Monday, 12 March 2012

Down the Road-Book review

Title: Down The Road
Edited by: Ahmed Faiyaz and Rohini Kejriwal
Publisher: Grey Oak Westland
Published: 2011
Pages: 216
Price: Rs. 195
Genre: Campus Fiction- Short Stories

As the cover of the book says, it has twenty eight stories written by sixteen authors. Out of the twenty-eight, eight are written by Ahmed Faiyaz, one of the editors for the book, two each by Ira Trivedi, Paritosh Uttam, Rohini Kejriwal, Sneh Thakur and Malathi Jaikumar, and one each by Aashish Mehrotra, Naman Saraiya, Sahil Khan, Vibha Batra, Ranjani Iyer, Prateek Gupta, Nikhil Rajagopalan, Chinmayi Bali, Abhijit Bhaduri and Kunal Dhabalia.

Down the road i went when i read the book,i thought will read the book in the bus and will complete reading it , in 1 week, but when I started reading the first story,I got engrossed in the book, As it  will take you to the joyride of memories you have always been or wished you have been there or wished you have never been there ,at times some stories will remind you of your classmate or your friend or your neighbor or your teacher or unknown yourself too.It will click F5 button on your mind and you will stroll along with it .Since there are stories of different people mapping to different places ,situations you will at times go . Among the stories, while some are good, some are not-so-good too. There are short stories and there are long ones too.

My personal favourites include:

*The Music Room by Ira Trivedi – the emotions portrayed touch your heart.

*That’s It? by Sahil Khan – the thing about his stories is that they might not be as unique overall – but the endings – boy! Does he nail it or what! It’s usually the last para or the last line of his story that makes it shine. And leaves behind a smile.

*Call me biased but I do like Paritosh Uttam’s stories. Sororicide and Between Friends both of them are well crafted.

*An Accidental Start by Kunal Dhabalia has a wonderful concept and it instills the idea of reading and writing in us.

*Just A Moment by Nikhil Rajagopalan is very realistic.

*Remember Me? by Ahmed Faiyaz again is a good one.

*Bellow Yellow by Chinmayi Bali is very touching.

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