- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing Private Limited (14 March 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 938575596X
- ISBN-13: 978-9385755965
- Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,49,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Immoderate Men: Stories Paperback – 14 Mar 2017
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Shikhandin is a writer based in India.
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The stories sometimes in this collection are wistful and sometimes profound, sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes just a matter of fact. In short, there is almost everything for everyone to put it quite loosely. The stories are heartwarming and also sometimes quite cruel. They question what society lays out for us and sometimes they are merely spectators. From a grandfather who sits on a park bench contemplating the beauty of his daughter-in-law and the son who abandoned them to Manish discovering something not so savory about his wife to six friends talking about everything in a café, till things take a turn of their own – these stories are visceral, vivid and completely unexpected.
Shikandin’s writing is taut and doesn’t waste any time with the scenery or the weather. There is however a lot of atmosphere that seeps in to the book without the reader knowing about it – sometimes took me by surprise as well. There is a structure to the stories and there are times when Shikhandin breaks it mercilessly, leaving the reader lost and confused. The stories take you back and forth – make you see lives differently, you will also find some similarities between these men’s lives and yours and sometimes you will be thankful that your lives are so different.
'Banquet for the Son-in-law' is touching and I want to linger in that household just like the sun is unwilling to leave their nest. Black Prince left me gasping. Salted Pinkies told in first-person made me feel the angst of the story-teller while hoping Partho really found his happy ending. Ahalya’s supernatural undertones left me wanting for explanations. The Vanishing Man moved me from pity to a grin. Old Man… Ruminating shocked and entertained with its pithy wit. The fragrance of Bengal wafts from the pages; I want more.