- File Size: 789 KB
- Print Length: 194 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Indireads (February 27, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IPJ85WS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,836,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Long and Short of It Kindle Edition
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Congratulations to Indireads, you have one more fan now!
Which is why when the Indireads team sent me a copy of The Long And Short Of It, I sighed with the assumption of meh-ness. Thereby, making the colossal mistake of judging a book by its cover. I was pleasantly surprised as the book progressed.
About the book: The Long And Short Of It is a collection of short stories. The book is divided in to four parts, based on genre: Drama, Crime, Paranormal and Romance. Each story is followed by a short bio of the respective author. There are stories by 15 different south-Asian authors.
The stories: While all the stories in The Long And Short Of It are good, the Crime section is what carries the book on its shoulders. The five stories in this section are crisp and delicious, all with a surprise ending. I must especially mention the two stories by Dr. Roshan Radhakrishnan. They left me awed.
I was a little disappointed by the Paranormal section. The story Together Forever had a promising beginning, but in the end it left something to be desired. A Walk Through The Street would've been better suited for the Romance section. Secrets of the Midnight Nuclear Deal was too predictable and, in my opinion, an overdone theme of late.
Language: Most popular Indian writers disappoint me with their language. While most readers leave reviews on the lines of "despite the few grammar errors, the book was good". Well, a book with "few grammar errors" is simply inexcusable.
The Long And Short Of It has errors in the first chapter (A Plate Of Rice) such as "repeat again" and "thick friends". I understand the pidgin language in dialogue is only being to describe Ram. That is fine. Apart from this, A Walk Through The Street suffers from punctuation errors (missing commas and semi colons).
I would have placed Lovers and Monsters right up there, along with Dr. Roshan Radhakrishnan's short stories, but there's a tiresome shade of purple in Rahul Biswas' writing.
While the purple prose is more or less excusable, I do wish the Indireads team had done some editing to clear out the minor errors.
My Rating: 4/5
I have chosen to review the stories that made a mark on me. The stories fall under the genres of Drama, Paranormal and Romance.
A Plate of Rice by Mohammed Musthafa Azeez (Drama) is a story that truly appealed to me. I have read Mohammed’s work before and have been impressed with his writing style as well as his story ideas. For such a young writer, the pieces Mohammed comes up with are very mature. This story is one such. Kudos!
In Exile by Neha Puntambekar is a hard hitting story and truly shook me up. The author writes about something that happens with rich kids who get away with drunken driving. But I have never read a viewpoint from the kid’s side. Wonderfully penned! A must read. Congratulations!
Let Me Go by Rubina Ramesh is another story in the Drama genre that I loved reading. It made me cry my heart out. A story that brings forth strong emotions in the reader is one that really works for me. Just awesome! The relationship between brother and sister touches your heart. Congrats! (I was amazed that this one didn’t win a prize. I am just glad that this story is part of this anthology).
Romance is my favourite genre. While I liked A Tiara for Seher and The Blind Date, I was totally impressed by You Stole My Heart. What surprised me was that this one was also penned by Rubina Ramesh, the author of Let Me Go. While the Drama made me cry, this romance made me dance. I simply adore the royal background to the story and fell in love with Prince Armaan. Enjoyed every juicy bit of it, to be truthful! “Like a porcelain doll maker who feared that his masterpiece would shatter with his own breath” - what a simile!
I am not fond of paranormal but have a kind of morbid fascination to it. I read Together Forever by SS Kuruganti and felt quite revolted. Nothing wrong with the writing and probably the author has achieved what she set out to do. But the story made me sick. So, I didn’t read the rest of the stories in that genre.
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