LOVE. So simple, yet so enigmatic. There are as many kinds of love as there are people in the world. Soumya Bhattacharya brings to us the thirteen most beautiful and purest kinds of love in his book “Thirteen Kinds of Love”.
The book is about residents of Imperial Heights who have loved or lost and yet remain hopeful. In their own way they believe the love lingers long after it has left your lives. And whether you like it or not, it is ingrained in simplest of things and most complex memories of the past.
A man who thinks of getting over the demise of his wife but doesn’t know how to get used to the new emptiness around him; a wife who doesn’t know how she will get used to being the single parent and fill in the gap left by a father; a young boy who wants to buy cake for his father with his pocket money; a cheating husband mulling over why he wandered when he had all the love in the world- and many other such stories make a wonderful read. The uniqueness of the stories is in the fact that they are picked from our lives. Look around and you will find someone who resembles a character from the book. You may also find one staring back at you in the mirror.
Coming from such an acclaimed writer, it is no surprise that the narrative is flawless, smooth and absolutely heart-warming. The characters are connected to each other in some way but the stories stand alone on their own. At an instance or two, you will be tempted to read the last few lines again just to let the warmth of them seep into our hearts. I am glad I finished the year 2019 on a high note with such a gem of a book.
About the author: Soumya Bhattacharya is the author of five previous books of fiction, non-fiction and memoir. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the Sydney Morning Herald and Granta, among others. He is the managing editor at Hindustan Times and lives in New Delhi.(Source: Harper Collins India)
I received a free copy of the book from Blogchatter in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.