This is the first time that I have read a story which is just about 180 characters in length – the book starts with this shortest story. Most of the other stories are short too, as the stories first came out in the blog and hence have been written for the fast internet browsing audience of today. With non fiction, you tend to see how many pages you have completed, how long you have been reading etc, but it is always the reverse with fiction – I finished the first 74 pages in a couple of hours! The stories which follow, I am already familiar as I have read it earlier.
This book primarily consists of situations that someone might either want to be in, fantasize to be in, might be embarrassed to be in, or is afraid of being in and mostly ends on a positive note (Some are realistically sad endings, but they are a few in-between). The author deals with life’s complex situations without preaching what is wrong and what is right, and the tone is ‘observationist’ and neutral. The situations that are created is more from a “wishful thinking” point of view and it plays on the emotions to create a suspense as people do wish they were in certain situations which might be different from their routine life. Since a lot of stories involve doctors and hospitals, we assume that there might be some influence from ‘situational reality’ as observed by the author – and some of them do have fairytale endings making us happy and think ‘At least these things happen in fiction’!
On the flip side, the names of the characters are quite strange – Jui, Ketki et all. Maybe this is a deliberate ploy to make the reader notice and get involved. It would have been better if the book had something more than the blog – but a book is any day more comfortable to read!
PS: There is a selfish reason for doing this book review – Actually I am planning to write my autobiography (Since I need to live life before writing that, you people may have to wait another 33 years :P). But when I do write that and publish it (in whatever form that is popular then), I expect you people to buy it, write a similar review and encourage me – so, I am setting an example here. And yeah, that will be much more than 170 rupees… 🙂 But still you all will buy it – won’t you?