Short and sweet, Navarasa contains all the essence – of love and hate, of wonder and horror, of drama and humour. At times witty and funny and at other times gripping and endearing, I thoroughly enjoyed this potpourri. I believe that it is a suitable light read for any reader looking for a collection of short stories.
Handwritten Letters in the Bookstore is said to be India’s first musical novel. It is a good attempt to discuss past as well as emerging music genres and styles and the impact of music on the minds of the people; it is a good attempt to encourage handwritten letters over digital relationships.
From Emptiness to Happiness narrates the story of a compassionate and impulsive anaesthesiologist, Dr. Riya, and her tryst with love. Riya meets Samith and through their story, the reader gets a glimpse into the lives of medical professionals, their doubts, insecurities and decisions.
Native Officialdom in Western India provides an interesting understanding of the Watan system and how it affected the socio-economic and political system in Western India. Through this book, Abhijit Sirdesai attempts at discussing the role and chain of command of the Maratha hereditary officers.
The Last Attractor of Chaos is a spy thriller with a metaphysical twist. It is a good read that any crime thriller reader may enjoy. The story starts with action-packed sequences that pull the readers right into the plot. Credit must be given to Abhinav Singh for not letting the attention of the readers drop.
Say No To Happiness discusses various aspects of life and the way of addressing any hurdles that cross our path. Madhu Namboodiri deliberates on the basic element in the human world that is the source of all the unhappiness and failures; the hindrance in our path to living a “dream life”.
My Feathered Friends is about the different places the author travelled to and how he met the varied feathered creatures with their unique characteristics and perspectives who provided valuable insights to him, and through him, to the readers. It is a book that even young readers can read, understand and enjoy.
The Last Nomad narrates the life events of a boy called Rahul who suffers from selective mutism and is denied decent medical treatment due to the superstitious nature of his parents. The slums of India is portrayed in minute details. Heramb delves on the subjects of unemployment, poverty, alcoholism and corruption.
Chandan Sen Gupta’s Unforeseen is the story of a simple family who has hardly ever moved out of their native village in Rasoolpur, Pakistan and are now bound to run around India to avoid the law forces as well as the terrorists who are trying to kill them.
Rajeev Singh’s The Erotic Muse is a tale of the struggle of the protagonist as he tries to rise above his middling to look for true companionship and motive for life. This seductive fiction has a dose of supernatural elements as well as romance as it confronts social and personal problems.
The story of Sinners – The Dawn of Kalki starts dramatically with the blood–curdling screams of notorious prisoners in the Tihar Jail of India as they are choked to death by an invisible force. The reason for this bloodshed: A twelve-year-old boy in a yogic stance!