When you live your life with whatever you had and then suddenly you are confronted with dealing with the past that you never understood… what would the future hold? This beautiful book by Kiran Manral strings all the 3 phases of life – Past, Present and Future into a story that weaves an emotional web around the reader and also gives frights from time to time.
This book could be put in one quote by Haruki Murakami:
“Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.”
Kiran has done a fantastic job of blending ‘pahadi’ (mountain) ghost stories that she heard from time to time into a story that grips the heart strings for two different reasons . The emotional core gives the story a push while the paranormal aspect keeps it hauntingly going.
The past is never where you left it. The story begins with that essence. A forward into nothingness but heart wrenching agony. The effect of the story is so overwhelmingly real you feel as if you were with the protagonist in the bungalow at that moment. You can feel the smell of the earth, the trees and the entire description of the house, the landscape and the weather gets into your imagination in real time proportions.
The story gets better as it rolls forward – reminding you what was mentioned in the first chapter itself – the face at the window. The story wraps itself emotionally and frightfully with equal measure until the end. You just have a roller coaster ride of the frightful experiences that the protagonist undergoes.
What’s the message of the book??
If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging up your back and running its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do-the only thing-is run. 😛 And yeah… while you’re running order the book from Amazon. It is worth all the effort 😀