A sober collection of tales by various writers Writing has been done is a elegant fashion The collective theme is appreciable I enjoyed how each stories had something important to convey Narration is to the point and precise All of these stories, with a message or two, alters your perspective in different ways I was moved reading them I was touched reading them It had various matters to discuss to Some stories will fill you with smile and some will make you cry A light hearted book I would say.The authors hard work into making this book, can be felt on its pages All in all, this book will be a good choice for a warm evening I hope to read works of the authors The only room for improvement for it would be an editing. Beautiful bouquet of fresh short stories that make the readers bask in the fragrance of creativity and its delicacy All the 8 stories are a treat to the readers I suppose this is the outcome of a creative workshop held by the publishing house and what an amazing result It quenches the literary thirst.All the stories are very intricately woven The details, setup, plot, and the narration are brilliant The Other woman by Kabir Malhotra touches the sensitive topic of infidelity without making it sound cliche The end was completely unexpected and kept me interest intact The Smartphone is a complete reader s bliss Very relatable Our social media addiction very nicely sketched by the writer What she wanted is one of my personal favorites The other two being, The other Woman and The Smartphone The protagonist in What she wanted hits you hard It is a grim reality and the character of Sujata is extremely heart wrenching A woman neither black nor white The shades of gray very prominent The vacuum of her life and her craving for life brought tears to my eyes Resignation to heaven deals with the sensitive topic of mercy killing A thought provoking story Cashmere, I need Cashmere portrays the sibling rivalry and an unusual family bonding in a very light manner Gracie was a show stealer The emotions perfectly baked Runaway is sweet romantic tale that asserts the importance of not taking our loved ones for granted To confide at the right time To not run away from situations Illustrado s Eulogy is a very poignant story Still in the clouds of the story The postmaster steals the show Narrative of this story is superlative Love is everything again is a mesmerizing tale of love, but lacks the impact Overall a nice story.Do buy the book A beautiful collection of short stories.My rating 4 5. The Fence is compendium of 8 short stories some will really touch your heart in short span of time, some will make you awestruck and some will fade from your memory even before it actually blossom.Ilustrado s Eulogy Which described the eulogy very enchanting written, audacity of a paraplegic girl who, instead of hiding away with her vulnerabilities, had embraced them, came across someone and asking about Eulogy it actually makes me wonder what might Eulogy would be As Ilustrado in Spanish it was quite enlightened story The Other Woman This is the perfect story where it leave with Jaw opened feeling It depicts the ups and down of the relationship, how Indian men is so flooded by family wishes, they got married and what they actually want deep down the heart And it will make anyone wonder, the things which we see as idealistic are they worth thinking or anyone in today s world have shade of grey Laden with surprised and fast paced, guilt free ending The Smartphone Never came across such a unique and beautiful story, I think this one story makes me believe Indians are best are writing at too, generally I don t read much of Indian books Once this story is finished it will leave you with quench of My personally best Also depict how our old generation adopts to the technology and what could be adverse effects of THE SMARTPHONE Resignation to HeavenVery thought provoking, not so lucid start, then reaches to the point, solved the mysteries and talks about euthanasia, A driving force called as the Cosmic is there to support a person in his mission to die At the end you will feel everything is so cosmic.Love is everythingNot sure what actually this story about, it found it rather recap feel likes it was of prologue of some indian daily soap Sorry being harsh, but I found quite immature, not sure it is from novice author or blogger, but it serious lacks creativity One day somebody is in college and then she went to Canada for fashion designing and then air force then attack, accident May be for teens not for me..Runaway We all thought about runaways when everything is working fine, sometimes we are not convinced it is actually, everybody as a human body have tendency to think negative and cling to negativity So, it is all about doing right thing at right time and at right place Cashmere, I need CashmereRivalry, jealousy nothing new actually, a normal bitter sweet relationship of father with their daughter and bonding between sisters The emotional description part was nice What She Wanted The story line and thought process was really but I somehow feel the execution was little weak The protagonist of the story will try to hit deep down the heart, you will feel there is missing something, Although I quite like the grim character of Sujata , wished there would be to it..Also, I am personally not sure whether you can get Benson Hedges at paanwala stall Some of the lines which I really liked about the book She has a sly smile, and eyes that seem to see my essence as they explore my soul and implore my spirit to enter her I look at her and I see love Jarod KintzCosmic had interfered in a huge way, that s what he fell and it was working as a driving force for him.Growing old is inversely proportional to number of friends you make or have You might be having those entire Whatsapp group piled up with the recurring silly jokes getting exchanged every now and then But the heart to heart talk between friends has lost in the oasis of virtual reality.Get together has just become gathering of people discussing how much one has climbed the multi dimensional social ladder.Be careful who you make memories with Those things can last a lifetimeAll in all, I would The Fence is of like an art movies, where some short movie will give nice feeling and some will not, Some will touch your heart and some will not, some will make you wonder about THE FENCE, but you will not regret at all reading it It is of like bumpy ride will start smooth and as you move further, it will get bumpy bumpy My overall rating would be 3.5 5 A human s life predominantly comprises stories in the form of bitter sweet memories In fact, we are all stories in the end Some stories act as a passing shower while there are some which are etched in our memory for a long time The Fence is basically an anthology which constitutes stories of both kinds.There are a few