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Icarus, Blackberry Notes, Soul Sisters & Other Short Stories

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Language: English
Length: 170 Pages
Publisher: Diamond Publications
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Icarus, Blackberry Notes, Soul Sisters & Other Short Stories (Paperback) Price: Rs.160

Announcing the launch of 'Short Story Book' made up of winning entries of National Level Short Story Competition 2011 conducted by Pune based Pomegranate Events and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

This is India's first short story book to have QR code feature in it which enables the reader to connect with the winning story writers on individual basis.

India has an enviable track record of producing world class writers and the winners of this competition are set to take this glorious tradition forward. This talent hunt has culminated in the best stories being published in this book, a permanent chronicle of the talent involved.

Read and discover the magic of storytelling as it unfolds through the narratives from different backgrounds of about two dozen young writers from across the country and become part of India's next literary revolution.
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Author Pomegrante Short Stories
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Publisher Diamond Publications
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9788184834413
ISBN-10 8184834411
Language English
Edition 1st Edition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 170 Pages
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AN ARMFUL OF SOULFUL STORIES

It’s easy to be sceptical of anthologies, not only for their unevenness but also for their tendencies to veer towards that comfortable middle-brow commercialism. This book however, bought impulsively and solely off the recommendation of a friend, was a surprising exception.

‘Icarus’ is the stand-out story here. The Avishek Parui tale takes a centuries old Greek tragedy and gives it a refreshingly contemporary makeover. I loved the story for the quality of its prose, its specificity and understated, distant but relentless melancholy. To me the best part in the book is when the protagonist in Icarus is talking to her fiancé and thinks to herself, ‘Of course I knew what Icarus meant and signified. I had been in love with a poet once.’ It is a devastating little line.

‘Hope’ also by the same author is an engaging piece of historical short fiction but is ultimately less successful than his ‘Icarus’.

‘Wake me only when the sun is high’ by bestselling author Sujata Parashar, is a summer-breeze of a read, hiding the insecurities of an ageless woman (or girl) in its garb of languid humour and chirpiness.

‘Suicide’ is a dark, off-kilter and very short story about a couple presumably on a beach vacation and the things said and unsaid between them. I found it curiously moving.

‘Darkness’ makes good use of tragedy as a framing device and uses it to weave other things around. I liked its ambitious detailing and the minimalism.

‘Blackberry Notes’ is all heart. I loved the vivid characterizations and could picture the two brothers in that claustrophobic room. The story about these two brothers and a stranger’s phone has an ending that was too glib for me, although I’m sure it would have its hordes of fans.

‘The Last Wish’ and ‘Rendezvous’ are two warm, simple and heartfelt tales that thankfully are bereft of any urbane, nerdy, tacky, shallowness that pervades so many stories today.

The collection also boasts of several other good stories. Priced at Rs. 120/- on flipkart at the moment, it is great value for money because the calculation comes to roughly less than Rs. 6 per story- a price that’s a bit more an egg and a little less than a lemon, or vice-versa, depending on where in India you stay. Recommended.

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12 April 12
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must read

First of all thanks to Flipkart for delivering
this book in time. Seems like first time in
India someone has used QR codes in fiction
books. The book quality is awesome; very
fine offset printing. 21 stories for INR 160 is
a great deal. Stories are entertaining and
enjoyable. Some stories have got awesome
twists and turns. Definitely worth reading.
Amazing concept by Pomegranate. Would like
to recommend it to everyone. This book can
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Superb Book Quality!

The book quality is superb. I am in printing industry since almost a decade now and the quality of this book is something which I can swear on. These guys have really set a benchmark in publishing industry by introducing QR codes in this book. So if not for any other thing, this book deserves to be in your hand atleast once for its unique features!!

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23 April 12
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entertaining; something different

Got this book on Friend's recommendation. Have read 15 stories till now and so far its amazing. The entertainment factor is mixed in such a way that each story read is enjoyable.

Any plans to make movies of few stories? Just curious.
Overall must say that this is my types: Short Story Genre!

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14 April 12
Nice book...must read

Very nice concept by National Story Contest. Gives the readers access to fresh concept and ideas. Some of the authors are really good and will look forward to reading books/stories by them. My pick Blackberry notes and Dinner Conversations.

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