A couple of weeks ago, while browsing through the books in the library, I came across a book titled ‘Pure Sequence’ by Paro Anand. I have not read any other books by this author. Hence, I thought of giving it a try and was in for a pleasant surprise.
Pure sequence is the story of four women who are in their sixties and seventies. The protagonists, who were friends at school, continue to be friends into their graying years. If you wonder what would be interesting in the story of old women, you are sadly mistaken. This book is about their lives, their expectations and disappointments, their genuine nature, their little idiosyncrasies, their losses and above all their quest for life even at their twilight years. The issues they need to contend with are so common that one can relate to them easily.
The narration is engaging and is interspersed with humor and little romance! The author beautifully and effortlessly handles loneliness, separation, grief, empty nest syndrome, woes of joint family and even child sexual abuse. The new character introduced midway through the narration brings out the best in the four friends. The story ends with a positive note – "love, friendship and happiness can be found at any age".
If you are a fan of Indian English literature, I would recommend this book for the engaging narration.
Pure Sequence by Paro Anand, 2011. Roli Books.
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