Book review | Stories of Us by Bobby Sachdeva
Author: Bobby Sachdeva
Genre: Short stories
No. of pages: 254
Published by: Pan Macmillan India
Published on: 6th December 2019
My rating: ★★★★☆
Does saving your family’s honour trump personal happiness? Will the god be appeased if you overfeed him and not help the needy? Will the law protect the stray dog that tears an eight-year-old into shreds? Is a deceased manual scavenger just another statistic who risks his life for a cleaner future?
In the voice of the everyday person, Bobby Sachdeva questions the commonsensical in the most unorthodox manner in Stories of Us. From Rishi to Parth or Lata to Rajnath, their hard-hitting and honest narratives are sure to inspire the common person to rethink the values long etched in our belief system.
I have read quite a number short stories collection as a book reviewer so far, but nothing has had an impact on me like this book. Bobby Sachdeva's collection of stories are nothing too deep, nothing too intricate, but still they'll make you hold on and think for a while.
The author covers a plethora of topics on social issues in this country - from caste system to mental health issues, the author has touched all possible topics. The author does not beat around the bush in delivering his messages, the stories are like bitter truth bombs that he drops around making his readers aware of what happens and what can happen.
Each of these stories are not longer than 7 or 8 pages and does justice in making the social statements that the author indeed plans to make. Some are even lesser than 4 pages and yet manages to make an impact. Some of my favourites are Sharpshooter (a story on dirty politics), Garbage Collector (a story on class difference) and My Father, My Hero (a story on women empowerment).
The writing style of the author is very simple and realistic. The stories are short and written in a layman's language. Even readers who want to get into reading and easily read this book as a beginner.
Bobby Sachdeva is a storyteller by choice and a businessman by profession. He writes stories to highlight the problems with norms and standards in our changing society and believes that these perceptions can change. In all his writings, Bobby Sachdeva engages with the problems in the lives of common people and the ways to resolve these. In the last two years, he has written more than a dozen feature films, web series, and tele-serials and his popular book of short stories titled Stories of Us. Apart from writing, Sachdeva has produced nine short films in Hindi and three feature films in Punjabi and started a fully equipped studio, Ajab Productions, in his hometown Amritsar where he lives with his family. The production of his first full-length Hindi film will begin in 2021.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.