Monday, February 2, 2015

Canvas of Dreams by Jaya Siva Murty


A tale of a woman's journey of self discovery and passion. Jaya Siva Murty has created a very strong character in Riya. Written in first person, from  Riya's point of view. A reader will find herself growing as the protagonist unravels herself as the story progresses. 

Riya is influenced by three men in her life. Ryan, Siddharth and Rehaan. Each of the men, help her in the path of self discovery. Ryan. , her childhood love-  who left her and went away without any explanation.  Siddharth who married her but never understood her and Rehaan who had the same passion for art as she did. But was that enough? Here I must quote the author as she describes relationships with such a panache.

 "He  turned  and  smiled.  ‘Yes,  you  must  be  right.  I  know   nothing  about  art  and  relationships.  However,  I  do  know  one  thing.  It’s  not   about how similar or how different two people are. A relationship is about whether they are able to celebrate and enjoy those similarities and dissimilarities.  Have  a  happy  life  with  whoever  you  love.’  And  so  saying,  he  walked away. "

Jaya has introduced her characters at an interval and thus even in a short space - it doesn't feel cramped. Riya does not make marriage the do all and end all. Thank god for that or I might have put my reader down. I am fed up with our modern day girls thinking that marriage is a means to livelihood. We don't think like that anymore and when our dear authors insists upon depicting us as our past doppelgangers, it feels that our struggle to gain our foothold has been in vain. 


I loved the character of Ria. Strong, sensible and a woman of today.She knows her mind and can work towards her goal. The incident just before the exhibition, with Rehaan, where she does not back down from her stand, even though he was "the" man (or was he?) of her life-  made me laugh and want to hug her. Every time I thought Ria was going to be weak, she rose like the Phoenix.

But the relationship between Siddharth and Ria felt a bit incomplete. Ria's anger came out well, but Siddharth's passion and quirks did not live up to Ria's anger. They were not enough passionate fights,which the story demanded, but were rather 'spats' between a husband and a wife. 

To some extent I felt the author had neatly tied up the relationships just to take the character out of Riya's life. A possessive person does not let go so easily. :)

Few places the story dragged specially where Rehaan was concerned.  Or maybe I wanted to know to reach the end too soon ? :) 

Will I recommend this book : Definitely a one time read. You wont regret spending your dollars for this short read.

Canvas Of Dreams
Jaya Siva Murty

The Blurb
 Riya seems to have lost everything—the man she loves to another woman, her husband to death and her soul to fear.An unexpected meeting with her first love, Ryan, stirs up long repressed feelings but also allows her to move out of the long shadow of the past. Unburdened, she feels free to pursue her dream of opening an art gallery and the handsome and intriguing artist Rehaan. But memories of her marriage refuse to fade away and then suddenly, Ryan shows up in her life again. Now, Riya must find the courage to reconcile her past and present.For Riya, life is a canvas of dreams. Can she distinguish between reality and fantasy?
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Meet the Author

Jaya Siva Murty is a business writer and social media manager from Visakhapatnam, India. Fascinated with the written word since the age of ten, she would file away her poems and short stories in a secret diary, till some were finally published by ‘Times of India’ and ‘Savvy’. She has written for the Economic Times and now provides India-relevant stories for a Hong Kong based magazine. When she’s not designing content for websites, or writing technical blogs and articles for clients worldwide, she spins yarns with unusual twists and turns through her works of fiction.

Jaya holds a business management degree and has taken creativity lessons at Stanford University. ‘Canvas of Dreams’ is her debut foray into novella writing.

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At February 2, 2015 at 10:43 PM , Blogger Ashwini Gopalkrishnan said...

very nice review
Congrats Jaya Siva Murthy

At February 3, 2015 at 1:10 AM , Blogger Sundari Venkatraman said...

lovely review Rubina! Need to really learn how to write one from you. I loved Jaya Murty's book too :)

At February 9, 2015 at 8:47 PM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Thanks Ashwini :)

At February 9, 2015 at 8:48 PM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Thanks Sundari. If you promise to lend me you spinning tales mind :D


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