Thursday, February 13, 2020

Regional Book Review: Surgical Blade (Stories) by C.Anand


Surgical Blade is an anthology by debutant author C.Anand. There are six stories in this collection where varying themes like retribution, casteism, paternity,loneliness and depression are explored.The book is published by Ivory Books,Thrissur, one of the latest entrants to Malayalam publishing arena.

As I mentioned earlier, Surgical Blade has got six stories.The language is pretty simple and you can easily finish reading this book in a couple of hours or so.Though the themes explored in the book are quite decent, to be very honest, none of them manage to break new grounds nor do they explore any hitherto unexplored ones.While 'Surgical Blade' deals with 'revenge and retribution',the story also tries to make a social commentary on the sexual violence faced by tribal women.'Munichaami' is a story which tries to deal with the multiple themes of estranged paternity and apathetic attitude shown by children towards their elderly parents at the same time. Among the stories, I felt 'Jaathibeejam', which takes a subtle dig at casteism as the pick of the lot.

On the whole, 'Surgical Blade' is a decent collection.

-nikhimenon

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