Franck, who has to align his desires with his needs; Nathan, who has to adjust to his constantly changing turf; and, Cedric, who has to open his eyes to reconstruct himself.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is the second book of short stories by this author that I have read. As happens in life we sometimes find ourselves in situations that we didn’t see coming and yet when we look back everything sort of clicks into place and becomes obvious, a real eye opener. That is like these stories.
Although family circumstances have changed in Franck’s life he carries on covering up mounting debt to save face with his wife and friends. What we think will make people happy and what does isn’t always the same. This has all sorts of rippling consequences.
The second story is my favourite. Nathan has such strong aims in life but he has such an innocence about him that makes him quite vulnerable. Nathan has arrived in America to further his education but he gets a real cultural shock that could destroy him. I found this story the most touching and emotional.
The last story really is the biggest eye opener of them all for Cedric, as he has to watch every step after being released from prison, after serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. Now an act of kindness could do the same thing again. But why won’t anyone listen? and who can he trust now?
These stories can easily be read in three sittings, which gives you the chance to reflect on each of the stories. I felt that I connected with the main characters and although at times they didn’t make the wisest choices they weren’t bad people. There isn’t really a lot of depth to other characters in the stories but more how the main characters see them and think they know what they would like. I think the saying, be truthful to yourself, could well be a moral of these stories too.
Indrajit Garai has his own very unique style of writing which I am becoming quite addicted to. Looking forward to more from him in the future!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
“Indrajit Garai, an American citizen now, was born in India in 1965. After his Bachelors degree from Indian Institute of Technology and Masters from Harvard, he worked as a corporate strategy consultant and as an investment banker in America, Spain, and England, while studying parallelly Ayurveda (ancient medicine of India) for stress management. In 2001, after the birth of his daughter, he moved to Paris, opened his private practice of stress management, and then authored six books in this field (five in French and one in English).
Authoring these books on stress management gave him a deep love for writing. Since 2015, he has devoted himself full-time to creating literature.”