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Snappy shorts

Chronicles of Urban Nomads; Ed. Sutapa Basu.

Chronicles of Urban Nomads; Ed. Sutapa Basu.  

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A collection of fast-paced stories across genres.

A short story is, often, the toughest form of storytelling. It has to be concise, yet replete with just enough detail; not too long winding, yet not too short. And when it comes to an anthology of short stories that need to be bound under a theme, the rules become stricter. Each story has to complement the other and yet hold its own.

Well, as it happens,  Chronicles of Urban Nomads  checks all of these boxes and more. Divided into two sections — Imagine and Musings — both very aptly titled, the anthology’s shorts are set against a contemporary background.

The setting is all too familiar, anecdotal, or, at very least, something that you might have read about in the newspaper.

The stories themselves are fantastic, but not fantastical; and every story is preceded by the author’s bio.

The language is simple, clear; the flow perfect. And while each of the shorts has a different flavour and a different theme, the one common thread that binds them all is poignancy. The editing could have been tighter; it would have made the narration more compelling.

You can read  Chronicles of Urban Nomads at one go; or savour each short one by one.

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