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August 18, 2013

Notes on 'Kaleidoscope - Different Strokes for Different Folks'



Author : Multiple
Publisher : Parlance Publications

Rating : 2.5/5


Kaleidoscope is a collection of 25 award winning short stories, selected out of numerous stories received in the online contest organized by SpringTide. Given the short turn around time between conducting the competition and publishing the book (around three weeks in May this year), the production quality of the book has been of low standard with numerous spelling, punctuation and grammatical mistakes leaving the editing work literally to drains.

The Hunter by Vivek Banerjee, best story amongst all those submitted for the competition provides a climax which very few of us can claim to predict during the course of the story.‘The House'. By Deboshree Bhattacharjee provides an emotional core to the story while 'Tale of the knitting Yarn' by Nabanita Dhar provide a predictable but melodramatic plot to a long distance relationship. 


'Happy puppet' by Bhavya Kuashik spins a story around Angelman Syndrome giving us a story fill of irony and fate. Prasanna Rao’s ‘The Hike to the Temple’ takes the horror genre but hardly provides any scary moments. Half way through the story you can guess the climax and even the atmospherics, an essential part of building a story in this genre leaves a lot to be desired.

'The white dress' by Garima Nowal is sweet, sensitive romantic tale with a twist in the end which keeps you engrossed by its rare maturity. 'The Last Date' by Sarvana Kumar Murugan brings the effective melancholy to the short story but does not invest effectively into the climax as a result of which the feeling of the tragedy appears contrived.

Towards the end of the book, many stories have been fit in just because they are different but rarely do they impress you either with their writing or narrative style. The stories are short and crisp but poor editing at various instances mar the fun of enjoying the book further. A one time read in its present form.


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