‘The Day Before Today’: A Book That Will Keep You At The Edge Of Your Seat
The Day Before Today: Lockdown Stories
Author: Gayatri Gill
Illustrations by: Niyati Singh
Price: Rs. 157.50
Available at: Amazon (Kindle version only)
The description of the book offers a disclaimer in the last line: “Part fairy tale, part nightmare, The Day Before Today is a collection of dark, delicious short fiction that will make us rethink the world we took for granted. And when I started reading the book, it all came to life.” Author Gayatri Gill does precisely that with her dystopian stories.
Engrossing and unique (which makes it more interesting), each segment of this short fiction dishes out something new related to the new normal in a world affected with COVID. New normal? When is that? Is there even a tomorrow? From the death of the bat who stands at the crux of a global pandemic, to realistically talking of the dead, rather than glorifying them, the book has it all. What’s better? The author serves the dark thoughts with a generous garnish of humour. Within one sentence, you will not know whether to think twice about the dystopia or to laugh at the situation she so vividly describes.
That’s another characteristic of the book—it explores situations that most of us have been in, or at least heard of—but also goes many levels further. The author often puts into the words of her characters some of the deepest, darkest thoughts that human beings have in their minds but have never articulated loudly. These, at the first shot, seem downright spooky, but you do realise that it is not uncommon.
The characters are lovable yet not traditional. With this book, you will fall in love with a ghost and feel bad for a psychotic lady or want to get sucked into a bizarre online game. It also talks of tomorrow as you have never seen before, a tomorrow that depends on the fact that there is no school or office. But will tomorrow come?
Niyati Singh’s illustrations add the right amount of intrigue and chutzpah to the written word.
One thing is sure, the characters of this page-turner are going to stay with you for a while to come, leaving you wanting more.