Exploring Bohemian lives
A collection of ten entertaining stories about unconventional individuals and lives. That can be the shortest introduction we can give to the book 'Allegories for Bohemians' penned by Tapo Vijay Kar and published by Notion Press.
Justifying the title, each story in the book introduces to us some Bohemian lives. The readers can perceive distinct levels of human nature in each story in the collection. Set in different places and situations, they all remind us that there can be such people among us and we only have to identify them.
The story 'Brenda's Kitchen' gives the first impression that it is about the serene life of an elderly woman who is living in a mountain village and the light moments in her day-to-day life. However, the author gradually leads the reader into a totally different mood and sends a chill down the spine with the arrival of some guests in her home-stay.
'Ether' tells the tale of Tathagoto, a Kolkata-based man who works in Bangalore. His life takes a different turn when his paternal uncle Brijesh, an intelligent scientist, goes missing. As he starts searching for his uncle, the story starts taking the form of a sci-fi. He ends up finding out a new level of the universe which gives answers to his doubts.
The passion for something can push one to go to any extent to achieve the same, tells the story 'Home for All'. Gayatri, who dreams of opening a business of makeshift shelter homes for disaster victims, is facing shortage of funds. But as she realized that the aim is more important than the way to reach it, she decided to take an odd path and finally makes her dream come true.
All of us are familar with different kinds of services in everyday life. The story 'Service' unfurls the life of a man who is offering an extra ordinary service to attain the goals in his life while helping others to fulfill theirs. We may feel it is totally weird to engage in the 'memory service', but as long as there are customers, it is a profitable business.
'The Chronicle of an Incognito' is about a person who takes revenge to the next level and intelligently executes his plans to pay back all who were bitter to him. The person seems to be unstoppable even after his life takes a new turn.
'The Night' is about how a young woman's life change totally in a single day. Niti was leading an ordinary life with her husband and their life turned upside down after accepting the invitation of their friend to attend an event. She broke the shell of a meek woman and identified the adventurous lady within her and freed herself from the chains of a restricting life.
Unlike other girls, Jennifer aka Jen in 'Layla' is a tomboy who is a sports aspirant. She has some inferiority complexes deep inside for not being a girlish girl. The story revolves around the adventuruous life Jen leads. At one point, she identifies the real 'girl' inside herself and puts an end to the somewhat mysterious adventure she is engaging in.
'The Betrayal' is about Rati's love life which blooms in her early thirties after leading a lonely life. The bubble of happiness is exploded after her partner disappears abruptly and fails to maintain proper communication, which is a sufficient reason for a break-up. The memories of betrayal haunts her and the thirst to give a fitting reply turns out to be a different episode of love.
The story titled 'Oblivion' the society restricts even basic human emotions in the name of moral values. Animesh and Pooja, who were leading a tedious day-to-day life learns how life can be more satisfying if they broke the social constraints and defined relations with an out of the box perspective.
The story 'The Servant' tells how the passion for history changed a common man's life forever. The tale is more of a treasure hunt game that is able to keep one excited till the end. Destiny is interpreted as something that decides our life and in this story it is something like a poetic justice granted to a servant who was stayed loyal, but misunderstood.
All the ten stories are engaging and offer quite interesting climaxes. The author has effortlessly presented the visuals through words to make the readers feel that they are watching a movie. The simplicity in narration is a highlight as there are many writers who extravagantly use unfamilar vocabulary only to distract the common people. In short, 'Allegories for Bohemians' ensures that all types of readers who pick the book are entertained.