Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Book Review : Knitted Tales: A collection of emotions by Rubina Ramesh

Book- Knitted Tales: A collection of emotions

Author- Rubina Ramesh

Genre- Short stories

Publisher- Self Published under the banner of The Book Club


What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate? 
Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you? 

Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?

Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?

Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?

In her anthology, Knitted Tales: A collection of emotions, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet make the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.


A secret in their closet was a very intricate tale with usual turns. I was ready to shriek out after I started reading the story. The author has started on a great note, transferring her skills on the very first page. The story was short, crisp, and precise but didn’t contain completely new traits. It was just a change within the old package but the change was a rejuvenating one. I liked the character of Anjali quite a lot because she was really mysterious, dark and rigid, completely suiting the tale.

Betrayal was a really interesting story because of its strange familiarity. Every nook and corner seemed visited yet there was an aroma of freshness in it. I liked Sudesh’s character in the whole because he made me really curious in the whole process.

Chiclets, the sweetest tale I read in this collection. I was not certain what I was about to read in this. I was procrastinating. It so happens when we read about such tales. Two girls, different backgrounds, stuck in a situation. I so loved the whole incident and situation that took me to a wonderful ride in order to get me through some wonderful lessons.

Forgive me, for I have sinned sent shivers down my spine. It was a love story of a great repute. There was everything in the tale that I longed to read in a love tale. There was no romance, still it was there, there were no hidden aspects yet there was a lot that I explored. I was swaying after reading this small tale of love.

Stories like Lolita are really hard to find these days. The story was short of conversations but still it didn’t seem incomplete at all. There was a strong emotional flow in the story and that is why the connection formed between the reader and Lolita grows stronger word after word. The phases of Lolita’s life were planned in such meticulous way that the whole tale got uplifted.

No Regrets, a comical tale of Raima and Arvind. Well in all senses it was a story that didn’t came 
with fights, though it was the needed thing, it didn’t came with heartbreaks though that was intended to come, but it came with lessons, loose strands and a great plan.

SuvarnaRekha touches the actual rims of India in a very subtle manner. What I really liked in the story is the fact that the story didn’t reveal its true colors till the end. And the trend is followed in a lot of stories which make them really interesting and involving.

The little godmother touches a very difficult and critical subject, child psychology. When most of the people ignore the cries and abnormal behavior of the children, the story teaches us what needs to be actually done. A simple process, few smiles and a great tale added in the collection.

The missing staircase is a reality check. But for most of the people the time flies just like it happened with Christie. The author managed to be really curt and show the real face to the people who have move ahead in life, leaving even the pathway behind.

The other woman, a provoking satirical story, the author follows the trend of revealing things at the end in a very crucial way. The ending is really moving because in life both the sides are right sometimes and the difficulty of choosing from both the right options becomes much more difficult.

Daddy, hear me out and Cliff Notes are the ending stories of the book. They have in them different kind of juices of fiction. On one hand Daddy, hear me out is a very simple, quite heard tale and on the other hand cliff notes is a mesmerizing narration of a mountain. I simply loved all the images that were penned in the story.

Summing up- The collection was a superb amalgamation of varied emotions, narrations and situations. I loved Cliff Notes, SuvarnaRekha, No regrets, and forgive me for I have sinned. These stories were vivid, had great hue and allowed my reading experience to be an enchanting and ecstatic journey.

  • “If silence had a sound of its own, then there would be a cacophony of screams.”

About the author-

Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of the book club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. Living with her DH and two human kinds and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about- that of a writer. Her other published works are featured in various anthologies.

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Buy the book-
  • Amazon link- https://www.amazon.in/Knitted-Tales-collection-Rubina-Ramesh-ebook/dp/B01M6UV0DK?ie=UTF8&keywords=knitted%20tales%20rubina%20ramesh&qid=1484059144&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this lovely review Jasleen. It means a lot to the author when prolific bloggers like you can connect to the stories. For a debut author, this kind of review is very encouraging. Thank you!


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