Blurb: A Short Story Collection Based On The Stellar Works Of Budding Writers In India. A story you wish was NEVER narrated to an eight-year-old. Old letters of a dead father, what secrets could they hold for a long lost daughter? A chilly December morning and a lone gravestone – changed the day and someone’s life. A seemingly ‘ideal marriage’ in an old city smelling of love. An aging alcoholic superstar finding a magical cure for his incurable baldness. From middle-class Government quarter to a posh Neeti Bagh bungalow, was there a price for this! Life would have been very different for the characters in these stories, but for the choices they make. Read these stories to know what they did with their choice. You many see a reflection of yourself. Spine chilling drama and suspense, quirky, funny and awkward moments, poetic love of hopeless romantics and a lot more is packed in the pages of this collection.
Review: Jukebox, a compilation of 15 short stories by budding writers from across the country, is a venture by Writersmelon. The result of a nationwide writing competition called Melonade, Jukebox is the outcome of the competition’s fifth edition. Thank you Writersmelon for sending me a copy of Jukebox. I was so sure of reading good short stories and I am glad the book did not disappoint me in any manner. The story – Monster by Amritorupa Kanjial was very simple and easy. The tagline will remain with the readers for really long time. The story was intelligently handled by the author. As I am keen reader of short stories than novels, for me this book served as perfect bedtime reading. I liked A deep fried love story by Deepti Raut as I strictly believe in dieting and healthy eating though I don’t struggle with diet issues. The reason why I was so excited to read this book is most of the authors including the editor are friends with me. The book has the right elements of thrill, suspense, drama, quirkiness in the right weight which did not make it a bore reading for me. Short and simple stories are definitely in demand these days. The stories from Jukebox will remain with me for real long time. “Story” by Abhishek Mukherjee and “One Day in December” by Deboshree Bhattacharjee Pandey are a worth a mention in this review. It is a different kind of mystery story with sequences of clues that leads the readers to solve the crime and leaves it for him to piece together the last bits of the brainteaser which reminded me of my childhood activities of solving such puzzles. Stories had references of Harry Potter, Enid Blyton, cricket which added surprise part to the fiction. I am definitely recommending Jukebox to everyone, for one who is a reader and also who is not a reader. For me this is one of the best reads of 2017.
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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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