If a life is lived across many homes – from balmy Chennai to muggy Mumbai, the crackling expansiveness of Delhi to the breathtaking splendor of Vancouver in spring – where do you truly belong? If you are constantly on the move, is home just what Customs can clear? And how do you find love, in the middle of it all, when you do not or cannot stay in one city long enough?
Funny, poignant and reflective, The Weight of a Cherry Blossom is a fable of rootlessness and belonging in the modern world. It is equal parts a story of urban loneliness and self-discovery, and of the healing powers of kinship and love. Revisiting the awkwardness of adolescence and chaos of growing up, it looks the foibles of adulthood irreverently in the eye.
Tracing the powerful patterns of family, friendship, storytelling, fear and loss from her childhood to the teetering end of her twenties, Shruti Buddhavarapu takes you through the embarrassing yet affirming adventures of a life lived with one’s heart on one’s sleeve – through illness, despair and joy.
About the Author:
Shruti Buddhavarapu is a poet, writer and editor currently living in New Delhi. She has a double masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of British Columbia. She is fascinated with politics, pop culture and how seamlessly one bleeds into the other. She is also a researcher with an interest in the rhetoric of health and medicine. Her first book, Mother Steals a Bicycle and Other Stories was co-authored with Salai Selvam.
“Over millennia, what women have been articulating as intuition or gut feeling is the power of reading – reading rooms, reading situations, the crowd, a group of men in an empty unlit alley at night, potential violence”Shruti, Buddhavarapu. The Weight of a Cherry Blossom.
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The Weight of a Cherry Blossom is a memoir on the author’s varied experiences throughout her life, extending from her childhood to adulthood. Personally, I loved the book in the prologue itself, which is vividly descriptive of the author’s mental health status. However, the first few chapters did not keep me hooked, majorly due to heavy usage of linguistic terms. I feel like that shifted the overall focus from the actual narrative.
Although it wasn’t a book I could finish off in a day, it surely kept me connected. Throughout the book, the author writes about topics that were an important part of her growth in different stages of life. The part that amused me the most was where she writes about Reading. I truly enjoyed how the author describes her own experience and that was something I related with from start to end. There is visible and constant progress in the journal, however not all phases would interest you. Personally, I was on extremes in the range of bored-to-strapped, depending on how relatable that particular topic felt to me.
Overall, parts of the book undeniably couldn’t hold my interest. Nevertheless, I’m satisfied with how the book has ended. I loved the “worst-to-best” transition displayed and I could truly empathize with the writer on finding peace and stability towards the end. The book is engaging as well as somewhat inspiring with eloquent language throughout. Moreover, it has a great perspective in place. We all have tiny pieces of “worst” in us that we constantly struggle with regularly in order to reach the “best” of what we can make of life. It’s safe to say that a generation that is constantly on a journey of finding themselves will find this book fairly relatable.
On an ending note, it’s a definite Sunday morning read if you’re interested in personal essays and are looking for something light-hearted. On the other hand, it’s definitely not for you if listening to others talk about their lives sounds monotonous to you.
How the book made me feel:
I’d say the book made me feel refreshed. It left me hanging with a new perspective about the world and the way I see it for the next 24 hours. I wanted to be as light as a cherry blossom. In fact, I longed for that kind of airiness and balance in my life.
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