Book Review: Dangling Gandhi and Other Short Stories by Jayanthi Sankar

Hey guys! I have recently finished reading this short story book by the author Jayanthi Sankar. This is the first book I have read of her’s.

To know more about my thoughts on the book, keep on reading ahead!~

Title: Dangling Gandhi and Other Short Stories

Author: Jayanthi Sankar

Genre: Short story, Drama, Indian Literature

Length: 150 pages

Rating: 4.5⭐ / 5⭐

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Here is a set of short stories that artistically break the traditional rules of storytelling to bring about freshness, so Singaporean, India, and Asian. About 10 out of the 12 short stories ranging right from 1905 colonial period in Singapore, the period of the independence struggle in India to the contemporary modern themes such as ‘my mother is feminist’ are truly SingLit, aptly published when we celebrate our Bicentennial. The collection has all the features like smooth readability, with an anthropological approach, interesting experiments both in content and form that any good collection would be expected to have.

OtakuMeganeChan’s Review:

Dangling Gandhi is a book which has 12 short stories. This book is quite unique as each stories are different with personal account, emotions and meaning attached to them.

The book cover would give you a hint of what the book contains. The cover has abstract faces of different people which very much suits the book, as it has different stories from various walks of life.

You would have to read it slowly to grasp and fully enjoy the book. I found it quite different from what I regularly read. The narration is unique and has a rich vocabulary. However you wouldn’t want to rush with this.

The stories are mostly from the pre-independance era. You will read things which wouldn’t be present at this time, give you a perspective of during those times what people did, think, eat, talk, culture, etc.

Hence you will find each short stories has titles similar to the book title. Each story is completely different from one another. Leaves the reader impressed and pondering over many things the story had to say.

I would recommend reading this book, one or two story a day to let the effects of each story take place, make your brain work and leave you feeling… (you can fill in the blanks)

I would say it is synonym to the movie ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’.

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