WHEN THEY SPOKE
How often have we heard our mothers and grandmothers justifying their possessiveness about old and rusted objects, refusing to throw them away? “They are mementos. They have memories.” How often have we sniggered, “As if these could talk!” Just as often as we have exploited every single object that makes our life easier and whose easy availability we take for granted. We have never wondered what it feels to be used, exploited, and consumed, only to be discarded without a single look of gratitude; after all, eulogies and epitaphs are only for human beings. When They Spoke is about 29 inanimate beings who wonder if it would be more apt to define us as non-living things, because, as each of them prove, their heart seems to be in order, and beating in the right pace!
I've read Chronicles of Urban Nomads by Readomania. After that round of competitive entries, they had another and When They Spoke was born. It was not one bit disappointing. The book was a good read from beginning to end, and the editing was crisp, edgy and taut. The pace of the book dipped in parts - understandably so because different authors cannot all feed into each other's styles. The arrangement of stories is very well thought of. Starting on what I would say is the best note and ending on a note that is just as excellent, the stories by Kirthi Jayakumar and Shweta Ravi start and end on the most ideal stories. Some unlikely objects being taken up made the reading very interesting and unique. Some objects were so stunning that it was also a matter of surprise to yourself to acknowledge that such objects can also tell stories, especially in the stories by Bhuvaneshwari Sankar, Deepthi Menon, Kirthi Jayakumar, Neil D'Silva, Ashay Abbhi, Sayujya Sarkar and Ankita Chauhan. It was good to see the same objects being the narrator in a few stories. A very good book and worthy of reading on any day.
- By Sylvia D'Souza
Although a very different short story collection; yet we can easily relate ourselves with the stories. It speaks out the sort of attachment we have with those non-living things. I could experience the heavenly connection we, at times, feel with a few things. Hats off to Readomania for an altogether different theme which made the reader ponder his soul connections with the inanimates. Loved all the stories esp by Sutapa Basu, Esha Chakraborty and Kirthi Jayakumar.
- Ritu AG