Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Full Circle by Yamini Vijendran

Full Circle 
Yamini Vijendran

The Blurb
 Outwardly, Malini is a contented, sixty-something grandmother with a loving family and everything a person could wish for. But Malini has lived her entire life with a secret confined to the deepest recesses of her heart.

Haunted by the past, she travels to Kumbakonam, her native town, which she had left years ago. There, she comes face-to-face with her long-lost love.

After forty years, will Malini be able to reclaim her own life, when love comes knocking at her door once again?

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Such an innocent tale of love. Who says writing about pure love does not win a reader's heart? Just a pure, simple kind love- in its unadulterated form. We always perceive love with hot sex and hotter kisses. But there are kinds of love which makes your heart beat faster, brings a bemused smile on your face - when you think no one is looking and once which is always buried in your heart -even when you are not part of each others life anymore. That is what Yamini Vijendran has given to us in her short novella - Full Circle.

As with Indiread's novellas, the editing makes it a pleasure to read. So was the case in this one too.

Malini, the young girl falls in love, with a young banker Ranjan, but fate had something else in mind for them. All their dreams come to an end when Malini's sister Nalini brings shame to the family by eloping with her lover... (my only bone of contention was this... why that guy?oh why!! :P ) The price was paid by Malini and when Ranjan fails to keep his promise of returning from his parent's house, Malini is forced to move, with her father, to Chennai from Kumbakonam. She is married off and thankfully lands up with an understanding hubby. (No, not the Ajay Devgan kind in Hum Dil Chuke Hai Sanam - thank god!)

Though she accepts her way of life, her love for Ranjan is always present at the back of her mind. After her hubby's demise, she sets on a journey to find some answers from her past. Why did Ranjan behave like that? Why had he not returned? These questions had always haunted her. But she was in for a surprise. Life had moved on in Kumbakonam and her childhood landmarks had all vanished. This shocks her. She does not want to go to her grave with all the questions. Will she?

Yamini Vijendran's penning is simple and beautiful. The small-small details she has written about Kumbakonam is very intrinsic. Ethnic to the core, few nostalgic moments did creep up in my life too. My MIL is from that place and I have visited the places described in this book.

This story also brings to mind the move Aandhi. No, the story is not same at all. But I could easily visualize Sanjeev Kumar in the role of Rajat and Suchitra Sen as Malini. I could not think of any modern stars doing justice to these roles. It has a subtlety which will be drowned with over dramatization.

A small package with a powerhouse of emotions. -- that is what Full Circle by Yamini Vijendran is.

Would I recommend this book: Definite. But .....

Be prepared for a lump in your throat for Nalini .. (No. That is not a spelling error :))

Meet the Author

Yamini Vijendran (@saimini) is the author of ‘Full Circle’, a romance novella published by Indireads. After being a Software Professional for 7 years, Yamini has been freelancing from home for the past 3 years. She loves to dabble in fiction and romance and drama are her favorite genres. Her short stories have been published in ‘Love Stories That Touched My Heart’, an Anthology published by Penguin India, New Asian Writing and Six Sentences. Yamini also likes to pen poems when inspiration strikes, and her poetry has been published in The Indian Review, Contemporary Literary Review of India and ‘A World Rediscovered’ a poetry Anthology by Cyberwit Publications. Yamini draws material for her stories and poems from the world around her. When she is not converting her experiences to stories or poems, Yamini reads, plays with her toddler, and fools around her laboratory, that is, the kitchen. 

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At November 6, 2014 at 7:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A beautiful review, Rubina where the author takes a different perspective, of a 60-year-old women. I'd love to read the book of Yamini:)

At November 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM , Blogger Rubina Ramesh said...

Hi Vishal. Please do. It is such a lovely, innocent tale. And when you do, do let us know your thoughts :)

At November 12, 2014 at 11:22 PM , Blogger Sundari Venkatraman said...

Awesome review Rubina. I loved Yamini's book too :)

At November 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM , Blogger Rubina Ramesh said...

Thanks Sundari :)


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