Kintsugi, the sound of this beautiful word intrigued me in the first place to get my hands on this book. And upon reading the synopsis, I just wanted to read the book, as soon as possible. The period between wanting and receiving seemed so long.
Kintsugi is named after the ancient Japanese art of mending broken things with gold and lacquer. At a place in the book where Haruko and Leela are taking about Kintsugi, Haruko says ” Broken things can be beautiful too”. I found that idea so beautiful
Kintsugi is primarily the beautiful story of Haruko, Leela, and Meena.
Haruko is an artist. She is in Jaipur to learn from the local sunar’s. She meets a terrible accident that has her bed ridden. She is taken care of by Leela and her family. Leela is the one nursing her day and night and forms a strong bond with her. Prakash her doctor forms an unsaid bond with her. His fiancé, Meena is in Japan and he longs for her to return so he can step in the wedding bond. Meena is a rebel and has fought against the society all her life. She meets Yuri in Japan and they end up in a relationship, with its own complexities.
Leela fired by the passion for jewelry making from Haruko, and also by circumstances steps into this male dominated world, especially so in the streets of Jaipur. Her story of excelling brings tears and smile at the same time.
The stories of all the characters intermingle and come together in a beautiful way. Each is so different and yet so similar to the other. Each character is connected to the other. And each story has you totally absorbed into it.
After ages I read a book non stop in two days. I just could not stop. And I am a mom with very many tasks to do and a terrible reading speed. Else it is a short around 200 page book. An awesome weekend read, when there isn’t any office work to distract you 😉
To make it easier for me the book totally absorbed me right from the start. Normally it takes around 50 odd pages before the book interests you. But this was awesome to read right from the start. The writing was so lucid.
Page after page, Kintsugi keeps you absorbed and wanting to know what next! Even though this is not a mystery novel… it does have that kind of effect on you. I became so involved with the characters that I found myself glued to the book.
This beautiful story is set in the town of Jaipur , partly in Japan and a little bit in Singapore. The description of Jaipur and the old market streets is very beautiful and vivid. I have been there and reading the book I could connect so beautifully.
One of the very beautiful line out of many others in the book that caught my attention….
“It is difficult enough to understand our own actions. It is never of any use to analyse someone else’s actions or motives”
This book highlights the complexities of life. How a simple individual is actually carrying so much burden of a past or sometimes of their present. What appears on the surface is not all that is their.
Kintsugi is emotionally moving and gripping at the same time. It had me glued page after page, right till the end. And I wanted to know more, read more of the lives of these beautiful and strong women.
An absolutely awesome book for someone who loves reading stories about strong women, or stories that reflect on the complexities of life. Do read and share how you liked it!
You may buy the book from amazon here.