Down The Road
Edited by Ahmed Faiyaz and Rohini Kejriwal
Urban Shots was a major success and rightly so. And Down The Road is a good follow up.
Focusing on the main theme of campus fiction, the book has 28 short stories, contributed by 16 authors, edited by Ahmed Faiyaz and Rohini Kejriwal. All 28 short stories revolve around growing up years in schools, colleges, universities and also forays into adulthood.
Ahmed Faiyaz has contributed 9 stories, Rohini wrote 2, just like Ira Trivedi, Sneh Thakur, Paritosh Uttam and Malathi Jaikumar. The rest 10 authors have one story each. And they span the entire canvas of growing up years –from being in school, getting suspended for making trouble, harassing the teacher/professor, falling in love, falling in love with the teacher/professor, arranging illegal parties in hostel rooms, bunking college, getting ragged, falling in love, getting your heart broken, procuring a good placement, hanging out with friends, politics in college life, friendship, growing up, saying good-bye…oh the moments are unique and countless!
It’s a wonder how all the stories bring back a certain part of life we’ve lived carelessly. Looking back, those moments seem more loved than present life- thanks to Down The Road.
Quite a few contributing authors are first timers while most have shared and basked in the glory of Urban Shots.
Yes this one indeed is an exciting and eclectic collection of short stories that brings out all those memories – unforgettable, warm, thrilling, and at times embarrassing – of life in school and college campuses. High on emotions and sensitivity, all the authors have portrayed different styles, ideas and narration techniques.
My personal favorites include:
*The Music Room by Ira Trivedi – the emotions portrayed touch your heart.
*Welcome to St. Gibbs by Ahmed Faiyaz – a very relatable story, for most guys I’m sure!
*That’s It? by Sahil Khan – the thing about his stories is that they might not be as unique overall – but the endings – boy! Does he nail it or what! It’s usually the last para or the last line of his story that makes it shine. And leaves behind a smile.
*Call me biased but I do like Paritosh Uttam’s stories. Sororicide and Between Friends both of them are well crafted.
*An Accidental Start by Kunal Dhabalia has a wonderful concept and it instills the idea of reading and writing in us.
*Just A Moment by Nikhil Rajagopalan is very realistic.
*Remember Me? by Ahmed Faiyaz again is a good one.
*Bellow Yellow by Chinmayi Bali is very touching.
Then of course are the articles and essays that paint features of campus life in our lives.
Wait…am I almost jotting down all of them?!
Sorry. Can’t help it – they all are fantastic and readable.
This definitely goes up in my bookshelf along with Urban Shots – which can be read over and over again without losing any bit of their luster.
So for kids in schools / colleges and even us – workaholics who sometimes are unable to spare a moment from our busy lives to reminisce the ‘good old days’, Down The Road urges you to take a while off and bring back memories to cherish forever.
Enjoy it and treasure it.