Editor: Ahmed Faiyaz
Publisher: Grey Oak/ Westland
Urban Shots Crossroads, is a collection of short stories by multiple authors. The collection tries to capture the various facets or the crossroads of life using the short stories as a medium. The collection spins tales across demographics, regions, and themes weaving tales spanning across human emotions. The collection is a fair mix of light and serious reads; stories that would bring out emotions in you and the stories that would take you by surprise.
The editor, Ahmed Faiyaz has done a good work building the compilation, he has ensured the stories could be enjoyed by the widest possible audience, and has mixed well leaving the specific sponsored stories from the competition which in some cases do not fit too well the compilation.
Some of the notable stories from the book-
The Gap (Saritha Rao): A strained relationship between a single mother and her daughter. An emotional story about how they rejuvenate their connect and bridge the generation gap.
Mindgames (Manish Dhingra): A total twister that is going to take you by surprise. A very well executed story of a man trying to handle his delusional wife.
Baba Premanand’s Yoga Class (Paritosh Uttam): A satirical story on the mob culture and the effects it can have on the victims. A well narrated story with a balanced ending, which would leave the reader thinking.
Hunch (Karthik K): A twisted tale again; the brilliance of this story lies in the narrative and handling of situation where the author has dropped hints but still managed not to give the story away.
Some more enjoyable tales from the collection- The Pink Slip (Malcolm Carvalho) and Mervin (Ahmed Faiyaz)
Summary: A great collection of stories, if you like short bites of fiction definitely pick this up for a small journey or devour each story in the bus during the commute.