A Smattering of Darkness by Alisha "Priti" Kirpalani
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is collection of short, shorter and shortest stories. The author has separated into 3 chapters, chapter one has four short stories. In this chapter I liked the story of Seven and tick-tick-tick.
And chapter two is shorter stories consists of 5 stories in this I liked Eternal Love, Catatonia and The Encounter.
Chapter three has numerous shortest stories in one paragraph. I like to quote a couple of stories which touched my heart.
1. She irons the sharp creases. Then crumples his uniform again. And then again. It is all that came back of him, after the war.
2. They fought over their gods. Like wildfire's hunger, the hatred swept. As the bodies littered the streets, even the gods wept.
3. Logic and reason won over the jury. The murderer was set free. At church, the lawyer asked for forgiveness, on bended knees.
4. He accelerated, aiming for maximum impact. Then he saw the cat and jammed the brakes. The cat saved her nine lives and his one.
5. They fought over the colour of the bedroom. Neither gave in. The colour of dreams, of love turned grey. Ending before beginning.
6. For 50 years he has been eating her gooseberry muffins. He hates them but he loves her more. They don't even taste sour now.
7. Show me you love me, she would constantly moan. He spent a life time trying but she only realised it, once he was gone.
The book A Smattering of Darkness, most of the tales lives up to the title. The book has 40+ pages and can be read in one sitting. I enjoyed the book.
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