Blurb: A turbulent relationship between a mother and a daughter takes a sudden turn when the daughter stumbles across a past that she never knew. The golden period of a professor’s life is tainted by questions about his purpose until one night gives him all the answers he needs. Desperate times test us all but when hunger drives a girl to do the unthinkable, her life changes forever. Woven around the lives of the people around us – the shy girl on the metro, your domestic help, your neighbours and perhaps even you – this collection of short stories will take you on a bittersweet journey that explores the spectrum that is part of any human relationship and all the complexity and chaos that secretly dwell within the homes and hearts of India. Often laced with an element of introspection, the stories are sure to change the way you see the world around you.
About the author: Shilpi Chaklanobis hails from the beautiful city of Kanpur and has spent the majority of her adult life in Delhi. She currently heads the Digital Marketing division at an MNC. The amalgamation of her years spent amongst the quite, calm streets of a small city and the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan like Delhi has lent her a unique perspective towards life. She aims to translate her experiences and understanding of human relationships into stories that not only move people but also resonate with them. She believes that the beauty of a story lies within its ability to be interpreted by the reader in the way they desire as is evident from her writing. Apart from writing, she spends her time devouring books by the dozen. Her writing not only shows promise, but also has a sense of sensitivity that compels you to think about the lives you touch every day.
Review: Short stories have always fascinated me so when the author Shilpi Chaklanobis got in touch with me asking to review her book, I immediately agreed. This book has many stories which unfolded subtle emotions through quite a few examples describing the many feelings, in between a variety of relationships which were sensibly well written. I appreciate the author for using simple language without any harsh words as most of the books in the market right now are full of abuses and sexuality. The plots were unique and the climaxes were nicely written. A nice collection of stories covering various facets of life that is fascinating and pensive. I highly recommend this book.
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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