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Manifold Tales
Text by Shreya Shah
Published: Volume 22, Issue 2, February, 2014

One work containing several stories is a treat for lazy winter days. Verve picks out some of the very best

STORIES FROM MODERN INDIA
EDITED BY SURESH KOHLI
OM BOOKS INTERNATIONAL

This compilation boasts stellar works by the likes of R.K. Narayan, Samaresh Basu, Gopinath Mohanty, Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya and others. The themes focus on India and are replete with powerful observations. These spotlight issues like manipulation, ambition, freedom and choices. Written in each author’s characteristic style, this collection will have you quietly embarking on a journey into the very heart of India’s striking pluralities.

FACTION
EDITED BY KHALID MOHAMED
OM BOOKS INTERNATIONAL

A collection of short stories written by 22 film personalities is an interesting enough premise. When you have an eclectic mix of celebrities ranging from ‘seniors’ like Akshay Kumar and Karan Johar to contemporary youth icons like Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor and Varun Dhawan, you get a swirling cocktail of interesting voices. Each story is a raw peek into their minds – the minds of people who hear, act, write or direct multiple stories on a daily basis.

VERVE PICK OF THE MONTH

THE EXILED PRINCE
RAVI
FINGERPRINT!

In recent times, we’ve had a veritable deluge of mythological works, with authors turning to our roots for inspiration. This makes it a challenge for each author to retain a freshness in the tale. Ravi does that with ease here. Rama, the hero of the ages, is the protagonist who must recover the legendary Crystal of Creation – which contains parts of the souls of Lord Shiva and Lord Narayana. An adventure wonderfully imagined and written at a breathless pace, it will definitely hold your interest.

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