Title: A Tale of Things Timeless
Author: Rizio Yohannan Raj
Translator: Supriya M. Nair
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Genre: Indian Literature
Some books just make your dreams more vivid. They make you want to fly into nothingness and perhaps stay there. Yes, it is true. Some books have that effect on you. And this is what happened to me when I finished reading, “A Tale of Things Timeless” by Rizio Yohannan Raj.
“A Tale of Things Timeless” will perhaps move you in no other way some books have. It is a story which is very different and yet keeps you hooked throughout, besides being literary to the core. The book is about two people – one dead and one alive and how their lives converge.
Avinash Suvarna – a small-time writer leaves a suicide note – a one-line note at that, and that is seen by Laya Thomas. She is intrigued. She wants to know more about this stranger’s life and this leads her to exploring herself and parts of her life, she thought were buried somewhere. What I love about such plots is that there is so much more to the book.
The book is not easy to read. I had a tough time getting into the plot and the timelines. They were everywhere and spread out so thick that the reader is just lost at times. Rizio knows what she has written. Surpiya, as the translator does a great job of bringing that to fore with an excellent translation. The read though strenuous is a read which should not be missed at all. I mean, Indian literature needs as many readers as it can get.
“A Tale of Things Timeless” is an ode to everything wrong and right with the world and the changes one goes through. It is about experiencing life through death and to such a large extent, it is just about everyday living. The pain, the anguish and the moments of happiness that just shine, if you are lucky.