Ratings: 4/5 stars
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In Two Leaves And A Bud , M. A. Chacko shares his rich insights into the lives of the Syrian Christian community of India. Three distinct stories weave their magic in this novel: The first, The Faithful Husband, stars Seby, a true Sunday Christian, who has acquired land from the Malabar Namboodiris and contrives to retain the land for his family, using any means.
The protagonist of the second book is a young Catholic boy from Kerala, who sets off for greener pastures to earn a living as a construction worker. Chacko fluently discusses the interplay of family, values, society, marriage, dowry, and property on the day-to-day life of the community.
The Holiday , the final book in this trilogy, is a day in the life of Raymond, who wanders through old haunts in Goa on his day off. With its leisurely pace and graceful style, The Holiday gently touches ethics, culture, politics and religion in this multi-cultural tourist hotspot.
In clear terms, Two Leaves and a Bud is not an easy book to read and enjoy for casual readers. But it is an informative, profound and wonderfully realistic book to be devoured by those who enjoy serious literature.
No, it does not preach nor does it make you ponder about each of its sentence but with its slow start, it slowly builds up your patience for what is to come.
Bifurcated in three parts consisting of three different stories, the book deals with the Syrian Christian community which is a less talked about community.
Two Leaves and a Bud by M. A Chacko takes you on a journey which is somewhat political, somewhat emotional and a lot realistic. Presenting the scenarios from the view points of protagonists who are not ultra-ambitious like those of a fantasy novel, nor are they completely mundane like those of contemporary novels, the characters in this book present a quite realistic middle-class narrative.
On a political note, communism is talked about wherein both sides of it are explored and debated.
Another main theme of the first part of the book is agriculture and we explore it through the eyes of Seby, the protagonist.
The second part, Two Leaves and Bud would tell you why the book is named as such. It has quite a strong storyline which I found more interesting that the beginning and the end.
However, I do have a complaint that the endings of all parts of this book were somewhat abrupt and they left me aching for more.
The final part ‘The Holiday’ is something I could quite relate with as the protagonist goes around in Goa, meeting people and his thought process was quite similar to my own.
Without revealing much of the plot (as that is what would keep you engaged in the book), my suggestion to readers is that this book should be picked up when you have the leisure time and patience to read through. For someone wanting a fast-paced read or a light novel, this book would be abandoned mid-way. But those who pick it up with the intentions of reading it through will enjoy it a lot.