Personally, I am a big fan of short stories because I can read them anywhere. I don’t have to spend a whole day reading a single story just to find out what will happen in the end. And best of all, I get satisfaction within minutes.
I began 2014’s first read with ‘Uff Ye Emotions 2’ which is a compilation of 11 short stories, each by a different author. Many of the authors in this book are my fellow-bloggers or friends. I congratulate them for getting published and making a place in creative writing.
The opening story ‘The Client’, by Vinit K Bansal is really fascinating and I am sure his first story in ‘Uff Ye Emotions1’ might be on the same lines. I expected a happy ending but its climax turned out to be sad, which was a twist for me.
Saravana Kumar Murugan , a blogger who has made a mark with his stories, articles, authored my next read ‘120 Minutes’. The story took me through stations in Germany, which I would never have travelled. The story ends beautifully.
Meghant Parmar (who was kind enough to send the review copy of this book) and Heena Ahuja’s ‘Love and Sacrifices’, was a typical fairy tale a wealthy Indian father hunt for his daughter, who falls for a Scottish man. There were mistakes in it grammatically but I felt it was an alright story.
‘NCERT of L_O_V_E’, by Himanshu Chhabra and Udita Pal took me back to my school days, where I had seen many of my class mates exchanging so called love notes in between school books and meeting up after school or in breaks. This was sort of refreshing old memories but I did not like the story involving 8th grade students, it was ridiculous according to me. This was the worst story of the book.
‘Moksha’ by Kunal Marathe and ‘Dilemma’ by Tarang Sinha for me were the most boring stories.
‘The Pale Pigeon’ by Siddhartha Yadav deserves appreciation because his theme was so relevant as such incidents keep happening in our society all most everyday. Parents are thrown out of their own houses because of their children and I really liked his story despite little errors.
The book accommodates a few other stories like ‘I’ll Be There’ by Ishani Malhotra, ‘Hickey’, by Heema Shirvaikar amongst others. Some stories did touch me, while some of them were an easy light read, kind of killing time. The language used in all the stories was simple and very kiddish. I did not refer the dictionary. There were many spelling and grammatical errors which the editor should have taken care of, but he missed it.
This anthology is ideal for night read and I did finish reading the stories in one time. Some of the stories were very effectual.
If you have not read the first book Uff Ye Emotions. I am cant think of recommending this book to anyone with bad quality of English and editing mistakes.
Authors: Vinit K. Bansal, Mahi Singla, Kunal Marathe, Shalini Katyal, Udita Pal, Himanshu Appie Chhabra, Siddhartha Yadav, Heema Shirvaikar, Ishani Malhotra, Saravana Kumar Murugan, Tarang Singha, Meghant Parmar, and Heena Ahuja.
Publisher: General Press
2 stars: I didn’t like it, a poor read. Not what I was looking for in a book.
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