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Tuesday 14 January 2014

Book review: Uff Ye Emotions 2 By Vinit K Bansal

About the book:

Like the lyrics of an old song, which keeps repeating themselves in our mind or a fever dormant in the blood or an importunate lover impossible to get rid of, the memories of love or 'love' itself keeps returning in our lives again and again at the oddest of times and the strangest of places.

Randomly, beautifully, haphazardly or passionately, love lives up again—for it has been waiting for you, waiting for this union, waiting to merge with YOU at last.
So, keeping the trend alive and after the roaring success of our novice, Uff Ye Emotions, we are back once again with Uff Ye Emotions-2.

With Love, comes many emotions—some of them being pain, betrayal, hatred, hope and friendship. We fall IN and OUT of love time and again, but we can never be tired of it—because it is one of the only few aspects of life we can’t keep ourselves away from, isn’t it?
Selected and edited by Vinit K. Bansal, this time again 11 touching stories from authors across the country, will be delighting the readers who swear by love stories. And for those who don’t read love stories much, come and discover why they are so engrossing.

About the editor:

Vinit K. Bansal, born in Tohana (Haryana), is fond of reading, writing and composing stories since childhood. He earned his Masters degree from Kurukshetra University and was bestowed awards both at college and university level. He continues to nurture his dream of writing till today and has succeeded in giving shape to his thoughts in his books. As a voracious reader and an avid writer, his vision extends to the realm of social service too. In his own words, “I derive inspiration from India's former President, Prof. APJ Abdul Kalam.” At present, he is working with the State Bank of India in Delhi and loves to pen down his thoughts whenever he finds time.

My Review:

The 11 stories of the anthology have dealt with human emotions well, digging out crucial aspects of life and bringing to the fore a concoction of inexplicable emotions.
With the story, The Client, the book kick-started well. It added a dimension of hitherto unexplored emotions in the initial stage itself.
The stories have the potential to stir the soul if you read ardently, both the plots and the honeycomb of thoughts of characters. But then that is again a challenge because too many of them have attempted to make an impression, so much so that the attempt to do so dominates and cloaks the impression that has been created.
There are some stories which, at the risk of sounding too critical, better be made into a Bollywood movie. Some of them already have been. The others just seem to be crying for a cinematic adaptation, a better one of course.
The best story, if I had to choose one, would be “I'll be there”. The story which succeeded in conveying the social message that it had to was “Hickey”. “Dilemma” was yet another heart-rending tale. The anthology ended with the story “Love and sacrifices” which indeed adorned the ending with the lyrical pieces.
The expressions used by authors blend in effortlessly and create a realistic picture of the events.

It is not an immaculate compilation, nor is it the perfect edifice of an anthology, but there certainly are moments where you feel touched and moved.

Best lines:
The truth remains the same, but people quarrel in the hope of altering the truth. The truth still doesn’t change and people use their wit to buy the truth.

I thank the contributor Meghant Parmar for contacting me for review!

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