Genre: Short stories
Publication date: June 19, 2020
Shwetha has penned a fascinating collection of short stories in Creator’s Image that deal with a wide variety of subjects related to people and their lives. Most stories end with a twist so unexpected that I often re-read the last few paragraphs to see if I’d understood correctly.
Among my favorites are Change in Paris, The Glorious, and Tears of the Goddess. Each story has a different subject matter — sexuality, honor killing, and superstitions.
I was impressed by how Shwetha shows a mastery of different cultures and classes across the length and breadth of India. The way she tells her stories makes you feel like you’re listening to a grandparent/relative recount anecdotes and experiences. She lays bare the quirks, beliefs, and idiosyncrasies that make up human nature and set people apart from each other.
Creator’s Image is a collection that can be read and re-read as many times as you like to immerse yourself into the ordinary, yet intriguing lives of others.
(I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)
Darwin’s theory of evolution conspires with the philosophy of the aphorism ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ with mind itself as an entity. Egos hurt before strengthening the bonds of relationship. Suffocation of the unwanted relationship, one tricking the other, but people in love sacrificing the essence of it for each other, the decision to let go or give it time. The delusions fed to you by your progenitors that they themselves cannot set right. Your progenitors grappling to keep up with the new generations despite the delusions. Hatred among yourselves consuming you. With all these complexities in life, the dilemma of if you are still sane. Children do not act like children anymore. Demons of the wrong relationships. And the gods? You don’t know anymore if they are there. These are not questions, yet they are. You will find answers within yourself through each story of Creator’s Image. You will find solace with every character in each story. They are you and the people around you.
About Shwetha H.S.
After watching the movie Beethoven, the one that includes a St. Bernard dog, a small girl jumped around the house saying she too would write stories. Everyone thought she is just being a kid. But it took the girl a good twenty years to realise that her momentary excitement has turned into her dream and she is on her way to make it true. That girl is me, Shwetha H S.
I am writer and a food technologist. I am a trekker. Most of all, I am a reader and an ambivert. I have been told that I look like a no-nonsense person. I am that actually. I can’t go out making fool out of myself in front of everyone, can I? I can, but I won’t. It is reserved only for the people nearest and dearest to me and they are in extremely small numbers.