Thirteen Kinds of love is a beautiful short novel that is impressive, convincing and my recent favorite. And mind you, this is not a romance book narrating a love story.
Soumya Bhattacharya has written an engrossing account of several families living in Imperial Heights apartments in Mumbai. These short narratives are about the intricacy of modern lives, their entangled relationships, loving and letting go.
The book shares the bond of mother and son, father-son, marriage relations, through the mind and views of the characters- Manish and Sunita Chandiramani., Samrat and Malini Chaudhuri, Priyanka Dandekar, Shailesh Patel. It portrays the lives of these characters where a father wants to spend time with his son after a divorce, a marriage is on the edge of an end owing to infidelities, a mother raises her son after her husband’s death and a retired serviceman whose wife had recently died.
The narration is expressive, the thoughts and sentiments of the characters have been crafted into words so eloquently that it makes the reader sit and get absorbed in it.
I had a great time reading Thirteen kinds of love and will definitely recommend it as an appealing short read. And yes, the cover is so pretty.
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Title: Thirteen Kinds of Love
Author: Soumya Bhattacharya
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Publishing Date: 25th September 2019
My Rating: 4 stars