Reviewed by Rubina Ramesh
A Weaver of Tales ...
Metro Diaries is a collection of short love stories collected over time. They are stories of common people- stories experienced by people like you and me at some point of time. Ms. Namrata is just a sutradhar, a weaver who captivated me with her choice of words.
All the stories are short so I cannot review them individually. Some got over even before they started. But all of them had a deep understanding of human nature. Few left an impact on me and one in particular bowled me over with its muted twist. The Wait.
Yes that is what I found so profound in Ms. Namrata’s narrations. All the emotions, except love, are all muted. It’s about a couple either in love or out of love. But all the stories are spanning around love. No other aspect of life is involved in these stories.
Some stories were about a past love. The one that got away? How many of us even have time to think about those pages that are lost in the history of our life? But Ms. Namrata did an in-depth study of that aspect of life without which humanity cannot progress.
I want to fall asleep staring into your beautiful eyes and wake up with you in my arms.
The above lines are from the chapter one – Once in a Lifetime. From the very first note itself, the pathos in her style of writing has caught my heart. This story, dealing with scarred love, talks about the healing journey of Nitya.
Similarly, many aspects of the human nature have been touched in the various love stories. A grandmother healing her grandson with her own love story to a small town boy going back to his town to find his true love. All the stories are told in a very complex manner. It was almost as if I was in a whirlpool of emotions. In some places, they sat well but in a few, the stories became very complicated. For eg. The Secret Revealed is one such story.
They touched me with love but still could not love me with their touch.
There was a psychological aspect to this story that would have woven well if the author had chosen to bring it out in a straightforward manner instead of creating the complexities. I just wish the story was told in a more direct way. But one thing by now I've started recognizing in Namrata's style of writing is that her understanding of human relationship is very profound. Her stories are not about people. It's about emotions. It's about a journey.
The Wait, as mentioned earlier, is one story that I had to re-read. Contrary to what you might be thinking, it was the simplicity of the story and the complexity of the subject that was the most unexpected one. For a moment, I thought it was a typo error. But apparently not. :)
Imperfectly Perfect is one beautiful anecdote. Its almost like delving into the mind of a stranger. Scary actually to know that a stranger can watch you so closely, analyze and think about you without you having a clue about it.
Finding soulmates is always the ambition of every lover. Until love is in the air, the person is your soulmate and as love ages, tolerance towards each other reduces. The love that weathers all the drawbacks of Life, can be termed as soulmates. Namrata has tried to find different levels in such a journey.
When love is in the air how can it not be mingled with abusiveness and pain? Love Revisited is one such story. Rhea’s abusive relationship is nothing different from what we hear so much today. But how she comes out of it and does she give love a second chance makes this a beautiful read.
STAR RATING REASONING
More than the love story, it is the play with emotions that I loved the best. Namrata has literally delved inside the human mind. Sometimes we move on in life without taking stalk of the past – the past always leaves a mark which we carry embedded in our hearts, most of the time not even being aware of it. Ms. Namrata has brought out all the hidden emotions a heart can hold onto the surface.
Her words are that powerful
I would have loved if Ms. Namrata had followed the linear path of storytelling. Her art veneered more towards probability and hints. Most of the stories though had a conclusion, is not an easy read to understand if read frivolously. You need to spend some time with this book. The rich emotions in various hues of love will touch your heart
Would I recommend this book?
To those who are into serious reading, love stories, stories authored by Satyajit Ray and wants to delve into the human mind.
Line that stayed with me
Life is the most uncertain thing to exist and amidst this uncertainty, the only certainty I have to cling onto is your love.
About the Author
Namrata is a prolific blogger known by the name Privy Trifles in the blogosphere who romances life through her writings and aspires to make love the universal language. She dons various hats between that of a contributing author to 8 anthologies a reviewer for leading publishing houses an editor to various books and a columnist. Apart from that she is also the editor for an online magazine called Writer's Ezine. Having mastered the nuances of finance till recently she also held the title of an investment banker closely to let it go to embrace her love for writing fully.