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.
SUBJECT: 4/5 COMPILATION: 3/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 I admire Khushwant Singh’s writing. He is one of the most candid writers of his days. I have had the pleasure of reading many of his books too, including Train to Pakistan, Sahibs who Loved India, Khushwant Singh on Women and Khushwant Singh on Love […]
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 a book which is so different that it is difficult to confine it to a single genre. “My Jiffies: Narration […]
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 time. Whereas you have to invest a couple of hours in a novel, a short story has no such requirement. […]
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 Laughing Skull” by him is a book which I recently got a chance to read and enjoyed thoroughly. The book […]
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. With these highly illuminating words of wisdom, I choose to begin my review of this collection of 11 short stories […]
STORIES: 3.5/5THEME: 4/5CHARACTERS: 3/5WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5ENTERTAINMENT 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 revolving around travel, food, countries, people and their culture. “Travel is so Broadening” is another of my Netgalley picks and just reading the title […]
STORIES: 3.5/5CHARACTERS: 3/5WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5ENTERTAINMENT 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 can never get bored of them. And that is the best thing about a short story. Define Thirty-Six twice of Eighteen is my […]
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 backstories or time to build characters. The time is limited and the impact that the author needs to have on the reader has to be that […]
PLOT: 3.5/5 THEME: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 3.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5 Writing short stories is not an easy job because instead of developing a single set of characters or a single plotline you have to work on multiple ones while at the same time making sure that all stories are in line with the […]