I recently came to know about the Book Review program at Blog Adda. I was amazed to know that they would send books for free and all we had to do was review the books in our blogs. Having resumed the hobby of reading lately, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Urban Shots: The Love Collection is the first book I received as part of this program. This is co-incidentally also my first book review on the blog.
I was having cold feet before reading the book because, I have had occasions where I picked a book but got bored midway and never finished it. But this book is one of those that I utterly enjoyed reading. I wished it would go on. Coz last week saw my mood in good spirit most of the time. Adrenaline that was almost on the verge of getting rusted had resurfaced. Abbas even had a nightmare that I was having an affair 🙂
The simplicity of the book effortlessly strikes a chord. Each story is short, crisp and easy to relate to. I felt the protagonists in most of the stories very familiar as if I had known them very closely. More so because the stories won’t seem fictional at all. They are very much real. Every story is unique in its own way and a few had unexpected twists at the climax. Not every story had a happy ending as is in real life. I specially liked the story ‘The Girl Friend’ which is innocently cute. I liked the honesty and practicality of a relationship between two people of different gender who might be committed in life. No two stories pry on the same plot or emotion. Most stories had atypical launch and unpredictable culmination. I could easily strike a connection with ‘Reality Bytes’ that involved online chatting and blogging as my love story too was highly virtual. J 32B was quite mysterious and fictitious. ‘In Love with a Stranger’ has a sort of ending that I have seen in real life among a few close friends. ‘Pause, Rewind, Play’ was uniquely different, right from its title to the way it was categorically written. ‘A Good Day’ carries a good moral to people who take a relationship for granted with time. I can go on and on… This book reminded me of a an old TV serial that used to be aired about a decade ago called ‘Rishtey’ where every week they came up with stories that were to linger and stay with one for a long time.
I would certainly pester Abbas to read this book as he chickens out at the thought of reading too many pages. This would be just apt for those who don’t like heavy reading. They can go through stories one at a time at their own leisurely pace. For those who love reading, do grab a copy as this book is sure going to tug you at the heart. 🙂
Thank you BlogAdda for giving me this opportunity to be a part of the program.