Panorama: A Collection of Short Stories by Shilpi Chaklanobis

41dB10+AimL.jpgI received Panorama: A Collection of Short Stories by Shilpi Chaklanobis as a review copy from the author. The book has a collection of fifteen short stories taken from different walks of life.

The blurb:

A turbulent relationship between a mother and a daughter takes a sudden turn when the daughter stumbles across a past that she never knew.

The golden period of a professor’s life is tainted by questions about his purpose until one night gives him all the answers he needs.

Desperate times test us all but when hunger drives a girl to do the unthinkable, her life changes forever.

Woven around the lives of the people around us – the shy girl on the metro, your domestic help, your neighbors and perhaps even you – this collection of short stories will take you on a bittersweet journey that explores the spectrum that is part of any human relationship and all the complexity and chaos that secretly dwell within the homes and hearts of India.

Often laced with an element of introspection, the stories are sure to change the way you see the world around you…

My take:

The stories have different flavours like a daughter craving for her mother’s love and one about a daughter’s hatred for her mother. One story is about the relationship between a dog and his master, one about a mother hiding behind a reason to avoid telling her daughter that they cannot afford something and a ‘secular’ grandmother. There is a story about the unselfish love of a mother and one about the bond between a father and his daughter. There are stories about friendship, love long gone, a mother craving for a lost child, a student’s respect for a teacher and many more.

Most of the stories are set in a Bengali background, some are set in Delhi, some in Lucknow and some in Kanpur and other Indian cities.Some stories made my eyes wet and some stories brought a smile to my lips. I liked so many of them that I cannot put a finger on which my favourite is.

The language is simple and easily understandable and each story is unique. The characters of the stories are relatable and like some people we meet each day.

A book that can be read over and over again.

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