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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