Book review | Afsaane by Ameya Bondre


Author: Ameya Bondre

Genre: Short stories

No. of pages: 191

Published by: Blue Rose Publishers

Published on: 19th December 2019

Format: Paperback

My rating: ★★★★★

A sky-blue paper bird glued to a mirror. A handmade book on music to be gifted. A pair of mud-brown tea cups without handles. A shelf to hoard dying memories. A little home tucked away in a remote village. A haunting voice after boarding an empty bus... The images on the cover belong to people whose stories are packed in this book: A man who meets his lost friend in a new world. A seeker who resists everyone to reach an unwanted place. Lovers that separate, only to find some hope. A failed artist who finds another voice. A new entrant in a home who creates turmoil. A cheated girl who makes a desperate call. A shattered man who pegs on a sudden dreamy trip. With eleven stories of unrequited love, hope, acceptance, heart breaks or just needs, ‘Afsaane’ will tug at your heartstrings and open windows to people that experience unusual situations in far too usual lives.

Ameya Bondre's Afsaane brings you a beautiful collection of stories that will make you fall in love with love again. These simple and honest stories about love, and the lives surrounding love, will take you on a journey that traverses from heartbreaks to second chances. 

These stories have a subtle mysterious touch to them, making the readers look forward to the endings. I loved how each of these stories have somewhat a similar theme of love, but yet the stories and the plots are so different. And its not that all the stories are about romantic love, they have familial love, and platonic love as well. Some of the stories are filled with blissful nostalgia and will make you reimagine the time you fell in love. 

So here's how I read the book: I took my own sweet time to complete reading it. One story to relish at a time. After I finished the first story, I knew I had to take time time out to finish the others. And I loved the writing style of the author. The first story itself uses roads and trees to signify the end of a relationship. Isn't it beautiful? You have to read the rest for yourself since I almost gave the first story away. All these stories are waiting to be discovered by you.

Some of my favourites were 'Distances' - it's the first story and about a couple on their way to divorce each other. It took me by surprise when I finally realized the theme, because it started out as a couple being described to be in a wholesome loving relationship. Another favourite was 'Trapped' which has a secret narrator and I legitimately let out a laugh when I realized who the narrator was. If I tell you about the themes of the stories in Afsaane I will be giving away the all the surprise elements, so I'll keep it away from you. This is one short stories collection that needs to be enjoyed with a cup of hot tea or coffee on a rainy day. 

I received a copy of the book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review. 


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