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Left from the Name­less Shop - Sto­ries from the life you have left be­hind. One that you hope to re­turn to.

Storizen Magazine - - What's Inside - - Adithi Rao

A boy com­munes with the gods by talk­ing to a pil­lar. The ‘hi­bis­cus girl’ has her head in the clouds and feet gen­tly planted in her hus­band’s home. Two women, mar­ried to the same man, find a strange ca­ma­raderie bind­ing them to­gether. The whole town gath­ers to save the friendly neigh­bour­hood shop­keeper’s ice cream from spoil­ing in the heat. Short-tem­pered Se­shadri hides a ter­ri­ble shame in his out­bursts. A grand­fa­ther passes on the magic of self-be­lief to his grand­son. Rem­i­nis­cent of Mal­gudi Days, Adithi Rao’s de­but Left from the Name­less Shop is a charm­ing col­lec­tion of in­ter­con­nected sto­ries set in the 1980s fea­tur­ing the res­i­dents of Ru­dra­pura, a small, fic­ti­tious town in Kar­nataka. This is a place bub­bling with en­ergy and the sense of com­mu­nity – one you prob­a­bly lived in and loved while grow­ing up. Th­ese are sto­ries of the life you have left be­hind. One that you hope to re­turn to. ‘A heart-warm­ing and re­as­sur­ing cel­e­bra­tion of the small and the rel­e­vant, which is the need of the hour.’ – Man­soor Khan, Film-maker and au­thor Un­sul­lied by the com­plex­i­ties of moder­nity and set in the fic­tional town of Ru­dra­pura, Adithi Rao’s de­but col­lec­tion is part nos­tal­gia and part long­ing for a sim­pler time and way of life. Her ob­ser­va­tions on small-town In­dia are evoca­tive and rem­i­nis­cent of bed­time sto­ries told by our own grand­par­ents.

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