These Circuses That Sweep Through the Landscape is a collection of ten short stories by Tejaswini Apte-Rahm. Short stories are tricky – and These Circuses That Sweep Through the Landscape definitely conquers this genre.
Ten stories – each very different and each brilliant on its own. The best part of These Circuses That Sweep Through the Landscape has got to be the writing. Clear, crisp, and concise writing throughout the book. I had a great time reading the book as a whole.
The ten short stories are – Homo Coleoptera, Thank God for Star Trek, The Mall, The Girl Who Loved Dean Martin, Cotton, The House on the Hill, Drinks at Seven, Sandalwood, Mili, and These Circuses That Sweep Through the Landscape. If I had to pick favourites, they would be The House on the Hill, Sandalwood, and Mili.
All ten short stories are very well written and showcase human relationships and emotions brilliantly. Relationships between spouses, a mother and daughter, the master and servant, the couple that was, all of it find a place in the book. There is something for everyone in this book.
Though most stories were well thought of and held my attention for the length of it, somehow The Mall was a bit too much for me. Perhaps because it was too long. But even in The Mall, the author depicts the details in such precision you may actually want to go shopping.
Short stories are, like I said, tricky. They are supposed to give us a plot, substance, emotions, characters, premise etc in a few pages. And they have to end in a way that makes the story linger on. The reader must want to read more of the story, yet understands the brilliance in keeping it short. Short stories tend to leave us wanting. These Circuses That Sweep Through the Landscape by Tejaswini Apte-Rahm achieves that.
I would recommend These Circuses That Sweep Through the Landscape by Tejaswini Apte-Rahm for anyone who loves short stories/clear and crisp writing/dark and complex emotions… the book has got a lot going for it. Just go ahead and read it.
Definitely a good read.
I received a review copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
A fanatical collector of beetles finds out too late where his passion has led him. A woman out on a shopping spree in a glitzy mall finds she can’t go home again. A servant girl experiences a cruel loss of innocence when she eats something that wasn’t meant for her. In the sweltering heat of Bombay, a schoolgirl finds the ground slipping beneath her feet except when she’s watching Star Trek. Four friends meet for drinks one evening, only to find that their friendship is not what it seems. And, in the extraordinary title story, a student who has worshipped his teacher for decades comes to a terrible realization about him. Meanwhile, his old mentor is planning a cunning legacy of his own.
About the Author
Tejaswini Apte-Rahm is a writer from India who has lived in Serbia, Israel, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Bangladesh. She studied in Singapore and the UK and worked as an environmental researcher for ten years. Tejaswini was a journalist in Mumbai and has written for Screen, Hindustan Times, the Times of India and Asian Age. She currently lives in London and is a full-time writer.