I mentioned in one of my earlier posts about some eBooks being there now which you can read in ten or fifteen minutes at most. It was nice to see a couple of books from Ruskin Bond in that list too. I have always admired the writing of Ruskin Bond. It’s simple writing that anyone can follow and enjoy reading.
“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche.
Life is such that there are chaotic moments that leave us and lead us to contemplation. Each of us has our own way of expressing that chaos. One of the best ways I know is to write, and I think most writers would relate to that. This collection of stories from Maliny Mohan’s pen brings forth some moments of chaos, and some of clarity.
Short stories offer a welcome change from novels at times. To express a lot in a short limit of words is challenging, and some stories do leave the reader lost for words. I found this book while searching through Kindle Unlimited offerings, and both the title and the cover caught my attention.
The love for reading has been there since childhood. From fairy tales to crime fiction, my school days got me into reading more often than not. Comics were one genre I consumed happily back then. I remember reading the witty tales of Akbar & Birbal as a series of comics. It was a delightful travel back in time as I re-read some of the tales that I loved back then in this book by Monisha Mukundan.
There’s something about a well written short story that charms the reader. Perhaps it is the ability to connect threads in the span of a smaller word limit, or the chance to devour a story quickly. I love reading them, and I love writing them. To connect short stories across a book, and keep the reader guessing what the next story holds, that was an interesting concept. I did not expect to get short stories connected to each other when I took up “Among the Stars” for reading. The beginning of the collection, and the common thread between the stories, made me nostalgic.
Short stories capture my attention in a different way from novels. While I love reading the novel length books, there is a certain charm about short stories that I like. It tries to tell a lot in a very short span, and to do it well is an art, I feel. This collection brings thirteen short stories, a mix of both fictional and real life inspired.