuses that sweep through the landscape’ concludes an entire book.

My review
A collection of short stories with an array of different emotions displayed for the reader in you to consume! Don’t you trust? Let me begin with its review. These circuses that sweep through the landscape is a collection of short stories written by Tejaswini Apte-Rahm is a delight to relish on for a long time. Every story is unique in its own way. Each story is rich with imagination, fantasy and comes with an enriched reading experience.

The book displays varied human emotions on shelf. From romance, pain, love, passion, greed, fear, innocence to infidelity, author sums up everything in 157 pages of her book. 

Each story is immaculately & passionately composes its theme taking a reader on a whirlwind ride of emotions. Despite of its twisted, confusing characters & shocking endings, each story leaves you transfixed. Particularly, I loved ‘The house on the hill’ story where the author simply uses a little girl’s innocence as a main element to make the reader venerable & ends with an unexpected twist. 

‘The mall’ is a classic example of a shopaholic’s obsessive personality & explains how mall’s larger-than-life structure can be a suffocating experience for older people. Such ‘What If’ scenarios are beautifully captured in rich words by the author.  

Whether its author’s deliberate attempt or coincidence but every story has turned out to be a great delight for the reader.

Every story stirs your imagination and keep you engage for hours as you cannot think of putting down.

The author’s diversified experience in writing has enriched her vocabulary. (We can’t blame that for a writer) However, for Indian readers or let’s say for locals digesting such writing could become a herculean task since the story has difficult words & lengthy descriptions.

The writing style
Author’s polished language reflects on every story. Some descriptive lines are worth to note as reading becomes highly imaginative:


 This book is available on Infibeam & Flipkart

The book cover & the title
The design of the book serves its purpose and that is challenging reader’s imagination and excitement & so is the title. However, the font on the cover should have been chosen better as the font is a bit unreadable.

My rating: 4/5
Totally worth reading! Once you pick, I bet you’ll be able to finish it in a one shot as it is hardly 157 pages. Moreover, descriptive passages in the book transport you in the world of fantasy which is worth taking. 

About the author
Tejaswini Apte-Rahm is the author of the short story collection “These Circuses That Sweep Through the Landscape” to be published by Aleph Book Company in December 2016. She is a full-time writer from Mumbai.
Tejaswini has lived in Serbia, Israel, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Bangladesh, spending a year or two in each country with her husband and daughter.

Currently she is based in London. To know more about her, visit her Facebook page.

'I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.'

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