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A Change in the Weather (The Purana Qila Stories #1)

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When Imran was a young doctor in England, he faced a decision that would change lives forever. Now, as an old man entering the last days of his life with his loving family in India, the decision he made fifty years ago has the power to upend everything he stands for and destroy the devotion of his family and friends. One person knows his secret and must decide what is ...more
Kindle Edition, 21 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Amazon (first published October 30th 2012)
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Mollydee
Feb 01, 2014 Mollydee rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: short stories
(MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!)

I received this as an R4R. I love short stories so I was sure to like it. And I thank the R4R community and the author.

It was not horrible, that is the thing. I am giving it two stars because it was very confusing to me. To many names and when referring to he or she I was not sure who the person narrating the story was speaking of. The narration was off. This story could have been told more simply. It was the longest 19 pages I have ever read.

This story appears to be abo
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Merril Anil
Jan 30, 2014 Merril Anil rated it did not like it
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Thanks to the shut up and read community as well as the author for lending me a copy to read and review

As much as i want to appreciate the efforts of the writer i am also distressed because of nothing good to say about the whole book except maybe that the plot ended in a unique twist which was quite nice.

What i did not like about the book is the language itself which is not at all narrative and in fact leave a impression of having to make an effort to understand and read betwee
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Chelsea Johnson
Sep 28, 2016 Chelsea Johnson rated it liked it
Characters could have been better developed. Also really hard to tell who is speaking with whom due to overuse of pronouns and not enough references to names.
Shannon
Jan 14, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it
The Purana Qila Stories

The Dust Beneath Her Feet

A Change in the Weather

by Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed

Some stories rest in the margins.

Some are always just past the rim of our glasses, and we turn pages, squinting, trying to improve our view.

The Purana Qila Stories: The Dust Beneath Her Feet and A Change in the Weather, by Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed are pearl-like, almost glowing from their own light, suggesting, but not telling all they’ve seen.

Purana Qila is the oldest known structure in Delhi, and it was a
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MollyK
Feb 02, 2014 MollyK rated it liked it
*** Copy given in exchange for a review from Goodreads Group Read it & Reap***

I have never read a short story like this, but then I am hardly a short story connoisseur. I have read some that have been dramatic and impactful and some that have been week and lifeless. I am not exactly sure where this story falls. I like reading stories set in other countries, especially India. I find India endlessly fascinating. To me, I find the culture a beatifically heartbreaking microcosm of mankind’s stre
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Lisa
Feb 11, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2014
Thanks to the Read It and Reap Program for giving me a copy of this short story to review.

The best thing about this story was the descriptive details. The author was able to paint quite a colorful picture of the actions occurring. That being said, the author perhaps could have done better by this story through expanding it into a novel or a longer short story. In my opinion, short stories need to be anecdotal and to the point, leaving a lesson to be learned or any sort of memorable impression on
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June
Feb 16, 2014 June rated it really liked it
A well written novella. I would definitely recommend this author. The pace of writing is adequate and while the tension between the father and son is explained. There are so many unanswered questions. I don't mind that about a story. It makes it more dynamic and realistic. We all do things that puzzle others and make decisions that may look questionable.

The only drawback is that there was no time to really understand any of the characters. It is like a snippet that makes you want to delve deepe
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Lara Zuberi
Feb 04, 2013 Lara Zuberi rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading it. A change in the weather is a tale of an elderly man reflecting back on his life and scarred relationship with his son, the reasons behind it unfolding as the story progresses. I liked the story and the lyrical prose in which the writer has depicted the contrast of geography and culture (England and India) in the 50s that influenced individual decisions. Ahmed has done a great job of flipping between the past and the present without compromising the flow, which is especially ...more
Jennifer MacDonald
Mar 07, 2015 Jennifer MacDonald rated it did not like it
I like a book that wraps up a story, unless there is a sequel, in which case, most of the story should be tidied up and a little bit left for the next book. This short story left everything hanging. Which I think for the disjointed way it was put together and since the main POV is from a dying old man, it actually is appropriate. I guess what I'm saying is that the story is written in a realistic style. Old memories and regrets, never ending family quarrels and secrets. Life is messy and doesn't ...more
Susan Barton
Mar 12, 2013 Susan Barton rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this sweet and tender story. I would have preferred if it had been a bit longer, as I felt it only scratched the surface of the intricacies of the family members involved.

The author has a definite way with words - an almost lyrical, melodic manner of telling a story. I found myself wanting more and wishing the author hadn't ended the story as abruptly as she had. I'm glad to see there are more stories to come!
Laurie
Dec 17, 2012 Laurie added it
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Beautiful short-story about a Dr. nearing the end of his life reflecting on his past and choices. Loved it except for the ending which came way too abruptly!
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Feb 15, 2013 Luaunna rated it really liked it
Same review as of her other short story, enjoyable leaving me wanting more.
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Beautifully written. A bit too long, yet still excellent. :)
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