Dissent by Deepak Kaul – Book Review




The Times of India ran the Write India Campaign between July, 2015 and May, 2016. Eleven Indian bestselling authors provided prompts on which short stories had to be based. The stories in this collection comprise the author’s submissions for all eleven prompts.

Book Review:

Dissent is a collection of 11 short stories that were written for the Write India Campaign by Times Of India. The stories are based on the prompt given by 11 best selling authors. The main reason for me to pick up the book was because I had seen the prompt and wanted to read the stories based on them. The book opens with the prompt given by Amish Tripathi which was also the first to be shared by Write India.

The author has picked topics to suit various genres and provide variety to the themes. The book starts with the story set in the backdrop of the bygone colonial era in India when east India company was trading cotton with India. This story is the weakest among the lot be in execution, choice of words, character development or treatment. It felt as if my grandma is telling me a bedtime story when the story opened with the words “Close to the city of Paithan, in a small village called Sauviragram, which lay on the banks of the great river Godavari, lived a woman named Ilaa.

The main flaw of the book is that the characters and the plots are not developed well. As a result it becomes a bit difficult for the readers to get into them. The dialogues are also weak. I could not comprehend a father saying to his daughter. “Your step mother is right.” Stepmother? Couldn’t it be simply mother?

However, the skills of the author evolved through the journey of the eleven stories and showed much improvement in the later ones.

There are several loose ends and flaws in the storytelling techniques that show that the author is an amateur writer. However the concept of some stories like “Karma Agni” were nice but the execution could have been better.

All in all an ok kind of read.

I received a free copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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