- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: Readomania; First edition (1 November 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9385854267
- ISBN-13: 978-9385854262
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Customer Reviews: 15 customer ratings
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#84,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #2171 in Short Stories (Books)
Mock, Stalk & Quarrel: A Collection of Satirical Tales Paperback – 1 November 2016
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It's a collection of 29 short stories by 29 different writers...all newcomers in the world of writing. The publishing house which has published this book is Readomania who 'nurture emerging stars of the literary world' and who also have a web platform where many of these writers have contributed stories. The stories tackle various current and burning modern topics which would be all too familiar ranging from politics, bureacracy, feminism, religion, corruption, dowry and even death. There is quite a range of female characters across the stories: the rich kitty party types vying to one up each other with their kids achievements, the curious case of the female lazy clerk who turned into a godwoman, the fat book writer who dreams up her own matrimonial ad of the perfect groom, the female CM who dictates that all women in her state should follow a strict dress code of shorts and more!
With an interesting theme and plenty of fodder /food for inspiration , what has let down is the quality of writing and the quality of printing. It shows that these writers are newcomers and a long way to go before their writing can be called literature. There are flashes of brilliance here and there and stories which start promisingly only to peter out towards the end. What one wanted was writing which would elevate these run of the mill all too familiar issues into something which would leave a mark, an imprint. When we go to a restaurant, we seldom order dal chawal for one can easily make it at home. We want their signature dish, something complex, creative and delightful difficult to replicate back home. The experience here was something like that.
Glad I could get it over with finally.
All in all - worth your time!
In some we see very familiar political or media personalities, in others we see a lackadaisical attitude towards Ones job or family, in others we see neglected children. The cross section cuts across gender, religion and socioeconomic status. The underlying theme in every story is the hypocrisy we find in all areas of society particularly in those that claim to be serving our society. I also see it, maybe due to my own personal journey in 2016, to take a long hard look in the mirror and see which of these I may be guilty of.
I think it's very fitting that I read this close to the end of the year. I think New Years is a great time for reflection, and my own personal journey has led me to a point where I need to identify my own hypocrisy and blind spots and I think there are some very poignant examples of how we can slip into that, within the pages of this collection.
The one great thing with the satirical tone of these stories is that they tackled heavy subjects often with a light hearted approach and tone. Humour is a much easier way to absorb some of these social ills than a style that is very heavy and intense. This has been a year of a great many changes for our country, so that adds a whole other element to what I brought to this collection.
Overall a great light read, and the fact that there are 29 stories means that there are 29 different styles each with their own nuances and perspectives. I would definitely recommend this one :)
Each story has very light heartedly put across heavy subjects. Perhaps, that’s what satire is all about! Humour makes things easier.
The stories cover a lot of topics ranging from family matters, to political goof ups to media personalities, as well as show some routine issues in a new light.
We cannot choose our favourites, but yes, some titles appealed more than the others. To name a few, “Fifty shades of maids”, “Transferable Gods”, “The almost God”, “The samosa scam” and “Marriages are made in heaven” caught our eye first.
With one story portraying groom hunting in the most cynical way, to another one highlighting how dowry demands are still destroying families. Then we have a couple of stories highlighting dirty politics and corruption to some stories highlighting the nuances and manipulations happening in the media industry. This anthology has it all.
Overall, a good read to pep up your satire quotient.
I laughed, felt so light while reading this book. Pick up this book, take a cup of coffee along, keep an open mind and just enjoy. You will love it.
Readomania Publishers have done a wonderful job with the print. the print quality and delivery are very quick.