‘Stories of Us’ by Bobby Sachdeva is a collection of assorted unique tales.
The book consists of 41 short tales, each one bound to stir a chord deep inside readers’ hearts.
The tales depict common beliefs and perceptions of our society in an engaging manner, while simultaneously, inspiring the readers to question the belief system.
The stories are crisp and original with a hard-hitting truth and irony of our society and lives portrayed dramatically.
The themes are myriad ranging from politics to poverty, euthanasia to relationships, humanity to religion and many others.
I found some of the tales grim and thought-provoking, while others, ironical and shocking. But, most importantly, the stories make the readers accept the flaws in our society and prevalent beliefs and questions the common perceptions, thereby urging the readers to wake up and modify our thoughts for better lives.
Despite a good effort to pen down the stories, I found the writing a little too brief and curt. Some of the tales end quite abruptly.
However, the author has a knack for writing and provides readers with an authentic portrayal of our lives.
Narration and description is crisp and concise with a vivid quality. Language is smooth and lucid with a few phrases of hindi that can be found here and there, adding an Indian touch to the tales.
Nevertheless, I found a few grammatical errors here and there which I overlooked.
Each story begins with an illustration or artistic sketch, adding a little more charm to the book. Questions towards the end of each tale further grips the readers and tug at their heartstrings.
I found the cover vibrant and artistic, pointing towards the diverse themes of the tales. Title is apt and justified. Blurb is precise and well written.
Overall, an engaging and thoughtful collection of unique tales!