I found Jonali Karmakar through a Book Release announcement I participated in. It felt odd telling of a book I'd not read, so I asked if I could receive a copy for a review shortly after and was granted a pdf version. Usually pdf's sicken me, with all the sliding around and stuff to read a simple age (which is why I'm always asking for .mobi) or it simply won't let me open it unless I'm on my iMac instead of my iPhone or iPad, but I don't complain. Who wants to hear all that anyway!?
So I jumped right in to All of Me, a compilation of all Karamakar's stories. She stated her friends wanted to read her works in one place, so this was for them. What a considerate author, yeah? So there are thirteen stories, then a little about herself.
Each story is original with no regurgitation and full of emotion. There's emotion, life, happiness and sadness in each piece. You can't do anything but find yourself caught up in each story. My favorite one was Finding Myself.
Young Nisha wanted nothing more than to be married, like most young women. I'm to assume (I hate doing that!) it's in a country like India, where there are still arranged marriages. In Nisha's case, she wanted to marry the one who requested her hand. Ramesh stepped up, but he didn't want to do thins in the traditional manner. You see, Nisha wasn't like most girls. She'd been in an auto accident and was disabled. Her only means of getting around was either by wheelchair or prosthetic limbs. So Rakesh thought himself a martyr, doing her a favor by marrying her, but it had to be on his terms. But his way of suggesting things belittled Nisha and tore down her self-esteem. Soon she was agreeing to things she 'd not wanted, accepting his cruelty and finding herself miserable. It was a story that irritated me, because I've seen this happen so many times. Even I succumbed to a cruel person before. The ability to put me back in my own shoes was a powerful move on Karmakar's part.
I appreciated the short stories but that one affected me. All of Me is a quick and easy read.
On to the next read!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*The God Killers is next.
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