Title – Tales with a Twist
An Anthology of short stories
Author – Varadharajan Ramesh
No. Of pages – 64
If you love stories with unexpected twists, look no further. Though this Anthology is the Author’s first published one, you can easily discern that he is no amateur.
There are 17 stories on varied subjects but each story succeeds in its own way, where the ending is quite unexpected though at the same time, logical. In some of the stories, the twist made me curious to re-read the story and understand how the author has set it up for an unexpected ending.
I won’t be reviewing each of the 17 stories but some, which made me go, ‘Oh, wow!’
It starts with a bang with ‘Repairing Cushions’ which brings a smile to your face when the reason for having this uncommon title becomes apparent at the end of the story.
‘Innocence’ says many things in so few words and certainly hits the nail on its head. A hard-hitting message there.
‘Dependent’ is a story of many families which shocks you with an unexpected ending.
Then I must mention my most favourite story in this Anthology, ‘The Troubles of Time Travel’ where two gentlemen argue and debate most seriously and scientifically on the possibility of Time Travel only to reveal the most mundane of reasons at the end. I loved the author’s thought process in constructing this story and his very obvious interest in time travel.
‘Good Ol’ Coop’ seems to be one story but when it ends it is a totally different one and gives a stark glimpse into what might happen if the usual human food supply dries up and the drastic solutions a man could think up, to survive.
‘Lonely’ is another story with a science background, this time on the loneliness of space.
‘Ultra’ captures the mindless violence indulged in by sports fans without any thought to the consequences.
All in all, an excellent read.