The Cycle of Life in The Hundred Little Flames
Keywords:Culture, Relationships, Family, Caste, and Millennial.
India has a variety of cultures which are more common in South India. India's culture collectively refers to the thousands of unique and distinct cultures of all the religions and communities present in India. The languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food and customs of India vary from one place to another within the country. Indian culture has often been described as a fusion of several cultures. It's a family story, a relationship and a friendship. Ayan unravels mysteries that surround his grandfather Gopal Shanker's life. The story is simple and revolves around the protagonist, Ayan, whose life is thrown into turmoil following an unfortunate incident at a party which he attends due to peer pressure. Ayan is the symbol of the Millennial, careless young man of today who is over-imaginative of life. However, when you come to its core, Religion, caste system and local traditions are reflected in the day-to-day life of the people. Each locality has its own traditional customs based on a particular religion and caste. While Indian culture is vast, there are not many books on the subject that are not well adapted to readers ' needs. Preeti Shenoy's "A Hundred Little Flames" among the few read-friendly books. Every Modern household has modern amenities, but in its relationship, family bond, etc., the truth is lacking. In India, people used to give the relationships and bonds more values. All those good factors are vanishing in the modern days. The author highlighted these situations of Indian families and systems of today. People forget about their parents when you age and send them to old age homes. A Hundred Little Flames is a gem of a novel that continues to attract the attention of its reader. A sequel with a twist on other characters maybe wouldn't be such a bad idea. How our values were, and what importance we neglect these days, and disregard, and tells us what Gopal and Rohini can teach us. The book enlightens us on a good path and brightens our lives like hundred little flames.
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Shenoy, Preeti. A Hundred Little Flames. Westland Publications Ltd, 2017.
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