Author: Imran Siddiqui
Publisher: Frog Books, an imprint of Leadstart Publishing
Cover Design: Rathi Varma
Cover : 4.5/5
Title : 3/5
Blurb : 3/5
Theme : 2.5/5
Overall : 3/5
Many a times, it so happens in life that nobody is wrong. Nobody’s intention is wrong for anybody. Yet everybody is unhappy. The entire environment gets filled with frustration and negativity. It’s ok until this point. Yet as things continue, to see each other happy, one of them becomes bad in the eyes of the other and even starts doing bad things, just to see the other person happy. Perhaps seeing these sad conditions of a human being’s life Shakespeare has said, “Time itself is corrupt.” He adds that there is no such thing as a hero or villain, as most of the time a hero is not a hero, but a villain. Sometimes, the villain himself turns out to be a hero, which means sometimes in just one character, we find both the hero and the villain. It is just not possible to imagine a hero and a villain as a separate entity, because time itself is corrupt.
No Love Stories, Please! by Imran Siddiqui is a collection of 10 contemporary stories revolving mostly around the theme of sexual abuse, one night stands, casting couch and the business of prostitution. Being a 21st century writer, Imran has left no stone upturned in narrating his unbiased opinions on these subjects through his book. The stories in the book are as follows-
- One Night Stand: An encounter with an attractive air hostess and how he falls in love with her.
- An Evening At Band Stand: The author’s moment of truth with the world of prostitution.
- Sick In Pleasure: Young dreams of the author’s couple friends and how the struggle affects their lives.
- Socio Eco Sex System: Deep diving into the world of prostitution to understand its real face.
- My Meeting with Suzy: An insight to a painter’s world.
- Poor Sunita: A young village girl who is brought to Mumbai by her boyfriend and their encounter with the reality of television industry.
- Sting Operation: The author’s friend Tina does a sting operation on a famous saint to reveal his sexual desires.
- Shame On Fiction: Based on a sex racket.
- Real Fiction: An experience of politics.
- Daughter Of A Tribal: A story of female foeticide and infanticide.
Imran could have experimented and wandered around varied topics instead of sticking to the niche of “sex and the world”.
Imran has a done a marvelous job in addressing the rarely spoken about topics such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, crushing of dreams, prostitution and many others. Perfect grammar and simple narration. The words of his stories have the power to make an impact and appear as though spoken straight from the heart which is an attracting factor for the readers.
A pinch of reality through fiction (3/5)
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