Book Name: Romance Shorts
Author: Sourabh Mukherjee
What does destiny have in store for a teenager unable to express his feelings for the girl of his dreams as their paths keep crossing through the years? Sid turns to work and alcohol to get over the pain of losing Sheetal till she walks back into his arms in the after-party of a corporate awards function. Is she back for good? What does an advertisement on a billboard try to tell a man who has lost his memory and his wife in a near fatal accident? As Ria nurses her broken heart, she meets a stranger on the Internet and finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. Will she find love again? 'Romance Shorts' is a collection of four contemporary romantic stories. A brisk read with a lasting impact, it paints love in its various hues that make it the only emotion worth dying for. A slice of life in true sense, the book takes us on a soulful journey as we relive loves lost or found or nurtured unprofessed in the deepest recesses of our hearts.
Romance Shorts is a love story collection having 4 stories. Each story is unique in its own way. There is innocence, purity, hope, jealousy, anger, realism. Sourabh Mukherjee’s stories in Romance shorts will make you fall in love with his characters and his narration style. It is like a spell which will be casted on you that will not let you leave this book midway. It will keep you hooked on to it. You will be surely lost in ‘Romance Shorts’.
Nargis through my summers
Nargis through my summers is a story of a boy who is in love with a girl. He doesn’t know her real name. She has a nose like that of Bollywood actress Nargis and that’s the reason why he addresses her with that name. He sees her everyday, when she comes home from school. He sketches her portrait only to conclude that it is not up to that mark. He is hopelessly in love with Nargis. Is he successful in conveying his feelings to her?
My first impression about this story wasn’t very good. I thought it to be the usual ‘Bollywood’ love story about a boy stalking his love. As I read further, my impression changed completely. I felt like the protagonist and Nargis were there for real. The innocence in this story stole my heart. I never felt that I was reading. It was more like the protagonist was conversing with me. It touched my heart. A pure form of love, this story was!
Rating: 4/5 stars.
The protagonist is awarded with ‘The Most Successful Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ award. Everybody is praising him for his achievements and all, he is concerned about is Sheetal – the love of his life. For some reason they had drifted apart and he had lost hopes of seeing her again. Has Sheetal returned for a permanent stay in his life?
Mine Forever is a kind of story that made me believe that ‘forever-ever’ kind of love does exist. The narration is realistic. I felt connected with the protagonist and his feelings. The emotions are the striking features of this story. No matter how hard one tries, true love never dies!
Rating: 3.5/5 stars.
The protagonist has had a fatal accident and has lost his wife, Kavya and his memories. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot recollect anything. Destiny plays games with him and gives him some clues which are related to his memories. Who wins this puzzle game?
‘Love’ is a feeling which either brightens or worsens life. What happens when a pinch of jealousy, hatred and anger is added to this sweet dish? The outcome is devasting. I liked the mystery from this story.
Rating: 4/5 stars.
Love came calling again
‘Love came calling again’ is a beautiful tale of modern day relationships. Riya is in relationship with Karan which ended on a bad note. She is insecure and scared and that’s when Prince Charming enters her life. Will she be able to love again?
There are many ‘Riya’s’ out in the world, whom I personally know. This story seems like the one that has happened with most of us. It’s this connection which makes this story touch those chords. Again, engaging story having simple narration.
My overall rating for ‘Romance Shorts’ is 4/5 stars.
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