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The Weight of a Cherry Blossom

Nominated | Book Awards 2020 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

The Weight of a Cherry Blossom

Author: Shruti Buddhavarapu
Publisher: Rupa Publications

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

If you took a map and pinned each city I've lived in, I'd exist somewhere in the tautness of the string attaching one point to the other. If a life is lived across many homes—from balmy Chennai to muggy Mumbai, the crackling expansiveness of Delhi to the breath-taking splendour of Vancouver in spring—where do you truly belong? If you are constantly on the move, is home just what customs can clear? And how do you find love, in the middle of it all, when you do not or cannot stay in one city long enough? Funny, poignant and reflective, the weight of a Cherry blossom is a fable of rootlessness and belonging in the modern world. It is equal parts a story of urban loneliness and self-discovery, and of the healing powers of kinship and love. Revisiting the awkwardness of adolescence and the chaos of growing up, it looks The foibles of adulthood irreverent in the eye. Tracing the powerful patterns of family, friendship, storytelling, fear, love and loss from her childhood to the teetering end of her twenties, Shruti buddhavarapu takes you through the embarrassing yet affirming adventures of a life lived with one's heart on one's sleeve—through illness, despair and joy.


About the Author: 

Shruti Buddhavarapu is a poet, writer and editor currently living in New Delhi. She has a double masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of British Columbia. She is fascinated with politics, pop culture and how seamlessly one bleeds into the other. She is also a researcher with an interest in the rhetoric of health and medicine. Her first book, Mother Steals a Bicycle and Other Stories was co-authored with Salai Selvam.


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