Author: A renowned blogger at https://nrpin.wordpress.com That apart, he is a consummate multi-tasker. His technical expertise takes shape as Digital Strategist and Process Innovator. His creative side emerges in blogging (Nature and nurturing ideas) and photography.
Theme: A collection of 40 stories depicting myriad characters in stages of evolution – either emotional, physical, professional or familial. Themes I could discern, include:
1] Humor : Nihar has a subtle humor, predominantly by twisting words. Examples, like ‘Today I have to serve them tea. It’s not my cup of tea.’ and ‘He didn’t like the ringtone of his house bell. Not everything in life is to one’s favorite tune.’
2] Personification of inanimate objects : As seen in ‘Mirror’ (She reflected the entire gallery of my emotions) And in ‘The Lost Glory’ with the enigmatic and fragrant Jasmine.
3] Study in contrasts: In ‘Agony of Life’, the protagonist rejects the medical profession for fear of blood. He gets an epiphany on the casual barbarism of terrorists only when he undergoes a personal trauma. In ‘What’s in a name’ , Nihar elaborates on gender discrimination via the aptly titled girl-child Dukhi.
4] Symbolism: Nihar touches upon flimsy weakness of human relations and dysfunctional families in today’s world. In ‘Makeup & Breakup’, Divorce rejoices when the marriage rate shoots up, since ‘They are all my potential customers.’ In ‘Sunday newspaper’, the family’s plan of a cosy lunch gets blown away by each member’s individual plans. Symbolically, the newspaper lies scattered into its separate pages.
5] The author also has a voracious appetite for food. It is obvious in his sumptuous descriptions of cold coffee, South indian thali, Hyderbadi biryani and Bengali fish.
Room for improvement: ** SPOILER ALERT** Some titles are a dead giveaway for e.g ‘Mirror’, which could have given a better, pleasant jolt with another name/ title. The language is impeccable, however it tends to be over descriptive at places – especially when it nods at branded products.(Brushing my teeth with anti-germ Pepsodent and mowing my cheeks with Gillette Mach3 triple blade…) The use of italics in inexplicable at places, for e.g She quipped, chuckled Rahul, asked his Mom.
Overall: A very promising debut by Nihar Pardhan, as he captures the nuances of everyday characters and events to give a newer insight. Looking forward to his next series.
MRP: Rs 270/-
Award: ‘Mystery Continues..’ top finalist in All India Fiction Writing Competition by Oxford Book Store.