Price – The hardcover of this novel is priced at Rs 310/- and Kindle Edition at Rs 294.50
About the Author
Anukrti Upadhyay is a law graduate and holds a post graduate degree in literature and management.She has earlier worked in Global Investment Bank in Hong Kong and India and is now working for the World Wildlife Conservation Trust. She is currently dividing her time living in Singapore and Bombay.
Anukrti has tried her hand at both Fiction and poetry and her published works include two novellas in English – Daura and Bhaunri that have been critically well received and a collection of short stories in Hindi – Japani Sarai.
About the Novel
I am sure you will be wondering about the title of this work “ Kintsugi” . Kintsugi or kintsukuroi means “ golden repair “ and it is the Japanese art of mending broken ceramic pottery by using lacquer dusted mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. This art form does not seek to hide or conceal a crack or deformity in the pot rather the repair is undertaken while retaining the crack and the cracks are embraced as part of the heritage of that object.The flaws thus become highlighted and become an inseparable part of the identity of the mended object, giving it a new character. The book seeks to extend the same philosophy in the context of human lives.
Anukrti Upadhyay could not have chosen a better title for this novel,this book urges one to look for beauty in broken things and accept them as part of the whole package.The characters in this book -Hanuko , Leela, Prakash and Meena ,are all people broken by destiny but they embrace it and make something better out of their setbacks.
Hanuko is a Japanese girl whose passion for jewelry design takes her halfway across the globe to learn the now fast fading art of Meenakari and Kundansazi from the heirloom Sunars Madan ji and Munnaji in the dusty,smelly bylanes of the famous Johri Bazar of Jaipur .
Leela is born in family of Goldsmiths and is hugely talented but her family traditions forbid a girl to become a Sunar (goldsmith).
Prakash is a sincere and hardworking Doctor whose fiancé Meena is studying in Japan for a research scholarship.
Meena comes to Tokyo for a research scholarship and while her family and fiancé are concerned about how Meena will cope with the completely different food ,culture and climate of Japan, she just falls in love and not only with Japan !
Anukrti is a very gifted writer , she paints beautiful pictures with her words,her writing has a lyrical and Zen like quality which even reflects in the occasional Haikus. Her writing style sometimes reminded me of Haruki Murakami’s “Norwegian Wood”.
She effortlessly brings alive Haruko’s quiet fortitude, her cheerful determination and strength of character even in the most distressing times.
One can feel and empathize with Yuri’s deep sense of loneliness and unrelieved despair despite living a seemingly full life.
Being born and brought up in Jaipur and having travelled to Japan ,Anukrti gives us life like descriptions of the hustle and bustle and heat and dust of the Jaipur City and the fascinating elegance of Tokyo city. Even when the author chooses to skip translating the Japanese terms she has liberally used in her text, I did not find it restraining in any way but I feel a small glossary or footnote would really have helped the initiated.The narration becomes slightly stretched towards the end but still manages to end on a profound note.
To conclude, this is a really good book that touches you, grows on you as you turn the pages and stays with you even when you finish it.
18 responses to “Kintsugi – A Novel by Anukrti Upadhyay”
Wow this seems like a pretty different book from what I generally read. I'm not sure I would enjoy it but it's surely a good book to check out if available with a friend.
I would love to read this book. Such an inspiring story and I like when you say how to see beauty in broken things. This us definitely one of the best motivational book.
I m hearing a lot about this book nowadays all across the web. Seems like a great book with unique concept. Thanks for sharing detail review. Will check out it for sure.
Beauty in broken things this is so positive and powerful thought. Would love to read this book.
This book was a lovely read. I liked the characterisation and never felt that the technicalities were a distraction in the story. The broken relationships are shown beautifully.
Sounds like a heartwarming story with a decent pace. Goes to my TBR list. I am reading a few books currently and look up for Kintsugi after all those are over.
Kitsugi is a good concept and not just use and throw. The book is different with strong lead character. Nice review.
– Ujjwal Mishra MywordsMywisdom
Yes Ujjwal, the concept itself is so beautiful !
Yes Swati , it tells that once broken you can still have hope and love.
The pace is nice as well as the narration and it is a thin book !
Yes , I was warmly delighted while reading this book !
Thanks for sharing this with me, looks like an interesting read would surely check out this one
I love the title of the book plus your-review definitely found something which would be a good read
I have read a lot about this book and it does get me getting more eager to read it. However it will be interesting to see how the author has correlated the Kintsugi art to women centric stories.
I really like to give a read to this book as it covers most important part of looking positive in broken things!!
Have been recommended to read this book by my friend and I am so excited to read it now. Your review seems pretty good about it.
The book seems very interesting. I like fiction stories. These days not getting enough time to read but surely check out this.
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