The Peacock Feather by Sunil Kapoor and Sudhir Kapoor is a collection of ten short stories. I received the book as a review copy from the publisher, Rupa Publications and would like to thank them for the same.
The Peacock Feather is a collection of short stories that will keep the readers totally captivated and engrossed in its interesting storyline, replete with twists and unexpected turns. It explores a wide range of genres, each story having its unique characteristics.
From a bittersweet love story in ‘The Peacock Feather’; to a rags-to-riches story in ‘The Gutka King’; an engineer in the early part of the twentieth century determined to accomplish his mission against all odds in ‘The Accomplisher’; to addressing the issue of the dowry system in ‘The Bridal Gift’.
These stories take the reader through an emotional path, traumatic experiences and fraudulent maneuvers, which depict the true nature of the human beings with all their flaws and nuances. They are based on real life occurrences, albeit fictionalized, and interwoven with several interesting anecdotes.
The first story talks about how meeting someone after many years bring back memories of a lost love and the second story talks about how a little boy who could barely get two meals in a day makes it big because of his hard work, perseverance and self-belief. The third story is about a girl who runs away from home to marry her boyfriend but ….. The fourth story is about how meeting someone in the line of work takes the protagonist on a mission. Suicide note is about people start to infer things without even bothering to check the facts and the next story is about four friends and their ambitions. A misplaced draft addresses the dowry demands in our country and the Wambesi Throne is about how a king finds a way to address the problems his country is facing. An accomplisher is about how grit and determination helps when we need to complete our work and the last story is about a family of Punjab.
The cover is beautiful and the book being hardbound makes it more beautiful. The stories have been written in simple English making them easy to understand. Though the stories are approximately fifteen to twenty pages long, still, the flow is such that they do not feel so long. As the authors have mentioned at the beginning of the book, these stories have been inspired by people from all walks of life, each of whom had a story to tell. The descriptions are beautiful, very easy to picturise. In the first story, when the author described Goa, I felt I was there and same was the case with Mussourie in the same story. It is Delhi in the third story and Kashmir in the fourth one. The fifth story describes Lucknow and the sixth, Bangalore and Malaysia and one story, Himachal Pradesh.
Most of the stories go into flashback and even then I did not feel that I was reading the flashback, the flow was so good
A beautifully written book which can be read one story at a time.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.