- Author: Ameya Bondre
- Genre: Short stories
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers; 1 edition (27 December 2019)
- Language: English
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A sky-blue paper bird glued to a mirror. A handmade book on music to be gifted. A pair of mud-brown teacups without handles. A shelf to hoard dying memories. A little home tucked away in a remote village. A haunting voice after boarding an empty bus… The images on the cover belong to people whose stories are packed in this book: A man who meets his lost friend in a new world. A seeker who resists everyone to reach an unwanted place. Lovers that separate, only to find some hope. A failed artist who finds another voice. A new entrant in a home who creates turmoil. A cheated girl who makes a desperate call. A shattered man who pegs on a sudden dreamy trip. With eleven stories of unrequited love, hope, acceptance, heartbreaks or just needs, ‘Afsaane’ will tug at your heartstrings and open windows to people that experience unusual situations in far too usual lives.
“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.”
Afsaane by Ameya Bondre is a delightful collection of 11 short stories that would tug at your heart leaving it a little warm, a little shaken. Right from the cover to the end of the book, the book speaks out varied stories that make up a routine life, a usual living, yet seem unusual.
The cover of the book is an interesting display of crucial devices used in the stories. The book itself is a bunch of stories that come from ordinary lives. Afsaane literally means tales thus complimenting the book perfectly.
I personally love short stories for they symbolize the art of brevity. So much is said in so few words! It takes a lot of polishing to create an effective short story. And I am happy that this book picked me. The characters of stories have been woven meticulously and so, they appear raw humans with raw emotions. The themes such as infidelity, workaholicism, love, heartbreaks, responsibilities, relationships, memories, migration, addiction, friendship, loneliness, and hope have been incorporated well in the lives of the characters. The writing style was definitely something I liked the most. It provided the scope to read between the lines. Although it got overwhelming at certain points, it still stood apart from what I’ve usually read. The narration is smooth and well-paced, the stories really good.
I particularly liked the stories in the first half more than those in the latter half reason being the excessive dialogues (monosyllabic conversations) confused me. I found a couple of stories puzzling and their intent remained vague to me till the end. Not every story needs an elaborate picture, not every situation demands a detailed description; too many words can distract and detach. Nevertheless, I truly enjoyed the content of the book and would look forward to reading more from the author.
MY RATING: 4/ 5
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