Like the lyrics of an old song which keeps repeating themselves in our mind or a fever dormant in the blood or an importunate lover impossible to get rid of, the memories of love or love itself keeps returning in our lives again and again at the oddest of times and the strangest of places. Randomly, beautifully, haphazardly or passionately, love lives up again for it has been waiting for you, waiting for this union, waiting to merge with you at last. So, keeping the trend alive and after the roaring success of our novice, Uff Ye Emotions, we are back once again with Uff Ye Emotions 2. With Love, comes many emotions some of them being pain, betrayal, hatred, hope and friendship. We fall in and out of love time and again, but we can never be tired of it because it is one of the only few aspects of life we can’t keep ourselves away from, isn’t it?
An anthology on love. Presumably the most common genre in the Indian literary world right now. Each such anthology needs extraordinary stories to stand out among the readers. The more I browse through such anthologies, the more mediocre they get. The original Uff Ye Emotions was probably very popular, though I confess not having read it. Part 2 gave me the impression of a badly filmed sequel.
Going by the usual drill with anthologies, I’m bound to dissect each story separately as they are all ingredients that make (or break) the dish.
1. The Client (Vinit K. Bansal) – A story with a predictable climax. The kind that makes you feel i’ve-read-this-somewhere-already, and it did get boring towards the end. Considering its the editor’s story, I didn’t expect grammatical and typographical errors, but they were galore. Not impressive at all.
2. Moksha (Kunal Marathe) – A better story among the others, with a good climax, tacitly written.
3. When Destiny Strikes! (Mahi Singla) – Another predictable story with errors. Not entirely badly written though, marred down by typos.
4. The Woman Who Waited (Shalini Katyal) – Shalini, I would say, has a flair in writing. But she chose a boring plot for this one. There’s way too much mush and emotion in the story which dilutes its essence. Climax is not bad.
5. The Pale Pigeon (Siddhartha Yadav) – I could comprehend the plot, it had the potentials to make a touching story. But Siddhartha’s writing seems too plain to hold the good plot. Not impressive to me.
6. Hickey (Heema Shirvaikar) – Again, a good story, well written. The climax could have been better.
7. NCERT of Love (Himanshu Chhabra & Udita Pal) – Youngest authors penning a teenage story. I hadn’t expected much, but it turned out better. The writing is a little soft, needs much polishing, but the story was pulled good enough.
9. Dilemma (Tarang Sinha) – Good one, predictable but well written.
10. 120 Minutes (Saravana Kumar Murugan) – Didn’t strike a chord with me at all. It seemed like a rough draft than an actual story.
11. Love & Sacrifices (Meghant Parmar & Heena Ahuja) – The plot was promising, I had expected a lot out of it. But as the story progressed, it seemed more of a Bolly flick than a serious romance. There are too many errors and incoherence in the plot, climax is dull and the writing needs polishing.
Overall, the anthology disappointed me, with just a few stories among the eleven reaching out to the readers.
Recommended only if you’re a mush-guzzler, not bothering about any literary value.
My Rating: 2/5
About the Author:
Vinit K. Bansal is the author of ‘I am Heartless… A Real Confession’, a novel, which has been continuously ruling the bestsellers charts since the last one and half years and has been acclaimed as one of the most touching love stories of recent time. He is fond of reading, writing and composing stories since childhood. He earned his Master’s degree from Kurukshetra University and was bestowed awards both at the college and university level. He continues to nurture his dream of writing till today and has succeeded in giving shape to his thoughts in his books. As a voracious reader and an avid writer, his vision extends to the realm of social service too. At present, he is working with the State Bank of India in Delhi and loves to pen down his thoughts whenever he finds time.
Language: English, Genre: Fiction/Anthology
Author(s): Edited by Vinit K. Bansal (Vinit K. Bansal, Mahi Singla, Kunal Marathe, Shalini Katyal, Udita Pal & Himanshu Appie Chhabra, Siddhartha Yadav, Heema Shirvaikar, Ishani Malhotra, Saravana Kumar Murugan, Tarang Sinha, Meghant Parmar and Heena Ahuja.)
Publisher: General Press, Year Published: 2013
Binding: Paperback, Edition: First, Pages: 192
ISBN-13: 9789380914756, ISBN-10: 938091475X