Book Title: The Little Duck Girl
Author: Anita Nair
Reader: Actor Prakash Raj
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
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A Bird’s Eye View
This is my second audiobook in Storytel portal. My first book was Emotional Intelligence – Idliyaga Irungal by Soma Valliappan. An interesting short work but my second choice was Mohini Theevu by Kalki. Quiet by accident I came across The Little Duck Girl and jumped in to listen to it.
About the Storyteller:
Anita Nair as a storyteller is keenly interesting in building up a setting and slowly dismantle it in a logical way. This is the first time I am encountering this writer whose writing is almost seamless. There are some writers who would do all the hard work of making this work almost simple to read. Anita is one such writers.
The Story in a Nutshell:
I am encountering a North-East heroine for the first time. I understood it incorrectly. North-Eastern girls are rarely seen in the books that I have read so far. Somehow the belt on the eastern side along Orissa, Assam and those states that are not seen even in translation.
Somehow India is a complete package deal. The hotpot culture and lifestyle are soon to be seen with unusual vibrance. Some states are more open than a few others. The ruling party could be following an ideology that is unique to that state.
The story is around an immigrant girl who is in search of her personal identity. But the story is more about the Male member who is a relatively wealthy person seeking to help that girl to find a place to settle down and find her own self.
Interesting twist awaits the end of the story which I believe was achieved with great finesse. The book is within two hours duration. It keeps the listener glued to the narrative and Prakash Raj has done a good job of giving his voice. Straight forward reading and no gimmicks were involved.
The story kept the web of interlinked events together and form as cohesive whole of the novelette styled book. I loved to hear this story. I feel that the story being read to me, though it was fast, it still cannot be replaced by the actual book even at least as a Kindle version.
My Likes and Dislikes
There were parts that described the daily life so beautifully that the imagery was well cast. I loved the description of the plain Dosa which was almost making love with food. I also liked the way each character had their own idiosyncrasies.
The angle of the story is so one sided that I was desperate to hear the story from the girl’s point of view. Then it might have been rather tragic to listen to. I felt that keeping the narrative close to what we are sure of than to venture into the unsure lands of other territory could be quiet risqué to try. But the author gave it her best shot.
IMHO, I feel that the story was short and did not go deep into anything but superficially covered their thoughts in general perspective of social injustices. I feel that the uncertain ending and the choices that the characters played into were really done well.
A simple story done with great careful thoughts towards human sentimentality. It was a good easy read and audio book made it easier to listen in with little to no effort on my part.