Two Loves & Other Stories
Balam Sundaresan, the author of this captivating collection of short stories, skillfully weaves a tapestry of Tamilian lives, presenting a diverse range of themes that resonate universally. From poignant romance to societal inequalities, restrictive gender norms, deep-rooted traditions, and the intricate dynamics of familial relationships, each story offers a glimpse into the myriad facets of life. Sundaresan's narrative is a delightful fusion of crisp dialogue, subtle humor, and genuine compassion. While the characters and settings are predominantly Tamilian, their stories transcend cultural boundaries, making them relatable to readers from all walks of life. Like the varied dishes in a sumptuous South Indian feast, each tale contributes a unique flavor to the vibrant banquet of life, creating a rich and colorful literary experience.
Portraying the myriad facets and nuances of the lives of Tamilians, the author, Balam Sundaresan, offers a garland of short stories in this collection. She paints a colourful canvas of themes ranging from romance, to social inequality, restrictive gender roles, superstitious beliefs and traditions, and the joys and challenges of familial bonds and relationships: the contrasting love stories of a woman and her granddaughter in two different time periods, a young actress who gains too much weight, a father’s love for his distant son, or a young man’s search for his mate. Balam’s style is an engaging mix of crisp dialogue, gentle humour, and compassion. Though the characters and settings are primarily Tamilian, their appeal is universal. Together, these tales blend like the dishes in a sumptuous South Indian feast, each one adding a distinct flavour to the rich, colourful banquet of life.