Finally, finished reading ‘Baker’s Dozen’ by not one but 13 debut writers – Mira Sahgal, Ritwik Chakravarti, Preksha Kukreja, Akanksha Patra, Anahitha Sagar, Devashi Gulati, Nishta Sawhney, Ashank Khaitan, Aakriti Gera, Aashna Chauhan, Aishwarya Verma, Anandita Thakur, Jigyasa Nigam.
I have keen interest in short stories, so when I got the opportunity to read this book I didn’t want to miss it. The book has 13 stories which bring forth a rich and varied banquet. The short stories carry different background and era. Stories are, I would say, very interesting.
My favourite stories in this book are ‘The Stencil’ and ‘The Impasse’. They have very interesting end. ‘Friends for Friends’ is a typical story; the next narration in this was expected. I found its writing very childish and not so interesting. The title story ‘All that Glitters’ is a simple story, somehow insignificantly elaborated. The editing needed to be re-checked before the final print as there were spelling and grammatical errors. The book says ’13 extraordinary short stories’, but I found nothing extraordinary, except that the stories were too lengthy, did not suit ‘short stories’ properly. I noticed some words used by these student authors were above their knowledge and I had to refer a dictionary. I wish the words were used according to the story.
Overall, considering the genre, for me, it was a nice and quick read! If you are interested in this genre, you should grab this book for a quick interesting read. I really liked the narration that manages to the hold the grip and compels the reader to finish the stories.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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