A Calender Too Crowded – The Last Review As Usual

Now that everyone else in the blog world has finished reading this book, I should not even be talking about it…but I had to…

I read about the book on various blogs I follow and realised that the writer is a pretty popular blogger who goes by the name Deviant Wave.

When Hitchy posted his review  , I was mighty impressed and then Deviant Wave told me that the book hasnt reached the libraries and perhaps I could get it off flipkart.

So, RD was called and he was sweet enough (There people, for once I praised him okie?) to get it for me.

Before I go any further, let me confess that Sagarika Chakraborty, who goes by the name Deviant Wave and is known popularly as Sags, is someone whose blog I havent read earlier..and after reading the book, I am wondering why!!!

Two things

1) I usually dont like short stories. I am the novel wala ladki..give me 500 pages of a single story and I am happy finishing it…but give me short stories, I get a bit scared….

2) I usually read only one book at a time…I  have a cousin who can read multiple books..you know half of this and then 1/3rd of that and then 1/5th of the other…for a confused character like me, I dont think that really works..

But I must admit in case of Calender Too Crowded,

1) I loved the book…

2) I couldnt read it completely…I took short breaks before I actually finished the  book because somehow, I have been deeply affected by every story in it…

Let me tell you that I loved the concept of the book. Each month of the calender, celebrating each ‘day dedicated to woman’ and yet each story had so much to tell, that it left me emotionally drained.

The book held me by its sheer narrative, but I  used to be affected so much by each story that I decided to just read it ‘one story at a time’ instead of non-stop reading…I think that worked well, because then I really went in depth reading it, trying to understand the characters, their thoughts, and so I decided to just read one story at a time…

Each story is a gem and the way its been written…I loved it…the language is not too flowery or over the top, there was hardly a word which I read and wondered what it meant and there is a flow in the story which makes you want to know what happened next…

Each story leaves you with a feeling which I dont know how to describe..I wonder how Sags (I hope I can call her that now!) could manage to write with so much of emotion..

I am not going to discuss each story or anything, but I think the one that lingered the most in my mind was the story of the old couple…I somehow, felt really content after reading it (the others really left me too disturbed)

I would recommend this book..honestly would because its a book every human should read..its a book which doesnt really preach on feminism or anything, but leaves you with enough thought to THINK about issues…

On top of that, as soon as I finished the book, I read in the blogs about Satyamave Jayate and I was like, may be Aamir Khan should invite Sags for a episode to interview her in depth.

Thanks all blog friends for reviewing this and thanks Sags for being kind enough to talk to me on Hitchy’s blog and asking me to buy it. This is one purchase the kanjoos RM is absolutely happy she made 🙂 The book now goes to my Amma for reading 🙂

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74 Responses to A Calender Too Crowded – The Last Review As Usual

  1. hitchy says:

    First to main nahi hoon I am sure…
    the Drama queen would have already appeared before me I am pretty sure !

  2. hitchy says:

    If she gets interviewed by Aamir and she doesnt take me along as her secretary I will not talk to her ! hmph…

    Sag’s remember you were not going to release the book without me and then… what happened huh ? @#$@$#@

  3. Ohk! So I will pick this off Flipkart right away! And hey! Have you read the Indu Sudaresan’s series: The Twentieth Wife, Feast of Roses and Shadow princess? Good reads… Just thought of adding to your list…

  4. Jas says:

    Looks like my list of ‘to be read’ is getting longer by each passing day….

  5. deviantwave says:

    Wow! You know crappy mornings are worth living too when reviews and ppl like this surround me! You gifted me a smile today. That thing u said about SMJ – I bow down and wish Amen. I hope your Amma likes it! 🙂

  6. I have read about this book on many blogs as well and the title sounds very itneresting. I never knew it was all short stories but looks like I would read this one when I come to India 🙂 What with your rave review ! 🙂

  7. Scribby says:

    Ditto like I passed it to my Nani after reading…she has loved it so far…her speed of reading has slowed down but she is at it…Saga you are listening? 🙂

  8. I have read so many good things about this book! And this is one more favourable review. I will check out this book soon.

    Thanks for the honest review, RM. 🙂

  9. lifesong says:

    I too have been seeing reviews about this one. Sounds like a nice book. After seeing your review I think I will get this book now that I am trying to fit reading into my schedule 🙂
    “I usually dont like short stories. I am the novel wala ladki..give me 500 pages of a single story and I am happy finishing it…but give me short stories, I get a bit scared….” same pinch on that 🙂

  10. Smitha says:

    I am so waiting to get to blore and pick this book. I an sure this book is bound to be a keeper:)

  11. Smita says:

    Have heard a lot about this book and looks like an emotional read. Unfortunately I am like you, I cannot read short stories but this one looks to be promising so may be…

    • R's Mom says:

      you will like it Smita..but I think your reading habits are pretty much like mine, so I will advice you to just read one story at a time and give it a pause…it sure got a bit emotional for me…infact to be honest, I had a couple of days where I started having dreams about the stories! (Which of course means the author has done a wonderful job!)

    • deviantwave says:

      Hope the may be is converted and you decide to read the book 🙂

  12. Deeps says:

    What a fantastic idea it is that you have floated here, RM- about Aamir Khan and makers of SJ interviewing Sags on one of their episodes! Just two more months to go before I am home and pick this book up to read!

  13. I had read the review on many other blogs and also in The Hindu. Will grab a copy soon. I love short stories 🙂

  14. ashreyamom says:

    ok.. its time to pick up a new book.. added in to buy/borrow list for reading.. 🙂

  15. anisnest says:

    I will add this book to my looooong list.. 🙂

  16. Swaram says:

    Ditto RM! Am more of the novel kinds too 😀
    Btw, I thought mine would be the last review he he 😛

  17. Amit says:

    I like short stories. I think it started with Sherlock Holmes series, if you can call them short stories.
    Whenever I see someone finish writing a book and get it published, I feel a pang of jealousy. 🙂 Here I am, trying to finish my book like an idiot from the last three years and couldn’t find enough time for it.
    And like you I also cannot read three books at a time. I might get nightmares of Heathcliff, Harry Potter and Aragorn fighting in World War 2.
    Anyways, I will pick this up from Flipkart. I have heard too much about this book to ignore it. 🙂

  18. Sreetama says:

    I’m definitely going to read it. Adding to my Flipkart cart & my loong list of ‘to be read’ books! 🙂 Thanks for the reco! Nowadays, I have started reading 2 books simultaneously. One for metro n one for home!

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