Unforgettables is a collection of short stories written by Nandini Rai. The book contains stories from many eras – contemporary to modern to as old as 14th century. The first story unveils a solitude state of things for a lonely housewife since her husband is often out for business outings. Thus to fill the gnawing absence she tries taking art classes and the tutor being a bachelor finds himself weaving threads of infatuation with her. Though she is also getting attached to him unwittingly but the feeling of betrayal stops her from taking any indifferent step. Yes, there are traces of betrayal and second love but the honesty of the woman outwits those traits and the story ends on a positive note.
Other stories deal with various themes and times; the story of a boy who longs to be a sailor is of 18th century. With the next story there is a change of geographical settings – that is all about an Argentine actress. To add more thrill, this collection also has a murder mystery.
Nandini Rai is an upcoming writer from India. Her debut book – ‘Unforgettables’ is a promising read. Her stories look more imaginative than based on real-life incidents. For a farrago of moods, one can easily prefer browsing through this anthology, as it offers light read.