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Mock, Stalk and Quarrel – A Review

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29 stories

29 Authors

29 issues that have been dealt with excellent dose of satire, sarcasm and wit!

This book literally takes you on a roller-coaster ride, one story after another keeps you on the edge. Every time you finish a story it leaves you amazed at the craftsmanship of the people involved. The sharp editing makes it a pleasant read, not once does it feel forced. Every story has been given a flavour that carries the author’s signature style on it. Ganguly is present in all stories through her classic touch of perfection, yet never does she lets her presence overshadow the author, which is the mark of an excellent editor.

Of course when there are 29 authors involved in a book, you are spoilt for choices. Each narrative is different from the other; each writer brings in their own style of language. Satire is the spine of the most stories, with a dose of humour and wit. The stories force the reader to pause after each tale finishes to think about the truth that has been served to them wrapped in satire and humour. Not all stories are light, some are slightly dark and some have elements which will make you slightly uncomfortable. But that’s the purpose of the book, to make you think about the things that are wrong all around us. A portion of the blurb reads as, “From domestic violence to red-tapism, from reservation to religious fundamentalism, from scams to godmen, our authors have captured it all, creating stories that prick the conscience and challenge the powerful, gently ridicule absurdities and follies of follow humans, not to enrage the reader but to bring on a wry smile.” and true to the blurb, the books serves exactly that.

Reading this book has been an experience, and since it’s an anthology of short stories, it would be quite natural that I have some stories which I liked more than the others.  Without divulging their plots, I would like to mention few stories here which I loved, in no particular order Girl Talk by Kirthi Jayakumar, The Almost God by Ramaa Sonti, The Revenge of the Darbaris by Paulami DuttaGupta, Darkness Reigns at the Foot of the Lighthouse by Radhika Maira Tabrez, The Little Princess by Deepti Menon, The Hero by Esha Chakraborty, and The Whistleblower by Dr. Santosh Bakaya. 

I would like to applaud the publisher for taking up the challenge of publishing a collection of satire, which is quite rare these days. While most publishers play safe, Readomania comes up time and over with themes which are not only unique but socially relevant. Overall an excellent reading experience, I would completely recommend the book to readers who love short stories and enjoy a dose of sarcasm and wit while reading about issues which are plaguing our society.

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Please note: This is NOT a commissioned review. 

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