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