Don’t we all have an urge to find out what happened to people who once mattered most to us but somehow got lost. Malini’s quest in Full Circle is for the same reason. She is not your usual run-of-the-mill heroine. She is in fact a grand mother and a widow, who leaves her son and daughter-in-law and an adorable grand daughter to find that identity that she lost years ago in Kumbakonam.
The book starts off with Malini arriving at an old retirement home in Kumbakonam, where she has decided to stay, much against the wishes of her family. Happy and independent, she sets about settling in her room and makes friends with others in the community.
Flitting back and forth in time, we learn about her strict father and her sister Nalini. Amidst sizzling sibling rivalry Malini falls in love with Ranjan, a neighbour’s relative who teaches her maths. The suspense and the tragedy of their romance makes a very poignant read and will surely tear you up. Yamini paints a very vivid picture of the temple town Kumbakonam with her excellent prose.And I must say the ending took me by surprise as it was quite bold.
Yamini has a very lucid style of writing that makes it very easy to picture the story as it proceeds. I loved the optimistic ending that she has given to it.
I wish Malini and Ranjan had met quite earlier in the story.
Not really happy with the cover image. The depiction of younger Malini seems to be fine but the older one leaves a lot to be desired. Because Yamini’s older Malini is equally beautiful, dignified and a poised woman. And south indian women do not put pallu on their head!
Overall Rating: 4/5
Overall Verdict: A must read