The Money Lender by Manju Nambiar is a delightful yet short read. With just a couple of short stories, the author has managed to sketch a beautiful pen picture of the quaint little village Gulf Town which could be nestled anywhere in Kerala.
The stories are told through the eyes of the money lender who is unlike the classic greedy money lenders whom we have seen in various books.
Manju Nambiar has spun well written tales that provide insights into the home of any Malayalee and the relations kept by them. The only thing being that the book ended too soon.
Do read this if you are looking for short interesting reads that have an ethnic touch. It is available on Kindle Unlimited too if you have a subscription.
The Money Lender – Blurb:
“I am a money lender by profession and belong to a small town in the Southern State of Kerala in India. I help people financially in their times of need, and demand exorbitant interest rates in return. I love money. I think the world revolves around money. Money is one thing that can bring happiness, peace, tranquility to my life. As I spent all my life dealing with money and people who yearn for it, I get to hear several interesting tales about the fascinating people around me. So I compiled few of such amusing stories for my readers. These stories reflect our town, our way of living, our thoughts and priorities and our deepest innermost fears.”
The book is a collection of short stories, narrated through the eye of a small town money lender. As the story unfolds, we see how the money lender gets involved in the town’s problems and provide solutions in the most humorous and practical manner.
Writing to me is therapy, it frightens and comforts at the same time. Liberates like nothing else. A book in my own name is a dream, but a bigger dream would be to write something that haunts the reader even after the last page is turned and the book is shut. I enjoy reading and music, spending time with family whilst battling my social awkwardness.