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Reviewed by Mary C. Blowers for Readers' Favorite
I Still Remember is a poignant story of a young girl, a freshman in college, who meets a senior man on her first day at school. His interest in her is to help her out, as she is looking for the admissions office. He may have even volunteered to help new students as a temporary job. However, she falls in love with him and her love is seemingly unrequited. Priya Prithviraj has a gift for storytelling and conveys convincingly the angst of this 18-year-old. In the culture the story is set in, she cannot go to him and demand that he see her as a woman. But she has an opportunity to tell him through a chance meeting much later, after they no longer spend time together, in which he appears as the substitute teacher of her poetry class.
I enjoy reading about other cultures and the ambiance is conveyed in a believable manner. The girl learns how she really feels about the man, and grows through the experience. No longer does she long for him, but looks forward to new loves and experiences. Readers of Amy Tan and other Asian authors will delight in this novella, I Still Remember. I would like to see its author, Priya Prithviraj, expand this to novel length or to write a novel in a similar vein. Much is not told about the time the two spent together during the months they were friends. A landlady and a roommate play small parts, but their roles could be expanded to great benefit.