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REVIEW: Circus Folk & Village Freaks By Aparna Upadhyaya

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Meet the beautiful people of the Circus, and the freaks who live in the Village next to them. Mangled, jangled, misunderstood, all find a place in the rich tapestry of this book.
Siamese twins separate to lose half a heart each and find snake-man and tiger-taming lovers. A man bitten by a crocodile becomes a God, and a Devadasi woos the entire countryside with her culinary artistry.
Fates intertwined lead sometimes to tragedy, sometimes happy summits of fame. A clown finds his place in Hollywood and mute animals break unspeakable chains. A twisted man falls in love with a mirror and a white man is unmade by the Indian sun.
In this book are tales for every season and every reason. Tales of human depravity that take innocent lives, and of a murderers’ insanity that follows, fitting revenge by nature, red in tooth and claw.
These stories are told in the form of narrative poems in rhyming couplets.
Look inside and you will find, you have been to this Village. Surely, you have been to this Circus too.


TITLE- Circus Folk & Village Freaks
AUTHOR- Aparna Upadhyaya
FORMAT- Hardcover

*Thanks to the author for a physical review copy*

18 beautifully constructed tales full of wit!

Can we all take a moment to cherish the beauty of the cover? The cover itself emits such happy vibes so how could I not give this book a try? And I am glad that I read it. I believe, no one can resist diving into the book after having a look at the cover, the title, and the description. To me, this book is like an epitome of uniqueness. (Is uniqueness really a word though?) 

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Aparna Upadhyaya has done something out of the box. she has transformed short stories into poetry which I feel is a huge accomplishment in itself. Poetry is the most difficult form of writing, and merging a short story and poetry together is really something unexpected but the author has done it in such a smooth way that it seems like an effortless task. hats off to her for that. She has constructed a regular plot and then boom! a rhythmic plot twist. Creativity levels at its peak. Way to go woman.

I am not going to discuss the stories covered in the book because I personally feel that diving into this book blind is much more enjoyable and moreover the stories have that fantasy twist, which, revealing the plot might spoil and I don't want that for you. 

Aparna's humor and witty writing style kept me hooked throughout and when I finished the book, I wanted more!

The book also covers some sensitive topics like homosexuality, feminism, homophobia, racism and much more. So this one is not only an enjoyable read but also a productive read.

I would greatly recommend this book to the readers who are not finding an inspiration to read. I mean it sometimes happens to me that I don't feel like reading at all because I got too engrossed into one genre and now all the books seem similar. So if you want to get out of that 'Readers Block' (a condition when you lose interest in reading or no longer feels like reading because you have read so much), you might want to read this book and the work is done, its like a breath of fresh air. I am an avid romance reader but sometimes even I need something different and this book did that for me. kudos!


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I would like to conclude my review by saying that we are all freaks in our own way.

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