Dragonflies are said to be harbingers of rain, but they may be much more for one unsuspecting woman. A household dog finds a reprieve when Grandma comes to stay. A young man stops by an ATM at night and finds himself encountering robbers-and a young woman who may not be what she seems. In Betwixt Twists and Turns, author Mona Mohanty presents a series of short stories bornDragonflies are said to be harbingers of rain, but they may be much more for one unsuspecting woman. A household dog finds a reprieve when Grandma comes to stay. A young man stops by an ATM at night and finds himself encountering robbers-and a young woman who may not be what she seems. In Betwixt Twists and Turns, author Mona Mohanty presents a series of short stories born from random thoughts that popped up out of nowhere, overheard bits of conversation, parables of family lore, and anecdotes from friends. These tales come from a variety of viewpoints-an older woman who receives an unexpected telegram, a businessman who encounters what might be a ghost, and various animals sharing their impressions of human life. These stories vividly capture the routine of existence-but with a surprising twist. This collection of short stories set in India features tales with unexpected outcomes from a wide range of perspectives, both human and animal....
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Betwixt Twists and Turns: A Potpourri of Short Stories Reviews
Betwixt twists and turns is the debut book of MONA MOHANTY, it's a compilation of 25 short stories. The blurb and the title itself gives a short jist of the stories and trust me it is perfectly accurate. It becomes very difficult for any writer to write short stories that ends with a twists, but the way the stories have been compiled in this book will leave you in awe, what makes the stories worth reading are the twists and turns and trust me they are pretty unimaginable. When you will initially pick up this book, the title itself creates an initial momentum that a reader wants to pick this book. What I really liked about the short stories is the THOUGHT PROCESS behind it, believe me from random conversations to family love, from scary encounters with a ghost to animals who share their impressions of human life, you can find stories which are inspired by them, if someone really wishes to learn how to pen down the perspective of living beings should pick this book. The no of pages in the book is pretty less and every chapter comprise of some short stories. While some of the stories failed to impress me, some became my favorite, stories that will make the reader to indulge in the story and think and behave in the same way as the character did, Author deserves a standing ovation just to correctly jot down the feelings, the psychology of different characters, some different stories with such amazing plots and the most brilliant thing is to write and complete a story in such a less word count. P.S. the author left in awe of her with, what a command on words she has got, such amazing vocab. Overall it is a perfect book. One shouldn’t leave this book, instead of such high MRP one must pick this book up for reading a good book and to know what true literature means in real sense. Rating: 3.8/5 * the cover could have been a bit better and some of the stories could have been written in a bit lengthy way to make it a bit understandable *
Life is full of surprises and this book came as a surprise as well. I was not expecting that author can experiment within an anthology as well. This short story collection is all about the twisty climax and that’s what makes it a unique read. Though the stories are very short in nature and I thought that the author doesn’t justify many of her stories because of the hustle bustle of taking the overall story to its climax but still I will say that this book is a good attempt because some of the stories are really good and makes you pause and think because of the nature of their ‘unfolding’.I found book cover a bit messy but thankfully the blurb was good. MRP of the book is unreasonably high. Language is a charm. Author has a strong hand with vocabulary. Writing style is different (interesting I would say!) and the overall experience of the book is pleasant. My favourite story was Déjà vu as I was not expected that story to end in this way. Well there are many other stories as well, those were totally unpredictable and that’s why I would rate this book as 3.
The title already intrigued me. As I started reading I was immediately introduced to the author's writing style.As you read the first few chapters, you see the influences of O. Henry's writing style, with a punch line at the end of the story.But these are everyday stories - simple ones - that you observe around you. It's how you present them that is what matters the most.Perhaps one of the most important points this book missed was simplicity in writing. There is a certain charm in simplicity and added benefit is, it doesn't disrupt the flow. The author went a little overboard at times with the vocabulary. Yes, the readers get that you have a huge vocabulary but that disrupts the flow of the book and deters from the plot.No other errors that I found with this book, except for this glaring one. The author tried too hard on that one and I hope the second edition has some major changes in this regard.Otherwise, I loved the stories themselves and once I sat down to read it, I was able to read this within three hours. There's no monotonous theme throughout, so all stories stand unique in their own way except with the twists at the end, which you'd love.Overall, I'd rate this book three stars.
The cover of the book looks beautiful and instantly draws the attention of the reader. When I started reading, I was ready for short stories but I would say that the stories weren’t short they were very short but the best part was that they were hell interesting. The climax is written with a twist and that twist makes the overall experience of the reading commendable.The writing style of the author is unique, as demanded by the uniqueness of the concept of the book and each and every story is having a different flavor to present. It does take time for a reader to adjust the speed of writing but the anticipation of the climax takes them through. Overall for me this was a perfect, quick read and I would love to read more from the author.
Betwixt Twists and Turns, a potpourri of short stories by Mona Mohanty, is published by Penguin Partridge Publications. The cover design shows an abstract art with a human skull. I could make out that the stories would be centered around the themes of what goes inside a human mind from the cover. Interesting enough to tempt me to pick it and start reading.Read complete review here: http://www.ilagarg.com/2016/07/betwix...#BookReview #review #blog #onmyblog
The stories work on different emotions like love, grief and betrayal that confront you in the twists and turns as you leisurely amble along the fictional landscape. #WorthReading