Grandparents share a special bonding with the grandchildren. They not only pass the legacy to the future generation but pass on culture and values as well. As the parents run pillar to post to earn a living in these today’s fast running world, they are like soothing shelter. The warmth and care showered by them is second to none of the experiences that money can ever afford to buy. Who else can understand it better than an Indian? Here comes, one more of the anecdotes that brings you close to India and closer to family and grandparents, in general.
We always have been blessed with gifts and blessings from our grandparents. Can we re-pay them, anyhow? Actually, ethically speaking the answer is a big ‘NO’ but in way it can be a ‘YES’. We can at-least try to make them feel happy and provide them with a company to kill their loneliness. This is something you will witness in the story as well. This simple gesture can work wonders for the oldies and imbibe a refreshing aura around them.
Malini is a strong woman who has nurtured a strong valued family and today when she has satisfactorily dispensed her duties (as expected from the societal customs); she plans to invest some time for herself. She wishes to revisit her hometown and connect the dots completing the full circle of her life cycle. Every life is a story in itself and every story has some incomplete chapters that need to be completed before retire to close the book called life. Likewise, she has an incomplete chapter to be completed. For the specified chapter she heads to an old-age home back in her hometown.
The person most affected and deeply hurt with her decision was her grand-daughter but she gives in for her grandmother’s will and happiness. Things become awry as soon as she receives a call from her grandmother and learns that she wants to come back! She heads to find more and join the coordinates only to find out that life is a vicious circle and her grandmother stands at an overlap. What confusion is this?
Why does she wish to come back suddenly? What was her driving force and why has it diminished abruptly? What is hurting her? How will her granddaughter rescue her with a company of her likes? Find the answers as Malini herself sets out to a journey of self-discovery.
The best elements of this book for me are the book cover and plot based on familial bonding. A self-explanatory book cover that deciphers the journey of a woman from her young age to lonely old age and then turning around to look back into the past – a full circle, indeed! The vibrancy is color shouts out loud about the vibrancy in the characters as well. There is some enigma that attracts your attention as soon as you look at the cover. Second, the plot of family and values, is something that I am emotional about and hence liked it. It is not at all easy to pen down the complex mesh work human emotions and that too of an Indian family (who are usually considered melodramatic, though at times).
The author pulls of the story diligently touching every single aspect of an elderly woman. The unsatisfied satisfactions and unheard stories need to be heard and time invested. This is a soft and kind-hearted tribute dedicated to the elderly. She has carved a strong female protagonist and not any victimized soul sobbing while standing in front of mirror.
I recommended this read for females (though males can read it too) irrespective of their societal stature and hierarchy; and for those who love their family above all.
Caution: You won’t be able to refrain yourself from hugging your grandmother, once you finish reading the book. I am already missing mine. 😦
Outwardly, Malini is a contented, sixty-something grandmother with a loving family and everything a person could wish for. But Malini has lived her entire life with a secret confined to the deepest recesses of her heart.
Haunted by the past, she travels to Kumbakonam, her native town, which she had left years ago. There, she comes face-to-face with her long-lost love.
After forty years, will Malini be able to reclaim her own life, when love comes knocking at her door once again?
Yamini Vijendran (@saimini) is the author of ‘Full Circle’, a romance novella published by Indireads. After being a Software Professional for 7 years, Yamini has been freelancing from home for the past 3 years. She loves to dabble in fiction and romance and drama are her favorite genres. Her short stories have been published in ‘Love Stories That Touched My Heart’, an Anthology published by Penguin India, New Asian Writing and Six Sentences. Yamini also likes to pen poems when inspiration strikes, and her poetry has been published in The Indian Review, Contemporary Literary Review of India and ‘A World Rediscovered’ a poetry Anthology by Cyberwit Publications. Yamini draws material for her stories and poems from the world around her. When she is not converting her experiences to stories or poems, Yamini reads, plays with her toddler, and fools around her laboratory, that is, the kitchen.
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