Author: Preeti Shenoy
Pubisher: Westland Publications
No Of Pages: 361
Genre: Family Fiction
Sometimes, a journey back is a step forward.
When 26-year-old Ayan is sent to live with his grumpy old grandfather Gopal Shanker, in a tiny village, in Kerala, he is understandably devastated. What can a sleepy, idyllic village without even Internet connectivity offer a young man?
To make matters worse, Jairaj, Ayan’s domineering father has his own plans and is determined to have his way. Soon, Ayan has to come to terms with the hard realities of life and the blindness of greed as he and Gopal Shanker learn that life can sometimes unravel in unanticipated ways.
A young man, whose life lies ahead of him. An old man, whose life is all in the past. And a few months that change everything. A Hundred Little Flames is a charming account of a relationship across generations and also a meditative look at the issues of old people.
I have read two of previous works of the author but they didnt impress me in any way.With the blurb I decided to give a try. And this is an emotional heart whelming novel. When a novel could be written with pure memories from a diary then this book gets a special place in that.Such a lovely narration by the author.
I didn’t expect the novel to be so emotional and convincing. It was different in many aspects. Every character was knitted according to the real world people. I could relate Velu character very much to the people in my native place. They will help their people whatever their situation they are in.
The strong and the main character is grandfather Gopal. He is not stubborn but still a rigid man. He is happy and content but still his memories haunts him. He is definetly a man of word, you will know what I mean when you read the end part of the book . The best portion in the novel is the dairy pages. Author didn’t play the part as a flashback scenes. I felt it as if I am reading a person’s diary. It was perfectly said through the words of Gopal and not with the Ayan words.
This book helps us to get to know the old age people mind and thoughts. It’s not the love and caring they want but sometimes we have to leave them with want they want. Gopal is of that sort. Ayan father was a typical day to day life father. Author took a controversial theme but gave a justice to that. Friendship exist forever in a relationship. The length of the book was really long. Could have reduced little short.
Overall “A Hundred Little Flames” will leave you with heavy heart and encourages you to have a long chat with your grandparents and understand them in a better way.
About The Author
Preeti Shenoy, among the top five highest selling authors in India, is also on the Forbes longlist of the most influential celebrities in India. She is the highest selling woman writer in India. Her work has been translated to many languages.
India Today has named her as being unique for being the only woman in the best-selling league. She has been awarded the ‘Indian of the Year’ award for 2017 by Brands Academy for her contribution to Literature. She has also received the Academia award for Business Excellence by the New Delhi Institute of Management. She is the recipient of the ‘100 Young Indian women Achievers award’ in the Powerful leader category. She has given talks in many premier educational institutions such as IITs and IIMs and corporate organisations like KPMG, Infosys and Accenture. She is also an artist specialising in portraiture and illustrated journalling.
Her short stories and poetry have been published in various magazines such as Conde Nast and Verve. She has been featured on BBC World, Cosmopolitan,The Hindu, Verve, Times of India and many more.
She has a very popular blog and also writes a weekly column in The Financial Chronicle. She has a massive online following. Her other interests are travel, photography and yoga. Her books include A Hundred Little Flames, It’s All In The Planets, Why We Love The Way We Do, The Secret Wish List, The One You Cannot Have and many others.