I picked up Isha Doshi’s ebook “Hawkers of Kolkata” and I’m glad I did. I spent a pleasant evening reading it and felt I should share my find with you guys.
About the Book – “Hawkers of Kolkata” by Isha Doshi, is a collection of tales about the street vendors of Kolkata – their daily routine as they go about selling their wares, their dreams and their aspirations, their take on life, etc.
Through the writer’s account, we meet and get to know about the ordinary street vendors and appreciate the fact that they are humans too, that they have a life beyond their vending cart and that they have a family waiting for them back home.
As the sub-heading very aptly informs the reader – these are inspiring tales of vanishing trades brought forward by childhood memories. The writer tells the stories of the vendors – Sharad’s muri, Bharat’s cooling ice-cream, Munna the mehendi artist’s ‘Ink of Love’, the flower seller and more – in a delightfully simple, lucid and captivating style. Through apt use of words and imagery and invoking the reader’s childhood memories, the people she talks about come to life for the reader. And without sounding preachy we the reader begin to see those very persons, whom we normally would take scant notice of, in a new light.
BOOK COVER – I found the front cover very candid. It portrays the essence of what the writer wants to say in the pages within.
TITLES – I loved the titles for each chapter. They are intriguing enough to capture the reader’s attention and make them want to read further.
IMAGES – The writer has very wisely not crowded the book with too many pictures making the reading experience smooth and enjoyable.
OVERALL REVIEW – While reading the book from start to finish, I could vividly picture Isha the writer, and her friend going around the streets of Kolkata armed with a camera, notebook and pen, and thus bringing that famed city and its ordinary people to life. And that is indeed an achievement!
A must-read short sweet book for those who love people, life and experiences.
You can catch The Hawkers of Kolkata here.
This book has been reviewed as part of the Blogchatter book review program.