The central theme of A Song of Many Rivers by Ruskin Bond is rivers that originate in the northern part of India, in the scenic hills and mountains of Uttarakhand and Himachal. From Bhagirathi and Alaknanda to Mandakini and Suswa, Ruskin Bond quite beautifully captures the essence of these rivers.
Nair Told and Untold is a short story collection which comprises of 15 short stories mostly set in the southern part of India in the beautiful state of Kerala. All the fifteen stories have a central character called Nair. This gentleman called Nair is always taking up different roles, occupations, and personality.
Owls in the Family mostly revolves around the small-town life and presents before us a world long forgotten. For many of us urban dwellers, it is as good as a getaway from the chaos of city life as a short vacation.
All of the short stories in The Goat Thief revolve around the trials and tribulations of an ordinary rural life. Be it the jealousy of a village elder on seeing his younger neighbour building his house, or the joy experienced by a night watchman in getting acquainted with a female company for the first time.
CONCEPT: 3.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 I am used to reading all kinds of books – from murder mysteries to period romances to series fiction and non-fiction but rarely do I come across… [Continue Reading]
STORIES: 3/5 THEME: 3.5/5 CHARACTERS: 2.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5 I have always loved reading short stories. They are very much like a time machine, they can take you to places in no… [Continue Reading]
STORIES: 4/5 THEME: 4.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5 Ruskin Bond is a household name in India. He is a living legend and he continues to inspire millions of Indians with his stories. “The… [Continue Reading]
STORIES: 3/5 THEME: 2/5 CHARACTERS: 3/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 Another quote says that a story should be like a miniskirt: long enough to cover the subject but short enough to be interesting…. [Continue Reading]
STORIES: 3.5/5 THEME: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 3/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 Ever since the travel bug bit me back in the early months of 2015, I have always found myself getting attracted to books… [Continue Reading]
STORIES: 3.5/5 CHARACTERS: 3/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 For me, this past one month has been about reading a lot of short stories but no matter how many short stories you read, you… [Continue Reading]
PLOT: 3.5/5 CHARACTERS: 3.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 CLIMAX: 3.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 Short stories can be a very tricky form of telling tales. There is no scope for elaborate back stories or time to build… [Continue Reading]
STORY: 3/5 THEME: 3.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 HISTORICAL RELEVANCE: 4/5 Originally written in the Urdu language, and first published in 1932, this collection of short stories was immediately banned when it created… [Continue Reading]