Canvas of Dreams, by Jaya Siva Murty

Riya seems to have lost everything—the man she loves to another woman, her husband to death and her soul to fear. Can she confront the nightmares of her past and dream of a better future?

Canvas of Dreams is the debut novella of author Jaya Siva Murty. Riya, the protagonist, goes for a function in Singapore, only to run into Ryan, her old love at an exhibition. But once again, they end up going their separate ways. Once she’s in Mumbai, talking with her best friend leads to her decision of spilling the dark secret in her life. As a solution to her nightmares, she also decides to start an art gallery, which brings Rehaan, a talented artist into her life. And in another direction returns Ryan as well, leaving her with a choice to make.

It is a simple love story with not many twists, and one that seems very probable. A light read which can be finished in a few hours, so I feel it would be best for a journey. It is interesting enough to keep our attention even though we do have an idea where the plot is headed. Jaya’s language also makes it easy for the reader, as it is simple and lucid. We see some fun philosophical comparisons in the novella too, which manage to make us smile. All in all, a good effort.

Reviewed by Leo, for Indireads.
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