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If trees could talk, they’d have so much to tell: The story of two broken hearts, that stolen first kiss, those last words of a mother to her son, endless cups of tea and never-ending chatter, of nostalgia, an act of brutality and a tale of passion. In this collection of short stories, The Trees Told Me So, Purva Grover draws a beautiful and poignant picture of love, life and loss, with an honest voice. And the common thread running through the stories is that nature (Read: A tree) stands witness like an old soul—full of wisdom and compassion. A silent observer, a keeper of secrets, yet the tree is always an integral part of the character’s very being.

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Why did the trees speak to me? Why did characters whose lives had been touched by the trees decide to confide in me? I am yet to know. Could it be because I promised to listen closely? I took notes of thoughts that came and vanished. I scribbled down memories that I wished we cherished. I was patient when I met up with people who ached to share. I dealt with questions that made me uncomfortable. I let the sceneries, objects, and situations inspire me. I expressed joy, love, anxiety, disappointment, anger, happiness, and pain. Together, we weaved these 11 tales. Of faith, funeral; of dads, dreams; of growth, greed; of sins, secrets; of chai, confessions; of relationships, reflections; of lives, loves, and living. And we remembered to do so with honesty because it’s only the honest words that have the power to bring a change, touch hearts, and awaken minds. I can only hope we never lose faith in words. These tales are now as much yours as mine.

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