It’s not often that the title of a book hints at romance yet also says that there might be something more. The first impression from the title was not very promising, because these quirky titles are so common when it comes to love or romance in Indian Writing in English, and that made me think twice about giving the book a go. However, a couple of friends who had read it earlier told me to try it, and that it was different from what the genre usually brings.
Love. When it comes to genes, love or romance seems to be the go-to genre in Indian Writing in English. When a genre is that popular a choice, it becomes difficult to bring out something original, something different… something that stands out. Five authors come together in this anthology to try and do exactly that – to stand out from the crowd. Each of them offers three stories to this collection.
When many authors come together in an anthology, they bring their own style to it. And some are better to read than others. The common thread that ties these together is important. In this book, that thread is Love.
Twenty four authors come together in this anthology compiled and edited by four people. The cover is one that I liked, and felt draws the reader in. I’m reviewing the stories in random order.
Preeti Shenoy is one of India’s most popular writers. She’s back with her newest novel, “It Happens For A Reason”. I have read every book of hers, and she has this knack of keeping the readers interested in the tale. I picked up her latest novel hoping that that hadn’t changed. Continue reading “Book Review: It Happens for a Reason, by Preeti Shenoy”
There are very few historical fictions which have managed to keep me engaged. The catch to a historical thriller is that it must accomplish two things… firstly, transport me to the time in the past and paint that scene vividly; secondly, it must keep me glued to it to know what is going to happen in the next page. As with any thriller, there are two kinds. One that starts out with action and keeps that throughout the novel; and the other blends both detail and thrill. With “Far Beyond the Dead End”, Saikat Baksi brings out a novel of the latter kind, but one that is a love story more than anything else. Continue reading “Book Review: Far Beyond The Dead End, by Saikat Baksi”