Book Review: These Circuses that Sweep Through the Landscape

These Circuses that Sweep Through the Landscape by Tejaswini Apte-Rahm

These Circuses that Sweep Through the Landscape by Tejaswini Apte-Rahm is a book where the stroke of humour, imagination, originality and pathos blend perfectly, creating a delicious and varied collection of ten eight stories, which lifts from page to page the mind amidst lightening thoughts and a rejoicing life.

In the stories collected in this volume is the stage on which stirs the human variety where an obsessive collector of beetles finds out too late where his obsession has led him. A lady out on a shopping binge in a swanky shopping mall finds she can’t go home again. A servant girl experiences a nasty loss of virtue when she eats something that wasn’t intended for her.

In the scorching temperature of Bombay, a young woman finds the earth slip under her foot except when she’s watching Star Trek. Four friends get together for drinks one evening, only to discover that their camaraderie is not what it seems. And, in the strange title tale, a student who has worshipped his teacher for decades comes to a dreadful insight about him. Meanwhile, his old guide is setting up an astute bequest of his own.

The human samples become the paradigm of a macrocosm that identifies types, events and meanings, in which is reflected the kaleidoscopic, cruel, inimitable flow of existence. The language is far from being a limitation dialect and acquires somehow a metatemporal meaning that camps in the collective imagination as an absolute metaphor for life.

The views are varied and there are continuous temporal changes and all this beginning could lead the reader to feel out of place, but with the progress of the narrative things become more fluid. The author's ability to create scenes are so realistic that it seems to the reader to be right there with the originality in the setting, leisurely pace, the writing style and detail.

The book is just like good wine that improves day after day and entertains the reader not only with absolutely poignant passages but also with steps that lead to reflection. The common denominator is the individual brushstrokes of a harmonious and complete realisation among the protagonists that will change their world and the other characters, and why not, the reader too.

The author is a magician who is able to develop absolutely beautiful and pleasant stories from simple ideas and what emerges is a beautiful description of the peculiarities of the people as we proceed in a chronological narrative and stylistic continuum with a glittering succession of situations that arouses instantly and metaphorically, deep bitterness.

Chiselled together, fitting with witty plots, the novel takes shape and incorporates micro vignettes of life. It presents itself to us not as a mere narration of what is, but transfigured in what ensued with ideologies represented by behaviours subservient to the dominant power and emptied of their personality.

Publisher: Aleph Book Company ♦ Published: 10 December 2016 ♦ ISBN-13: 978-9384067564 ♦ Language: English ♦ Binding: Paperback ♦ Pages: 168