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About the Combo:
This is a collection of 5 best selling books of Hindi short stories.
Chaurahe Par Seedhiyan :
These stories comprise a world revolving around the relationship between man and woman. What keeps the reader glued to the stories is the writer's way of rendering the 'normal' day-to-day incidents with unconventional metaphors and images, leaving the reader overwhelmed. The characters and situations evolving out of these incidents, however, do not turn these stories into mere escapist fantasies, but pull the reader towards themselves, painting a live picture of all the characters-creating a sense of deja-vu.
The stories do not seek perfection in human lives by passing judgments of any kind, but encompass the complexity of the minutest of human emotions, weaving a melancholic but realistic face of life. The protagonists, often caught in a web of life-in the strands of love, lust and emotions, keep going to-and-fro, tossing like a boat on the waves of their physical and sentimental world.
The stories run in a style which is poetic in narration, carrying the knowledge that rises after experiencing the adversities of life. This not only compels the reader to read the stories uninterrupted on his computer's screen, but also hold the writer accountable for hypnotizing him with his words.
Terms And Conditions Apply:
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.
A collection of tales ranging from childhood fantasies to exploring the darkness of human existence, tales that will make you nostalgic, that will tell your story, that will shock you and those, that will take you to your favorite places. Guiding these tales are a motley group of characters ranging from a side hero who day-dreams about Mithun and Bacchan, to kids who believe in the reality of Nagraj, Ajooba and Super Commando Dhruv.
Namak Swadanusar as the name suggests will add salt to your plate and increase the taste of your literary collection.
Dhoop Ke Aayine Mein :
These stories are the tales of life looked through an etched glass. Stories with variety of sense and purport, where each of them can be interpreted in manifold ways. These tales crafted through images seem to amaze even with most trivial things.They flow like a long and musical stream of poetry. Their narrative creates a world somewhere between romance and simplicity of life, which exists in layers of reality. Contrary to unbelievable (artificial) instances and fictionalization of life there exists a world in these stories which is very much ours and looks as natural as we witness it to be.Title of the collection is actually title of one of its abstract story which has no beginning and no end. Its an unceasing story with a novel style of craft. One can start reading this story from anywhere, onwards the end too. Stories compiled in this collection brim with elements of melancholy and a strong desire to live. They dont pass judgments or reach a predefined conclusion. While reading these stories a reader constantly wanders in a realistic world. They dont seem to be the stories of strangers, rather feel like seen and witnessed. Like something which has happened to us at some point of time or happening to us every moment. Most salient feature of these stories lies in the beautiful language.
Masala Chay is the another assortment of part sensitive, part profound and utterly enchanting stories which are beginning to become the hallmark of their enormously observant and industrious writer. Every story has its roots in the mundane. But it's the simple rendering of the profound and profound rendering of the simple which lends all these tales a unique flavor. Each story will suck you in with the simplicity of the plot, depiction of wide, and at times, disparate range of emotions and undoubtedly, the brilliance of the narrative. As far as story-telling goes, Masala Chay is piping hot, and of course: addictive. In this second venture, the characters come even more alive. By the time you start to read about them, you have visualized each and every person you know. Each story comes with a flavor of its own, which is unique to it. Every story gives a feel of the relation you have been in, at some point of time. If it wasn't for these moments life wouldn't be complete and if it wasn't for this book, you will never go back to revisit these memories. These stories will make you laugh, with their innocence, leave your eyes moist with the dark emotions. Every human has a list within them, lists of things they did, they never did or still dream of doing. These short stories are all about that. In short, if you want to know why this book should be part of your collection? Because no matter what these stories bring out from within you, they will make you react to each situation in them as if it's your own.
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.