“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Haa! J.D.Salinger, I can do this, to Belinda’s book.
The cry of the Kingfisher
Author Belinda Viegas
Publisher Goa 1556
Being the excellent storyteller that she is, Belinda carries us through a journey of thoughts, fears, and insecurities, of three women, from different social milieu of goa. Battling their demons, and slaying their insecurities.
What I really like about the book, is the reflective flow that is the undercurrent, there are no villains, no saviours, but the characters themselves. Despite the tremendous scope for dramatizing the author has restrained allowing the reader to be a non judgemental observer.
Donna the destiny’s darling, yet craving for acceptance. Succorina the unwanted changeling, Mayola who emerges from the shadow of a more aggressive extrovert sister. Their parts entwine, they grow, explore and accept themselves through a journey of self discovery.
About the author: A psychiatrist whose alma mater is St,Johns Bangalore, she spent her childhood at Nairobi, after marriage a stint in germany and Australia. Now based in Goa, she juggles, Psychiatry, motherhood, cycling, sailing, trekking and writing. Belinda is also a trained Mountaineer.