A fate worse than me will befall anyone who dares disturb me. These were the words that were inscribed on the tombstone of Timur the terrible. Many centuries later when Hitler attacked Russia and wrote havoc on the fates of millions, the soviet over meant perhaps realised the warning by Timur and returned the body to its original resting place.
Such stories written by Sanjay Chopra take us on a thrilling ride across eras and sites, across genres and character sketches, supernatural and historical, beyond the dimension of time.
All of 14 years, Odysseus is the leader of the 10 men that were taken inside Troy within the bowel of the Trojan Horse. Many eras later, Neel is gearing for a paper presentation on Troy. The puzzle that he is trying to crack is the trick used by ten men to fit inside the seemingly small Trojan Horse.
The last Gurkha is a poignant and inspiring take of courage and glory where a grandparent does all he could to encourage his grandson into taking on his rival in boxing.
A sound engineer discovers the ideal home for himself and a brilliant idea to make the price of the same to come down to suit his budget. However there is a sinister catch to he whole situation.
Preeti Mishra needs one big story to put her back in the writer’s market before the media and her agents write her off. She needs scandal, an act of passion, a real betrayal to add to the saleability of her book. She would go to any lengths to bring in that backdrop of reality in her book.
Most of the mafia’s menace comes from its reputation if vendetta. When Madan Mohan and his secretary disappear with a consignment of marked cash bills, their aim is to eliminate them to send the right message across.
And my favourite is the story of two hackers, one working on the Indian side and the other on the Pakistan side decided that it was better to collaborate to keep their jobs safe rather than fight each other. A story with hilarious side effects.
Each story is written in a manner that brings alive the myth, keeps the interest piqued up and leaves the reader wanting for more. Some of the stories end with a footnote linking the story to the historical fact.
Stories that inspire, stories that thrill and chill and stories that leave us plain disturbed. It ok all kinds to make this fantastic collection of short stories with a twist.
Title- Talespin Stories
Author- Sanjay Chopra
Price- Rs 299
Publisher- Harper Collins