Love! Does this word ring a bell? Sure it does! It is an emotion so common and yet so complicated. Comprehended, expressed, felt, believed and hilariously even ‘practiced’. Both scientifically and philosophically numerous conclusions have been arrived at as to why love happens – yet, love has no bounds and knows no ‘logic’.
This book attempts in its right earnest to take you through the pursuit of love and its various ‘interpretations’ by means of 21 short stories and 7 poems. You may identify yourself with a character, either in full or part in a story or may be several stories. You may smile, laugh, cry, rejoice and be one with your inner being. Or you may just shrug it off as ‘cheesy’ and ‘childish’! Whatever may be the case, I believe, it would be an ‘amusing’ experience.
Emotions are what make us human, and life worth living. Love of all, is proclaimed to be the purest. With patience dwindling fast and faith fading away, bonds for a life time are broken in just a few months or even in a matter of days, more frequently than ever before. The story ‘The Break Up’ is a mirror to the guy and the gal ‘interpreting’ the relationship differently and then breaking up. Beyond this story, you may find a glimpse of love beyond the ‘guy’& ‘gal’ relationship in some other stories and the whole hearted effort is directed at bringing out a ‘holistic’ view of the emotion.
The story ‘Most Helpful Sandeep’ is about a young software professional who falls for an open minded girl and subsequently events take a weird turn. The story titled ‘Salim’ is the tale of a Kashmiri young boy who loves his father dearly and his way of thinking undergoes a sea change after the demise of his father. ‘Missed Call’ is a girl’s story who keeps on calling her boyfriend even months after he has died. ‘For the sake of pain’ is about an author inflicting pain on him intentionally as he believes it will give his writing more depth. ‘Happy new year’ is about a party animal’s experience who decides to celebrate the occasion in a different manner and ends up meeting a security guard who is still in love with a girl who he hasn’t seen for years. ‘Blue Berry Muffins’ is a tale of a lover who attempts to convince himself that he has found his true love even when he knows that it is not real. ‘One happy love story’ paints the concept of true love as seen by the author. These along with other stories, poems explore the proverbial ‘true love’ and bring out the common man’s pursuit of finding ‘the soul mate’.
About the Author :
A Mechanical Engineer from IIT Kharagpur, Vijayendra Haryal is from the Class of 2008,IIM Ahmedabad. He is now working as a Business Manager at a leading MNC. He recently co-authored India’s first most comprehensive book on Social Media. His passion for writing fiction ignited when his stories, poems got featured on the ‘writer’s forum’ of a leading Television channel. Some of his work has got featured in renowned collections subsequently. An ardent observer of 'creative pursuits' (Entrepreneurship, writing, music, sketching hence on and so forth), he believes that there is some method to what the world perceives as madness.
By Madhurima Das,
Love, explored and interpreted through 21 short stories and 7 poems.
The title with a negative connotation unveils a world filled with optimism. Love is seen as a symbolism, a matter of chance, and even destiny unfolding. While the pathos is a common factor in many stories, with its leading protagonist going through a phase of pain, the stories do give us hope. Hope that love enriches life, it has a practical essence, loving life is reciprocal and rationality is beyond just the four letters. Some of the stories also touch upon societal concerns where people forget to count their blessings;forget how each individual with their love can enrich another life; how love is beyond situations, defined relations and boundaries. Some of the stories that I personally liked has to be The Break up, highlighting the essence of 'accept me as Iam'; the story about faith seen through the eyes of a visually challenged person; how we can choose to remember someone, even through a simple 'roast chicken' ritual. The author has chosen to close the short stories with a story that explores the expression of love through a parent, through faith and through a re-discovered relationship.
The collection of short poems again looks at various phases of a love story and closes with the best one, that sketches a canvas of love filled with dreams.
As a reader, I do wish that most of the protagonists did not resort to alcohol in despair, seemed a tad bit cliche. While the stories had a nice flow and the writing is simple and lucid; it is essential that
the writings do not appear way too simple. For a first attempt, it is commendable. While the author has drawn inspiration from real incidents, I really hope he did not have to see so much of pain that
is depicted in some of the stories.
Good read !
If you have to appreciate the depth of this book don't go by the title but read it without bias for all stories ending in a depressing state... btw that's not the case for all. The author has penned down nicely short stories which though in length are short but leave a lasting impact and prompts one to think through. It also raises question on true love and that's what author tries to unearth in the final story. The story narration has depths which makes me think that author has narrated his experiences in life through the medium of this book. At some places though it felt that the story has been hushed up just to keep it short. I would have liked the depth to flow seamlessly in all stories. The other good part is shortness of stories gives you flexibility to read and contemplate even if you dont have luxury of time. On certain occassions though I could not resist continue reading even when the stories end on negative note. It is like one carving for reading on pain more and more. In the 21 stories author has penned down one will surely associate with one or more if he/she happened to be in love anytime. The writing style is plain and clear and author does a good job of putting in the perspective of real life situations in love.
The poems are equally expressive and one does not need a dictionary or a high intellect to understand the meaning. I hope author continues his writing spirit and amass more fans like me. Looking forward to his next book......
By Somnath Meher,
The idea of having a bunch of short stories in a generation where we barely have time to take a sneak peek into anything relevant is absolutely brilliant!
Besides, given the rage that the last book "Social Media Simplified" had, I 'ld really look forward to grabbing this one the moment it's out there.
Discussion : The Break Up: To hold on or to let go
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