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Author: Mohua Chinappa
Publisher: OakBridge Publishing

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The characters are strong, well developed by the author, making readers dwell in their journey. Each story is my favourite but I loved Ati Shundori, Caged bird and Jai Mata di story the most.



The quirky title of the book intrigued me to pick this book and trust me it’s mind-blowing. You will be surprised with the stories that are so relatable, unexpressed and beautifully created. The dense, great stories that you may never think of.

Mohua_chinappa Mohua’s Nautanki Saala and other stories is a collection of 15 brilliant stories that will amaze you. Based on the themes of Partition, war, love, unexpressed emotions, acid attack, poor decisions and other important topics, the author weaves the stories that will touch your heart.

The stories are dense, will leave you with a feeling of heaviness, grief, has an important message to convey. Each story has an interesting plot with crisp and gripping narration. The stories are smooth-paced, relatable, and to the point.

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Read any story and the author’s words will surely take you to the next story. With simple language and an engaging writing style, the author expresses the emotions beautifully. I loved how each story is created with the perfect message, drama and a lesson to learn.

It’s not the book that you will read once and keep, it’s a book that you will go again and again to. How we judge someone easily, how we have to go away from the person no matter even if we want to stay, the compromises we make and how we look at life, this book is a whole journey and Mohua expressed it beautifully.

The characters are strong, well developed by the author, making readers dwell in their journey. Each story is my favourite but I loved Ati Shundori, Caged bird and Jai Mata di story the most.

It’s a brilliant book that you must not skip if you love reading short stories.


A former communications and brand consultant, Mohua Chinappa has met women from diverse backgrounds, from a tribal Khasi woman who ran a tea stall to a journalist from the Northeast trying to fit in the big city to an unassuming college girl who could not anticipate the ‘consequence’ of her brutish rebuke to a man. So, in Nautanki Saala and Other Stories, an average bar dancer gives an old fart, the finger he deserves, many protagonists believe they are not enough. Most of the stories in the author’s debut book are based on the women and men she met in a span of two decades, from the early 80s to the 2000s. While the lives of the people are a testament to the cultural-economic shift in these decades, they are also an attempt to strengthen the feminist who hesitates in confiding.

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This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva andNoor Anand Chawla in collaboration with RRE Studios and ShowCase Events.

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Kaveri Chhetri

    since it’s short stories, it becomes easy. I can skip n read what piques my interest more… thanks for the recommendation vidhya.

  2. Sadvika Kylash

    I so love the short stories. Would love to have it as my next read. thanks for the review

  3. Pooja Mahimkar

    I love reading short stories especially when I am on a vacation, thanks for sharing this

  4. Flavia Cutinho

    Ur review makes it difficult to not read the book

  5. Ritu Bindra

    The book seems to be a must-read. I always enjoy human stories and am definitely adding it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing a detailed review.

  6. Sonia dogra

    The title is certainly interesting. Like one of a movie. And I like the way you’ve presented to book here. Sounds so sassy.

  7. Madhu Bindra

    The book looks interesting. I love reading short stories and your review makes me want to pick the book right away.

  8. Mayuri Nidigallu

    I love reading short stories and this book sounds like a very interesting read! Checking it out!

  9. Jasmine

    I am yet to start my habit of reading books. This short story will be good to start with

  10. Varsh

    This is a good review. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Zenobia Merchant

    The title and your review makes me want to start the book ASAP. People around make for the most interesting chutzpah and gives a dose of reality.

  12. Swati Mathur

    I love reading short stories as they are quick to read. As per your review they seems to be very interesting with some message. Will grab my copy.

  13. Shail Thosani

    This seems like a great book to read. As you have reviewed it seems really amazing. Though I am not a big fan of short stories but will try out this book definitely.

  14. Meetali Kutty

    This seems like a good read. I enjoy stories around partition and I love books I can go back to again and again. Will add it to my list of books to buy :)

  15. Monidipa Dutta

    I love short stories and you had already given me enough books for TBR. I guess I’ll go for this too.

  16. Jhilmil D Saha

    I love reading short stories too. And the title of the book evokes a lot of curiosity actually.

  17. Sindhu Vinod Narayan

    Seems to be an interesting read will try to read

  18. Pooja Jha

    Thank you for the wonderful recommendation and such detailed review, I will definitely read the book and share feedback about how was it.

  19. Abha Mondal

    This book sounds interesting. Loved your review. Would love to read this.

  20. Vasumathi

    Seems to be a good book. And short stories as well…so easier to finish. Thanks for recommendation & review

  21. Kashish Mahtani

    Love your reviews – this seems to be yet another interesting read. Must add it to my list!

  22. Noor Anand Chawla

    This one sounds right up my alley!

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