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June 15, 2014

Quick notes on Impulse - a collection of short stories





Publisher : Rumour Books India
Author :  Reekrit Serai

Rating : 2 / 5

Impulse is a collection of short stories based on contemporary India, told with dark and mostly, tongue-in-the-cheek humour.  Most of the stories deal with love, lust, heartbreaks and takes you into a world inhabited by melancholy and at times, utter sadness. Not all stories work though, some are too short to make an impact, some lose their grip in the narrative and some don't have the right punch at the end as intended by the author. At times, author just don't invest into building the right atmospherics or characters and has been too hasty to dive into the main point. By doing this, there is hardly a surprising moment in these short stories.

Just about 170 odd pages and covering 18 short stories, most of the stories are short and crisp but hardly creates any dramatic impact.Coming from a new publishing house, you will find plethora of grammatical, punctuation, spelling and printing errors which i am sure can be taken care of in the future works ( I had the first edition to read). It's a good effort, but just not great to make you go wow!

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