Title : The Rude Tenderness of our Hearts

Author : Saket Suryesh

No. Of pages : 94

Price : Rs. 350

Format : Paperback, Kindle edition, Hardcover

Publishers : Partridge India

Blurb :

Smith studying art at Yale, with a bright future ahead of him. He is not a man of half-measures. What happens when he falls in love? And who does he fall in love with? How much love is too much love? Surprise yourself with Love in Yale.Shiva is a man in mourning, an asocial man, even if great. What will a father do whose daughter falls in love with an ascetic and a warrior? How would she win in love if not by losing herself? Read to find how the story of Shiva and Shailputri ends. Sarthak is a modern man, with a modern family, trapped in the modern world. This day has seen him coming out as an undisputed winner in corporate warfare. He is rushing to meet those he loves- his wife, his daughter. What happens then? Will time bring solace or will he be Betrayed by Time? A soldier is beheaded on India- Pakistan border. His headless body comes back. Will his soul find its salvation in the patriotic reception he gets as a martyr, having served his country? He is an Indian soldier, he could belong to any country. Where is the resolution to the people who die in such conflicts? Are they great men destined for divinity or are they human, all too human, like me and you? Discover a different perspective of territorial conflicts in The Death of Soldier. These and three other stories are placed in different time, different worlds, with nothing but one common thread that runs across them, connecting them is a human heart beating across the book. Surrender to the magic of a human heart.

Title and Cover :

The title ‘The Rude Tenderness of our Hearts’ reveals that the book deals with the rough and gentleness embodied in human hearts since the oxymoron in the title infuses suspense in the readers. But the cover page could have been better as the cover page is the first thing every readers note before picking up a book.

Review : 

The book is a collection of 7 short stories which are unique and different from each other. Every stories are well woven with heart stirring emotions and are narrated well with utmost care. Almost every stories had a tragic ending which were easy to guess but the way of story telling upheld the stories. Apart from dealing with the emotions persisting in a family, some stories also deals with patriotism, social issues and parental care. Some stories had the ability to pierce our heart with their plot and some weren’t that good. The words were simple and elegant which maintained coherence of the book. The story which deeply touched my heart is A Bloodied Broken Moon which deals with the love of a poor father towards his little daughter and how mercilessly his daughter was killed leaving him forsaken. And the story The death of a soldier not only speaks about the love of a husband and wife but also about the struggles every army men undergo for his nation when the corrupted politicians were busy in thinking of ways to pile up their wealth. The book had some typo errors and the poems at the start of every story prepares us to travel through the story.

My view :

This book is packed with overflowing emotions about every relationship of life – father and son, father and daughter, husband and wife, friendship etc. A good try but could have been better.

Ratings :

Cover : 3.5 / 5

Title : 4.5 / 5

Plot : 3.5 / 5

Editing and proofreading : 3.5 / 5

Narration : 4 / 5

Overall ratings : 3.5 / 5

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Thanks for readings…

The above review is just what I thought and felt by heart. Your views might vary from mine.


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