When I read this, the first and foremost thing that popped up in my head was, “Wow! This sure is a novel concept”, but the a moment later, another thought struck me, “Would it be like a catalogue or a coffee table book”?
The doubts were put to rest when I saw the initial pages of the book. The Stopover written by Deepa Pinto and Ram Prakash, is the first of its kind Photo Fiction. The Stopover has 4 Stories, in 4 locales brought alive with over 100 Photos shot by Ram.
The 4 stories are set in beautiful locations…
- ‘The Tibetan Wheel of Wisdom’ is from Ladakh
- ‘A Rocking Horse Can Gallop Too’ is set in Channapatna, the land of toys
- ‘The Sun Shines Forever’ is from the world of Toda tribe in Ooty and
- ‘I Hear Them Calling’ is set in Chennai.
The Tibetan Wheel of Wisdom is a story of Varun who goes to Leh post his break-up with Meghna, to recharge his batteries. He discovers Leh, it’s culture, cuisine and history through his guide cum chauffeur and his 2 friends.
The storyline is captivating but what engrosses you completely are the pictures that go along with the narrative, thereby painting a complete picture in your mind. Some excerpts with pictures from the book…
“You see those flags? They are prayer flags, which when blown by the wind, are meant to
spread goodwill and compassion everywhere. The colours stand for the five elements, blue for
sky, white for air, red for fire, green for water and yellow for earth,” said Tashi.
“Hey, let me take the wheel for a while. It would be a pleasure to drive on these winding roads through these vast open spaces. A welcome change from manoeuvring through the chaos of Bangalore roads.”
There are 1-3 pictures per page spread. All the pictures are rich and vibrant which gel well with the storyline. The powerful short stories along with wonderful shots will surely enthral the readers.
The book will be released in October and even before its release has gained a lot of popularity as is evident from its Facebook Page.
The Stopover is a novel concept in the fiction market which is sure to make it big because of its unique and creative presentation along with a wonderful narrative.
Rating : 4/5