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Book Review: Kaleidoscope by Ranjit Kulkarni

The author has maintained a sense of humour in all stories while delivering the moral values that we often tend to ignore in our lives. The book offers around 18 stories. Ranjit is a regular writer, with some of the prominent novels to his name with interesting characters like Swami and Jignesh Bhai. Those who are familiar with his books may find this collection another gem to his list. He has distinctly maintained his consistent writing style, kept it simple, lucid and humorous.

All the stories are way good to read and one can extract vibes of refreshment. The stories have unexpected twists and turns, and most importantly have morale message for all of us. He has shed light on many topics that are either dormant in our society or are kept ignored for ages. For instance, in the Coma story, he has brought alive feelings of a silent patient. She listens to all but cannot reply back. And what we think of coma patient – as bad as dead.

Prognosis is another good story that depicts the egoistic approach of a pessimistic doctor. However, things change when someone close to him gets healed by positive attitude. He repents for killing many and blames his ill judgment.

From India-Pakistan partition to pandemic to that Malaysian missing flight, there are stories from all spheres of life. Some are purely built on imagination while some have their sources linked to things that are grappling the world.

It doesn’t matter whether the issues looked real or made up, but this author has secretly tied up every story with some amazing irony in the end; see yourself in the story Ayah Grace via this short excerpt:

“That Grace Ayah was the hospital’s secret mercy killing specialist. She was an angel to her terminally ill patients. It was because she, in secret, ended their suffering.”

The expanse of the stories is far reaching and for sure some of the stories from the collection may linger for a longer time. It is a fabulous collection, it can be read in the same spirit – be it Kindle or paperback.

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