Monday, 26 April 2021

The chronicler of the Hooghly by Shakti Ghosal


These are four short stories. As the title suggest the location is old Kolkata.The author has mixed history with fiction.The setting is during the British raj in the first story. 

The year is 1912. Capital has shifted been shifted to Delhi. Sujit is in government service. Bina the wife is excited and is also pregnant. But the baby is born challenged. He has problems at school. This  story is touching.

The second story is set on the Khidderpore docks. Dipen is a labourer at the docks. There is a pandemic called mahamari. Dipen farther and wife have this . Wife is sent to recovery at her mother's house. While the wife is away Dipen meets a lady called Elokeshi. You might think Dipen will fall in love but will he?

Another story is about Samir who meets a chronicler who tells him about a necklace that is cursed.

The last story is Anjan who is injured in a gas explosion. He meets Savio but he remembers his past demons. 
The stories are well written and are on kindle unlimited.

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Day Turns Dark by Sunil Singh "Gora"

 This is the debut novel of Sunil Singh. His writing is simple and the story has many turns and twists.

This story is set in summer. The story surrounds teenagers Nitin, Ronak Arora and Ashish. 

Harleen is a girl that Nitin likes. She wants to become a doctor and hopes that Nitin does the same.

The story is set in Sri Ganganagar .At the start, we see Nitin in hospital straving himself. No one can make sure that he eats. Flash back to a few years we come to know why Nitin blames himself for his grandmother death.

Nitin is saved by Radhey. He is not only a role model role for Nitin but also a RSS district conveyor. Thus politics is involved. There is no ethics in politics. All the parities involved are trying to win elections. 

Ronay Arora also known as Ronny is Nitin's friend. 

Nitin has unknowing harmed a girl called Mansi. He tries to undo the harm but there is a twist in the story. 

I liked the twist in the story.


Thursday, 8 April 2021

The other side of fairy tales by Heena Joshi

Heena is a blogger writer and editor. The Talking Stories is her other novel.

This is a collection of short stories. In the first story, the room on the roof is about worrying about how you will succeed despite failure. The room on the roof the room is shown as a human being.That sounds unreal. In the next story, we hear about a school being opened for transgender. I feel that is a good idea since they too are human beings.

"You don't understand " is a phrase so common that could it be hereditary. You said it to your parents and your children say it to you. This is what the next story is about. 

A complete story of an incomplete story reminds me of my writer's block. 

I liked her writing. For example, she says "Teaspoonful excited with a tablespoon of nervousness.

Writing is simple though sometimes the story is difficult to understand.

Thursday, 1 April 2021

A Hundred Little Flames By Preeti Shenoy


Shenoy needs no introduction. Her language is simple. Her other books are the secret wish list,one arranged murder and many more.

The setting is in a small town in Kerala. At the venture of things is Aryan. He loses his job and goes to live with his grandfather in Kerela. Town name is Poongavanam. Don't look for it on google. It is imaginary. 

Aryan comes to live with his grandfather at Thekke Madom. That is the name of grandfather house. It is a plantation sort of set up. There is no internet. I wonder what Aryan would do there. Velu is a person looking after Gopal Shanker (grandfather).

Soon it started to rain in Kerela.One could see paddy fields all around . Gopal's nature was of angry. Aryan calls him muttacha. At first, Aryan is bored but when he starts to talk to muttacha he enjoys himself.

Aryan's father is a headache to Aryan. Always telling how wrong he is and accepting him to listen to his father. Muttaham keeps talking about one rohini. His father says this Rohini doesnoe exist. It is his imagination. But Muttaham speaks with so much force that Aryan does not know whom to believe. Muttaham is also angry with Aryan's father and his aunty. Things change when Aryan reads muttahaam dairy. The story takes  a 360 turn.

The description is amazing. It is on kindle unlimited.