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Thought-provoking dreams

Creative literary critics have often pointed out down the centuries that all the creative spirits rest on human interest events. They could be subdivided into various genres like poetry, theatre, narratives of all types and other forms developed in human groups around the globe. As such, it may be observed that even the overshadowing of one genre over another could transform into hitherto unperceived literary genres.

Though the student of literature is broadly taught of various literary forms, there are comparative subforms that overlap. As such, segmenting the creative forms into narrow literary forms may not be seen as acceptable in the context of modernism, a term loosely used today.

Human significance

These cursory viewpoints entered my mind as I was reading the latest English collection of narratives as created by Kanchana Priyakantha titled as Dream Catchers. The narratives are not categorised as short stories but if a reader so wants could do so at one’s own will. The creator Priyakantha includes nine narratives with human significance one different from the other, and one type different from the other.

They differ from the content or the central experience embedded and the way of expression that includes the types, techniques and attitudes. Basically, they are either directed from the realism and naturalism to fantasies and surrealisms.

But the most fascinating factor is that they are neither fairytales nor are they myths and legends. They rest on the human plane of human interest. But the creator Priyakantha takes the reader into different levels of narratives that rest on a plane beyond mere happiness. Take, for instance, the opening narrative titled ‘The Independent doll’.

Fascinating factor

The scene of a galaxy of dolls is seen exhibited in a shop. There are onlookers as well as admirers and buyers of all types. They are dressed well. The most fascinating factor is that there is a doll has the habit of talking to herself as well as with the others of her calibre. The expression is packed with a dialogue that contains a critical interpretation of the consumer-creator, and exhibit triangle. The dialogue does not end in mere fun. It is the expression f human feelings on the creative delight that culminates in trivial commercial deals that embrace money matters as well as competition and anger, ill-will and hatred. But the most unavoidable point was that the doll who challenges the living forces around her has to give up.

Another similar narrative is titled as ‘Bats’. In this folktale-like narrative, the reader encounters a young woman who becomes one of the occupants of a room in an abandoned house. As the room is rented at a cheap rate the living conditions too are minimal.

The young woman has to live alone but is being guarded by a bat who hangs down from the roof. Gradually getting accustomed to the living conditions he female develops the companionship of the bat as culminates in living with the creature. But the living conditions never last long as the mansion-like house is scheduled to be sold in the near future. The love link between the girls as the bat has to be terminated as an unseen force.

To the reader, most narratives rest on two layers. The upper story layer contains a human interest experience. The subtext or the inner layer rests on a symbolic layer that could be perceived by one’s own vision.


The dialogue that ensues between the girl and the bat centre around each one’s express of living conditions presumably symbolic of a self-expression. A thematically similar narrative is titled as ‘the fan’. In this humour-packed narrative, a number of amorous and erotic events happen in a certain room. Socially powerful individuals accompany female partners into the room. Some of the partners reveal their pathetic down-to-earth living conditions to those who accompany them.

But it looks as if the only listener happens to be the fan in the room. Though inanimate, the fan hanging from the roof knows what’s happening around. It peeps into the privileges and welfare that others fail to fathom. The creator of these narratives, Priyakantha, takes the reader into some of the commonplace events in society. But as a creative thinker, she gives an elevation to the commonplace event. Two good examples are titled as ‘The Cousin’ and experience of an ethnic issue and the second ‘The Wallet’ centred around the subject of tourism taking the case of a lady tourist accused of a certain robbery of a wallet of a shopkeeper.

All in all, the nine narratives are a welcome variant to some of the narratives. The reader comes across at the moment. The title for the compilation of narratives as ‘Dream Catchers’ too is symbolic of the content and form of the creator.

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