What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate?
Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you?
Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?
Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?
Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?
In her debut anthology, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet makes the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.
My Honest Review :
I have always admired Rubina as a
person. Though I had met her for first time few months back, our online
conversations always left me awed of her. Inspite of the time difference (she
stays in Arizona), she is always there promoting authors, their books, managing
work of The Book Club (fondly known as TBC), sorting out issues of reviewers or
helping out. I always wonder when does this lady sleeps???
As much as I am in awe of her as a
person I also loved her style of writing. Having read some of her articles n
reviews, which I loved reading I always wondered why she never penned a book???
when her first book was released I was curious to read her creation and I am
Tales, is a
collection of 12 short stories which author has penned through her various
stages of her life, gathering instances from her surroundings and experiences. Each
story has a deep meaning and emotions which a reader can feel while reading it.
Each story has a hidden message which makes us think and analyze, put ourselves
in the protagonist place and think.
Some of the stories and what I felt after
reading the stories are:
Secret in their Closet:
spooky yet heart touching story.
Betrayal: An classic story of domestic violence but
with unusual ending.
Chiclets: story of any teenage girl in foreign land
who faces criticism and racism due to her dark skin tone. The best part is how
the girl overcomes this problem in her own sweet way is definitely a lesson
adults must learn.
me, for I have sinned: story
of teenage love followed by heartbreak which results in the struggle of a man
to become successful.
Lolita: Lalita, an innocent girl in her teens,
what forces her to become a sexy siren?
educated Indian woman, who struggles to find her own identity and feet in foreign
land, without breaking her marriage and making her husband understand her dilemma.
SuvarnaRekha: heart wrenching love story.
lil Godmother: this
story is a common one which every child faces with the arrival of his/her
younger sibling. This story definitely is a lesson all parents must learn to
prevent that green eyed monster seeping in between the siblings.
Missing Staircase, The Other Woman, Daddy hear me out are also heart touching stories which
touches you to core especially Daddy hear me out.
Finally, Cliff Notes: left me speechless to core.
In other words,
Knitted Tales is a nice
mix of human emotions, and morals of life which one must never forget. Nice
work Rubina, can’t wait to read more of your works.
Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.
Her other published works include:
'Home is where Love is’ a short story in the anthology Writings from the Heart. Ed. by Beth Ann Masarik.
‘You Stole My Heart’ and ‘Let me Go’. Short stories as a part of the anthology Long and Short of It by Indireads.
'Wake Me Up' as a part of the anthology Marijuana Diaries by Fablery Publishers.