Ratings: 4.5 out of 5 stars!!
What the book is about!!
Twenty-six alphabets, twenty-six people and twenty-six short stories – the author has uniquely named each character and its story with one of the English alphabets. The stories are all unique and intricately interwoven.
The stories are about love and loss, jealousy and betrayal. The characters range from a single-minded prostitute to a man on the railway station bereft of any memory. The stories range from revolving around a woman desperate for a biological child to a dead man’s trial. The author takes us from a jealous lover with a twisted brain to a gay man’s memory of a one-night encounter in a fabulous manner.
My Views about the book !!
The author first narrates you a story focusing on one character and then very delicately shows the same story, only switching the focus and peeping through the viewpoint of another character. He describes each character and their lifestyle to give an idea of who he/she is and then takes you to the point where everything in their life changes.
The stories are dark and intense – each one much more than the last. They would stay with you as a lesson and become a part of you. When I finished this particular book, it took me two days to start writing this review. The story and characters formed by the author were so close to reality that it rocks you to the core. The author has given life to all of the twenty-six characters which is not an easy task. They are everyday stories, simple yet heart retching.
I generally do not like giving a book a point rating but I will make an exception with this book. It is too good to be given a 4 yet a giving it a 5 is also unreasonable. I would give “Rukshat – The Departure” a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The reason I am not giving it a 5 is because the book in itself becomes a bit confusing. Though the stories are all beautiful, yet connecting one story to another and joining the dots made the reading a complicated one.
There is a great lesson to be learned from this book. A small misunderstanding, the simplest of decision or an even a single wrong word spoken can destroy lives. Though I would recommend this book to everyone, it is not for the fainthearted. The book is dark and heavy and makes you a bit gloomy. The book does make you wonder about your own actions and relations.
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