I absolutely have delightful thought upon this pretty book. It has mused with mix of emotions.
Olive Beans is all about experiencing the goodness around and inside a person’s heart. There are stories revolving around a cafe named Olive Beans run by Maya, a woman around her thirties. Initially the book has a personal story of her (Maya) discussing her life with her Fauji husband Sid and their meet in Ladakh. The author shows short yet elaborate description of her welcome as a Fauji wife.
All the stories are simple and have an underlying interconnected emotions. The stories are interlinked with love, care and pain, loss. All the stories happen or are related with the cafe and the name of the book are narrated from Maya’s perspectives which leads to her towards the quest of truth “feeling don’t leave, even if the person does“.
Here are the blurb of some of some stories ahead:
1. Burberry: Sarika, a Counselor in an IT form comes to the cafe for exactly ninety minutes with cloth from laundry. But one fine morning she comes with the shopping bags bringing gifts for her family and when Maya questions her about those clothes. Sarika reveals her heart wenjing story of her husband Vikram and the feeling of caring this emotion for all these years. Perhaps after disclosing in sharing her past Sarika feels lighter. She feels a strange liberation.
The stories are beautifully portrayed and every character is realistic. Characters are given importance in every story. The storytelling is appreciable sweet and without beating-the-bush.
The writing style is fluid. There’s no confusion in the aim of the stories. The stories are about common people shown extraordinary with modernity.
I genuinely loved every effort the author has put into the book through her words. Overall a wonderful short and pleasing read.
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