Unspoken: A Bouquet Of Short Stories – Sadhana Wadhwa – Book Review

Unspoken: A Bouquet Of Short Stories – Sadhana Wadhwa – Book Review

Title: Unspoken: A Bouquet Of Short Stories

Author: Sadhana Wadhwa

Format: Kindle

No of Pages: 32

Link To Purchase: Unspoken: A Bouquet Of Short Stories

Synopsis:

The choices we make and their consequences we endure can be numerous. Look around and you will be able to see a different story being woven in everyone’s lives:
A woman who took the biggest decision of her life and paid the price, or then someone who had it all till one fateful night threatened to take it all away. Unrequited love and loss, or a second chance at reviving severed ties. 
Unspoken brings to you a collection of seven such stories, which take you through the journey of these souls, controlled by the biggest mystery of the universe that we call life.

My Take:

“Unspoken: A Bouquet Of Short Stories” is a book containing seven stories that leave a deep and powerful impression on the reader’s mind. Normally when I am supposed to write a review for a book of short stories, I try to do it as soon as I finish reading the book, so that I don’t forget the first impression I get, and at the same time the details of each one of the stories is fresh in my mind. I read this book the first time on the very day it was sent to me. 

I immediately fell in love with the author’s style of writing. What I liked particularly, was the author’s ability to leave a powerful impression through stories that are written in very few words. It will give you an idea of how skilfully the author weaves her stories when I tell you that this book contained just thirty-two pages in the landscape mode on my iPad.

But I couldn’t sit down to write the review immediately because I got busy with a few other things. It was only after a week that I was able to sit down to write the review. Though I retained the first impressions of the book, I had forgotten the details of the stories. So I read the entire book once again today before writing the review. 

The first story is titled “Deliverance”. It is a beautiful story that touches your heart and makes you think of the kind of circumstances a woman can find herself in and the sacrifices she has to make in life. It is the story of a woman who has to tread between the devil and the deep sea and is placed in a position where she has to make a very bold decision in order to save another human being. I only wish the author had not chosen “Deliverance” as the title of the story. I would have preferred “Mukti” which is the last word in the narrative. I am saying this despite the fact that “Mukti” is not an English word. Readers will understand why I am saying this when they read the book. 

The second story is titled “Unfinished Business” and it is quite an entertaining tale though it definitely does not reach up to the standards of the first story. It is a tale describing the deep love a couple feel for each other and again reaches to the depths and touches our heart. The third story is titled “Stella” and this story is revolutionary to say the least. I really liked the ending but I felt it was a shade improbable.

The next tale is “Three to Tango” and this story did not really impress me too much. Despite the fact that the author has written it well, it is too  straightforward a story and I was left asking myself the question “What is so great about this tale?”. Then comes “The Date” which is a good tale and the author tries to pack a punch in this story which to a large part she manages to achieve. It is a touching story and might leave some of us in tears.

The next story “A Twist Of Fate” has an ironic ending which left me feeling flabbergasted. In this story, chance and destiny play a cruel trick on the protagonist and though I managed to predict the end by the time I was nearing it I felt a surge of anguish when I actually read it. The last story is “The Doll” and this is a cute story. What happens in this story is something common in real life too but nevertheless the author narrates it in such a way that it leaves you with a feeling of pleasantness.

Conclusion: A definite Yay! “Unspoken: A Bouquet Of Short Stories” is definitely a very fine book of stories that will entertain you. You can definitely read it once. All the stories are very touching and the reader can be assured of a good time.

Rating: I am going with a 4/5 for Sadhana Wadhwa’s “Unspoken: A Bouquet Of Short Stories”. I have cut off 1 point because one or two stories do not rise up to the high standards set by the others.

Rating Scale:

            1.  Poor

            2.  Fair

            3.  Good

            4.  Excellent

            5.  Outstanding

This review has been written as part of Blogchatter’s Book Review Program.

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