Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Strangers on 16:02 - Priya Basil

A novella that offers a delicious slice, leaves one wanting for more.

I read Basil's Ishq and Mushq and loved her style. Sometime back I read Basil's personal essay in the guardian which provides the backstory for one of the characters. Linking the two made it for an enriching experience.

Basil's Ishq and Mushq was a feat - shortlisted for Commonwealth writers best first book - 2008. Commonwealth lists seem more accurate when it comes to representing some truly talented writers and I have read a few that confirms it. So this one came highly recommended on that score and for the most part I really enjoyed it.

Therefore this novella had high expectations for me and I was really looking forward to reading it.


As the caption already mentions, a london tube journey that brings two unconnected characters together that ends on a catastrophic note.

What works:
  • Her style it is amazing how she introduces the main characters and their reasons for being on the train. 
  • London Tube is a great place to set a story and it was great to see a story based on it.
What doesn't:

It is a novella form after all. With its tight structure there isn't much room to play around. This could have easily been a novel. 

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