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In this stylish, taut and meditative collection of eleven stories, Radhika Vyas Sharma explores through the prism of short fiction the challenges posed to individuals and families by the processes of migration of homelands while simultaneously dealing with the never ending human quest for love and closure.

Radhika Sharma

Radhika Sharma is the author of  “Parikrama: A Collection of Short Stories” and “Mangoes for Monkeys“, a novel. Radhika’s writing credits include The Santa Clara Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, The SoMa Literary Review, The Times of India, The Economic Times, India Currents, Khabar, Rediff-India Abroad, Little India, In the Fray.com, KQED FM’s Forum, Perspectives and Pacific Time, Curled Up With a Good Book.com among others.

PARIKRAMA

In this stylish, taut and meditative collection of eleven stories, Radhika Sharma explores through the prism of short fiction the challenges posed to individuals and families by the processes of migration of homelands while simultaneously dealing with the never ending human quest for love and closure. From rural Rajasthan to the San Francisco Bay Area, each of these stories is homage to human resilience. In the title story Parikrama, a young man embarks upon a journey, a personal spiritual circumambulation, to connect the dots of his deceased parents’ lives stumbling upon some unexpected secrets of his own. In another story, Agony Aunt a young immigrant Indian mother makes a difficult choice between a sustaining a rare friendship and preserving her self-respect. While Beneath Her Veil the Stars Faded Away set in the late 1980’s in small town Rajasthan tells the tale of an uncommon friendship between a childless middle-aged school principal and a young bride. Parikrama is eleven stories like sashes, sari pins, flowers, waves – a range of style, motifs and voices strung together in a garland of storytelling.

Reviews for Parkirama

This beautiful collection of short stories captures the experiences of life – uplifting, empathy-inducing, and amusing – of its endearing characters with captivating prose that wishes you were there alongside them. The everyday characters come to life with the book’s vivid and engaging prose. The stories all share a common thread of the characters seeking love, acceptance, or a greater meaning in life.

This collection is aptly named Parikrama, as the stories take the reader through an entire gamut of thought-provoking and emotion inducing journeys. Time is a precious commodity and I tentatively took a chance on this debut collection – for sure, the investment was quite definitely worth it and hemce the compulsion to post this review. My favorite stories are: Daddy Cool, Parikrama and Just A Photograph!

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