A mix of profound thoughts, poetry and prose, that’s what Mapping love by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari is. The book is published by Rupa Publications.
We often fail to trace and retrace love in our lives. Many questions remain unanswered as death comes knocking on our doors, whisking away our loved ones. Mapping Love by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari is a book that tries to map love, weigh life, evaluate death and place it in front of us.
The book follows the story of Oorja. She is an only daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chaturvedi. She has grown up in a patriarchal environment where her father is a disciplinarian. Oorja has longed for a fatherly affection but given up hopes and gone to America. Her only support system, her mother is no more. After years of plodding through American lifestyle she comes back to India only to rediscover the meaning of true love.
The book deftly weaves in philosophies of life and the heartbreaking reality. The narrative is packed with beautiful sentences, quotes and free verse poetry. The father-daughter relationship is Shakespearean-esque with skillfully crafted characters. The character of Oorja is broken and yet there’s hope shining within as she traverses the North of India. Little by little she grows as a human and learns to let go. In this sense, this book is subtle as it grows on you but also heartbreaking.
Last word – The book reminded me of Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Oorja had the Bunny Thapar essence (from YJHD). This book is every bit spirit of a Khanabadosh.
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