The Binding vine – by Shashi Deshpande

thebindingvineHow does one cope up with the loss of a child? Or with any other loss for that matter? Does tragedy put an end to life? No, it doesn’t. Life goes on. Not as if nothing had happened. But yet it goes on. One doesn’t stop assimilating experiences and feelings that come on the way. And this is what the protagonist of this novel by Shashi Deshpande lives through after the death of her one year daughter. Her pain is intertwined with the lives of other people she meets and relates to.

This is my second novel by Shashi Deshpande (the first one being MOVING ON), and I am impressed by her narrative style. Its like living the moments yourself. But what I did not like in the previous book as well as this one is the presence of very predictive elements. You see things coming well in advance and in a very expected manner.

As for the ratings, I would give it a 2.5 out of 5.

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