Equinox

Equinox
by 
Madhuri Maitra
 The Blurb : When Indus Publishers announces a short story competition, it affects the lives of the ensemble cast in unexpected ways. A jaded journalist, a bored housewife, a starry-eyed ambitious girl, an army colonel, an impoverished divorcee-all enter the competition for pressing reasons of their own. They emerge with only slightly deeper pockets than they had but far richer in experience. Social issues are explored in an engaging manner, entwined in the lives of the characters-this is indeed the way of life. The novel also promises an enchanting look at the diversity in India; the characters belong to different Indian states and embody the peculiarities of the people of that region. Equinox and its checkered characters step to music of their own; many readers will find that it resonates with their own inner music.

Review: When Indus Publishers announces a short story competition, it affects the lives of a jaded journalist, a bored housewife, a starry-eyed ambitious girl, an army colonel, an impoverished divorcee. They all enter the competition for pressing reasons of their own. They emerge with only slightly deeper pockets than they had but far richer in experience. How the lives of all these influence the stories they choose to write forms one part of the story and the other part is the stories these characters write. The contestants hail from Kerala to Goa and all other states of India. The fine distinction among the all these people from different parts of the country are brought out well by the author. I liked it very much that the book is packed with love letters, Whatsapp messages and flash fiction entangled with the main story. The language is simple and easy to understand yet sufficient with the flow of the story. Different fonts, sizes and italics created the difference between fictional stories and the real life stories. Few of the flash fiction stories such as Sepoy Govind were hard hitting, emotionally gripping and haunting. Equinox reads more as a slices-of-life rather than a story. As I read through I found nothing new, it all had similarities with earlier books I read and there was nothing to learn or make a point of. I read the first 50 pages very quickly and after that I had to slow down to remember the characters. It doesn’t have anything preachy; this is what I always look forward to. I don’t mind if the story line sounds familiar but all I don’t want is preachy stories. I would definitely recommend this book as a one time read.

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Meet the Author


Always an avid reader, dreaming of delighting her own readers someday, Madhuri published her first two books in 2014. Haiku and other Micropoetry is a collection of short verse on nature and on life; while Equinox is a novel dealing with urban realities. While the former is pithy and thought-provoking, the latter is a simple reflection of modern lives. Madhuri lives and teaches in Pune. Films are as close to her heart as books are; she teaches Film Appreciation in addition to Creative Writing. She enjoys bringing her favourite authors and films to young minds. She also conducts workshops for children and adults. She has also written and published papers on films and on writing. Visit her website http://of-prose-and-poetry.com/#/otherpublications for details. She is currently enjoying the monsoon, immersing herself in her personal library and nurturing ideas for her third book.
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