Why So Twisted: It’s not always about the first impressions!
Author: Vinayak Nadkarni
Publisher: Notion Press
Genre: Fiction, Anthology
Blurb (as on Goodreads):
Life is unexpected in every sense. We did not expect to be born and we do not expect to be able to predict the path our lives will take. That’s what makes it exciting. Why So Twisted is an anthology of 12 contemporary short stories which carry simple and enjoyable themes, but which all have an innate ability to excite and surprise the reader with the unpredictability of their ending. This anthology features the already popular story, “Flirting”, in which you will find a woman who nonchalantly flirts with many men, while “The Pursuit” follows a man who is destined to become a top photographer whereas “Crossing The Line” introduces you to the internal struggle of a married man who is about to hook up. But nothing is as straight as it looks because it’s not always about the first impressions! These short stories are quick reads. Sometimes it’s the protagonist’s clever mind, at times it’s his kind heart, other times it’s the heartless destiny or occasionally it’s the writing style, which brings the fascinating metamorphosis of the plot and will lead you to ask the question, Why So Twisted?
Why so twisted is a collection of 12 short stories, the central theme being the uncertainty of events in life. All the stories deal with matters of the heart and try to convey the fact that sometimes life is not easy as it looks. Not every Romance is a fairy tale Romance.
The plots are a mixture of unique and been-there-read-that. Mostly unique and unpredictable. A wide range of events has been captured through these stories. There are stories about naive love and old love. Stories about the twists in the lives of married people or people who were destined to meet someday.
The writing style is fairly simple and the plot continues to be a faced-paced one. Few chapters are easier to follow as compared to others, but the overall twist is clear by the end. Suspense has been maintained quite well in most of the plots, whereas few of them are fairly simple.
My favorite of all the stories would be The Pursuit, A Repechage Love Story, An Old Lover, and A Second Date.
The Pursuit is about dreams. The plot is pretty intense and devastating. Certain dreams come with an expiry date. Life has a strange way of mocking at us.
A Repechage Love Story talks about infidelity at its best. ‘The things we do for love’. It surprises you slowly and then all at once.
An Old Lover is the about fierce love and about the belief that there’s only one kind of person one can fall in love with. It also deals with social norms that are followed without any logic.
A Second Date is about two people who don’t want to get married. They play a very interesting game and the outcome is supposed to decide their fate.
These stories touched my heart a little bit more than the rest. The writing is difficult to understand at times but all works out at the end.
Overall, this a happy ride through the different scenarios life puts people through. Witty and decently intense. This book is great for people looking for relaxing yet thrilling read over a cup of coffee.
Do you like anthologies? If yes, why? If no, why?