Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Alida Mele by Shivaram Karanth

This short novel written in first person begins with author receiving a letter from his friend who seeks help to act on some of the instructions after his death. 

Author travels to Mumbai to complete the last rites of his friend, takes possession of his goods and starts acting on his last wishes. And the life history starts opening up uncovering many of the finer details of his friend’s past life which author was not aware of when he was alive. Author travels to far away destinations meeting the relatives of his dead friend, goes through many embarrassing and tricky situations and takes his own calls wherever instructions from his friend are incomplete. 

It makes an interesting read as the central character is no more alive in the story but the whole plot revolves around him and his past actions.