Author: Sujay Malik
Publisher: Notion Press
Cover : 4/5
Title : 4/5
Blurb : 3.5/5
Overall : 4.5/5
A delightful collection of stories spanning the past, the present and the future, ranging from villages to cities, from the mundane to the extraordinary, from external events and societal norms to internal conflicts, confrontations and catharses of characters, Different Beads of the Same String promises an interesting journey set in contemporary Indian society.
Different Beads of the Same String by Sujay Malik is an anthology of 10 stories covering various facets of human life. The stories are as below:
- And Then She Found It Again: 18-year old Anahita was struck with depression. She failed to see the meaning of continuing with life after losing her father at the age of 11 and not clearing her first attempt at the CA exam. Finally she found resort in her 52-year old teacher, Sarang, who played a key role in bringing her back on track.
- ‘He’, Pluto And The Incomplete Solar System: The tragic love story of Swini (Saturn) and Mansoor (Pluto) among a bunch of 9 friends called the planets of solar system by everyone at college.
- Feeli Jus: An experimental experiential setup made for people experience the classic tragedies of the India Justice system.
- Pushed Into A Corner: Molly surmised all her courage to seek justice for herself when all doors appeared closed.
- The Genuine Protector: A planned mishap gone wrong.
- Converted Language: 2 Hindu and Muslim families come at cross-roads for the love of their speech-deprived children, only to realize they were struck by the same tragedy years ago.
- Then and Now: A tale of justice and of a man who rose from adversity to serve the nation.
- The Missing Link: In the pursuit of their missing son, an old couple stricken by the Bhuj earthquake meet a documentary film-maker Michelle who guides them through their path.
- The Apt Time: Of beliefs, customs, rituals, superstitions, and the importance of voicing against them at the right them.
- The Boy Who Uttered ‘That’ Word: The story of Devang, his unintentional utterance of the word ‘shit’ in Hindi class, and the ordeal that followed.
None at all, except that I would have loved to read more stories! 🙂
Through the 10 stories, Sujay tried to bring forth basic ideas of incidents we face in life but royally choose to ignore. He put across thoughts of how important it is to look at things with a different perspective and I truly admire that. The manuscript was beautified with not just perfect grammar but also rich vocabulary. The characters in each of the stories were crafted to perfection, adding meaning and color in the right manner. I absolutely enjoyed this anthology and also gained a little perspective in the process!
A thought-provoking compilation of life’s hues (4.5/5)
Click here to read Sujay Malik’s interview by me.
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