Step back in time with this pen portrait of small-town India.
Left From The Nameless Shop
Stories from the life you left behind. One that you hope to return to.
In the storytelling vein of RK Narayan’s Malgudi Days
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.
Adithi Rao has been associated with the Hindi film industry. Her stories have frequently appeared in anthology collections.
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PB | Fiction | 328 pp | Rs 399