Knitted Tales by Rubina Ramesh is a collection of short stories that has some deeper meaning. In these short stories Rubina has taken us to childhood, matured level and to extremely above all level. It is a journey where we feel mixed emotions overpowering us after reading every story.
The cover of the ebook perfect as it says knitted which can be in form of a web. This gives us a positive touch. Further, The title is perfectly chosen as surely, these tales are knitted like those grannies knit the sweaters of a baby.
Stories at a glance:
A Secret in their Closet: This story talks about reincarnation which is believed in India where one comes back in another form. This is a heart touching story where the child reminds her parents of their sin.
Betrayal: This story is of a married couple where the wife betrays her husband because of his evil deeds. This talks of illicit relationships but in other way the reader might feel that the wife did the right thing.
Chiclets: It is a story with a deeper message of where the author talks about discrimination on the basis of race. The way the mother and child handles the situation in a positive way is the rest of the story.
Forgive Me, For I Have Sinned : This story highlights a topic that is treated as taboo in India and many other countries. It is considered as a sin if a brother falls for his sister. The use of epistolary technique adds essence to it.
Lolita: This is a story of the struggles of Lolita whose life changes in a bad way where she becomes Lolita, a sex worker from Lalita.
No Regrets: This is beautiful story of a husband wife whose dull life becomes interesting when the husband accidently reads the chat of his wife.
SuvarnaRekha: This story talks about Honour Killing where two lovers are not from caste are forced to commit suicide.
The Little Godmother: A Beautiful inspiring story that can change the minds of the people. This reminds us of Cinderalla’s story as we have that anecdote in it.
The Missing Staircase: A suspense story that keeps you in thoughts. It reminds us of our childhood and the memories shared woth our grandparents. It also give us a bit spooky feeling. A perfect role of stream of consciousness could be noticed.
The Other Woman: This story brings tears in our eyes. It is written from the point of view of the child which has its own essence.
Daddy, Hear Me Out : A story that reminds us of the time when we were struggling to do something and that calling in our life totally changed our life. The same happens in this story.
Cliffnotes: This is a complicated story which might confuse you but has a deeper meaning, if you get the knack then you get the story.
The author has beautifully expressed her feelings by taking up different sets of stories. The way she has handled such serious issues with an ease is appreciable. Many people might criticise her because of the unusual stories and their combinations, also the taboos dealt here but I feel atleast she dared to talk abot them with a different perspective and we all should respect her thoughts. The way she added the hindi words and their meanings in the end are the best as it is of great help to those readers who are naive to Hindi.
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About the Author
Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.