Fragments By Janaki Nagaraj

35918580.jpgI received FRAGMENTS: A Collection Of Short Stories by Janaki Nagaraj as a review copy from the author. I would like to thank her for the book. This book is a collection of thirteen short stories and has two forewords, one by Kiran Manral and the other by Rubina Ramesh.

The Blurb (from Amazon.in):

‘Fragments’ captures the essence of those parts of our lives that we are not proud to show to others. It takes you through a range of emotions and leaves a big question mark on what is supposed to be.

The stories:

The first story, The Ritual, revolves around serial murders that happen on a particular day near a particular place. The second story, The Homecoming, is about the relationship between a father and his son. The third story, Close Call, is about a girl who is an achiever and would do anything to be rich. The fourth story, The Last Laugh, is about a couple who do not want to lose each other, come what may and the story, Naked is about a newly committed couple and the next story, If you can’t understand my silence is an eye opener for all parents. The escape to hell is about Kaala and Maada. Stree is about the position of the women in our country. Quid Pro Quo is about a person who has everything he could want, so far….In the other women in my life, a lady talks about the various other women in her husband’s life. What goes around is about a girls whose past makes her vulnerable still. I don’t want to be an adult is about a seventy year old who never wanted to grow up. The last story is about a lady who has to face a lot of humiliation to ensure that her kids have a good life.

My take:

Writing reviews of short stories is something I find a bit difficult. Because I feel that if I write less, I would not be doing justice to the author and if I write more, I would spoil the fun of the reader.

The cover of the book is beautiful and this 76 page book is a collection of thirteen short stories, each one being different from the other. The author has touch a lot many topics and emotions in the thirteen stories. Some stories made me cry, some made me think and some were eye openers.

Most of the stories revolve around women characters. The cover of the book is beautiful and the title of the book is very apt, as the author has touched FRAGMENTS of all possible genres: suspense, murder, horror, romance, parenting, to name a few.

All the stories are interesting, written in simple English and keep the reader involved till the last word of the story. The flow is excellent and the twists at the end kept me wanting for more. Some stories are very, very short. The characters have been well developed and are realistic.

Loved the book, though I must confess, writing the review took me much more than I anticipated.

DISCLAMER: I received the ebook as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

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