24 October, 2020

Undeserved End Bracket

Acutely observed details enliven the background and the precise prose strips the narrative of all excess.

Undeserved End Bracket

The Hope Factory’s opening line sets the story within a picture frame. There are two windows and the story, essentially character-driven, alternates between visually crafted scenes. One window gives the reader a scan of Anand’s life­—a businessman whose aspirations regarding getting an international order make him search for land in Bangalore. Anand is married to Vidya, who is a typical Indian businessman’s wife. The other window opens up into Kamala’s life. Kamala is a domestic wor­ker who has struggled to raise her son as a single mother.

Two parallel worlds exist--Anand’s and Kamala’s. In Anand’s case, a political mess while acquiring land threatens to subsume his life, endangering his marriage to Vidya. For Kamala, it’s her dream to see her son educated and do well in life. The author is painstaking in her observations, minutiae and detail that enlivens the background are acutely observed, and the precise prose, stripping the narrative of all excess, gives the feeling that Sankaran is wielding a...



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