There are books that feel like a book while reading, and then there is ‘Terms and Conditions Apply’. The simple and lively stories compel you to take a look back at your own life, and remember when you put these incidences at the back of your mind. It’s not just a collection of stories and a true incident, but also a reflection of what every one of us has seen sometime or the other, in our lives. The characters come alive, time and again as people we may have met, or as a persona of our own self.
Not too many works in recent years have managed to capture the nuances of ordinary, daily lives as effortlessly and fluently as ‘Terms and Conditions Apply’ has done. A wonderful assortment of 13 short stories and a true incident,
Whether it is highs and lows of a relationship, chaos and bedlam of school life, petty or harmless office gossips, or the buzz of a salon; all stories are strongly steeped in reality and yet they take a superb flight of fancy in the hands of a master craftsman. Rich in imagination, broad in its scope and elegant in its style, ‘Terms and Conditions Apply’ is arguably one of the best debut works in recent Hindi literature.
About the Author:
Born and bred in Lucknow, Divya Prakash Dubey successfully completed his Masters in Business Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune, a premier B-school of the country and is currently associated with a prestigious firm in telecom sector. An Engineer and an MBA, the combination has been going on for far too long to bring a refreshing picture in our minds. But that is what Divya Prakash is, a break from the existing molds of factory made pieces coming in the market. Humorous down to his very core, and equally deep in his thoughts. A voracious reader of Hindi and English literature, he already has a few poems, short stories and screenplays to his credit. ‘Terms and Conditions Apply’, is his debut collection, though once you have read it, you will have serious trouble believing it.
terms and condition apply... its my frist book...
By Anjan chakravarty,
OOO suprb.. this book i srealyy kool... man evry 1 must read it at oncce... its seriously a good collection of smll stories by Dp...a really great author...
even the small kids get bored by reading such boring novel........... please stop writing Mr. DUBE
By Saurabh Bhardwaj,
Kuch beete pal kuch yaar purane, mere bhi aur tumhare bhi
Dhundhli yadein, guzre zamane, mere bhi aur tumhare bhi
Wo galiyan wo rishte wo mausam wo chehre
Wo jagjani baten wo raaj kuch gehre
Gamo ke geet, khushiyon ke tarane, mere bhi aur tumhare bhi
A Must Read
By Atul Shukla,
Just loved the book terms and conditions applied. I left reading hindi story books long back, last i think i read was champak , nandan or may be some classic books like ek lota pani etc.. after which just got busy with academics and stuff.. first i should congratulate you for creating experience through this book which i used to experience in my childhood of immense involvement of mind with stories and characters... which happens very rarely mostly with movies which are very rare these days (movies like sadma, hera pheri, jurrasic park etc.), now coming to this book, after reading it i just felt that i have been taken to some world where characters are so real , events and situations we experience most of the time , Author really managed to engage the reader in his created world. Comedy, Love, Betrayal, Message ... so versatile that i felt i am not reading a genre but a mashups of genres.. I congratulate the author for this awesome book and i really wish that i could read more of his work in future...
All the characters in this book are so real
This collection of hindi short stories is like a kaleidoscope with different pieces which when brought together gives delight to your soul. All the characters in this book are so real that you don't feel you are reading a work of fiction. Once you read the stories, you feel connected to the characters and will laugh, cry, enjoy and empathize with them and will have a smile on your face with a lovely after taste from the stories. When I started to read the stories, Terms and Conditions Apply, title story struck me and I decided to make a short film on it. The film is under post-production and I hope I am able to give the same experience to the audience as when they read the book.
A brilliant debut and marvelous story-teller..!!!
By Chandrakant Patel,
Cool.. I finished it in two days..!
It is an emotional portrait of human relationships and their changing dynamics across the society with 14 short stories written in Hindi and occasional use of English in-between.. The economy of words matches the authorâs sense of humour throughout book, which keeps the reader engaged in every story.. It would make you smile every now and then, while endorsing or challenging your thoughts.. The real power of book comes from its sensible connect with slice of life and pulsating heart of Indians.
A brilliant debut and marvelous story-teller..!!!
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