Author: Shilpi Chaklanobis
Publisher: Notion Press
Cover : 2/5
Title : 3.5/5
Blurb : 3/5
Value for money : 4/5
Overall : 4/5
A turbulent relationship between a mother and a daughter takes a sudden turn when the daughter stumbles across a past that she never knew.
The golden period of a professor’s life is tainted by questions about his purpose until one night gives him all the answers he needs.
Desperate times test us all but when hunger drives a girl to do the unthinkable, her life changes forever.
Woven around the lives of the people around us – the shy girl on the metro, your domestic help, your neighbors and perhaps even you – this collection of short stories will take you on a bittersweet journey that explores the spectrum that is part of any human relationship and all the complexity and chaos that secretly dwell within the homes and hearts of India.
Often laced with an element of introspection, the stories are sure to change the way you see the world around you…
Panorama by Shilpi Chaklanobis is an amazing collection of 15 stories, each one different from the other in all aspects. The book is painted with myriad hues of genres. The stories in the book are as follows-
- Wok: The difficulties with which ladies of the labor class in our country face bring up their children and how it makes their children mature well ahead of their age.
- Peanut: The place a pet holds in the owner’s heart and the unconditional love it bestows.
- The Thirst: Story of a girl who is desperate for the love of her mother for whom her political career is at the forefront.
- Selective Secularism: Details on how people change their thoughts about other religions when it comes to the stage of their life and death.
- Bribe: Story of every housewife who toils each day for the welfare of her family and never asks for anything in return.
- Forever: A love story which still lives in the hearts of the lovers even after the course of time having separated them on different paths.
- The Wait: It reflects on the male fraternity of the poor strata of the society, the way they belittle the women in their life who still pray for their well-being and companionship.
- The Second Tsunami: A story reflecting the selfish nature of humans and the extent to which it can engulf a person.
- The Example: Story of a teacher who feels, during his retirement, that he has wasted his life as a teacher not having done anything significant until one of his students visits him as a living proof of his good work.
- The Meeting: About two childhood friends who grow up become two totally different personalities and how the other doesn’t matter for one of them anymore.
- Mirage: Story of a couple’s daughter who thinks her mother is at fault for having ignored her all her life and loves her father only to learn later that all this while she had only been chasing a mirage.
- Destiny: The belief that people have on destiny and the role it plays in our lives.
- The Untimely Death: The after-effects of Mrs. Indira Gandhi’s assassination.
- Before It’s Too Late: The mad rush of today’s life because of which we miss out on precious moments of life and spend almost negligible time with out family.
- The Sealed Wish: A story depicting that the world is a small place and how one’s curiosity can lead to a Pandora box of memories.
Majority of the stories have been concluded in a very abrupt way. Maybe it is the writer’s way of leaving it on the audience to assume the rest but I personally prefer writing which is well climaxed.
Awesome is the word for this book! Or maybe awesome too would be an under-statement. Covering such a varied range of genres in one book is a fantastic idea and a job well done. Perfect grammar and perfect descriptions. The narrations emanated the traditional flavor of literature writing. The emotions have been portrayed with heart-felt feelings and that is very evident with the words because they instantly hook you to the narration and help connect with the protagonist first hand. A varied range of topics give a multi-faceted advantage to the book.
A perfect blend of emotions and genres (4/5)
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