Like Breath, Like Skin
Disha Pokhriyal
AN ORDER FROM THE SKY AND OTHER STORIES by Imayam(Translated from the original Tamil by Vasantha Surya) Harper Perennial, 2023, 356 pp., INR 399
September 2023, volume 47, No 9

Stories are fragments of a social reality, embossed with words and characters, and fragrant with the hues of ever-churning human emotions. Imayam aptly calls them ‘word-pictures’, for reading a story is like pondering over a freeze-frame, a canvas, bound by time and space, limited in its characters, with an outline that defines yet defies what is being shown and seen. A photograph is not as silent as it seems.

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