“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot- it’s all there. Everything influences each of us and because of that, I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”– Maya Angelou.
This is how each chapter in Daivathinte Charanmar begins, similar to Buried Thoughts with a quote as a prologue hinting us about the succeeding chapter. A radio jockey and vlogger, Joseph is a skillful storyteller. He paints the experiences of his adulthood in deft strokes and in hues we yearn to see. Cut to a few years, the confession pages on Facebook was a rage. This book is a confession that is real and that the author believes in.
Being a millennial, his sensitivities may be different and meticulous but pushes certain old school thoughts giving them a new dimension. It doesn’t feel old school then, they are organic and relatable. It is a delightful self-introspection sans exquisite connotations, garnered with incidents small and big. The author creates a copy of the microcosm that has seasoned him. He confides his insecurities through the stories he has chosen to share.
With references to different campaigns and its themes, the books he read, the movies he saw, (Prachiyettan and the Saint getting multiple mentions), we walk through the corridors of uncertainty which seems familiar. The characters who seem naive and unpolished share notions that we often take for granted. Humor highlights a few of the stories otherwise it’s a smile that persists at the end of each chapter.
The sum of its parts makes this memoir complete with people filling each frame he sketches. Those whom he met in the crossroads of life leaving a mark, find a place in this book of retrospectives. The realistic descriptions with a tint of humor culminate into simple tales of love and art that feels liberating.