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A very interesting book. The author has sketched each character so well that you can actually relate to them. Through captivating stories, Purva has beautifully portrayed the traits, lives, triumphs and tribulations of people from different walks of life. And the trees bear testimony to it all. Congratulations to the writer :)

Recent purchaser// India

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Purva does well in creating scenes and stirring up emotions through her writing. Whether it's humour or sense of loss, you relate to the characters and relive your own experiences through them. The diversity of life enhance the content. The most important takeaway for me is: The trees are always watching over us.

Manu Moudgil

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The trees told me so is a collection of eleven beautiful and touching short stories each set around a tree. The stories are varied..some take you down the memory lane like "A summer ritual" (one of my favourites) while others like "The darkness of red" introduce you to a world that is unfamiliar". "Between us, daughter and mother" will leave you sad and angry while "Handsome point" will make you smile and nod in agreement. A book that you would like to read in one sitting.

Recent Purchaser// Dubai

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'The Trees Told Me So ' by Purva Grover is an interesting reading. The stories take you down the memory lane. Most of us above the age of 60 can relate to the happenings told in the stories, especially, the visit to the grandparents and to the University where one studied. The present-day youngsters may not have such nostalgic memories and that's why these stories written by a young girl has come as a surprise.

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Have read the first couple of stories in The Trees Told Me So. to my delight, I found them very interesting. Purva has painted excellent word pictures. Reading 'The summer ritual' takes one to real and imagined scenes from childhood. Those who have experienced similar holidays would revisit them and those who haven't would be filled with a yearning! Each story centres around a tree. The stories are short, the language simple and the context Indian. Constructive criticism would be that the narratives could be a bit crisper. Also, some grammatical mistakes/oversights have remained. Overall, an excellent light read. Congratulations to the debutant author 😃

V Jain// India

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"Purva's collection of short stories is a must read for all"​

Vineeth Sasidharan/ Kuwait

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The Trees told me so is a powerful narration of issues that we normally tend to ignore in our daily life. It questions our purpose of life and pinpoints how silly things that we do could outgrow and create irreparable damage to our life. Meanwhile the author blends in the silent trees in the background of every scene giving a sense of completion to every story in here.
My favourites were,
A Summer Ritual
A Glass for Rs.1
Between Us, Daughter and Mother
The First Kiss
On the Bed of Wood
A Summer Ritual revolves our relationships with our grandparents and how beautiful it is to cherish such fond memories with them.
A Glass for Rs.1 asked so many questions to the current society and the trend we are living in. Such an eyeopener.
Between Us, Daughter and Mother is about the worst things that could happen to a little girl who is shun down from asking questions on sensitive stuffs. It was so relatable and this story made me totally emotional. I was contemplating over the life of girls after reading this.
The First Kiss and On the bed of wood were the type of stories that I am coming across recently. But I totally appreciate the captivating narration and fleshed out characters. MORE

OvyReadz// India

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As I finished reading ‘The Trees told me so’ penned beautifully by Purva, I can proudly say, It is a collection of short tales filled with contrasting emotions and just like a roller coaster ride. Among my favorites, I can name ‘The Summer ritual’ which took me back in lanes of 90’s and is full of sweet and sour nostalgia. On the contrary, a burst of tears awaits you with mixed feelings of anger and helplessness while you go through the tale of ‘Between Us: daughter & mother’. This touches straight to your heart and a must read. Another favorite is ‘the First Kiss’ which holds a big twist towards the end. I wonder how Purva connects so effortlessly with her readers. All in all a superb read and a full thumbs up. Super proud of you & looking forward for your next soon. Hugs 🤗

Sonu Sultania// Dubai

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She is young, chirpy, bubbly, supremely hardworking and there’s such a lovely vibe about her-Purva Grover. 
#thetreestoldmeso -her very first in a long series of books to come. 
Today she’s an AUTHOR. 
Though she was always a writer and a creative artist way before the world saw her as one. 
Loved the honest read…and my personal favorite ‘The scent of the familiar’ took me to unfamiliar yet beautiful childhood memories- it was lovely to get to know so much more of you.

Purva Grover…keep writing, keep inspiring, keep being You.

Saira// Dubai

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I enjoyed the stories especially because I could relate to some of them at some level.

Arnab Nandy// India

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An amazing read. All stories have been written so well.

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Evocative, remarkably in touch with real life, poignant and touching bunch of stories that absolutely needed to be told, and told how!

Evocative, remarkably in touch with real life, poignant and touching bunch of stories that absolutely needed to be told, and told how!

Carolympus// Dubai

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I love her writings from the very beginning. I love the simplicity of her words and also the way she brings us so close to characters and situations. Could feel the warmth of relationships in each story and I this is where an author wins.

