Tell me a story

Tell me a story


, indian-writers, Fiction

Set partly in the small, buzzing town of Amritsar and partly in New Delhi, this is the story of Rani, a young woman in contemporary India. She enjoys her work in a local beauty parlour, loves telling bedtime stories to her little nephew, and is blissfully in love with Shahrukh Khan, the movie star. However, her naturally happy disposition is marred by the real world. Her lower middle-class family lives in a state of constant struggle–to make ends meet, to hang on to their dreams, to keep their fragile lives from collapsing.

However, as their financial troubles escalate, so do Rani’s sister-in-law’s taunts, brother’s frustration and father’s resignation. Emotions run high. Rani’s stories dry up. And here begins Rani’s solitary journey of love and loss. Random events happen that affect each of them, changing their lives forever.

And Rani finds herself in Delhi, in a sudden head-on collision with a world completely alien to her. She finds an unlikely ally in her employer, Sadhna, a stalled novelist, who has been unable to function in a savage literary marketplace.

Tell Me A Story displays remarkable clarity and depth in drawing up the real semi-urban living in India. Fragile and touching, it reminds us of how thin and tenuous are the connections which bind us to our illusory, sane-seeming lives.

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    Tell me a story Reviews

  • Sudipta

    A simple story about the quite tragedies that life brings with it and the inevitable changes that accompany those tragedies. A sedate, observant tale narrated with tremendous honesty and clarity, it r...

  • Rusin Mishra

    Well the byline of the novel should have been "A tale of loss,hope and loss"!...

  • mystrollingsoul Vaishali Gururani

    This book has a special place in my heart because of the way it's written it doesn't screams for your attention rather quietly settles in your heart. Once you'll get in the journey you'll feel like it...

  • aman caur

    The second half of the novel is thin and abrupt, somewhat like Rani's stories. The juxtaposition of two women from different social backgrounds but similar sensibilities doesn't make the story more su...

  • Manoj Kakran

    Very simple story and quite hope and lots of loss....

  • Roopinder Singh

    The rich and the poor live alongside each other in India. So do they in Rupa Bajwa’s book. She is candid and compassionate. The author who won the XXIV Grinzane Cavour Prize for best first novel in ...

  • Ravneet Arora

    Amazingly refreshing and different... couldn't put down until I'd finished it!!!...

  • Anuradha Goyal

    Journey of a small town girl to a big city

  • Baljit

    I would rate this 3.5 stars. As with her previous novel, Rupa Bajwa weaves a story around ordinary people with trials of the daily grind. People are enmeshed in familiar routines due to lack of resour...

  • Ugyen Chophel

    it was beautiful simple story about Indian girl which adds meaning of what we have....