They say that don’t judge a book by its cover but you might hesitate to pick Urban Shots going by the cover. A pretty girl in red with sleepy eyes posing for the cover definitely repels me. The book landed in my hands courtesy blogadda.com when I registered for their book review program (well, who doesn’t like free books?). I am generally a slow reader but the challenge was to finish the book and review it within 7 days. So my journeys from home to work and vice versa were dedicated to Urban Shots: a collection of 31 love stories by 27 authors.
Written by amateur writers and bloggers the book gives a feeling of reading a blog. All the stories talk about love and its meaning in the urban life. The stories thankfully are not tear soaked tales (except few) of boy meets girl. They are more mature here and don’t always have a happy ending.
The first two stories ‘Written In the Stars‘ by R. Chandrasekhar and ‘Rishta‘ by Ahmed Faiyaz didn’t give me any hint of love in the urban life. Rather, they focused more on the small town sensibilities.
I am not a fan of regular love stories per say so Kailash Srinivasan’s a little off beat ‘High Time‘ humored me especially because of its South Indian stereotypes. It is about a Tamil mother looking for a suitable match for her son, her bickerings, excitement of seeing the girl and inhibitions after finding out that the girl is no miss goody two shoes. ‘32 B‘ by Varsha Suman had an undertone of lust and was an entertaining read.
‘Pause,Rewind,Play‘ by Shoma Narayanan and ‘Twisted‘ by Lipi Mehta focus on Gay love, both in a way question the acceptance of homosexuality in India.
‘Beyond reasonable Doubts‘ written by Sneh Thakur (who is also the editor of this book) is a mature take on extra marital affair and a couple drifting apart. Most urban couple who lead a busy life can relate to the story. The last one from the collection ‘Sleepless By Night‘ is about a man dealing with his girlfriend’s death. written by Mona Ramavat, this story is a good pick to sum up the book.
Rest of the stories didn’t excite me much. The flimsy editing in few of them does disrupt your flow. If not a great read it is a decent coffee table book and you can pick it up if you are sucker for love and wouldn’t mind an occasional light reading.
Book : Urban Shots – The Love Collection
Editor : Sneh Thakur
Publisher: Grey Oak/ Westland