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The Lovers and the Leavers it was one of those rare finds, I stumbled upon this book while searching for something else, and the title got me hooked, instantly It was not like Whoa , but like a song going round and round in my head, maybe because of the alliterative aspect of the title, a lilting note, as if carried by the wind The book is a petite collection of some of the most charming stories I ve ever come across Of course, the best take away from the book had to be the all pervasiv The Lovers and the Leavers it was one of those rare finds, I stumbled upon this book while searching for something else, and the title got me hooked, instantly It was not like Whoa , but like a song going round and round in my head, maybe because of the alliterative aspect of the title, a lilting note, as if carried by the wind The book is a petite collection of some of the most charming stories I ve ever come across Of course, the best take away from the book had to be the all pervasive three in one indulgence, first the photo, then the poem, finally the prose It added such a poignant charm to the already poetic world that Abeer Hoque had spun all around, and it was a delight just losing myself in the resultant old world magic The stories are inter linked, sometimes through characters, sometimes through events or locations, but are standalone gems as well Since I got to read them all together, in this collection, I savoured the thoughts and feelings even , as the sense of being overwhelmed never left me as such, the strains carried through from one story to another The journey was long and winding, through Dhaka, Chennai, Barcelona, USA, etc and I did not want it to end, as I gotandglimpses into the lives and times of various characters So here I am smiling along with Komola at love s doorstep, rushing to Rox s side as she tumbles into watery depths of lust, then running back to shed tears for Alo and poor Kishmish, listening raptly to Shagor s rejection of Modhu, seeing Ila dance with her makorsha steps, as spellbound with her as was Oyon and Tahsin, getting high and crashing even lower with Oyon, watching Rox and Arul collide again and again, as if for them, time just keeps turning itself, and then finally sinking my feet in mud and squalor with Gabriel and Pilarit just goes on and on, all these people, some sure of their ways, some confused and willing to let it be, some wild and reckless, some lost in their sensitivities, all bound together by their own faith Hoque s words make her stories extraordinarythe poems, every single one of them touched my heart in so many ways, I read them again and again, some out loud, only to hear how the words would sound as they were spoken, strung together, again like a song with no end The prose is lyrical, goes without saying, and reading the sentences felt akin to watching a watercolour painting being created, as different colours merged into each other to create the final vision a true work of art, to savour and applaud The photos brought in the fun element for me, as each would create a sense of mystery, a prologue in black and white to the story ahead, and when I would grasp fully the photo s significance, it would be my eureka moment, laced with a contented sigh A slice of life collection that I would forever hold close to my heart In Abeer Hoque s The Lovers and The Leavers, a collection of twelve linked stories, we meet a small group of characters whose lives intersect over the years at different stages of their lives Small characters in one story may become main characters in next one Every story begins with a few lines of poetry and a photograph These stories are about different kinds of love and relationships The settings of the stories shift from Bangladesh to the US to India to Spain The stories are mostly abou In Abeer Hoque s The Lovers and The Leavers, a collection of twelve linked stories, we meet a small group of characters whose lives intersect over the years at different stages of their lives Small characters in one story may become main characters in next one Every story begins with a few lines of poetry and a photograph These stories are about different kinds of love and relationships The settings of the stories shift from Bangladesh to the US to India to Spain The stories are mostly about diaspora experiences as the author has lived in many places The feeling of alienation appears at times but she has a great insight about different cultural experiences I read the poems again after reading the story and I think she uses the poems to give a different point of view The poems, the photographs and the prose make a refreshing interwoven tapestry Luminous I skipped second breakfast and elevensies just because I couldn t put it down I am not biased, actually, in saying this because the author my sister will tell you that I don t actually like to read any literary fiction because I find them complex and effortful But The Lovers and the Leavers was lyrical without trying, character driven, and well paced These are qualities that I like in all my reading diversions. One of those rare finds that takes you across an unfamiliar emotional terrain and leads you by the hand through lives that criss cross each other and keep spiraling in and out of control In a few pages, Hoque has climbed up and down all rungs of the social ladder, has peeked into the deepest thoughts and desires of people she created in her words.I read the book in breaks, even though it is a short read and can be easily completed in one go But I delayed and I savoured each story, each bit of One of those rare finds that takes you across an unfamiliar emotional terrain and leads you by the hand through lives that criss cross