Hence I shall always be grateful to Harimohan for this wonderful review … Do read it!

Link again – http://harimohanparuvu.blogspot.com/2012/01/calendar-too-crowded-sagarika.html

To quote Hari and give a snippet:

“Sagarika writes well. She has all the basic qualities of a good writer. She knows and uses the language well, has a flair for writing, writes with conviction and with credibility. She has a vivid imagination, feels deeply for her characters and does her research thoroughly. Her voice is distinct and there is no pretence, and she tells the stories simply – straight from the heart. It is evident that this is an issue that bothers her much, and one hopes that she has been able to rest some of these demons, these doubts and frustrations at these injustices, after writing the book. For one so young, she would hardly be in her mid twenties I’d think, she impressed me with her knowledge and research into mythology, the many references to the Mahabharatha, and more,  spanning into the plight of Tibetan refugees. What struck me as most impressive, was her ability to get into the lives of these women and sound so convincing. To think like a mother, a violated refugee, an old woman in an old age home, a prostitute’s daughter, a daughter-in-law in an old fashioned household and so many more characters would have been  difficult for a college going young girl, unless one has met such women or read about them extensively. Even if you did, it still drains a lot out of you to visualise, feel for them and write it all down.

But then Sagarika has chosen the difficult route. In a world where selling chicklit is easy, something which she could easily have written given her age, her ISB days and her considerable writing talent, she chooses to write stark, difficult stories that force the reader to think, to look at oneself. She raises difficult questions that are easier shoved under the carpet. Once she chose this path it was always going to be difficult to find ways of telling these stories differently and making them deliver the message and the desired impact. But that is a choice well-made and I laud her for that – for not having taken the easy route and written a romance set in the ISB for which many top publishers would have queued up for.  After all, there is a market for those kind of books – a vacuous market that one need not pander to, even if it is a large sized one!”