which are as enlightened as Ilustrado s Eulogy while there are some like Runaway which is filled with sheer optimism The ones which left a long lasting indelible expression on my mind are Resignation To Heaven , What She Wanted and The Smartphone Lets discuss each one by one.Resignation To Heaven First of all , to start with the aptness of this title is something which is quite rare today The story deals with the sensitive topic of Euthanasia.Keeping aside the debate of whether allowing it either in its active or passive form is the need of the hour, the way it dwells light on the efforts of a patient who is so desperate to keep an end to his misery and the entire universe conspires to assist him is so applaudable Good part about this story is the author created some elements which lead to the ever important topic of mercy killing and not gave the story a philosophical tone which would have been so mundane.What She Wanted This particular tale is all about its protagonist Sujata and her innumerable struggles which she encounters every single day The story is a heart wrenching account and even after finishing it , one would not be able to separate , such is the impact created by its author Here, I would like the readers to comprehend the bigger picture that the author wanted to show which is indeed quite appealing.The Smartphone Quite a sweet story on an alarming issue The gadgets were developed to make the life of human easier and comfortable and not for the humans to become a slave of them This is the central theme of the story Its a must read for the young generation and teenage of today who are reduced to mere puppet in the hands of such devices and are controlled by it whereas it should be the other way round.Even the rest of the stories are quite thought provoking but none of them shakes you as much as these do The best part about most of the stories is the way they are created and how the situations lead to the final assault Another noticeable thing was all stories deal with alarming issues of today and are not like the routine love stories which are far from the truth and are only there to exploit the emotional side of teenagers.It is great to see the young budding Indian writers to have such skills and talent to write this kind of mature stuff that deals with contemporary issues Looking forward to dosage of such stories from them.PS Thanks to Mrs Richa for a review copy in exchange of an honest review. Dan Trilok Is A Millionaire Whose Only Aim Is To See That He Die A Driving Force Called As The Cosmic Is There To Support Him In His Mission A Widow Is Gifted By Her Son A Smartphone Her Relationship With The Device Soon Turns To Obsession Mr Mistry S Story Is A Light Hearted Account Of His Life And His Own Folly Which Led To His Tragic End Romancing With His Favourite Brand Of Whisky While Cursing His Job, A Grumpy Post Master Finds A Letter Addressed To No One A Man Wants To Confess His Guilt Stopped By His Friend But To No Avail Just Before Going Ahead He Contemplates His Actions And Questions Himself Read Mirnalni S And Anil S Story And Come To Know That Love Is Not Just A Four Letter Word But A Way Of Being There For Each Other Runaway Is A Story Weaved Around Pratik And Radhika Waiting For A Miracle In The City Of Dreams Sujata Mahajan Wants To Apologize To The People She Had Ignored In Her Life When She Is Close All Her Plans Backfire The Fence Is A Collection Of Short Stories Compiled And Edited At A Workshop Conducted By Half Baked Beans In Mumbai Life is unpredictable, yet it is possible to connect the threads together and form an opinion The Fence offers a blend of different instances that can leave a lasting impression on one s heart and soul With just eight short stories, the authors have proved their potential in writing skills Illustrado s eulogy is one story that appealed to me a lot I liked the style of writing and the vocabulary used by the author With a subtle beginning, the narration acts like a cherry on the cake The Smartphone is another piece with good narration The story highlights the irony of becoming dependent on a gadget and how it has the potential to destroy one s life too.The other stories are fine but predictable The language and vocabulary use is exemplary and the perfect placement of twists and turns make the minor mistakes seem negligible.Overall, the book offers a blend of emotions and different perceptions. The fence is a great collection of short stories, with topics ranging from love to hatred, from kin to friends From all the stories Cashmere, I need Cashmere and What she wanted were my favourite.You can read the complete review here The anthology , The Fence provides a platform for budding writers to showcase their talent Variation of topics is the highlight of Thu book Infedility, sibling rivalry, phone addiction, Euthanasia the book deals with all those topics which holds high relevance in current scenario.It s overwhelmingly to see that talents of high quality is coming to the spotlight these days The authors shows that Indian literature is way beyond the boy meet girl erotica.Some stories were average in the uniqueness of the topic handles but stood out with the hallmark narration.There were a few grammatical errors which made the comprehension difficult The cover image is splendidly done But, I was not quite impressed with the font and type setting and also the quality of the inside pages For a paperback book this can be a turn off however good the stories be Smartphone is my favourite story The story opens the dirty reality behind the smartphone and social media addictions Overall the book is a collection of high quality stories If you are not someone who judge a book with the quality of the print, just count on me and go for it.Reviewed for the publisherDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review I waas not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own. This book is a collection of 8 short stories written by aspiring young writers Each story comes out with a strong message to the current generation people who are seeing happiness in materialism than in humans Written in a simple English with a hard core message, this book is a quick read one My favourites in this book are Other women , smartphone and what she wanted I suggest this book to everyone to read atleast once in their busy life KNOW THE REAL MEANING OF LIFE IN THESE SIMPLE 8 STORIES. The fence is an unique collection of eight crisp short stories with each giving out a strong moral message to the readers.The stories are aptly titled and good as a quick read option.Each story reflects myriad of human emotions and in the end lefts us to ponder over life.I recommend to everyone who enjoys short meaningful fictions Rated 4 5
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- 100 pages
- The Fence
- Chetan Soni
- 03 August 2019 Chetan Soni