Some of the whole by Abhijit Bhattacharya

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Just like the cover ,the 10 stories in this book together make the face of our society. Part beautiful ,part shocking , part known , part surprising , part raw , part crazy , part sensible , part insane.. This book explores human emotions across a varied spectrum.

The prologue sets the mood of the book as it outlines the characters before ypu meet them in their natural setting. In the Mumbai airport lounge , everyone looks same - engrossed in his/her story and reflecting on their reasons to be here.But later as you meet each one of them, you marvel at the way Abhijit weaved their tale.

A son discovers a shocking truth about the tenant his father keeps in his absence ; A lady seeks help from an acquaintance to get rid of a stranger following her ; A person gets his beliefs about love challenged and re-inforced within the same night , A guy feels guilty for cheating on his wife  and the price he pays , A lady intent on a one night stand , A guy shattered after his wife's death , A man taking risks to revive his business , A long distance relationship ends some where ; A miraculous escape from death for another , and lastly a death justified !

I found myself marvel and even relate at times to the people in these situations , express pain and joy for some and a heartfelt sigh to others as if such people exist. I think they do.

The stories are named after popular songs and each begins with the scene before the end described first,moving into a flash back mode all time.

The writing is interesting ,simple and totally engaging in each story.

Rating : 5/5


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  1. a 5 Star rated book, This is interesting :) but then I am not a very short story lover off late. People gave me great reviews of The Delhi Noir and I have it with me, but somehow stories don't appear to be that fulfilling. Have read first 5 out of 15.
    I will try this one, lets exchange. Whats say?

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  2. stories named after songs that sound really interesting; i'm definitely going to enjoy reading this! thanks for sharing this! :)

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  3. I like short story collections 'cause you can leave and pick the book any time ..

    I sure will like to try that book Pulkit., will get you this one next time am home !

    @Arpita : the stories are really fresh too .. atleast the twist is worth it :D

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  4. Hi Arpita and Pulkit for believing in this review.

    And Nimue (assuming that is your name), thank you for this lovely review. You have evaluated the essence of the book and the stories really well.

    There is a Facebook page for the book called OB's Some of the Whole. You may or may not want to "like" it.
    Follow me on Twitter though: @OB_noxious.

    See you guys around!

    Cheers,
    Abhijit

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  5. Hi Arpita and Pulkit for believing in this review.

    And Nimue (assuming that is your name), thank you for this lovely review. You have evaluated the essence of the book and the stories really well.

    There is a Facebook page for the book called OB's Some of the Whole. You may or may not want to "like" it.
    Follow me on Twitter though: @OB_noxious.

    See you guys around!

    Cheers,
    Abhijit

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  6. hi abhijit, thanks so much for reaching out to us! :) we'll surely follow u. best wishes.

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  7. oopsie ! i guess m too late in reading this comment :) i will sure follow u sir ! and glad u liked the review .. FB page.. sure as soon as i login next there :D

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