The Rakshasas and certain other inventions
Swetha Raghunathan

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The stories in The Rakshasas and certain other inventions deal with mundane and ordinary living, revealing the varied fissures that appear and disappear in the same as well the extraordinarily surreal human imagination that enables us to view life both differently, more magically and with greater acuity. These stories are about the child-like sense of play, exploration and wonder which truly make life worthwhile. The primary point these stories make is that the best way to grow up and live life is to continuously view all of life’s experiences through the lens of a child, artist and myth maker.

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Deekshith Harish

A splendid attemt to reveal the rural life through the eyes of liitle lalitha. An easy and delightful read. It takes us to a new world. The theme Resembles harper lee's "To kill a mokingbird".

Jul 18 '15
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Maneesh

The writing skills are good but I was left wanting to read more in each story.

Jun 08 '15
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Teja Srinivas

Apr 04 '15
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Sudhansu M Nayak

Hi Swetha,
Someone had told me once that story writing is like flying a kite-one must know when let loose, when to tighten and when to bring the kite home. I was amazed by the control your words have on the stories. And with the right amount of subtlety mixing with the climax. Wonderful work. Loved them. Please write more. All the best.

Warm regards
Sudhansu

Mar 19 '15
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Nita

Evocative and gripping. A real peek into the life of traditional South India. Liked the first two stories very much, the third wasn't much to my taste, but then, I like the traditional narrative format of a story much better than philosophical discourses.

Mar 03 '15
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Gayathri Manikandan

Can't say how much I loved this book! The Rakshasas story is the one I loved most. With Illustrations, the little girls and the periya paati are going to come alive and this story is going to steal hearts. This story is for younger Audience compared to the other two.

The other two stories need rework, I believe, in terms of writing(not the storyline). Tara's story is beautiful but has many grammatical errors and too much detail at times. Loved how the Author brought in Gandhi chakra into the story(Smiled to myself when grandpa said that it became history too soon).

The third story is funny but its a little tough to absorb(may be, I read it too fast). The idea is novel, took me back to carefree childhood for a moment.

Overall, lovely book and made me feel so good and nostalgic :) The book might need endnotes for non-Tamil readers.

Feb 26 '15
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Nagendra Singh Bisht

Short stories that talk about hidden emotions taking form of characters that become believable through writer's style, especially Story one where Rakshashas formed in the mind of children who were nothing more than the impression in their minds. Story Two was subtle but could have been a little more interesting. Could not really understand Story Three. Overall the characters are believable , interesting and one could relate to. Prose is fine and atmosphere created in Story One and Two is worth drawing into as readers. Best of Luck

Feb 21 '15
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