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Tell me a story

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Set partly in the small, buzzing town of Amritsar and partly in New Delhi, this is the story of Rani, a young woman in contemporary India. She enjoys her work in a local beauty parlour, loves telling bedtime stories to her little nephew, and is blissfully in love with Shahrukh Khan, the movie star. However, her naturally happy disposition is marred by the real world. Her ...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published April 15th 2012 by Picador
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Aug 22, 2013 Sudipta rated it really liked it
A simple story about the quite tragedies that life brings with it and the inevitable changes that accompany those tragedies. A sedate, observant tale narrated with tremendous honesty and clarity, it resonated with the fatalist in me. The character of Rani was one I understood and the journey of her loss of innocence spoke to me....that is the biggest strength of this book, which avoids the pitfalls of pretensions and stays true to its character's tale.
While not a highly literary work, I recommen
Anuradha Goyal
Jan 31, 2013 Anuradha Goyal rated it liked it
Journey of a small town girl to a big city
Rusin Mishra
Well the byline of the novel should have been "A tale of loss,hope and loss"!
Kulpreet Yadav
Mar 31, 2014 Kulpreet Yadav rated it liked it
Though the plot is interesting, sadly, the narrative never rises above the mundane. It merely serves to describe errands, or at best, odd frustrations and resentments. I am not sure if that was the intention, because if it was, it has been achieved rather well.

I like small town stories. The lives are interconnected, in a manner, that the overlaps are deeper, the colours brighter, and the conflicts more meaningful.

Rani, I thought, could have had a stronger conflict. It saddened me to read about
Tanay Joshi
Mar 01, 2015 Tanay Joshi rated it really liked it
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I appreciate this book and recommend to all my fellow friends to read it. Many of us should learn the value of money, breaking comfort zone and true to ourselves. Rani is true hero when as she is honest in Sadhna's place as servant and not stealing any stuff in her house. Dheeraj Kumar her father's character shows how keen should we look at our savings so it could help in our old age. I really love character of Bittu portrayed by Rupa Bajwa, it gives glimpses of many of my cousins in our fmaily. ...more
Roopinder Singh
Oct 26, 2014 Roopinder Singh rated it really liked it
The rich and the poor live alongside each other in India. So do they in Rupa Bajwa’s book. She is candid and compassionate. The author who won the XXIV Grinzane Cavour Prize for best first novel in June 2005, the Commonwealth Award in 2005 and Sahitya Akademi Award in 2006, has given her readers another novel, one that has stories that reflect the chaos of life.

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Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Simple story,the narrative is interesting. Though many a times I read stories of this sort some how I felt the second half of the story makes the reader hook to the book. What I liked about the book story telling skill of Rani. I enjoyed the stories that Rani tells in the book. Good reading.
May 27, 2014 Shivani rated it liked it
A simple story of a girl living in Amritsar and her experiences with life. Its a good read but was expecting more out of the story.
Bindu Manoj
Apr 21, 2013 Bindu Manoj rated it liked it
A simple story of ordinary people, without the pretensions of today's writers and their characters. Seemed to be a bit autobiographical, but then that is just my feeling :)
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