In these stories, Malachi Edwin Vethamani bravely explores the intersections and conflicts between family and sexuality that are typical in contemporary Asian societies, yet also universal. Few Malaysian writers have dared to approach sexuality and sexual diversity with such candour and courage. Vethamani’s characters are endearingly familiar, but the quandaries and moral dilemmas they face remain unusual in Malaysian English fiction. — PREETA SAMARASAN, Author, Evening Is A Whole Day
Malachi Edwin Vethamani vividly presents characters with longings that remain unfulfilled, many a times unaware of their deepest desires. Whether it is Sunita’s blunderous ‘Coitus Interruptus’ or Balan’s withdrawal from a dishonest relationship in ‘Best Man’s Kiss’, the search never ends. Incidents do not change them the way they would in stories with a more classic design. The longing continues. Like life, there are no easy resolutions.
Vethamani’s stories compel the reader to reflect on the future of his characters. You hope they find what they are looking for. Or you hope they ultimately know what they are looking for. Either way, they are memorable and remain with you long after you have put aside these beautiful nuggets. Peopled with characters of Tamil origin, these slices of life in Malaysia are more palpable after this fine read. — MAHESH DATTANI, Playwright and Director
The stories are spiky, sexy and seductive. They are rich and redolent with Malaysian culture, insightful, witty and bang up to date. — JOHN McRAE, University of Nottingham, UK