- File Size: 373 KB
- Print Length: 118 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Smashwords (December 27, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 27, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005QRPDP4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,380 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Coloured and Other Stories Kindle Edition
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One reason I read is because books give you an insight to a world you do not know, and this is exactly what this collection does with humour and honesty.
In fact, the stories reminded me of Jhumpa Lahiri's short story collection UNACCUSTOMED EARTH, which is one of my favourites.
and as a side note, eBook readers do seem to be made for short stories, the perfect 'dip in, dip out' device!
Having read and been a part of some of Moha Doha's social circles I was already well aware of her background and her style of writing in some form or another and I have read two of her and considered myself prepared for ten amazing literary shorts, I can say without a doubt she caught me way off gaurd.
Some of these tales fit what I had read, such as "Truth" which is a wake up call to a young woman who was raised with big brothers in America and her family, for the most part, is to her American-ized. She goes to University, is a bit snooty, doesn't believe what she is reading about what she perceives is the truth about her families Indian Culture till one family gathering she learns a very hard lesson about truth and just how lucky she is. The style was tight and to the point and brilliantly presented.
"Food", of course I am going to talk about this story. It is a story about attraction, about office relationships, about shame and tastes and it made me angry, hungry for curry and pizza with the works, and wanting to smack an idealistic character of the "office friend" who makes you feel like an idiot despite the fact you are the better employee. Who is popular with the co-workers around the water cooler, who is a friend, but not really a friend, and who has made you feel inferior? Who would have thought the issue of food could do this? Yes, sorry, I gone a bit off-track but as a writer of short stories, and a fan of The Canterbury Tales I am a bit obsessed with the proper use of the idealistic character.Read more ›
Each story carries its own distinct flavor and protagonist, weaving its prose into your heart without using extreme shock tactics or exploiting easy avenues like shaming white Americans or spitting upon life within a conservative Indian family. Yes racism happens in some of the stories, to varying degrees, sometimes violent but mostly of the cold condescending sort that is quite familiar to anyone of color who has had to endure it in school or at work. (It's a sort of racism that the perpetrators often do not realize they're inflicting, one I am quite familiar with experiencing and actually am quite delighted to see so accurately portrayed in some of these stories.) Yes, also, there are stories portraying an Indian protagonist feeling a level of embarrassment at their own culture, yearning for their families to "be more American" so they would fit in better with their peers, but there is no hint of whining self pity about it. It's part of what makes each of these stories so very readable and approachable. It's possible to sympathize with these characters without feeling put on the spot, or judgmental of them.
I can't say I felt let down by any of these stories.Read more ›
I admire Mohanalakshmi's heart and ambition, and I look forward to reading more of her books.
Be ready for evocative stories that propel you to reflect! I especially loved the imagery and emotion of "Tree" and the unique progression of "Dasi".
Well, I stopped questioning and I opened the book. I fell into the world of the various peoples that were affected individually by the outside world for the color of their skin, their traditions as well as from their own culture.
Ranging from Dashi, a prisoner of her own society's tradition to Ganesh, judged for the color of his skin, except by the one who sacrificed herself, regardless of the fact that she was the color of those who caused the torment...she helped Ganesh, because she saw more in him.
The stories were told with a lyrical quality, that did not stay focused on the negatives, but showed the hope, that was to be found by the characters in their individual stories, and the love given to them by those that surrounded them.
The stories, touched my own emotions that ranged from tears to anger and then finally joy.
These are stories that are important, that can open eyes, give understanding, if the reader is open to receive. Even today, the messages in the stories are relevant...I recommend this book to all ages, because all can find a gem that will give understanding in relating to one another...not just on the subject of race, but just as human beings.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This collection of short stories is one that I wish I had read in college. The narration is fresh and engaging and even though you barely get to know the characters, each and every... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rebecca
This is a collection of ten short stories, some of which have been published in various literary magazines. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by RKG Reviews
I enjoyed these stories. They deal with cultural contrasts and different societal traditions in an intelligent, sensitive way. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by CatsAndBooks
I hope you pick up an eBook copy of Coloured & Other Stories soon. The immigrant experience is strong in this collection, and the details that make up the life of these women and... Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by Just A. Reader
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