Look around! You may see the sting nearby [Book Review]

Look around! You may see the sting nearby [Book Review]


December 23, 2015

It is contemporary chic as it is time-tested drama. Eerie and cold as it is cute and soul searching. An inherently vibrant mosaic layered in 21 bleak and blithe textures held together with a sting. 
That’s in a nutshell the anthology by Wrimo India group – ‘Vengeance – A sting in every tale’!
Stories unfold in your neighbhourhood… like Obama’s visit to New Delhi; a bus ride in Ahmedabad or an indulgent grandpa fighting for a TV remote in the living room… you can easily identify with the characters. There’s ambition, pretense and love in abundance, too, as is expected of an avenging series.
Some of the patterns are wonderfully crafted… they let you unpeel them layer after layer and you are engrossed in placing the seeming neat and colourful thread on to your lap, until you look down to see a garbled knot staring back at you! I loved the one where I believed the husband was out to get at his ‘cheating’ wife only to realise at the very end that the couple was hand-in-glove targeting a common enemy.
The tug-of-emotions that play within us mortals resulting in inadvertent heinous ends will leave the readers pondering which among the characters are right. What do you do when you are witness to an abuse happening before you? Do you interfere? Do you raise an alarm? And what if the abuser is dangerous? Do you risk your life? These are questions that are sure to shake-up readers of this anthology, especially in the current context when rape and women’s empowerment are receiving unprecedented attention in our country. Oh! yes, what’s your take on prostitution as a means of livelihood?
Fret not. It’s not all women and abuse. There’s glamour and stardom for the wide-eyed, karma for the spiritual seekers, drama that reminds you of our very own ‘Bandit Queen’ Phoolan Devi and plots that reminiscence the Sherlock Holmes era.
You might want to tighten the loom when those odd typos tangle at your nails as you might want to claw at the loose shreds that find their way to spoil the fun. A couple of eager-beaver writers either gave the plot away in the first paragraph or announced they are gonna take revenge. Now, that’s kiddish! Similarly, few of them are overtly descriptive. When it is suspense, the crisper the sentences, the mightier the effect.
However, the beauty of this anthology lies in the fact that our everyday mundaneness has been turned into gripping plots. And that’s no mean task. Kudos to all 21 writers!
Best wishes to all of you!
Nisha Sanjeev

15 Comments

  • sreeja harikrishnan
    December 23, 2015

    Thank you Nisha! You have done a great job! Also, thank you so much for the encouragement.

  • Ruchi Singh
    December 23, 2015

    Wow, what an eloquent review. Great!

  • Shael Raghuvanshi
    December 23, 2015

    Hi Nisha. A pleasure to read a well written review. And yes, thank you for the effort.

  • Sonia Rao
    December 23, 2015

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  • Sonia Rao
    December 23, 2015

    What a wonderful, incisive review. I'm now tempted to re-read the stories 🙂 Thank you, Nisha. Your effort is much appreciated, too.

  • Ankita
    December 23, 2015

    nice review! will look up for this book on FK or Amazon 🙂

  • Debashis Deb
    December 23, 2015

    Nice review. Hats off to the reviewer for reading all the stories so carefully. She is right to point out a few typos that jump out of the otherwise well edited text. I am sure, Sonia is going to take care of them.

  • Sudha Nair
    December 23, 2015

    Great insight into the different types of stories! Loved this review that makes one want to pick up the book.

  • Sudha Nair
    December 23, 2015

    Great insight into the different types of stories! Loved this review that makes one want to pick up the book.

  • Piorre Hart
    December 23, 2015

    Nisha, thanks for such a positive review. You have distilled the very essence of the anthology for prospective readers. A beautifully crafted piece indeed!

  • Nisha Sanjeev
    December 24, 2015

    Thank you Sreeja, Ruchi, Shael, Sonia, Ankita, Debashis, Sudha, Piorre!

  • indrani talukdar
    December 25, 2015

    Very well crafted review. Want to read the book now.

  • Debbie D.
    January 4, 2016

    Sounds like an interesting anthology. Thanks for the review.

  • Shalini
    January 4, 2016

    Interesting. I will take a look. Thanks for the review! 🙂

  • Sini Rachel
    January 20, 2016

    Thank you Nisha for the candid review. I am just catching up on all the action I missed and this review was a pleasant surprise indeed! It is a great joy when someone is paying attention to your work. Your own writing style is pretty catchy. Good Luck!

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