Title: The Ruby Iyer Diaries
Author: Laxmi Hariharan
Publisher: Read Out Loud
Number of Pages: 57
Price [INR] : 49 (Kindle Price)
Genre: Fiction (eBook)
A diary is like a confidante that is deaf and dumb and in it one pours their private, secret thoughts, emotions and turbulence of mind, all through the events of daily life. In a diary, one doesn’t just express themselves more openly than they could do to any person; they create themselves. A diary is a vehicle which gives them their sense of selfhood and charts their individuality. And it does just that for Ruby Iyer, a free-spirited, rebellious girl.
The Ruby Iyer Diaries (Ruby Iyer Series, 0.5) is the prequel novelette to The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer. In this short novella, Laxmi shares snippets of Ruby’s life from age ten to sixteen. It gives a peek into the life of a girl who would stand up for herself, who would follow her heart. I am half way through with the sequel, so the incidents in this prequel are some decisive moments of her life that have probably helped shape her personality and character. Ignored by her mother, a 16-year-old runaway, struggling to survive the crowded streets of Bombay and the secrets she won’t admit even to herself. It’s all inside the pages of The Ruby Iyer Diaries.
The Ruby Iyer Diaries if read as a standalone book does not have much to offer in the form of a story that is. But it is a shadow of things to come. I liked this concept of building up for the sequel, The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, which is the actual story of Ruby.
The writing is incredible and narrative flows smoothly. The language and style of this author is impeccable. The characters are very easy to either love or dislike and they are very relatable and fascinating, and very easy to root for too.
The Ruby Iyer Diaries (Ruby Iyer 0.5) is followed by The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, (Ruby Iyer 1) and The First Life of Vikram Roy (Ruby Iyer 1.5).
Go on and pick this 10,000 word novella and you would want to pick the sequels soon after!