Book Review #19: 5 Soul-Searching Short Stories

Name: 5 Soul-Searching Short Stories

Author: Shailesh J. Khatri
No. of Pages: 115
Genre: Fiction: Short Stories
Price: Rs. 95/-
Published in: 2014
The blurb of the book says:
Five stories with five critical messages on life… Five situations with the protagonist making a decision that changes his life… Five circumstances that show you that life is never fair and yet… one needs to make the critical decision.
1. Amar, a promising stock analyst, gets the job of his dreams. However, circumstances lead to his failure. What does Amar do?
2. Uma is looking for the purpose of his life. He wants to give up the luxuries of life to find the truth. Does he eventually succeed?
3. Ravi loses his job one fine day and befriends those who tell him that the rich should sacrifice for the poor. He believes them. Does he benefit?
4. Vikas is shocked and annoyed when his parents decide to take him to their native village instead of Switzerland. What does he learn?
5. Pratap, a gold medalist in law, gets the job of his dreams in a well-known law firm. He faces a trying case. How does he respond?
About the author:
Shailesh Khatri is a practicing Advocate turned full-time author and comes from a family of Judges and Lawyers. After graduating in Science from St. Xavier s College, Mumbai, he joined the Government Law College, Mumbai to study Law. On passing Law, he practiced in some prestigious chambers and then set up his own practice. The author also taught Business Law for a few years to commerce students at Bhavan’s Hazarimal Somani College at Chowpatty, Mumbai. His hobbies include reading, writing and listening to music. He has also written a book titled Reflections which is a book of essays dealing with what is ailing contemporary society today.
Cover: The cover shows the fingers of a person trying to hold some particles of light.
Writing: Too simple writing and portrayal.
Story: There are five stories in five different situations. You can already learn from the blurb about the plot of the stories.
Simple plots wrote extraordinarily make great stories. But the stories in this book are nothing like that sort. These are ordinary plots portrayed ordinarily. It could have been an amazing book if the characters and writing were given more depth and zest.
I finished the book in a couple of hours long metro rail ride. And nothing in the book appealed to me.
I give “5 Soul-Searching Short Stories” 1 star on a scale of 5.

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