Tales of Sunshine by Sundari Venkatraman

7b9de-tos-amazonI received Tales of Sunshine by Sundari Venkatraman as a review copy from the author. This book is a collection of ten short stories. Each story is a unique in its own way.

The stories:

The first story, A Ray of Sunshine is the story of a young man who has to break the news to twelve of his colleagues that the senior management wants to lay them off, but he cannot do so. Until……

The second story, A Promise Given, is about a rich boy in a de-addiction centre who has no friends until he meets Aparna, a pregnant teenager.

The third story, Life Goes out of Control, is about a young, intelligent girl whose over-ambitious parents fight over what profession she should choose.

The fourth story, Rakesh Nath’s Recovery, is about 57 year old Rakesh Nath who suffers a heart attack.

Exam Fever, the fifth story is about a mother who is more worried about her daughter’s exams than her daughter (we all do the same).

The sixth story, Until Death us do Part is the story of a self-made girl whose one decision changes her life.

Is Grandpa Home? talks about the insecurities of a mother seeing her son’s attachment to his grandfather.

Daydreaming Mercenary is the story of two sisters, one who works har and earns and the other who stays at home and daydreams.

Breaking Free from the Mould is the story where a grandmother wants her grandson to be atleast what her son is.

The Elephant in the Room is the story of ‘friendship’ between a rich girl and a not-so-rich one.

My take:

All the stories have a few lines by someone famous preceding them. I am sure each one of us can relate to one story or another. The language is simple and the flow is good. I really loved how the author has developed the characters in the short story. The book can be read in one sitting but my advice would be to enjoy and savour each story one at a time.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.


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