The People Tree


Book title – The people tree (stories about us and them)

Publisher – Readomania Pages – 192 Language – English

Author – Beetashok Chatterjee

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The People Tree is author Beetashok Chatterjee’s second offering after the immense success of his debut anthology titled – Driftwood, stories washed ashore. Since I am a fan of Mr Bee’s work, I expected this book to be at par with the first, if not better. I was not disappointed.

The People Tree is a compilation of fourteen wonderful stories that span not just continents but also genres. These stories are a mishmash of strong emotions such as love, loss, grief, tragedy, betrayal, deception, anger, etc. Written in an easy to read style that involves the reader in the written text, the book traces incidents and situations in the lives of its protagonists who are lay people. Their lives could be our lives. Their situations and conflicts could be ours.

The book opens to a story titled ‘The Little Oxford Dictionary’ and I swear this reference took me back to my school days. Didn’t we all carry around such a dictionary in our school bags? The story itself has an ominous undertone but the masterful manner in which Mr Bee has heightened the emotional quotient of the story, touches the right chords. Although this book is a work of fiction but there are instances in the stories where you can find a reference to the author’s personal life and associations.

‘Course Correction’ is a witty story about adaptation with an underlying thrill element to it and it is the perfect foil for the next story in the book titled ‘Ground Zero’ – one of my favourites and a story that is highly emotional in its appeal. Now, I could wax eloquent about the other stories but it would be remiss of me to not mention two that especially touched my heart – ‘Leaves that are green’ and ‘the vintage car rally’.

Mr Bee’s style of writing is visual. It familiarizes the reader to the well etched protagonists so that the reader feels very much a part of the setting. The language in the book is easy to follow with well crafted characters that endear you to their habits and idiosyncrasies. All the plotlines in the book adhere to the central theme of the book to make it a volume of stories that are about people – you and us. I am certain that as you read the book, you will identify with some of the characters. Don’t we all know such people in life?

I recommend this book to everyone.

About Sonal Singh

I believe that life is a repertoire of anecdotes. The various situations that we encounter, the many incidents of every day, the people we meet, our conversations with them; all make life a melange of tales. And, that is what I attempt to capture through my writing. My cooking is no different! It reflects my love for travel and my love for innovation. The kitchen is my happy place. So, even though by vocation I am a recruiter (, by passion I am a writer, home chef and a hodophile.

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  1. Great review Sonal. Am half way through.

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