|About the book|
|Edited by bestselling author, Paritosh Uttam, this is an anthology of 29 urban tales by 13 young writers. Each of these fresh, vivid and deceptively simple stories focuses on an epiphany. The stories are set with the backdrop of our urban metros with their bright lights, sky rises, glitzy malls, tenements, crowds and the chaos that comes with it. A woman tries to come to terms with loss of a lost baby; two strangers, a young man and a young woman, both with a love for Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment board the same aircraft; a woman ponders over giving a second chance to her cheating husband; a young man is in love with his apple pie loving best friend, who is set to marry through an arranged match; a chance meeting between two old lovers after 11 years; the memories of an old woman in love; an illiterate migrant from the village looking for her own kind of liberation; the longing of a married woman for another man; a child and his silent suffering mother and their financially strapped family; a couple once in love, frustrated with each other after getting married; love and relationships in the age of Twitter and fat free gelatos; the morning after for a couple in an adulterous relationship; a man running away from his own life in the city hoping to find salvation; a couple who decide to marry for reasons other than love and many more stories...|
|About the authors|
|Edited by Paritosh Uttam, bestselling author of Dreams in Prussian Blue, also the contributing author of 10 stories in this collection, the collection includes diverse voices and writing styles. It includes stories by Bishwanath Ghosh, bestselling author of Chai Chai, Ahmed Faiyaz, bestselling author of Love, Life & All That Jazz…, along with accomplished writers - Abha Iyengar, Hasmita Chander, Malathi Jaikumar and Vrinda Baliga. It includes stories by Rikin Khamar, Debutant Author of The Lotus Queen, Kainaz Motivala, Bollywood Actor of Wake Up Sid fame, popular bloggers - Naman Saraiya, Sahil Khan, Kunal Dhabalia and Prateek Gupta.|
|Praise for Urban Shots|
'A lovely collection of short stories focusing on different aspects
of urban relationships...'
Editorial Reviews, www.indiaplaza.in ‘Urban Shots captures a beautiful picture of life in Indian cities.’
Kamini Mathai, author of AR Rahman: The Musical Storm 'Deceptively simple and intriguing, Urban Shots paints a delightful picture of life and times in colourful Indian cities.'
Yuva 'Urban Shots has all the right ingredients for a breezy read.'
DNA 'Aptly titled, these are simple stories of love and life...these stories intrude into the reader's thought process, thankfully in a creative way.'
|Excerpt from Urban Shots|
By Rohini Kejriwal
When well-known author, Ahmed Faiyaz called, asking if I could write the foreword for this book, I was delighted at the idea of introducing urban tales of love, regret, acceptance, and every other supposedly 'urban' feeling that one could write about. What makes such a theme applicable for an entire book full of stories on it to be published, you ask? Go read it for yourself and you will understand the relevance and need for a book with such honest portrayals of the world around us. An unskewed reality.
What this book offers its readers is a collection of wonderful, carefully picked stories that talk about different aspects of urban life varying from relationships, lifestyles, love, depression, domestic violence, longing and friendship. From the sweetness of Apple Pies and a Grey Sweater shared with a lover, to the Liberation felt by a woman torn by the rural-urban conflict, from coming to grip a sense of loss in Effacing Memories to dealing with loss and moving on in Hope Comes in Small Packages, this book explores the realm of life from every possible perspective. You will see society from the eyes of a child, a lover, a wife, a mother, a friend. The emotions expressed envelop you as you read each word, leaving you in awe of the unknown, or fascinated with the familiar. The familiar Cup of Tea that you come home to will bring about a feeling varying greatly from the sense of infidelity that Morning Showers would bring. What truly makes it great is the universal theme of urban life, which is easy to relate to and thereby, draws the reader into these short stories by Indian writers like Paritosh Uttam, Bishwanath Ghosh, Prateek Gupta, Sahil Khan, Kainaz Motivala, Malathi Jaikumar, Ahmed Faiyaz, Abha Iyengar, Vrinda Baliga, and many others.
Imagine yourself standing in a crowded bus, trying hard to look out of the window to catch ephemeral glimpses of the street lights, of busy roads, of traffic jams. You are in the midst of it all, brushing shoulders with strangers who have their own stories to tell. This book is that window in the bus, giving you an insight into the fictional or non-fictional lives of others. In choosing these specific stories, the Editorial Team at Grey Oak have done an excellent job. Though the stories are starkly different from each other, there is a certain flow that makes it easy reading and you would not want to put down the book and say that you have enough for the day even if you're half way through it. The stories vary in the time they are set in, in the age groups of the characters, in their pace, in different voices that narrate their stories, and in the number of words used to convey the struggles and ways to deal with loss, unrequited love, friendship, longing, monotony of urban life, and even the vicious cycle of marriage. Turn the pages and enter the weird and wonderful urban world the way these writers see it, keeping aside all preconceived notions, clichés, and any emotional baggage you may have, since you'll be having enough of theirs to carry on your shoulders.
Rohini Kejriwal is a 19-year-old wanderer exploring life as she knows it. She is an aspiring writer, and loves photography and listening to music. Her writing can be found on http://revelationswithin.blogspot.com