URBAN SHOTS : BRIGHT LIGHTS  (English, Paperback, UTTAM PARITOSH)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Grey Oak/ Westland
  • ISBN: 9789381626412, 9381626413
  • Edition: 2012
  • Pages: 220
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Urban Shots: Bright Lights is an anthology of compelling stories set in urban India.

Summary Of The Book

Urban Shots: Bright Lights is a collection of stories written by various Indian bloggers and writers like Ahmed Faiyaz, R. Chandrasekar, and Malathi Jaikumar. The collection contains a total of 29 stories contributed by 21 authors. It has been edited by Paritosh Uttam, a popular writer himself. The stories offer colorful and thought-provoking glimpses of the intriguing labyrinth that forms urban India.

The highlights of the stories are the myriad interesting characters that they present - young, old, happy, talkative, infatuated, insecure, secretive, rebellious, and submissive. A seven-year-old girl who wishes to get married, a ten-year-old one stalked by painful memories of her mother’s death, a gabby filmmaker-turned-cab-driver, a nosy neighborhood lady, an unsuccessful salesman, a besotted 27-year-old, an ill-tempered retiree, a submissive wife who has suffered enough, a struggling artist, a grumpy literature-loving teacher - the collection features numerous characters, the likes of which readers are sure to have encountered in their own lives at some point of time.

Through narratives that are happy, sad, dreamy, bitter, funny, and magical, the stories cover the entire spectrum of human emotions. From romance to suspense and from drama to comedy, the collection offers a little bit of everything that makes contemporary urban India the colorful complexity that it is.

Urban Shots: Bright Lights was published in 2012 by Grey Oak Publishers, India. It went on to receive highly positive reviews for its vibrant snapshots of daily life in urban India.

About Paritosh Uttam

Paritosh Uttam is an Indian techie and author.

He has written one book, Dreams In Prussian Blue. He has edited this anthology and contributed a story to it as well. His writing focuses on the various aspects of urban life.

Uttam was born and brought up in Trivandrum, Kerala. He was schooled in Trivandrum and later in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering. He followed it up with a master’s in System Science and Automation from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Apart from his love for writing, Uttam also pursues table tennis and photography as hobbies. He lives in Pune, with his wife Smita and son Palash.

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  • 2012
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Ratings and Reviews
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Perfect blend of short stories of all genre

The book is a compilation of 29 beautiful short stories, edited by bestselling author, Paritosh Uttam.

It’s the perfect cocktail - right amount of ingredients - be it comedy, drama, suspense, thriller, crime, biography, romance, fantasy. Few stories figuratively intoxicate and leave you in want of something more of it.

The book takes you on a joy ride from posh Bangalore colony to a flat in Jaipur. Amul has the innocence of a child, Maami Menace has a petty neighbour, who has solution to...
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Prakhar Singh

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18 May, 2012

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excellent collection of urban tales

in a country obsessed with urban livelihood , this book presents a an inner perspective of urban characters. right from the maths loving kid to the old retiree all the characters reflect menacingly the true honest face of urban India. overall this book is a great read and expecting more from writers like Arvind Chandrasekhar , Malathi Jayakumar and co. three cheers to all of you.
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Vivek

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26 Jan, 2012

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A Gripping Collection of Tales

Urban Shots Crossroads is a gripping collection of tales which is hard to put down once you've begun reading. Each one of the stories is unique and creates a vivid picture of quirky characters in urban India. A light read, the book contains some stories that are funny, others that are awe inspiring and leave you thinking.Kudos to all the authors and the editor of the collection!
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Maryann Taylor

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28 Jan, 2012

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A brilliant collection

I have to say : This is a lot better than the first Urban Shots. I loved the variety in the stories and the perfect portrayals of people we all may know in real life. The stories are more concise,ranging from hilarious to thought provoking. This, along with Urban Shots : Crosswords has really set the bar high. Goes to show there's a lot of untapped writing talent in India.
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Dr Roshan R

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23 Jan, 2012

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Urban Shots: Mydhili's 'The Pig in the Poke'

Bought this book just to bear witness to my friend's creativity printed on paper for the first time. And I was not a least bit disappointed. Not only was Mydhili Varma's work humorous, laced with irony with an underlying theme of loneliness. Knowing as I know her personally, I am not surprised that her work represented childhood at its innocence and creativity. I found works of other authors equally potent. This is a very good buy and has my thumbs up all the time :)
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Sathya Prakash

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a big thumbs up

A great follow up to the first Urban Shots. This one has stories about numerous interesting characters - neighborhood aunties, street vendors, a retiree, old teachers, babies in urban metros etc. What's interested is the diversity in this spellbinding collection and how carefully curated the stories are. Bright Lights deserves a second read.
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Anirudh R

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22 Jan, 2012

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Amazing book

It is simply awesome book ! Showcasing different colours of life !!! Must read and should be in collection!!!!
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Rina S

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Pretty disappointing

Picked this up, thought it would be a good buy, since I'd heard much about Urban Shots. Pretty disappointed--not only are some of the stories no good, the editing is no good too with spelling and grammar mistakes to boot!
Not all bad, though: Really liked a few of the stories: Silk, Pig in the Poke, Amul, Maami Menace, etc. The overt plugging of the editor's book was also quite off-putting.
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Good collection of different short stories

It is a roller coaster ride of emotions when i go through this book as there are different stories with different story lines edited to the perfection by Paritosh. Some stories make you feel the pain of characters, some are funny and light reads , some are emotional and we can relate to them easily, whereas some will make you think about the characters even after few days. All stories are just 4 or 5 pages and so it is very easy to read. People who are not book lovers may also enjoy this book.
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Mahathi Ramya

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13 Mar, 2012

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