Book Review: These Circuses that Sweep through the Landscape by Tejaswini Apte-Rahm.

These Circuses that Sweep through the Landscape

Author: Tejaswini Apte-Rahm

Publisher: Aleph Book Company

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Short Stories



Blurb (as on Goodreads):

A fanatical collector of beetles finds out too late where his passion has led him. A woman out on a shopping spree in a glitzy mall finds she can’t go home again. A servant girl experiences a cruel loss of innocence when she eats something that wasn’t meant for her. In the sweltering heat of Bombay, a schoolgirl finds the ground slipping beneath her feet except when she’s watching Star Trek. Four friends meet for drinks one evening, only to find that their friendship is not what it seems. And, in the extraordinary title story, a student who has worshipped his teacher for decades comes to a terrible realization about him. Meanwhile, his old mentor is planning a cunning legacy of his own.

gold-dividerMy Take

A collection of dark, layered, thrilling stories, Tejaswini Apte-Rahm has beautifully captured those thoughts in the deepest corners of the heart and brain. There are 10 stories in this collection, each complex in its own strange ways. Nothing paranormal, but the simple realities of life. This book clearly shows that there is a very fine line between everyday life and terrifying realities.

The blurb tells you a little about each story and makes the reader believe that there might be a scary turn of events, however, nothing like that happens. Each story has a surprise waiting for you and just when you think you have figured it all out, you realize how wrong you were.

I have two favorite stories:

  • Homo Coleoptera
  • Cotton

Both of these are exceptionally written, the suspense maintained throughout the story. These stories petrified me and they were all I could think about, for a very long time.

There are certain stories I disliked. They were just there. Maybe to relax your mind that had been working overtime to predict the other stories. But there was nothing suspicious. Just everyday events.

Some stories satisfy your soul while others play with the darker side of your soul. Some make you grieve and some leave you restless. That’s the magic of this collection. There are stories that engulf you. Stories that you want to tell others, extraordinary plot, beautiful descriptions of tiny events like the comfort of listing to your favorite song, your messed up room, the thoughts of a person lost in the sands of time etc.

The cover is attractive. It might look like a random assortment of things drawn on a sheet of paper. But that’s not so. I couldn’t judge the pace of the book because there was so much thinking involved. The descriptions of the characters and surroundings are vivid and compelling.


  • Goodreads Rating: 3.88/5.0
  • My Rating: 3.5/5.0

Buy your copy here 🙂


Until next time


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