The Write Club magazine is getting bigger and better! Ten writers this time. And a lot of good stories. You can find the link to it. And my review follows:
But I shall go in order. And this time, I shall get a bit on the harsher side. The good as well as the bad. Because, what fun is a review if there is no mudslinging?
Ashwin’s Chronicles of Jim has won the title. It is a tale of a young diarist, who decides to start writing because it was Mili’s idea. And Mili is smart. Or maybe she heard it off the television. Anyway, The boy chronicles his dysfunctional life with a raging alcoholic of a father. Despite the stark nature of the story, there is some fun dialogue (“What the hell are you doing?”/“Rescuing a Puppy.”/“From What?”).
Even though I liked the story, the ending of the story could do with an Ashwin-style twist than a dose of reality.
Yedu’s story Monster has strong prose and baffling concepts, but it will need a double read. This is not surprising since the POV is schizophrenic. It brilliantly captures the roller coaster ride into a reality that you cannot trust. A powerful read.
If you thought Karthik Patiar was all comedy, The Hot Cup of Cappuccino! will prove you wrong. Love from college days up until the end of days. This is a bittersweet tale of love.
Anjali’s story begins with Tanmay on an empty street, shocked to discover that he is hearing voices. “Sir, if you may please step aside, my roots hurt a little. I am not the young fellow you used to climb as a child anymore.” Tree Whisperer is cute and has a good character arc. Though I wish she had stretched the ending and brought out the glorious superhero act for trees with more drama.
Isha’s story, The Stone Bench, is haunting. When you’ve got to choose between motherhood and your own selfish needs, the choice is always made to seem obvious. What mother can think otherwise? But how hard is that choice, especially when he visits you again and again, in the form of your lover, to torture and remind you?
Pavan’s story The Sporulation of Sarpanch Sam is a long yet marvellous one, written from his earlier days as a writer. With a deluge of tell, it has enough of content for a novel. But it is still brilliant in concept, with the story of a dystopian world where the humans begin to sporulate and disappear. The remaining few have mutated into a form that is half-tree half-human!
Ankit’s story called the Wrath of God is quite good. A story of two halves, the first half is set in a primitive world seethed in superstition, fear of God, and fantastic fire-breathing beasts. The second half shifts to a science lab. The shift is sudden but effective, and the twist is well done. Kudos Ankit, for this one.
Ell.P’s story explores the relationship between Raja, a happy tiger, and his zookeeper Mia. Life is good at the zoo, meals at the right time, the world is safe. Until there is a fire, and the zoo is captured by evil men. Can the very domesticated Raja rise to the occasion? This one makes for a good children’s tale and is a light read.
My own story, No Cats, is about an artist’s struggle with her role as an adult, especially in the face of tragedy. She has lost her spouse and her daughter’s favourite parent. I like this story of mine, especially for the voice of the artist, confused as to what to do with this grieving quiet child. I can see how it is ridden with typos and spellings, despite my attempts to clean it. Sorry about that!
Nidhi’s story Diary of the Womb is exactly that. A diary entry of an infant in the womb. Curious isn’t it? Check these tales, and drop us some reviews.
You can read parts of the above stories in the links below