I don’t think I have had this much fun reading a book in a long time. Thee are books that have stayed with me for years and those that I enjoyed thoroughly. However, only a select few that I can honestly look forward to reading again in the future; Talespin Stories is one such book.
In this collection of short stories, Sanjay Chopra concocts a world that is brimming with thrill and charm, stories where fact and fiction merge to provide entertainment, leaving the reader in complete awe of the writer.
As is the case with most books comprising of short stories, the chapters tend to be hit or miss. Gladly, Talespin Stories hits the right spot most of the time.
“Turache?” – A Fate Worse Than – and Men of the Horse give a scintillating spin to the tales from world history. These fictional stories, based on historical facts, might give every history teacher a cold sweat. Still, they present a fantastical alternate to stories that have been passed on for generations.
On the other hand, Bata Shoes and The Last Gurkha are excellent reads that are closer to home… and the heart. Interestingly, some of Sanjay’s stories are reminiscent of tales told by Jim Corbett and Roald Dhal. While God’s Hands makes its protagonists realize the power of nature and animals just as Betrayal and The Contractor prove to be devilishly fun to read.
It took me a couple of days to finish this 220-page book. For a slow reader like me, that’s saying a lot. Granted that Talespin being a compilation of short stories, it is a leisurely read where the genre, characters, scenarios, and locations change after every few pages.
The brilliance of the book, though, is that it takes you on a journey from the past, through the present, and into the future. All the while, walking a thin line between fantasy, the supernatural, and reality.
Book Name: Talespin Stories
Author: Sanjay Chopra
Publisher: Harper Collins
Book Type: Paperback