My rating 9.
2 10 I loved the book It s beautiful There you go I needn t saybut I would say much about this well written, poetic book I picked it up for my book meet themed Writers from North East India and since I wasn t sure I will like the literature being offered or not I picked up the one with short stories And this book took me back to the time reminding me why I loved booksthan people The writing style is lyrical, simple and conveys everything so beautiful Every story leaves you with a sense of completion even when there are cliffhangers The titles are interesting and somehow manage to justify the end of every story For me the book was a 20 10 for about 90% but after that I was left a tinsy bit in the air to look for the endings, hence the rating Onto the book again, it has various short stories from the late 19th century up until now Although the stories are not connected, set Janice Pariat s first collection of short stories Boats on Land is one of the best books that I ve read this year The 15 stories which comprise this book provide a fresh look at one of India s most beautiful landscapes Shillong A few stories are of the British era and mostly are set in post independence India I found that the stories have a poetic feel to it Some of them are drawn from the Khasi folklore, some show the political upheaval that the state has gone through and some show the modern trappings of our age Though the stories are not inter related, I found that the themes of longing for one s home and a sense to belong runs through the stories The only negative point I can say is that in a couple of stories, the author seems to come to an ending rather quickly The This is a collection of 15 short stories set in and around Meghalaya I read this throughout my trip to Assam Meghalaya Arunachal and loved every bit of it.
Janice is a poet who writes prose beautifully The stories combine the rich culture of this part of our country with the local legends and myths to paint us a magical picture The book begins with A Waterfall for Horses, a story dark and magical in equal measures Janice explores a prophecy around an old mansion in Cherrapunjee in Kut Madan 19 87 is about the religious harmony of Shillong while Secret Corridors explores a budding love story in an all girl catholic school.
To choose favourites from the list was difficult The Dream of the Golden Mahseer the story of a boy and his uncle growing up in Shillong and Laitlum a teenage love story of the elder sister from the youn Beautiful set of stories set in Shillong and nearby regions The setting is what makes the book for me Janice Pariat takes her time describing the wondrous locations helping you imagine all the beauty that surrounds you She contrasts this with stories that are often sad with a touch of ethereal to it, evoking in totality the same feeling you have standing on a beautiful mountainside and looking down upon an empty vastness There is some sombreness because of the lack of all things human around and there is a timelessness as well These things are again brought by the timeline that is depicted in the stories By the end of the book, you feel like you ve taken a tour through Shillong both physically and historically The titular story was a standout for me Having read her Seahorse already, I can see that Janice has a fascination with se Janice Pariat s Boats on Land is like a breath of fresh air when you are fishing into the inescapable bulk of many had nothing to do so wrote a book writers among emerging new writers Her writing has a poignancy that is equally poetic and accepting of the reality, as it is silently and subtly powerful Shillong and Assam, well mostly Shillong has been sketched in its bright and dark shades so well, you would feel you were living in some bygone era, thanks to her recall of the colonial hangover The Khasi dkhar gulf of cold indignation also reflects itself in her varied sketches.
Also, coming from a writer from the Northeast, somehow a book of short stories is just so acceptable, considering the intriguing stories tha Highly recommended read my full review at s a short summary of what I think.
There are 15 stories, all of which cover the period from British colonial rule to the hartal ridden, angst filled, factionalism threatened today that s about two hundred years As we read from the first story to the last, the events unfold in chronological order with different sets of protagonists.
Ms Pariat s narrators, many of whom are tweens or teens, stand at the margins of history, observing the turbulence whether in politics, society, within their clan or even inside the minds of their loved ones but they are never really in the thick of the action Still, the reader leaves each story with reluctance the shared pain and empathy remain long after you have turned the pages.
Boats on Land is quintessential Shillong, sketched by an insider And that makes all the diffe Boats on Land Is A Collection Of Short Stories That Offer A New Way Of Looking At The World, And, In Particular, India S Little Known Northeast Set In And Around Shillong, Cherrapunjee And Pockets Of Assam, These Tales Are Shaped Against A Larger Historical Canvas Of The Early Days Of The British Raj, The World Wars, Conversions To Christianity, And The MissionariesSpanning A Sweep Of Centuries, From The Mid S To The [Janice Pariat] ☆ Boats on Land [womens PDF] Ebook Epub Download ☆ Present Day, The Stories Work As A Historical, Sociological Documentation Of A Place And Its People, Interweaving The Quotidian And The Mythic, The Mundane And The ExtraordinaryThis Is A World In Which The Everyday Is Infused With Folklore And A Deep Belief In The Supernatural Here, A Girl Dreams Of Being A Firebird An Artist Watches Souls Turn Into Trees A Man Shape Shifts Into A Tiger Another Is Bewitched By Water Fairies Political Struggles And Social Unrest Interweave With Fireside Tales And Age Old Superstitions ✓ Boats on Land ↠´ Absolutely loved it This books encapsulates fifteen stories that tell us about the legends, spirits, waterfalls, rivers, white mists, pine trees and scarred people The writing style and the use of words and how they are framed together pure genius Certain lines and the endings really made me gasp A blend of different emotions and different times, it is a short story collection to watch out for The fact that it is written about us and by one of us North East Indians make it evenspecial.
Mysterious,Haunting,Dark and ugly like truth.
What a fresh voice English fiction from the North East is uncommon, and these short stories set mostly in Meghalaya give us a look into that beguiling land and its people There is magic and myth and folklore There are also intense human connections and gorgeously verdant landscapes All described in fiercely poetic language Reading Janice Pariat has been an absolute delight.

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