Dedicated to the only one who truly fathoms the meaning of love, Tell Tale Pug Tail and Everything Else is written for Grey’s 8-year-old pug “Nuts.” The book is a collection of 40 written pieces most of which are poems. It is highly interesting in its format for the pieces don’t follow a fixed form.
Author Megha Ahuja believes in doing the right kind of research for every piece of writing that she commits herself to do. And that’s probably why you will find a lot of regional influences, cultural nuances, and detailed descriptions of places and things in her stories.
Light and humorous at the beginning, An Indian Loser is the tale of Pichku and his friend Mustang who are soon to appear for the Uttar Pradesh Board Examination. What follows through is a story of friendship and mutual bonding that is commemorated by the very knowledge of their togetherness.
Divided into three parts and 24 chapters, Vivek Gumaste’s V.Q.E is the tale of an Indian physician in the United Kingdom of the 1980s. V.Q.E is the abbreviated version of Visa Qualifying Exam that is a rigorous and challenging test that foreign medical graduates had to pass to gain entry to practice medicine in the United States in the 1980s.
Stand-by Love is a light read and can be read in a single sitting at a go. What holds together the work is the strength of characterisation. The plot has an up-and-down frame of flow as things take several sudden and unpredictable turns. It is a light read and can be read in a single sitting at a go.
Tales of Her is all about celebrating womanhood and its characteristics, the perfection, the sense of keeping everyone happy and the bounded dutifulness that lies at the core of being a woman in the modern world. 10 women battle it out in 10 compelling stories of desire, betrayal, faith and above all, the search for a perfection that is a never-ending quest.
Dedicated to everyone cruising along in this journey of life, The Sameness in a Consistent Change is a book on nostalgia and memory. At a stretch, The Sameness in a Consistent Change is a good 60-minutes-read but it can barely be read at a go. It takes time for the ideas to seep in.
Hate in the Time of Malaria is a collection of five screenplays that stands for the idea of inversion and apposition. Comedy is the basic strain that flows through these tales. The stories are built up to multiple climaxes and several twists in the narrative structure.
Isles of Mambo comes with a social message in each story like a moral that can be taken away from each of them. It is a collection of 12 short stories beginning with the story Twelve. While a reader may mistakenly think that the stories begin in a rather predictable fashion, they move into broader dimensions and cannot be easily guessed.
Forget Not to Laugh is an odd collection of 260 jokes mostly on Sardarjis all under 158 pages. Despite all the fun, Mallick comes with a noble cause. The book closely explains the scientific needs behind laughing on a daily basis. The author’s intention behind writing this collection is to make people aware of the scientific benefits of laughing.
3/3: A Trio-Ship by Mahidharnath Sesetti is the story of three friends and their struggles at college with exam pressure as a central theme. Other themes include striving for a stable job, aspiring for a government job, job security and gender bias and discrimination at the workplace.
Vyom and the Royal Weapon is a fascinating tale about a global organisation that promotes international cooperation and strives to establish world peace. It is an unputdownable and exciting read about fierce combats resting on Indian tradition and myth that can be read from cover to cover.