Kintsugi by Anukriti Upadhyay

I had finished reading it a few days ago but I couldn’t bring myself to write a just review!⠀

What is Kintsugi?
Kintsugi, the art of mending broken pottery with gold and other precious metals. It is a reminder to the world that ‘broken things are beautiful too’. And this book is a personification ( or bookification) of this very word. ⠀

The Story

Haruko, Leela, Meena, Hajime, Prakash, Yuri- all starkly different characters. Some never met each other and yet impact each other’s lives in multiple ways. ⠀

Set partly in Jaipur, partly in Japan, the book takes us through the lives of the aforementioned characters. They’re broken, devastated, shunned by life and yet they grow. Some heal and make life prettier, some decide to stoop lower. And each action is a lesson for the reader.⠀

Takeaways and opinions

The book was definitely more ‘character-driven’ than it was plot driven, and I love that! Conservative barriers were talked about in depth. Girls not being allowed to undertake the family trade, marriages being arranged between mere babies, exploring one’s sexuality are all topics spoken about in a beautiful way.⠀

The women and men were extremely well written, the customs and mindsets of the characters portrayed justly in every action and word of theirs. It wasn’t a mere coincidence that Leela’s mother was never named while Prakash’s response to Haruko was an ingrained Prejudice of sorts ( you’d know what I mean if you’ve read the book).

The author moulded a perfect story around strong characters, mending their lives with gold, holding them up to make the story worth telling and re-telling. The book was perfect.⠀

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