Title : Betwixt Twists And Turns
Author : Mona Mohanty
Pages : 122
Publisher : Partridge India
Genre : Anthology
Cover : 4/5
Writing Style : 4/5
Presentation : 4/5
Overall : 4/5
Dragonflies are said to be harbingers of rain, but they may be much more for one unsuspecting woman. A household dog finds a reprieve when Grandma comes to stay. A young man stops by an ATM at night and finds himself encountering robbers-and a young woman who may not be what she seems. In Betwixt Twists and Turns, author Mona Mohanty presents a series of short stories born from random thoughts that popped up out of nowhere, overheard bits of conversation, parables of family lore, and anecdotes from friends. These tales come from a variety of viewpoints-an older woman who receives an unexpected telegram, a businessman who encounters what might be a ghost, and various animals sharing their impressions of human life. These stories vividly capture the routine of existence-but with a surprising twist. This collection of short stories set in India features tales with unexpected outcomes from a wide range of perspectives, both human and animal.
This is the first anthology that I completed in a one go. Generally, for me, it takes time to come out of one story and delve in another one. The reason could be because stories are really short and there is no useless build up in the stories. All the stories are to the point and focuses on the twist at the end rather than building the drama around the main plot.
The cover of the book is well designed and forces you to pick it up from the shelf. The blurb is beautifully written and explains what to expect inside. Now coming to the stories. All the stories are just 2 or 3 pages in length and are having unexpected (Well mostly) endings. Stories are taken from all around us and are beautifully presented by the author. The main thing that will strike you while reading this book is the vocabulary of the author. She’s brilliant when it comes to use the words. She seems to be well read and that’s what an author should be.
Overall, this is a kind of book that will take just few hours of yours but will keep you in hangover for pretty longer. I would surely recommend this book to everyone who are looking for some quick and ‘twisty’ read.