each other and keep spiraling in and out of control In a few pages, Hoque has climbed up and down all rungs of the social ladder, has peeked into the deepest thoughts and desires of people she created in her words.I read the book in breaks, even though it is a short read and can be easily completed in one go But I delayed and I savoured each story, each bit of poetry It is the kind of book that you enjoywhen you taste every word on your lips and let yourself feel what the words say The emotional commotion of the characters, their strengths and their weaknesses are very raw which in turn makes them very realistic and relatable Each story flows into the next from a different and often distant perspective, with the characters moving in and out of the foreground And yet, Hoque keeps the story going so that you can turn the final pages on a story only to find its incomplete closure two stories ahead And reading her book made me realize how prone we are to all the wrong but seemingly right decisions in our lives, how vulnerable we are to our own selves, how debilitating a need can the presence of another human be Be it the sisters, Komola and July struggling against poverty and loneliness, and paying heavily for their choices Be it the pairs Arul and Roxanne, or Artist brother and Ila their tragic, confusing, imploding love of sorts, which makes you feel all the heat and sting of a lasting passion that will keep burning itself out and survive only as memories of touch and taste and sight Personally, it broke my heart to see such emotional chaos that mirrors real life only too well Desire and reason somehow always end up locking horns It was good to read something that stirred my heart often enough, in a different way each time A very simple writing with amazingly deep stories..liked the writing style Must read The stories are damn good but for me, its the poetry and the photographs in this book that makes it so special Dazzling indeed. |READ DOWNLOAD ♷ The Lovers and the Leavers ♃ In twelve linked stories, the characters in The Lovers and the Leavers intersect and drift apart across several years and continents Komola, a maid in a quiet mansion in Dhaka, begins a doomed relationship with a handsome, mysterious man Her nephew, a gifted little boy in her village, nurses a terrible secret, and his mother flees, ending up by the sea in Chennai At the other end of the world, a Bangladeshi American woman, Rox, lusts after a teenager, while her best friend, the rebellious Ila, must choose between love and tradition Artfully woven with poems and photographs, these stories move between India, Bangladesh, America and Europe A haunting, lyrical collection, The Lovers and the Leavers announces the arrival of a formidable talent I liked that each of the stories was simultaneously interlinked but also stood out on its own as a separate, unique narrative Enjoyable read. The Lovers and the Leavers is a collection of 12 short stories, episodes in the life of characters whose lives are intertwined with each other, sometimes tangentially These episodes don t follow a chronological order, but are interspersed through time and across the world Romantic relationships and displacement are the common themes around which most of the stories are focussed The protagonists are mostly Bangladeshi or Indian origin women, who are living in a different country and finding th The Lovers and the Leavers is a collection of 12 short stories, episodes in the life of characters whose lives are intertwined with each other, sometimes tangentially These episodes don t follow a chronological order, but are interspersed through time and across the world Romantic relationships and displacement are the common themes around which most of the stories are focussed The protagonists are mostly Bangladeshi or Indian origin women, who are living in a different country and finding their own identities, fighting against their past and looking for love The stories are relatable, sometimes heartwarming too The prose is sprinkled with poetry that adds to the experience of reading It s a good read While I do love my romantic novels, I have to admit lately whatever I have been reading has been almost cliched stories with predictable ends but the streak of reading disappointing romance themed books ended with The Lovers and the Leavers by Abeer Y Hoque The title does scream romance and yes the book is all about love but it is not a romantic novel, instead it is a series of short stories that come together in the end.The book is a web of characters It starts with the story of a maid who l While I do love my romantic novels, I have to admit lately whatever I have been reading has been almost cliched stories with predictable ends but the streak of reading disappointing romance themed books ended with The Lovers and the Leavers by Abeer Y Hoque The title does scream romance and yes the book is all about love but it is not a romantic novel, instead it is a series of short stories that come together in the end.The book is a web of characters It starts with the story of a maid who lost her first husband, then her daughter, had a sister who had been a victim human trafficking and is struggling with her position of being the second wife to man she loves alot Then there is the story of her employer s divorced friend Nita who is moving back to Bangladesh with her daughter Ila This story followed by the story of Ila and her friend Rox We even a get a little insight into the life of Rox and her friend Raza A fewstories follow these stories and all of them about this crazy mix of personalities connected to each other.I found The Lovers and the Leavers an amazing read for a lot of reasons The narration and format of the book.Read Complete Review at