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Friday, June 21, 2013

India Unlimited by Kulpreet Yadav

Title: India Unlimited 
Author: Kulpreet Yadav 
Publisher: Lifi Publications
Genre: Short story/Fiction
Date:  2012
Price: Rs. 200
Pages: 190

Snapshot: This book is a collection of short stories, mostly dealing with human social behaviour, concepts and makes you ponder over commonly accepted beliefs.

Stories from the Critics Perspective:  India is famous for folk tales and therefore short stories. We have some of the finest short story writers right from R.K. Narayan to carrying the torch today Kunal Sen and Prakash Gowda. The recent trend however is that very few short story books are released compared to full-length novels and that really is saddening because these books can be read by a wider audience, even those who have a limited attention span and therefore cant read much.

This book was one such good books in line, I was really happy to get to review, for short stories are my favourites too. This book though a collection of different stories is a mirror to human nature, psychology and behaviour to summarize. The stories are incidents around these and challenge the common perceptions we harbour, thereby crafting intelligently the web of readers interest. 

All the stories in this book are refreshing, though some definitely predictable, however some bizarre and absolutely amazing. The ones I loved  are, starting from the first one "Not the Only Peanut Seller Who Hasn't heard of Osama Bin Laden". As the title isn't enough, its end will leave you more amazed. A Familiar Stranger is a simple projection of how wrong our common concepts are. The Mother With a Future, is where every woman will find herself. The Sahib and the Siesta, is a clever and cruel plot. While The Fish and My Wedding is cute and lightens up the heart, Bringing Sunset Home,The Picture of My Life and The Beautiful people are very touching. The Delhi Thug  and The Red Woman are perfect entertainment. 

This book overall is a collection of packages of refreshing stories. 

The Review: 

Positives: The language is simple, book is well written and stories are good. The best part that I loved about the author is his versatile writing style. Most authors write amazing stories, beyond imagination but when a collection of such stories is published, after first four chapters the reader understands the writers style and pattern of plot. However, Kulpreet Yadav has done an amazing and difficult job of writing plots differently for each story.

Negatives: Some stories are predictable.

The Verdict: A good read. 3 stars on 5.

Grab a copy today!!!

About the Author:
Kulpreet Yadav is the founder-editor of Open Road Review, a journal of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and artwork. Four issues are published in a year. His co-editors are Shanti Perez for fiction and Leah McMenamin for poetry.

Kulpreet Yadav also edits Under the Banyan Tree (UTBT), an online forum of short, true stories. UTBT hopes to organize events where people can share their stories from real life. Sujata Parashar, a bestselling novelist, is his co-editor. He read from it at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University on 7th Nov during the Asia Pacific writers ‘Reaching the World’ event. He is also the founding member of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Association.

I thank the author for a copy of this book.

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