I had a lot of expectations from these short stories by Amit Shankar having heard so much about him (*grinning*) and the stories are indeed unusual. Not all of them but yes most of them. They explore a different side of the human mind and a couple were especially good. I had gone through his website and was quite interested in reading his book. After reading the short stories I will try and read his other books too. I am sure they too have the twisted turns and endings like these stories.
I picked up the book in the morning with my bed tea and had a good morning indeed! They are all easy to read, simple and interesting stories; not all are unusual but fun to read. After lunch, I was revisiting the stories and writing this.
I must mention the ones that stayed with me long after I had finished reading them. Smart TV comes foremost to the mind and as does The Jazz Player. In Smart TV, the simple, clueless housewife and the doting daughter had my pity. We have so many women who face this reality every day.
‘The Jazz Player’ was creepy and I agree with the fact that maybe the player was indeed tempting death! I could not figure out what he had ordered till it was out in the open.
Stories like ‘Let Me Help You Die’, ‘The Black Widow’, ‘The Dream Chaser’, ‘True Lies’ are all well written and delve into the madness of our minds. How much pain can be inflicted or absorbed?
The story ‘Home Sweet Home’ was quite poignant and predictable as was the ‘Temple of The King’.
The ‘Writer’s Block’ was a bit weird; what if all unsuccessful writers start doing that? Thank god for Self-publishing J
‘Code of Honour’ was another story that tugged at the heartstrings, the soldier father writing his heart out is easily the most heart-tugging right after ‘The Guardian Angel’.
A special mention for the two guest stories included in the book; both are a great read and a breath of fresh air. I totally agree with Amit when he says they are ‘Super-talented’. The stories brought a tear to my eyes and a lump in my throat and when I was reading the stories I had forgotten that the writers were aged 10 and 16. Bravo! For nurturing such talent.
The language in the stories, especially the initial ones could be better with fewer words but they do manage to get the point across. They are Indian stories so they are fine with “Indian English” in them. (You can check out my post on “Indianisms that may be ruining your writing”.) I am not a language critic and I can only write about whether the author got his point across or not; did the stories reflect what the blurb said or not and whether I would read the author again.
Well, I say yes for all the above, I will read his works and Cafe’ Latte delivers what it promises. I finished the book in 2 short sittings and enjoyed myself too!
A perfect coffee or tea time or read even a cool travel read.
I was given this book by “The Bookaholics” in return for an honest review. All views, images and reviews are my own.