Edited by : Ravinder Singh
Publisher : Penguin Metro Reads
Rating : 3 / 5
'Love Stories That Touched My Heart’ is a collection from readers who have a tale to tell, shortlisted from over 2000 entries that were submitted in a competition conducted by Penguin India. It encompasses all emotions associated with love - anger, frustration, anxiety, eagerness, delicateness and nervous energy. While routing through these emotions, multiple writers in this anthology takes you through first crush, first heartbreak, love in marriage, love in old age, love across decades, love across genders and sexual orientations and love across generations.
'The 'Divine Union' by K.Bala Kumaran is my personal favourite as it sensitively portrays the romance through ages and difficult, trying circumstances. 'Flirting' by Vinay Nandkarni takes you by surprise by its ending and tugs at your heart strings. 'One Night Stand in Hariharapuram' by Mohan Raghavan is another shot at love across generations and an ample evidence of how love never gets old. 'May God Bless you, dear' by Yamini Yijendran portrays love through death and grief and is an extremely moving.
There are multiple stories which i did not found particularly engrossing but then that's the catch of anthologies. On the whole, most of the stories does not fit into a template and there lies the success of this book. You will get a variety of emotions in multiple narrative structures and are tightly edited and neatly packaged. If there is a romantic inside you, you should not be missing this one.