Book review | A Ticklish Affair and Other Stories by Sunil Kapoor and Sudhir Kapoor
Authors: Sunil Kapoor and Sudhir Kapoor
Genre: Short stories, Romance, Drama
No. of pages: 201
Published on: 5th October 2019
Published by: Rupa Publications
My rating: ★★★★☆
This book is a collection of 10 short stories by the authors spanning over different genres. Though the title of the book makes it seem like it's romance based, it has a refreshing variety of stories that are bound to melt your heart.
Blackmail is about Karma getting its work done; Let Me Soar High is about a girl getting back on her feet after being sexually assaulted; Masquerades from the North is a thrilling saga of innocent men being duped; Rickshaw Faridabadi is a bittersweet love story; A Ticklish Affair is about forbidden love; The Kikar Tree is a story about how some fake gurus take advantage of innocent people; Agnates and Cognates is about a family feud; Tiger Trail is a about a animal skin poacher's life; Spark of the Divine is a about the having faith on God; A Lover's Message is a beautiful story about having your faith on the power of your love.
The book was like a breath of fresh air. I immensely enjoyed the stories. While some come with a moral understanding, some are based on real life incidents and some are just meant to be read and relaxed. I loved how the authors didn't try hard to give their reader complex stories, but simple and enjoyable ones that would definitely lighten up one's mood. Though some stories came with a bittersweet ending, something endearing came with those stories.
My personal favourites are A Lover's Message and Spark of the Divine. It's the turn that the stories take that makes the book most interesting. Almost all the stories have a tinge of suspense in them and the revelation made me crave for more. And not only that, a few of them are based on reality, some unmasks the facade of man and some uplifts your mood. I was hooked to each one of the stories.
This is a beautiful book meant to be enjoyed on a rainy day with some tea or coffee and snacks. Relax and enjoy the ride of the book.
The writing style of the authors is very smooth and eloquent. Though I found the dialogues in the romance stories a bit over the top, and it did dampen a little bit of my reading experience, the overall writing style is very enticing. I especially loved reading the introductory notes before the starting of each story - how the idea of the story generated or whether they were based on any true story.
Sunil Kapoor, co-founder at Zenith Global, is a Delhi-based financial consultant and taxation advisor. He has almost four decades of experience in guiding national and multinational clients with their tax obligations, strategy consulting, real estate transactions and financial structuring. He has had the honour of serving the ex-president of India and various Bollywood actors. Sunil is also actively involved with many NGOs and has been awarded by Khushii (an NGO) and Lions Club of Delhi for his contributions. He has also been awarded for his contribution to the field of music by the President of India and performed at live shows in India and Singapore. His hobbies include rendering piano recitals and reading books, especially autobiographies. Sudhir Kapoor is a chartered accountant and a renowned financial consultant with around 30 years of diversified experience. He is an expert in the field of business controls advisory, audit & assurance, and financial risk management. His clientele mainly consists of public and foreign companies. Sudhir is an FCA from the Institute of Chartered A ccountants of India and a commerce graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.