- Reading level: 10.00+ years
- Hardcover: 140 pages
- Publisher: 3054565879; First edition (2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9384901601
- ISBN-13: 978-9384901608
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,24,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How much do you know about women? Do you really know them even when you know them? 17 stories. Various shades.Unexpected revelations. But… the question remains, do you still feel you know them even when you know about them?
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Mani Padma's writing style is crisp, the stories are short, and refreshingly reminiscent of O Henry and Guy de Maupassant in the sudden twist in the tales. A must read for bibliophiles.
Feeling of rejection, loneliness and death permeates most of the stories. The opening story Prince Charming is about the fluttering of heart of a young woman when she meets the man of her dreams. I really liked the second story in the book Eight Days with Sushil. In this story a depressed girl meets an old friend who lightens up her dead life. I liked the format which the author chooses for narrating this story. Its end though is quite shocking.
The story Harmony demonstrates how music can bring two unhappy souls together. Pammi's Escort Service is about how we all have the money but lack company. Broken heart is an interesting tale where an old woman tells how she broke a broken heart's heart again. Date with future is all about the games that girls play.
Man, Woman and capitulates the dynamics of a seasoned marriage. The story Sabjiwallah falls into the horror genre. The story Breakfast opens at a breakfast table. It is about a woman locked in a loveless marriage, who is drawn towards an out of marriage relationship. In Pursuit of Fame is a multilayered story about parental pressure on children who are forced into reality shows. I liked this story for the manner in which it welds reality with fiction.
Bhaavya delves into the mind of a mentally unsound woman. The Perfect Plan revolves around infidelity and a perfectly planned murder. Mamma's house shows how attachment to places changes with time. Dulliance deals with bride seeing ceremonies, customary for arranged marriages in India. Keep the Change again deals with issues of marriage and money. The last story in this collection titled The End tries to underline that in any given choice you have the power to chose your reaction. Again the author uses a unique format to weave her story.
What I liked about this book is that the writing is clean. These stories are projected as stories about as to what goes into the minds of women. While some stories indeed relate to this theme, some like Sabjiwallah are out of sync with the theme. Most of the stories are prosaic, too abstract. But yet if you want to read something really different, you may go for this book.
The love marriage, the kids , the realities and overall the parental pressure leads to difficult situation in their lives.
However, I found this piece amazing I won't lie or flatter with certain words honestly, it would be difficult to choose one among these eighteen.
In the index it is mentioned seventeen tales but actually they are
eighteen. It may leave a negative or a misprint mistake , the language and narration covers all.
The book consists of 17 chapters spanning 140 pages. After a short introduction, the author begins with a story named Prince Charming. The author talks about a fairy Godmother and also talks about an item which you use daily. You will learn the activities carried out during the end of the day.
I would love to read short stories separated by day and the second chapter examines eight days of hectic lifestyle surrounding few persons. I am not disclosing the name of the person in question here. Let it be a suspense. The story talks about a stuff which he got when he needed it. A major twist happened on Day 8 and the reason for the incident is indeed shocking. The whole story is written in a crispy format in a gripping style.
The next chapter talks about how to lead a life in harmony and it revolves around places such as Manali and Dalhousie. Towards the end, the author discusses a person who did something for the first time. Will it be a miracle? You have to read the story to find it out.
The story 4 explores the length and breadth of the relationship of a family and it begins with a big quarrel between father and a daughter. The story centers around Devraj, Rana including a police officer from a nearby police station.
The fifth story delves deep into an escort service. The twist is that the person in question avoided his life partner and dialed somewhere else. The broken heart story talks about a lady who is in her 40s and the content is a bit longer than the previous one. If you would like to know how to work with your partner, then the next story is a must-read.
The vegetable vendor appears on the picture followed by a breakfast. Does a newspaper with a stunning ad appears in the story? You have to find it out yourselves. The next two stories delve deep into depression and the need to have confidence including the necessity to face challenges based on the changes happening in the life.
The story 14 examines the love story and the women accept the fact that her husband and his secretary were having an affair. He says that his secretary is the best women. Do you think whether she had accepted this fact? This stuff appears to be a true love story with his friend doing a desperate act.
A concrete plan is essential to achieve success in life. However, something different happened during the middle as she was not aware of the place they are traveling to. The final story is all about nine RAS and the whole plot is too intriguing and toxic that you will continue to read forever.
The Unlikely Tails will be useful for readers who would like to read advanced short stories. The book is a deal breaker for readers who are fed up with reading lengthy novels.
The paper quality of the Unlikely Tails book is excellent and is definitely not like others standard novels. Moreover, the title looks like a true library book with cover. You will be able to easily read the book because of the large font size. That said, the book is highly expensive when compared to standard novels. However, I hope that short story addicts will have something to cheer from the content.
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Chapter 7 which is divided in three parts the first part talks about the duty of women how she handles everything without a pause in her life.Read more
And eight days to finish this book (not in a jiffy) of seventeen different stories .Read more