Someone’s Always Waiting
Sumana was born and raised in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where she went on to graduate with a BSc in Electronics, much to the surprise of her teachers, and relief of her parents. In what can only be described as a quirk of fate, she ended up as an IT consultant – a role she essayed for more than a decade. She then moved to the UK where she quit her job and pursued academic and literary interests. The result of this pursuit has been two Masters, one published book, quite a few manuscript drafts, and above all, being stone-broke perpetually.She currently lives in the UK with her husband and several books.
Review: Encounters by Sumana Khan has five short stories about a forensic scientist who is safe with a strange tourist , a retired accountant, a incense stick salesman and a psychiatrist, who has to examine a girl. Among all the stories, I liked the psychiatrist story, as he starts investigating he realises there is something very uncanny and he understands that he is getting personally involved with his patient, which should never ever happen. Does his patient come back to normalcy? What happens to him? What is the strangeness about the case that he is handling? There is also a tribute which the author pays to mothers, grandmothers and to all the women. Every story was amazingly written. As I am a huge fan of Super-naturals, this book worked well with me. It was just difficult to put it down and I read it one sitting. All the stories are wonderfully written, with complicated details, credible characters and goosebump endings. It is not easy to pick up the favourite. This one is a page turner you should not miss if you are a fan of supernatural tales.
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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