#BOOK4: The Incredible Anita Desai

Today’s author is the Padma Bhushan awardee Ms. Anita Desai. Words fall short for her books. I have read only two of her works: Fire in the Mountain and Fasting,Feasting and both of them are beautiful almost poetic. She uses prose so precisely that you don’t feel like putting the book down. But there is one catch with her books.

They always end very realistically i.e. there are sad endings or even kind-of-happy endings. She never makes her story twist and turn to feed the reader’s fetish for happy endings. No, they are never morbid but they are mostly sad. They are a representation of what happens in real life not fallacies created to comfort our minds. Neither is it John Green nor is J.K. Rowling. It is simply Anita Desai and if you are not someone who can accept sadness or the reality of life in the books you prefer then she is definitely not the one for you. This beautiful author though (I am assuming you might read her book) leaves a happiness in you heart. After reading her books, I felt a little complete as though some distant blackness of my life had been closed. I know this sounds dramatic but it’s the truth. The poignancy and the beauty of it all is that I have accepted and forgiven certain circumstances and people respectively and I don’t hold grudges against them anymore. Yes, I haven’t forgotten what they did to me but it’s just that they don’t matter anymore. I let it go and somewhere it was her books that helped me to do that. I am glad that I am alive and I had the privilege of reading her books and I urge you dear reader to give it try. You might undergo changes in your own way or maybe you may not. Whatever maybe the outcome, the end result would be that you would have read great literature circulating around daily life……..

Till next time lovelies,




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