Book Review - Knitted Tales by Rubina Ramesh
The whole locality is getting ready for the Halloween. And I read Knitted Tales. Trust me it leaves you spooked, warm, sad and agitated all together. I had just returned from a vacation. And the whole time I had this nagging feeling I need to read Knitted Tales. It was there in my Kindle mocking me at my helplessness. But I didn't want to ruin the fun of being together with the family by sitting with a book. As I had promised myself I will be hundred present there for the vacation with undivided attention.( Exasperated sigh escapes my lips and my other two are mocking at me, you guessed it right with half of mind into the book you can't read how can one give their complete undivided attention. I know, my fellow book lovers would agree to that.)
Rubina Ramesh's blurb had immediately caught my attention and I was eager to read and to my dismay it released when I was about to start for the vacation. I bought the the book but couldn't read. Its like keeping water before the man who has been lost in the desert for more than a week without water.( I am not dramatising. I roll my eyes. I felt that kind of helplessness.) Anyways finally I started reading it. Believe me with the Halloween atmosphere and the very first short story of the book -
1.The secret in their closet. ---- Literally! Left me spooked beyond I can explain. I believe with the Halloween down the corner this is the right short story to start with. ( still feeling the shiver down the spine)
Next one is 2.Betrayal ---- Ohh my god. (Even my other two, one in black with her horns and the one in white with her wings tucked closer tried to hide in my already short hair) What better time than Halloween for this collection .. Have yet to read the rest. I can still feel the shivers...
3.Chiclets ---- The present day scenario most of the Indians who have moved to USA had to face. Without being dramatic or preachy just left with peace in hearts. This cleared me from the lingering spookiness from the stories before.
4. Forgive Me, For I have Sinned ---- Very realistic take on a page from a husband and wife's life.
5. Lolita ---- What prompted an innocent girl to choose being the sex symbol amidst the drooling viscous eyes. Leaves one sad and pondering.
6.No Regrets ---- "Lying and Cheating is not good.------ I have to chose to lie to save my marriage and sanity, ____________ " Bang on. You need to pick the book to know the left over parts. (The wicked smile and shining horns, with a wink.)
7. SuvarnaRekha ---- A tragic love story. Nothing more, nothing less.
8. The little Godmother ---- A little wise interference from a wise teacher and the little god mother is all set. A feel good story.
9. The Missing Staircase ---- The calm sad story progresses to give us the shaking reality that inevitable part of life is death.
10. The other women ---- An oddly different and sad take on 'The other woman.'
11.Daddy Hear me out ---- That moment of realisation and the need to break free from the bondage created by the society. Loved it.
11.Cliff Notes---- A spooky tale of a cliff showing us the ugly sides of human nature.
The whole collection is literally the Knitted Tales of different emotions, and situation. From paranormal or beyond normal to all too normal incidents. Loved every short story. I had to finish it in a go and I did just that.
If you are looking for a quick read which will make you ponder and wonder through the roller coaster of emotions; this one is for you.
What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate?
Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you?
Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?
Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?
Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?
In her anthology, Knitted Tales: A collection of emotions, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet make the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.