Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The fence -Stories from HBB workshop by Various Authors





Book Name         - The Fence (stories from HBB workshop)
Author                  - Various Authors
Publisher              - Half baked beans
Number of Pages - 100
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     - 159
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Rating : 4.0

Blurb

Dan Trilok is a millionaire whose only aim is to see that he die. A driving force called as the 'Cosmic' is there to support him in his mission. A widow is gifted by her son a Smartphone. Her relationship with the device soon turns to obsession. Mr. Mistry's story is a light-hearted account of his life and his own folly which led to his tragic end. Romancing with his favourite brand of whisky while cursing his job, a grumpy post-master finds a letter addressed to no-one. A man wants to confess his guilt . Stopped by his friend but to no avail. Just before going ahead he contemplates his actions and questions himself. Read Mirnalni's and Anil's story and come to know that Love is not just a four letter word but a way of being there for each other. 'Runaway' is a story weaved around Pratik and Radhika waiting for a miracle in the city of dreams. Sujata Mahajan wants to apologize to the people she had ignored in her life. When she is close all her plans backfire. "The Fence" is a collection of short stories compiled and edited at a workshop conducted by Half Baked Beans in Mumbai


My Review

The anthology , 'The Fence' provides a platform for budding writers to showcase their talent. Variation of topics is the highlight of Thu book. Infedility, sibling rivalry, phone addiction, Euthanasia - the book deals with all those topics which holds high relevance in current scenario.It's overwhelmingly to see that talents of high quality is coming to the spotlight these days. The authors shows that Indian literature is way beyond the boy meet girl erotica.
Some stories were average in the uniqueness of the topic handles but stood out with the hallmark narration.
There were a few grammatical errors which made the comprehension difficult. The cover image is splendidly done. But, I was not quite impressed with the font and type setting and also the quality of the inside pages. For a paperback book this can be a turn off however good the stories be.
'Smartphone' is my favourite story. The story opens the dirty reality behind the smartphone and social media addictions. 
Overall the book is a collection of high quality stories. If you are not someone who judge a book with the quality of the print, just count on me and go for it.
Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I waas not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.