- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: HALF BAKED BEANS; First Edition edition (2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9384315370
- ISBN-13: 978-9384315375
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,97,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Description for Curtain Call
We live our lives like the ceaseless flow of a river, but we remember it only in pieces, pieces we like to call memories, memories that are shared in the form of stories. What is life if not a number of stories tied together like an anthology? The Curtain Call is one such anthology that brings together stories from different walks of life, stories that would make you pondering upon them for days, stories that make you think, and stories that will leave an imprint on the souls of the readers. From historical fiction to fantasy fiction, this multi-genre anthology contains thought-provoking stories that will take you through a delightful journey beyond time and reality. Whether it is a train journey, space expedition or Mrinalini’s royal marriage, Gloria’s guest, a spy or an Ookleeboo, a story of love or of bitter sadness, these stories will make you cry, laugh, love and, most importantly, live.
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It was on impulse that I ordered for this book, after having observed a lady being prodded by her husband to give the book a rest as they were called to board their flight. The title of the book had managed to spark my curiosity.
I was in the middle of a particularly 'heavy' book and this wonderful compilation provided the requisite breather as I could randomly browse through a short story and return back refreshed.
There is a cute love story of a young wife and her dead husband by Renu Sethi titled My Fair Husband. No melodrama, no villains, the interaction being between a regular, constantly bickering but in love couple. The husband dies abruptly and appears equally post haste in the form of a ghost without even giving the wife her space to grieve over him. The suggestive third angle in the form of an interested suitor is purely incidental and they carry on as if the husband's passing away was just an unpleasant interruption in their 'lives.' I recall this particular story for the sparkling repartee.
Then there is another gem A Crimson Affair by Rafaa Dalvi. This one is a murder mystery set in the court of Mughal - E - Azam, The Chief Investigating Officer being the Old Fox Birbal. This being a murder mystery and that too, packed in 16 pages, I should rather shut up than commit the sacrilege of revealing too much.
There is a spooky encounter between a 12 year old girl and her school counsellor. And there is a tale of a grumpy middle aged man who is transformed by the entry of a new female in his life. This story took me back in time to Malgudi Days.
Each story is short and crispy as it is unique and different from the other and that is what add fun to the reading experience.
The book is a stage where we have numerous performers performing with their wonderful piece of creativity. INDEED IT'S A CURTAIN CALL. Each and every story has its own twists and tales. Such beautiful stitching of words in each and every story made me feel absolutely dumbstruck.
The book contains all sorts of genres starting from comedy to tragedy, from truth to lie, from thriller to romance, from train journey to space journey.
If I be very precise would rate the book 41/50.
4 starts out of 5:-)
Here goes the detail:-
1. Originality of the stories-8/10
2. Net emotions in the stories- 7/10
3. Usage of words and phrases- 9/10
4. Possible interpretations of the stories- 8/10
5. The net impact- 9/10
On a further note,
I would like to say the first story A CRIMSON AFFAIR was a mind blowing thriller. Both the characters’ Nadira and Durjan were very interestingly plotted by the author.
the story had a great begining,with a twisting end and a lovely body. I loved the piece of work by RAFAA DALVI.
secondly, HIS LEELA brings out the concept of women empowerment through its plot. Very delicately crafted and well framed.
On a disappointing note, have to say the story ANOTHER CHANCE was of a bit dissapointing.The plot looked shallow. And the story can be well predicted beforehand. The characters’ RIYA AND RITAM were not at all organised.
Besides these, I loved reading each and every bit of the book.
THANK YOU ALL FOR THE LAST CURTAIN CALL OF THE SHOW.
2nd year btech:-)
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