When different styles of writing come together in an anthology of short stories, the overall impression left on the reader varies. Some might impress more than others, probably. First Brush on the Canvas is an anthology that goes one step further and brings three genres as well as short stories in each genre.
Sometimes, what makes me pick up a book is familiarity, even more than the blurb or cover. It was the same with this book. I had read and loved the book The Bankster by the author, and quite liked the writing style as well. It was what made me ignore the big “Soon to be a Motion Picture” tagline on the cover page, which felt like promoting the still unreleased movie and not the book, and take the book for reading hoping it wouldn’t be a script.
All of us have a story inside us. Some write it as fiction; some write their own story as memoirs, because, I guess, we want the story to be heard, to inspire other stories too. There is a sense of fulfillment after we write the story, for in the words we pen, we leave a legacy, a piece of ourselves, and that piece of us can make a mark on people we want it to, as well as people in corners of the world we know nothing of.
I’m fond of ghost stories. A ghostly romance reminded me of a movie in Malayalam, and I was intrigued by the plot. It was when I was discussing with another book lover that I came to know there was a movie with a similar plot in English and in Hindi as well. It made me wonder if the book flowed in a similar way. Continue reading “Book Review: Live-in With A Ghost, by Kritika Sharma”
Far too often, I find my reading journey heading down mythology lane. I suppose it is a comfort, that genre, having been fed on tales from Indian mythology through my childhood. It is a comfort to know the characters that will be familiar, even if the plot not necessarily so. Pradyumna – Son of Krishna, by Usha Narayanan was a book I’d added to my wishlist a while back. Call it good fortune, I got the book both in eFormat as well as paperback, and completed the read in a week. Continue reading “Book Review: Pradyumna, Son of Krishna, by Usha Narayanan”