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Simple, yet compelling

books Updated: Jul 24, 2010 01:24 IST
Shruti Dargan
Shruti Dargan
Hindustan Times
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Title: A Clear Blue Sky — Stories and Poems on Conflict and Hope
Publisher: Puffin Books
Price: Rs 150

Aspread across 14 chapters, this collection of short stories and poems aims at bringing to light the various conflicts in society. Each character portrays her own divide — be it religion, caste, race or mindsets.

The narration portrays the well-etched characters in a simple manner. One witnesses the dark side of human behaviour, just as some stories touch upon the positives, such as love.

While The New Game reflects a child’s violent and destructive streak, Turban for a Little Boy explores a child’s sheer innocence. In Making Stones Dance, the resolution of young Keshava who finds a way to ensure that his father’s work is remembered forever, leaves you smiling.

It’s a light read that sets you thinking about how events have changed our beliefs and existence. Priced reasonably, it is a good book to add to one’s collection.