I’ve read a few of Jeffrey Archer’s short-reads stories this year, which I feel look at generating interest in the bigger story collections itself.
Caste-Off is the story of playboy prince Jamwal, who assumes he’ll never fall in love. That changes when he meets Nisha. It seems they have a past too, but their paths cross, and a relationship blossoms. There is, however a known obstacle in the way – Nisha’s caste.
After reading the short story, I first have to appreciate the author’s wordplay with the title. The story also shows the views on caste, the “family heirarchy” and such. It is difficult for love to blossom with such restrictions, but I was happy that it did. But I wished the story would have been slightly bigger, so it could also show the couple’s struggle with the family wishes. Instead, it felt more direct. There is a twist towards the end which brings a second obstacle for their love. Thankfully, it only seems to aid in showing the strength of love.
It was a lovely tale, and I enjoyed reading it. It’s a ten minute read, quite engaging for that time, no doubt. It was more enjoyable than some of the other story “singles” from the author.
|Author(s): Jeffrey Archer||Genre: Short Reads|
|ISBN/ASIN: B078WW2SNL||Publisher: Pan MacMillan|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
24th March 2018)