Varad’s Opinions – PEISKOS by Reema D’Souza

Book Name: Peiskos

Author: Reema D’Souza

Book Blurb: Peiskos is the feeling one gets when sitting in front of a fireplace enjoying its warmth. We remember pieces of life that seem ordinary but often bring along a sense of warmth. Here are 26 such pieces woven into stories around rare and beautiful words.

Initial Thoughts: What attracted me towards this slim volume was its name ‘Peiskos’ and the meaning of the word. Once you read the meaning behind the word you would realize that a smile has crept on its own volition to your lips. After all, who wouldn’t love to curl up in front of a fire with a nice book and some coffee? I also found the concept behind the book very interesting – 26 short stories based on 26 very unique words.

As usual, this is not a review but my opinions as a reader.

What Works:

  1. The research that has gone into the creation of this book. Hats off to the author. She has combed through exotic languages like Japanese and French and archaic ones like Latin to select the words that make up this book.
  2. The words chosen – There are a lot of beautiful words chosen by the author to weave her stories around. I’m pretty sure I’d be using a few of them in my conversations and writing. Words that really stood out are Boketto, Duende and Ikigai. I’m sure you’d be using a few as well.
  3. The stories are short, crisp and do not overstay their welcome.
  4. The language is simple and elegant.
  5. The stories: Few are bound to make you nod your head while you mutter, ‘Yup! That’s me, alright.’ I loved the story Wasuremono a lot.

What Doesn’t: 

  1. There’s a lot of pathos amongst the 40 odd pages of the book. I’m sure certain words lean toward the melancholic side, but I was left with the feeling that the author could have used other emotions in her stories as well.
  2. Few stories almost sound similar. I might be wrong in assuming, but I felt the same story or at least facets of the same story was being used for different words.

Final Thoughts: Though this book is only 43 pages long, I took my time to read it so that I could savour each story separately. If you love fiction and learning fascinating new words, Peiskos is a must read for you.

You can download a free copy of the book here. You can follow the author on twitter and read more of her writings on her website


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