Book Review – Of Swans and Songs by Rohini Paranjpe Sathe!

Book Name: Of Swans and Songs

Author Name: Rohini Paranjpe Sathe

Format available: E-book & Paperback

Pages: 358

Language: English

Review of the book

The book “Of Swans and Songs” by Rohini Paranjpe Sathe is a collection of seven short stories. The stories take you through the bittersweet emotions of life. Each short story brings to life the characters in the book. The stories are setup in the Indian background & are easy to relate. The language is simple and words flow easily. Each story has something special to captivate your thoughts.

When the Girl Died shows us the harsh truth of our society & how each one reacts to it differently. The story is about the turmoil in life of Mathur’s family when confronted with the news of a rape.

In The Messenger speaks about the emotions we feel when a loved one passes away. We continue to feel them around us & watching us. The reality makes you wonder!

Anuja Grows Up is the story of family secrets. How does Anuja react when she learns about the past about her family? The generation clashes are not unknown to us all. Does Anuja & her family survive these clashes & emerge together as family or not? This story amongst my favorite from the collection.

In Amma, the author celebrates the life of renowned classical singer and her relationship with her prodigy. If you are a music lover, you would fall in love with the life of Amma portrayed by her biographer.

Finding Shobha is a tale of tuition teacher’s tryst with the rapidly changing life events. The story tells of how she deals with her fluctuating mood and comes to term with it. As a woman I relate to it and can reread it multiple times.

Of Swans and Songs, is aptly named title story & is the story of an extramarital affair that breaks a surgeon’s family. Like in reality the story takes you through the chaos that ensues after the affair & the efforts to establish peace.

A Happy Diwali, makes you nostalgic and takes you to down the memory lanes of Diwali celebrations. The family bonds and the drama keep the readers occupied.

Author Rohini Paranjpe Sathe trained to be an economist, but her first love Hindustani classical music took priority over other things. She turned to writing few years back & with debut book “Of Swans & Songs” she has beautifully weaved people’s life & emotions into a narrative. On a personal note, I would recommend the book to be a must read for all as each story touches the human soul!

This book review is written as part of the Blogchatter Book Review Program. For the month of September, I am taking my blog to the next level with Blogchatter’s #MyFriendAlexa.

Post Author: Dishki

13 thoughts on “Book Review – Of Swans and Songs by Rohini Paranjpe Sathe!


    (6th September 2019 - 10:34)

    The stories seem capable of striking a cord somewhere in the heart.

    Ninu Nair

    (6th September 2019 - 13:30)

    What an intriguing title…and your review surely tempts me to grab a copy. It’s been quite a while since I read short stories.


    (6th September 2019 - 13:39)

    The story look very sensitive, kudos to the writer who balanced out #millennialscribbler


    (6th September 2019 - 16:41)

    Swans and Songs seems like an interesting read and you have given such a short but insightful detail of each of the seven stories. Amma seems to me very interesting. #wordsmithkaurreads #BlogChatter #MyFriendAlexa


    (6th September 2019 - 16:50)

    Im so taken in by this work after your beautiful review that im picking this up for my next read,Thankyou for a beautiful review


    (6th September 2019 - 17:12)

    you have made me so curous to read this one now.. I love the way you give reviews.


    (6th September 2019 - 18:41)

    Loved the book review of “of swans and songs”,will surely read this,I love to read short stories .

    Adi Sathe

    (6th September 2019 - 21:14)

    Short stories are my kind of read…. Thank you so much for the recommendation

    Shubhra Rastogi

    (6th September 2019 - 23:42)

    Seems like a great book. Thanks for the review. #MyFriendAlexa #Blogchatter

    Preeti's Panorama

    (8th September 2019 - 19:18)

    Great Review.. You have spoken about each element yet kept the stories intact. Liked it immensely
    #readbypreetispanorama for #MyFriendAlexa


    (8th September 2019 - 22:36)

    This was really an interesting review.Looking forward to read some more.
    #myfriendalexa #manseereads


    (9th September 2019 - 22:35)

    Loved the review about the book


    (11th September 2019 - 13:01)

    Now i am looking forward to check out this book as you have reviewed it in such lovely way.

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