Sunday, April 1, 2012

Book Review “Urban Shots Bright Lights” Edited By Paritosh Uttam

Urban Shots Bright Lights, a collection of 29 urban tales by 21 writers is a refreshing collection of short stories edited by Paritosh Uttam, author of Dreams in Prussian Blue and editor of the first Urban Shots collection. This colourful anthology contains stories contributed to by various authors and captures the numerous hues of life in modern urban India, alive with a cacophony of sounds, kaleidoscopic colours, dizzying heights, blinding lights and a fast paced life. What I particularly enjoyed about this collection is how most of the stories touch upon interesting, quirky and at times eccentric characters one comes across in an urban environment.  Urban Shots Bright Lights contains stories contributed by established authors such as, Paritosh Uttam, Ahmed Faiyaz, R. Chandrasekar and Malathi Jaikumar, as well as many first time authors and bloggers. The lovely thing about this book is how most of these tales are about people in urban India, who have stories that surprise or inspire or just leave you with a smile on your face.

Urban Shots Bright Lights brings to you some heart warming, pensive and humorous stories of ordinary folks with some extraordinary lives and experiences; such as the ten year old mathematics loving young girl plagued with memories of her dead mother in Arvind Chandrasekar’s story “Amul”, Ahmed Faiyaz’s heartfelt story “Across the Seas” talks of a mother’s longing for her son who lives abroad, “Alabama to Wyoming” by Paritosh Uttam is the story of a young boy who knows the names of all American states in alphabetic order, while “Good Morning Nikhil” by Ahmed Faiyaz is the tale of a little baby who secretly meets his dead grandparents, “Maami Menance” by Pradeep. D. Raj is a humorous account of an annoying neighbour who drops by uninvited; R. Chandrasekar’s “The Peacock Cut” is the story of a popular international basketball player sporting a unique peacock haircut, Roshan Radhakrishna’s story “Father Of My Son” is an amusing account of a father confronting his seven year old son who wishes to get married to his classmate.

Other stories I enjoyed were, “Jo Dikhta Hai Woh Bikta Hai” by Sneh Thakur which is a delightful tale of how a young management trainee sneakily meets his sales targets, while “The Pig In The Poke” by Mydhili Varma is a an entertaining story of a young school boy’s detailed correspondence with a Nigerian scammer, “Hot Masala” by Jhangir Kerawala is the story of an unemployed man craving that extra spice in his life, while Arefa Tehsin’s story “Hot Pants” is the  adventure of a hot pants clad young girl making her way back home late at night on a local train, while being followed by a stranger.

The wonderful thing about Urban Shots Bright Lights is the interesting array of tales it contains, which gives the reader a colourful account of lives and people in urban India and the experiences and challenges that are part of their lives. Brimming with an engaging array of brilliant tales, this book is a treasure trove for the short story lover and for anyone who enjoys reading about life in India’s vivid, vibrant and dazzling cities.

(This is a book review requested by the publisher)


  1. Hi... thanks for the review... have linked this post to my site.. hope its ok :)

    1. Hey Roshan, I'm glad you liked the review :)Also thanks for linking back to my blog through your post!