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A Hundred Little Flames

Preeti Shenoy

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Completed on 13 May 2022
ISBN : 9789386850423

Sometimes, a journey back is a step forward. When 26-year-old Ayan is sent to live with his grumpy old grandfather Gopal Shanker, in a tiny village, in Kerala, he is understandably devastated. What can a sleepy, idyllic village without even Internet connectivity offer a young man? To make matters worse, Jairaj, Ayan’s domineering father has his own plans and is determined to have his way. Soon, Ayan has to come to terms with the hard realities of life and the blindness of greed as he and Gopal Shanker learn that life can sometimes unravel in unanticipated ways. A young man, whose life lies ahead of him. An old man, whose life is all in the past. And a few months that change everything. A Hundred Little Flames is a charming account of a relationship across generations and also a meditative look at the issues of old people. Preeti Shenoy’s foray into new fictional terrain is an absolute triumph! 


Amazing book and highly recommended. Sometimes going back is a step in the right direction. Ayan, 26, is naturally distraught when he is transferred to live with his grouchy old grandfather Gopal Shanker in a small hamlet in Kerala. What can a young man find in a tranquil, peaceful town without even Internet access? Even worse, Jairaj, Ayan's tyrannical father, is desperate to get his way and has his own agenda. Soon after learning that life can sometimes come apart in unexpected ways with Gopal Shanker, Ayan must come to terms with the harsh facts of life and the blindness of avarice. a young man who still has his whole life to live. An elderly man whose entire life has passed. A few months later, everything changes.

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