Verdict: ☆☆☆☆ A perfect blend of emotions in all the stories which will touch your heart. A must read book.
About the Author: Vishal did his schooling from Ranchi and regards encouragement from school teachers as key to his writing aspirations. Besides writing, he is a Computer Engineer from Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Pune and has worked in a start up in Bangalore for almost a year. To fulfill his zeal for knowledge, he recently completed his Masters in Business Economics from Delhi University and is pursuing his career in an analytics firm based out of Delhi.
His hobbies include reading and he loves the writings by Paulo Coelho and Erich Segal. Whether it be clicking photographs with his camera at random locations or cooking various Indian cuisines in his kitchen, he loves anything and everything under the sky. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Book: Emotions Unplugged is a collection of 15 short stories based on different genres. Diksha travels through the roads of Mumbai a day prior to her divorce with her husband, Virain; Gauri steals the money from her master’s locker and runs to her village; Rizwan works as a laborer in construction sites at Dubai in spite of being the son of a rich man from Bangladesh; Samar gets last gift of love from his grandmother after her death; Patrick believes after visiting a state that he has visited a country, he still had to visit 27 more countries in India; Rajat spends the night to different bars with a friend to meet a lady, Palak; an old lady who believes in her religion and hates Muslims finds an indigestible truth when she visits her daughter’s home; Vinit falls in love with a veiled girl while travelling in Delhi metro to reach his office everyday and a lot more.
Numerous emotions pluck in to bring a thought provoking cocktail. Indeed pen is mightier than the sword, and words have the potential to bring the change. And surprisingly you never know when it does…
Review: "Emotions Unplugged" is a small book with 15 short stories written by debut author Vishal Anand. As a debut author, he had done a good job. This book is written in a very simple language and each story is worth reading. It contains a perfect cocktail of all the emotions clubbed together, making it a light read. The cover of the book is very soothing matched with the title. The blurb of the book perfectly tells about all the stories.
1. The first story ,“A day before my divorce" is a story about Virain and Diksha who are on the verge of divorce and decided to spend some time on the day before their divorce. It is a sweet and romantic story with beautiful emotions and a perfect ending. A good start to the collection .
2. The second story, " Let's turn Oldies" teach you an important lesson. It's true, sometimes old people teach you some very important lesson of life. I felt the story was very short. When I was enjoying its emotions, it ended suddenly.
3. The third story ,"Theft" really make you emotional. Gauri's life touched my heart. It, s true no one is a thief by birth circumstances make him/her thief. The end was perfect and as a frequent reader, I had already imagined its end.
4. The fourth story ,"Granny's last gift of love" really made me cry. It is a very emotional moment when some close member of the family dies. It really touched my heart. It's a true fact when you are old you feel like a child once again and wanted to behave like a child. A very good story filled with emotions.
5. The fifth story "The First Love" is a cute and sweet love story with a perfect ending. It is a story about a schoolboy who is shy to propose his school friend, but fate has something else for him. Although there was no freshness in the concept, still one enjoy reading it.
6. The sixth story ,"The Improbable Truth" is a story about Madhu and his past. It is true that past can never leave you no matter what. Although this story created a lot of suspense and also made me shocked after knowing his past still I find something was missing in the story specially the end didn't make me happy. I wanted to know what happened after the truth.
7. The seventh story ,"A country with 27 other countries" This story really touched my heart. A very interesting fact was told by the author in this story.I really enjoyed reading it. It is one of my favourite stories. It really teaches us an important message about our country.
8. The eight story, "After College" is a story about the life of a woman which is very beautifully written. A woman's life is to marry someone and fulfil her responsibilities as a wife after completing her college . This is very nicely explained by the Author. Full emotions involved, a nice read...
9. The ninth story ,"One Wild Night" Is a very humorous story with a suspense in it. The suspense itself will make you laugh. The character Rajat is very nicely narrated by the author. I really enjoyed reading this story. A nice and enjoyable read.
10. The tenth story, “And God said yes"This story is again based on Casteism. I really loved the story. It is full of emotions. Couple after so many years were expecting their child and the happiness on their face was beautifully narrated. The only thing which I found missing was Kabir's role was small. I felt the author should have written something more about him.
11 The eleventh story ,"The veiled Girl"This story really made me emotional. Very sweet love story with a girl's secret that will make you cry. I loved the ending. One of my favourite stories.
12. The twelfth story, "The Groom" is the story about the old mentality where woman are meant for getting married after graduation and look after husband's home without fulfilling their ambitions and dreams. I loved the ending. A nicely written story. The speech given by a girl to his groom was the highlight of the story.
13. The thirteenth Story, "The Misunderstanding" is a story with a message. It's a true fact misunderstanding between two people can destroy their relation therefore one should clear out the misunderstanding immediately. A nice story.
14. The fourteenth story, "Flowers of hope"is a very beautiful story which touched my heart. Every baby should live in this world and if people such as Kiran are there just like in this story then they will live. A very good narration by the author.
15. The fifteenth story ,"Karma Returns"Finally the last and final story gave us an important message; whatever deeds we do is based on karma; What goes around comes around. A very thoughtful story. The end of the story was perfectly crafted to make an interesting read.
As a debut author, Vishal Anand had done justice to the book. All the stories were written with full emotions. I really enjoyed reading all the stories. 7th and 11th are my favourite stories. I loved the starting quotes written in the book which clearly defines the stories. One of them is my favourite quote and I loved to share with my readers... "
"Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering"... Overall a good read. Good luck Vishal for the book.
Book can be purchased from: Homeshop18: http://www.homeshop18.com/emotions-unplugged/author:vishal-anand/isbn:9788192692630/books/fiction/product:31553219/cid:11965/