28 October, 2016

#BookReview :: Romance Shorts by Sourabh Mukherjee

A soulmate 'happens' unannounced in some turn of the deliciously unpredictable journey called 'life' 

What does destiny have in store for a teenager unable to express his feelings for the girl of his dreams even as their paths keep crossing through the years? 

Sid turns to work and alcohol to get over the pain of losing Sheetal till she walks back into his arms in the after-party of a corporate awards function. Is she back for good? 

What does an advertisement on a billboard try to tell a man who has lost his memory and his wife in a near fatal accident? 

As Ria nurses her broken heart, she meets a stranger on the Internet and finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. Will she find love again? 

'Romance Shorts' is a collection of four contemporary romantic short stories. A brisk read with a lasting impact, it paints love in its various hues that make it the only emotion worth dying for. A slice of life in true sense, the book takes the reader on a whirlwind journey interspersed with betrayal, separation, heartbreak and a smile or two. 

I had received the review copy of this book about three months back and I had been holding on from reviewing it for so long for one particular reason… I wasn’t really sure how I felt about this book right away. I moved on to other books and re-read it after a particularly long mystery novel recently.

Romance Shorts is a collection of four short stories revolving around love and all the emotions that it brings with it. “Nargis Through My Summers” is the first story in the book and probably the longest of the four. It is a story of a boy who is in enamored by a girl who doesn’t know she exists. He watches her from not so far away and often puts all his emotions into sketching her. This also happens to be the story that managed surprise me. I love the underlying pathos in the story. “Mine Forever” is a story of a man who is desperately in love with a woman who has walked out on him. Driving himself to distraction with work has done little to change his feelings about her. So, what happens when she walks back into his life? This story surprised me with the vivid portray of the protagonist. I was really surprised how familiar he felt in that short span. “Memories” is a story of a man who tries his best to recover his memories of his wife after an accident. For some reason I just could not connect to this story, even with the twist in the end. “Love Came Calling Again” was probably the only predictable story in the book with the protagonist trying to get over a broken heart and finding the strength to find love again.

The four stories cover a whole range of emotions and different types of love. Whether it is a hopelessly one sided love or whether it is about finding love and hope after a heart break; Whether it is jealousy or longing… the stories have captured the essence of these feelings in the story quite well. The author’s language in this book is plain and simple. It was easy to follow the flow in each story, though at times I did wish for little more depth in the narratives. It is a pretty short book with 45 odd pages and could make for a fast and light read while in between books. 

Review Copy received from the Author


  1. This one sounds really cute, I think I might have to give it a try I like that there are the 4 short stories. This is probably one I'd read on my commute on the bus :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. Dear Kimberly, Thanks for your interest. The book is available in Amazon global sites at: https://www.amazon.com/Romance-Shorts-Sourabh-Mukherjee/dp/1507562225

      I hope you like the stories.