Books often show the path to many. It always makes us stand in front of the mirror and silently identify who we truly are. Rimli’s short stories are so close to hard reality that at times readers may feel ashamed to look at the mirror. Many of her characters are drawn apart to the naked world around us, those social criminals may not find a shelter to hide their own face. In the time of pandemic when the universe is undergoing a tremendous crisis, this book ‘That Day It Rained & Other Stories’ comes as a mindful read. Can’t say it’s refreshing because many of the plots will throw readers to the hard truths of life. Fancy and fantasy are perhaps not found in these character sketches and that is what makes the book even special.
Another beautiful aspect of her characters is their ethnicity. Being a Bong herself, Rimli’s protagonists and their families are often surrounded by a Bengali touch. In one of the stories, Rimli says while portraying a character, “Sarala was a widow and mother to a son and a daughter, though she hardly spoke of her family. We too never probed further. She was good in her domestic errands, and that was all what we needed. But one thing about her would bother me. During the occasion of Durga puja, my mother would always gift her a new sari, but she would never wear it. She would take that sari along with her during her visits to her native place.”
The book cover is impressive because carries an enigmatic mystery. The frosted glass on a rainy evening can reveal a lot of suspenses out from a muggy fellow. To know more what is waiting, pick up this book and enjoy a sweltering read.