Full Circle– Love in Old Age (A Review for The Book Club)

 

Full Circle 
by 
Yamini Vijendran
 
 This novella comes as a part of the blog tour by The Book Club. The  reason I decided to read this book was that it focusses on the love story of a senior citizen. Not many Indian stories delve into romance genre with a grandmother and a grandfather. But this story does treat you to that love.
The Synopsis

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?

The book shows two part of Malini’s story–one when she was young and decided to forgo her dreams and one when she’s old and has decided to search for the lost dreams again. But more than that the book shows a family who’s ready to appreciate Malini for all the years she has given them as a mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, and support her in that search for a dream. How wonderful it would be if everyone could be like that!
 

What I Liked

1)   Subject of the story– The marriage of elderly or their search for companion is one of the most overlooked area in Indian society. There still are places where second marriage of the young ones is considered wrong, leave apart the elders.

2)  Old Age Home– I liked the way the old age home is shown as a happy place rather than a desolate hell. It is shown as the place where the dreams reconcile with the age rather than  “orphanages with evil matrons”.

What Irked me

1)  Head-hopping telling style of the story– Why, oh why didn’t author followed only one or two character’s mind? Why did she introduce her to the viewpoint of the granddaughter and daughter-in-law? I can see the impact only single (or may be two) POVs could have made in the story. There is so much potential there, but then sometimes we get lost in this head-hopping.

2)  First Chapter- The first chapter of the novel is quite slow and boring. It felt as if writer has tried to tell us all the history so that we don’t feel lost in the story. She had told everything that’s necessary to know about the present situation of Malini. However necessary, it still was telling. It didn’t pull me into the story.

 

Overall Opinion

Don’t be fooled by the slow first chapter. This little novella will give you some interesting insight and some beautiful romantic moments of the past to live in. Absolutely and totally worth a read.

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Meet the Author

 

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.

You can stalk Yamini Vijendran @


                  

 

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lynn E. O'Connacht
    Nov 01, 2014 @ 18:50:12

    This sounds lovely! *adds to wishlist*

    The povs sound like the author is trying to show too much in too short a space, though. I could see so many povs used to show the overall impact on the whole family more accurately and intimately than only one or two povs could manage, so I wonder if the author was treating the family as a character in its own right rather than focusing on the individual members. Do you think there might be something to that? (I’m intrigued regardless. It sounds like something I could easily enjoy a lot. ^_^)

    Reply

    • parichitasingh
      Nov 01, 2014 @ 19:09:20

      You’re right. The author did want to show the overall impact of whole family to show the love and support Malini had. It was meant to emphasize the point that she didn’t “need” to find her love, but “wanted” to find one.

      But even if it was necessary, the head-hop stilted the flow of the story. You know like sometimes we find ourselves wondering okay, we understood what next.

      Oh, and yes the story is totally worth reading. It’s a topic which mostly forgotten, esp in India, where second marriages are still looked upon, where widowhood is still considered as women’s fault.

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      • Lynn E. O'Connacht
        Nov 01, 2014 @ 20:18:27

        Ah, I’m sorry if I accidentally implied the head-hopping wasn’t or shouldn’t be as disruptive as you found it. I certainly didn’t mean to! I like looking at how stories work. Head-hopping can definitely stilt a story! (Or otherwise disrupt it) And, as I said, your review makes it sound like the length isn’t really helping it along since there’s far less room to get to know the characters themselves.

        Which makes me sad because I love to read for characters, but it also means I’ll probably enjoy this story far more when I get around to it since I’ll already know that I need to focus on the family unit as a character in its own right more than on the individual characters. ^_^ I played a game earlier this year that required the same thing and I had to replay that in its entirety. Quite fun!

        *bumps it further up the list*

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