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Weather Permitting & Other Stories - Pratap Reddy

The image of snow depicted on the front cover of the book immediately jostled a memory of my first experience of snow. Coming from a hot tropical climate, snow was only seen on television, the internet and of course read about in books! So when I saw snowflakes drifting along the window pane of my university accommodation, I was ecstatic with joy! I ran outside to experience this beautiful form of nature. It should be noted that I had on a very thin jacket and no gloves and it was in this state of pure excitement that I gathered the now fast accumulating snow in my glove free hands brrrr. Yes, that’s the first and last time that I have braved the snow without properly “dressing up for the occasion” if you like. This experience almost sums up the themes explored in “Weather Permitting & Other Stories” by Pratap Reddy – stories of newly arrived immigrants; only this time we are given a glimpse into their lives in Canada.

The book is a collection of 12 short stories whose themes explore the various experiences of newly arrived Indian immigrants in present day Canada e.g. assimilation into western culture, financial difficulties, frustration due to unemployment or taking up work that does zero justice to qualifications, impact of daily struggles on the family unit. It is not all bleak though as the stories reaffirm the determination and perseverance of the characters. The stories as they appear in the book are as follows:

  • Her White Christmas
  • The Toy Flamingo
  • Birthday Blues
  • Ramki and The Christmas Tree
  • Demon Glass
  • Going West
  • Weather Permitting
  • The Tamarind Relish
  • Mango Fool
  • In the Dark
  • That Which is Written
  • For A Place In The Sun

Reddy’s writing makes for easy reading and I would say that some stories are more appealing than others particularly because of the emotions that they stir in the reader. There is one concept that connects all 12 stories and I found this notion very well thought through. The endings of a couple of stories were a bit abrupt. However the writer may argue that it’s left to the imagination of the reader so I will let you decide!

The book does its bit in giving the reader a reality check about life in the West and that it is not always a bed of roses or shall we say fluffy like snow?

The book released on 01st April 2016 and I am thankful to the author and publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this one before its date of publication.


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