Ships That Pass

Ships That Pass

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2013, , reviewed, Fiction

A subtle exploration of love and marriage within a murder-mystery. Ships That Pass tells the story of Tara and Shaan, near strangers to each other after fourteen years of being married, and Tara's sister, Radhika, recently engaged, almost on a whim, to someone she barely knows. Even as Radhika tries to understand how a once ideal marriage has come undone, and struggles with her own feelings for an older man, tragedy strikes: Tara dies in mysterious circumstances and Shaan is arrested for murder. In the aftermath, Radhika realizes that while life may seldom turn out as expected, the only hope lies in finding the courage to take one's chances. A meditation on the nature of love and marriage, this subtle novella is vintage Shashi Deshpande. '[A] mesmerizing writer. . .you can never walk away from her stories.' About the AuthorShashi Deshpande, daughter of the renowned Kannada dramatist and Sanskrit scholar Shriranga, was born in Dharwad. She studied economics in Mumbai, then moved to Bangalore, where she gained a degree in law. Her writing career began in 1970, initially with short stories, of which several volumes have been published. She is also the author of eight novels, the best known of which are That Long Silence, which won the Sahitya Akademi award and is considered a landmark in Indian writing in English; The Dark Holds No Terror; Small Remedies; Moving On; and The Country of Deceit.

Title:Ships That Pass
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9788129119582
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    Ships That Pass Reviews

  • Versha

    2018Read for the second time and loved it more! It has always been so easy for me to connect to all Shashi Deshpande characters’ and this was no different. It’s like I know them already and I love...

  • Ranjini

    This book seemed interesting at the outset. What can you really know about a person that you "arrange" to marry? What can you know about a person that you "love" and then marry, and possibly the diffe...

  • Prerna Gandhi

    Idol of Indian literary culture💖...

  • Smita Beohar

    While the other girls in her group were busy chalking out their future plans post their graduation, Radhika wasn’t sure what she wanted from life. On an impulse she urges her brother to find a match...

  • Divya Purandar

    It was a rediscovery of Shashi Deshpande whose works I used to read in college. I loved the central theme of this book i.e. marriage and the author's reflections on the same. Having said that, I wishe...

  • Sahil Pradhan

    Ships that pass, such a poetic title and such a fascinating tale of thriller, mystery and fiction just in one bundle of 200 pages, who else but the queen of Indian Common fiction, Shashi Deshpande wou...

  • Tejaswini

    Radhika, as soon as writing her degree exams decides to get married. She imagines a fairy land full of love with her future husband to live in. She convinces her family to hunt for a good boy and post...

  • Nayonika Roy

    Ships that Pass has been an average read for me. A story that revolves around marriage, death, trauma and murder/ suicide, the blurb fails to talk much about it. Even with realistic frame of character...

  • Rishi Katiyar

    An young woman/girl, carefree, high spirited and determined, baffled for her future after a discussion with her friends, enlightened with the thought that the best way to end the uncertainty of her fu...

  • Sunny

    The book is a commentary on the thought process of a newly graduated girl in middle-class India. She loves her family, but is a rebel with a big mouth. She is jealous of her beautiful elder sister and...