The 226 page long book called ‘Urban Shots’ is a collection of 31 love stories which is edited by Sneh Thakur.
The short and long love stories have been contributed by many authors. Ahmed Faiyaz, Paritosh Uttam, Sneh Thakur, R. Chandrasekhar are few of them.
The book begins with a love story called ‘Written in the stars’ by R. Chandrasekhar. I picked up this book with great expectations. I thought I would get to read some ‘really good’ stories, in a contemporary manner by new, fresh writers. My expectations were met by some, exceeded by a few and shattered by many stories in the book.
First thing is that one should not assume it is a typical book containing romantic stories. Possibly, that is the mistake I made.
But then love is not always romantic. It can be slow, angry, real, humane or plain!
So, when you get to read this book, make sure you set your mind right – this book contains several stories that revolve around the theme of love, but not necessarily love stories. For eg., the first story itself is not a love story from any angle. It is a story of faith, stars, work and perception.
The book contains some very good, poignant stories though.
I particularly enjoyed reading ‘Rishta’, ‘you’re mine’, ‘Making out ’ (this is also the editor’s pick), ‘Beyond reasonable doubt’, ‘Coffee?’, ‘Strangers’ and a few more.
If I have to pick my favourite author from the ones who have contributed in the book, then Ahmed Faiyaz would be the undisputed winner. Sneh Thakur’s story ‘Beyond reasonable doubt’ is also a good work. I enjoyed that as well. But Ahmed Faiyz brings a freshness to the same, old theme of love. He has written three stories viz., ‘Rishta’, ‘Coffe?’ and ‘Strangers’. And I thoroughly enjoyed all three of these.
His stories are fast moving and carry a sense of thrill as well. They keep you guessing which is quite engaging for any reader. Sneh’s story is matured and ends on a positive note.
The stories ‘making out’ and ‘you are mine’ are also good reads. Both leave you in a confusion.
You ask yourself ‘what happens next?’ and that is the winning streak.
All in all, it is a good read. Light and easy. This is one book I would like to carry with me when I am traveling as the stories are short and sunny. Reading the writing styles of 13 different writers make you analyze their distinctive styles of narration and one can actually learn a lot this way. I certainly have!
Thanks Blogadda for sending the book to me. The book reached here a bit late but I am glad it did and I read it.
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