Sunday, January 8, 2012

Book 1: In the Convent of Little Flowers by Indu Sundaresan

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Atria Books
Published Date: December 16, 2008
Amazon Kindle Edition
My Rating: 3 out of 5

As many of you already know, this year I have taken up a challenge to travel around the world through atleast 24 books. I chose In the Convent of Little Flowers written by Indu Sundaresan to be my first one. In short, the book is a collection of short stories (to which I am a great fan of) with each story set against different parts of rural and urban India. It touches many sensitive issues such as sati, domestic abuse, homosexuality and revolves around  marriage, friendship, death, betrayal etc.

One thing about this book is that - it slowly grows on you and draws you into it, atleast that's what happened to me. I just wanted to give up after reading the story "Three and a Half Seconds". Simply put, I felt so sad by its ending to continue further. I had to take a day break, come back and resume reading. On the other hand, "The Key's Club" is shocking. "The Most Unwanted" is heart-warming as you can feel what Nathan goes through and also with Parvati, who displays an innermost strength which is rarity in such circumstances. Even after completing the book, I still don't get the plot of "The Chosen One".

All in all, it is a good book.

A little plea to all indian authors out there -

"Please do write stories that are inspiring, make the reader feel happy inside-out rather than just stories that portray tragic lives with even more tragic endings. There is happiness and joy too, you see and am waiting to know and experience all of them. Thank you!"

Up Next - The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

until I finish my next book, signing off for now..

Previously Read:

Book 1- India: In the Convent of Little Flowers written by Indu Sundaresan 
Book 2 - Spain: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zaf√≥n
Book 3 - Botswana: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith


  1. Nice reviw Siri. What are you reading next? I am reading "The Swallows of Kabul" from Afghanistan..

  2. Even i love reading books a lot siri, kudos for the project you have taken for this year.....but buying so many books becomes a bit heavy on my wallet so i usually read some books online or buy them from my road side bookwalla

  3. Divya - I am reading 'The Shadow of the Wind' next. Loving it so far. :-)

    Pinky - Not every book is bought babes. Many are borrowed from friends and libraries. I can't afford buy all of the them either :-)


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