With Ashok Ferrey’s writing, I have managed to cover some of the best writing not just from India, Pakistan but of Sri Lanka as well. It is through Ferrey’s writing I discovered Sri Lanka and marveled just how similar yet different our neighbors were, it was like finding a place anew. With The Good Little Ceylonese Girl, Ashok Ferreys completes his second collection of darkly humorous tales revolving around Sri Lankans at home and abroad.
Ashok Ferrey tells us tales from Sri Lanka and its people, giving us a sneak peak into their lives. Ferrey writes about the western influence on the Sri Lankans and how much it has changed their way of life, which not many notice! Ashok Ferry’s writing makes you almost laugh out as you identify with the caricatures which the characters he writes about becomes ultimately!
Initially when you read the book you are left fumbling, for it is a little difficult to understand certain phrases. This book reminded me of Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai which left me intrigued, the flavour of both the books are somewhat similar and impeccably written. The book is a collection of 17 stories, each different from the rest, each leaving you with a thought, that has to be the high point of the book.
What I totally love about Ashok Ferrey’s writing is the flow and just how lucid it all is. Pick this book up for a light Friday night read.
My rating is a 3.5/4
This review is for Random House India; however the opinions expressed here are my own.