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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.
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.
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!
A Baker Just Wants To Have Her Cake
"She tells me in India people consider movies . . . glorified Technicolor dreams, a means of uplifting themselves . . . a comforting escape from the everyday routine." Thus Sunya Malhotra, the protagonist in "Pastries," shares her Indian mother's observation on the power and magic of cinema. "Pastries," Bharti Kirchner's first-person novel, is witty, sensitive, and not overwhelmingly profound, much like popular Indian cinema. This is Kirchner's fourth novel and her eighth book (the first four were cookbooks). Born in India, Kirchner worked as a systems software engineer before shifting gears into writing.
Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world…as in being able to remake ourselves.
In the depths of winter I finally learned in me there was an invisible summer
The real artist thinks certainly of totality, but never of perfection. He wants to be totally in it, that’s all.
When he dances, he wants to disappear in the dance.
If you cannot be the poet, be the poem.
I believe in everything.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched…but are felt in the heart.