Dhara/ India

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An enjoyable And Stimulating Reading

As a newspaperman fiction seldom allures me, but I embraced The Trees….” because Purva Grover is a writer who can stir words to find depth and feelings in them.

“The Trees Told Me So” is such a collection. Her assembly of words comes from trees. They are the silent living observers of the world around them. In their contributing representation, Purva makes the trees talk, and they do. Trees “have so much to tell,” she upholds.

And what Purva has gathered from her trees, she evolved them into fascinating stories of ordinary folks. The readers can quickly get engaged with these tales as if these have happened the next door. More

Promod Puri// Canada

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I recently got to read “The Trees told me so” by Purva Grover. It is a collection of 11 stories and I must say they transported me to a time deep in the recesses of my childhood, a time I’ll always cherish. Each story focusses on the mundane and enlivens it to create the extraordinary. These are heartwarming and sometimes heart-shattering tales which cover a wide range of emotions.

By the title of the book, I had expected the trees to be the narrators. But all the stories are written in the first person by protagonists whose lives or parts of their lives have a tree at the center.

I loved the writing style. It is very lyrical, almost like a poem, especially in the first story. It evokes powerful emotions in the reader and transports him/her to the setting. I found myself witnessing the lives of people while they sit under a tree and work, or read, or simply chill out with a cup of tea in their hands. More

The Reading Owl//India

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beautiful, emotional, heart wrenching , balming are a few words which describe Purva’s tales in the book ..the characters are so real , so us that we feel, we walk besides them ...loved and felt all but my favourites are ‘handsome point’ and ‘between us , daughter and mother ‘..all the best to the talented Purva Grover ..keep weaving us in your words ..

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Trees told me so is just not a collection of intriguing stories, its a collection of emotions. Stories revolve around you in terms of family, friends, love, society, issues, problems almost everything. Its a hard knock on life. The best part of the story is the tree, who's an eyewitness to everything happening around. Trees are friends, feel loneliness, scream with pain and they communicate. Purva has sprinkled emotions in all the narrations. Best read for anyone looking for contemporary writing!

I'm usually wary of short-stories because it takes a lot of work to make your reader care about characters quickly. Purva, however, has done a fabulous job with 'The trees told me so.' And though I found myself wanting more at the end of each tale, there was a sense of closure in all of them. The stories revolve around multiple themes- family, society, addiction, love and even rape. You get to soak in a variety emotions from nostalgia that tickles your tummy warmly to angst that questions, "Why why why?". She has a knack for punch lines. Some of my favorites:
"My pot of gold is full and the women are spent. But we are neither exhausted nor content. We wake up thirst, imagining the adventures that lie ahead."
"Standing there in the miasma of rickety buildings and damp love, I tasted passion for the first time. It was bitter, stark, powerful and overwhelming. It was dark and pure, just like the night."
I highly recommend this book. It is both a light and meaningful read.

Sanju Renjit// India

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Puja Raina Mahaldar/ India

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It's very different from what I get to read. The author weaves magic with her words and surely knows the art of striking a chord in the reader's heart..

Sumit/ India

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Purva literally, has her ears rooted to the sounds of the ground. When she isn't writing or editing, Purva Grover listens — she literally, has her ears rooted to the sounds of the ground. A good listener, Grover is connected to life around her, including trees, which tell her the tales. Her debut novel ‘Trees Told Me So’ is a collection of stories that the trees whispered to her.
The silent witness . From ancient times trees have been known as the wise old men — a fact that seems to have inspired the author. The trees around her, she says, stand as witness to what she is writing as she is willing to listen to them. What a fascinating idea, the trees, they are like a silent observer — a keeper of secrets who are full of wisdom. In a way, the author is urging us to listen to the world, nature, trees and animals around us, and that we should regain our connectivity with nature since that is a natural relationship — how it’s meant to be. More

Smita Singh/ India

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I have been reading Purva’s stories and articles for the past decade. She has a charm in her way of writing, that will take you back to your childhood memories. They way her writing revives the nostalgia you feel is phenomenal. This is the first book Iv’e read that has been written by a journalist, a friend,a wife,a daughter,a sister,an editor,a painter and a theater director. It touches all the right notes and sets you off to another dimension, where you think and remember similar moments that you have witnessed or experienced in your own personal life. Purva is not afraid of bring out the “real stories”, the real struggles, the real emotions and the unreal horrors of what different people go through in life.

This books gives you a new perspective on people, on life and love, on sacrifices, challenges and struggles. It makes you think, it makes you feel and it makes you “remember”. A must buy for everyone who has ever stayed, visited or heard of India. More

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