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Love Stories # 1 to 14 by Annie Zaidi
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Dec 17, 12

Read in December, 2012

None of the love stories in this collection by Annie Zaidi are comforting, happy-ever-afters – which is a good thing. Nothing’s tied in a bow and presented to the reader, nothing could present a danger to your teeth or sugar levels. Cloying, bland or limp, these are not.

Each story is different but the conundrums are the same – can it last, why didn’t it last, why was love lost, what could have been. Even though the common theme is love and the losing and finding of it, each story feels different and this is a testament to Zaidi’s talent and skill that she makes each one seem real. The dialogues are rich and the characters are beautifully drawn.

Some characters walk away from relationships in this collection of love stories – physically or mentally – and find second wind in imagined intimacies (with a dead policeman) or a real affair (with a younger woman). Some are abandoned by lovers (or think they have been) and resort to coping mechanisms – roaming towns and alleyways in Northern India, or get on a bus to the Valley of Flowers.

Not every story works (I personally wanted some of the stories to skew darker and more unpredictable). But the stories that do work, soar. My particular favourites (for having unforgettable characters and being the most moving) were numbers 4 and 8: The One that Badly Wanted and The One from Radheshyam.

If you want to read love stories that do have bite and longing (but are not vampyric), get this book – you won’t regret it.
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