Book Review:One Rotten Apple and Other Stories

This collection of short stories draws upon the vulnerabilities of women as well as their strengths and celebrates women’s various shades of grey. The stories, which often end with a twist, will resonate with people of all genders.

February 15, 2018Posted by : The Booknerds

Book Review:One Rotten Apple and Other Stories

Book: One Rotten Apple and Other Stories

Author: Vandana Kumari Jena

Pages: 216

Publisher: Niyogi Books

Published: 12 December 2017

Buy link: http://amzn.to/2EGX0ox

About the author: Vandana Kumari Jena is a retired officer of the Indian Administrative Service. She writes novels, short stories and poems; her short stories have been published in over 20 anthologies. Her works include the novel The Dance of Death (2008), the collections of short stories The Incubation Chamber (2014) and The Future is Mine (2015) and the collection of middles In the Middle (2015). She currently lives in New Delhi.

THE BOOKNERDS' VERDICT: 

The author's deep understanding of human nature and the thought process of men, women and children is amazing.

NERD RATING: 4/5

Book Summary:“Frailty, thy name is woman,” said Hamlet and indeed, women, stereotyped as being simple, kind and compassionate, lead multi-layered lives. This collection of short stories draws upon the vulnerabilities of women as well as their strengths and celebrates women’s various shades of grey. The stories, which often end with a twist, will resonate with people of all genders.

Book Review: The assortment of short stories is an excellent accomplishment. The Author deals with an extremely sensitive topic. Women have always been an interesting as well as a controversial issue! Most of the time they have been portrayed as the sufferers and the oppressed, but not many people have the courage to write about the other side of the coin. The author has shown the expertise of a perfectionist in dealing with almost all the aspects connected, in some way or the other, with the women. There may be some Manan Ahluwalia who actually should be pitied, but most of the sympathy is diverted towards women only. That is the point the writer wishes to drive home. She suggests that one should be impartial and unbiased when putting forward one’s views concerning both, men and women. The author also gives justice to women through some of her stories by striving to make one understand that circumstances could lead to transformation in a woman’s life. It could be rape, insult, humiliation or on the other hand an obsession for someone. It could also be a disease that she has to live with. In depicting the grey side of women, she has told us about multiple reasons like love, deceit and selfishness or just simple helplessness. The author has interwoven the themes of religious intolerance and human behavioral patterns. Her deep understanding of human nature and the thought process of men, women and children is amazing. The depiction of intricate details confirms her keen observation skill and a deep insight into things. On the whole, the collection of short stories is so interesting and gripping that it is difficult to put down the book. Each story leaves the reader in wonder and a lot to ponder on.

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