- Paperback: 158 pages
- Publisher: Cinnamonteal Publishing (24 November 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 938552318X
- ISBN-13: 978-9385523182
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,19,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Sumana Khan was born and raised in Bangalore where she pursued a career as an IT consultant. She currently lives in the UK and is a full-time writer and student. She holds a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from University of Glasgow and is pursuing her M.Sc. in Psychology. Her website is http: //www.sumanakhan.com. ENCOUNTERS is her second book.
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I would really like to form an order according to my liking of the stories which are part of this collection:
1. Best Friends Forever
2. First Love
3. The Storyteller
4. Happiness Clinic
The story of Ratna is one of the most powerful stories in this anthology. Mysterious and a fantasy where the childhood love of Ratna is an illusion, or so everyone thinks, including Ratna herself. But her love prevents her from exploring other relationships. Would it take a dangerous turn and where will it lead to?
The Characters of Ratna and Vrka are very strong. Vrka the all powerful and Ratna one with a scientific mind. One of those kinds of story where you wish it should have happened to you but never wish the same for a loved one to go through. Enticing and exciting.
A very creepy story. Have you ever heard the old men sitting around bonfires telling each other ghost stories in remote villages? Steeped in our culture and with a moralistic tinge. Just enough to make the end seem justified.
The Storyteller is one such story which would give you shivers in a dark night. A story of an entire villagewiped away in the Tsunami, waiting to be heard . Then who is the storyteller?
A couple who has loved and been loved. Their journey in this life is coming to a closure. Sounds normal enough. So what is unique about this story? The POV :)
A very sensitive story about a man trying to adjust to a life of retirement. When he is shown a mirror to the life he has led so far. How often we go by life without even stopping to think about those who have been travelling with us in this journey of life. Happiness Clinic is just that - the mirror to our soul. A man who has retired and wants only to do one thing- spend his days with his wife. But in all the years that she has been his silent partner, she had adorned the role of a mother, sister and many other such relations which complete our life. So when Sheshadri meets Sheshadri,[not a typo] his life takes a turn. For the first time he realizes he has one more job to finish - let Sharada play the most important role of her own life - that of a woman.
Best friends forever
Gripping. Cinematic. The story of a girl possessed and how she gets Dr. Srinidhi involved in this whole story. This story has some serious goosebumps moments.
An emotional roller-coaster ride
Every story has a mixture of psychological or paranormal angle. Ms. Khan has studied psychology which is apparent in her creation of characters. In just 5 short stories she has dissected many human relationships. I loved the way Ms. Khan has portrayed characters from every age group. From a retired man to a young doctor – each makes the reader realize how important every person is in our life.
One of my favorite was the relationship between Sheshadri and his wife Sharda. The beauty in the exploration of relationship between a husband-and-wife and how the husband realizes that even though if he has never abused his wife that does not make him a perfect husband. This realization along with his growth shows the strength of the author's writing.
Attack on the five senses
Ms. Khan uses all the senses in her scenes and portrayal of her characters. Even the sixth sense. :) Words like
'....her mouth felt like Velcro.'
attacks your sense of touch and feel while,
Sweat collected below my armpits and spread in sickly wetness'
attacks your sense of propriety :D But when you read it in the context of the story you can see the characters going through an emotional turmoil.
Added to that is Ms.Khan's liberal splattering of humor across many tense situations. As the seriousness mounts up and can be a bit tedious for the readers, she has injected the right amount of humor to cut through the monotony of overuse of [my] gray cells.
Can bet you your underwear that I will have ...." Mark the word your :)
"Lot of old buffoons laughing like morons early in the morning. It made me surlier."
OK even I have a weird sense of humor and found the above line really rib tickling.
Reason for rating...
I like this description... though the I would primarily describe them as touching (at times, disturbingly so), warm (even as they give you goosebumps), and unexpected.
Each story has a pivotal encounter that changes the life of the protagonist.
Stories of varying lengths, they are for believers... believers of the fact that there is a lot that we don't know.
We expect things to be a certain way. Encounters draws you into a world that questions the 'normal'.
Each story is a story of love, but they are not love stories.
Encounters questions our definitions of 'normal'.
Tales of strong individuals who have experienced the mystical presence, the emotions resulting from the encounters are the common theme of these stories. These are unusual stories of certain chosen ones. Stories on the fringes of the world of spooky, but not exactly so.
The stories of Encounters are strong on symbolism.
The stories are also culturally rich, the descriptions such that you can not just imagine seeing the place, but can even smell and sense it.
A man remembers the celebration his family and neighbours had when the first electric mixer or ceiling fan was bought. Hilarious, and so very true and relatable.
It is such little details that complete the stories.
The stories hinge too much on the possibility of what we normally assume to be impossible.
The line separating reality and illusion gets hazy, as the experiences of these stories ring unbelievably true.
There is a darkness to the stories. Not just of the unknown, but of the cruel society that we live in.
Yet, they always leave you with a lingering hope.
Do not expect to rush from one encounter to another. These are stories that you would want ot ponder over and let seep into your senses before you move to the next one.
Some emotional stories, with a touch of supernatural, that cocoons you with its' warm presence. At least that is how I felt.
I have loved every one of the stories and I am surprised. The stories are all different. You may find a couple of common threads, but the plots have no similarity.
I warn you though... your encounter with Encounters will haunt you, it will make you restless, it may even disturb you a little... and you will love it.
I received a free copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
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