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Reviewed by Ivy
Author: Kersie Khambatta
Publisher & Pages: Kersie Khambatta; 1st Edition, 189 pages
Blurb: Pandu the Dabbawalla and other simple short stories.
Includes: Pandu the Dabbawalla; Catch the bull by the horn; Seat 13; Justice; Deflated IV drip; The white farmer; The loser; Ferrari Spider; Oh so wild a region; King postie; The bartender; Cooking an egg; Do cars have teeth?; The mobile phone and me; Cannabis and worse; Foxie; Stick ‘em up!; Culture shock; Silverbacks; Bushfire; The rip and the orca; White river; Flashing police lights missing.
Highlight: Very simple style of writing.
Caution: The simplicity takes away the liveliness and dramatic imagery.
Highlight: Each story has either, irony, humour, an unlucky circumstance, or a twist.
Caution: A few short stories are harder to understand and grasp than others.
Short stories are like a handgun. Smaller, compact, and simpler than a rifle, but deals just as much of an impact.
I’m not an avid reader of short stories. But when I do read them, I’m genuinely surprised by what they can pack in their small body and deliver. It’s not the content that makes short stories great but how it's presented through the writing techniques. Pandu the Dabbawalla and other simple short stories (PDSS) achieved that to some extent.
PDSS had diversity, and was insightful because of it. Set in various locations and under various circumstances, Kersie Khambatta input his knowledge into each story and laced it with distinction.
While some stories were short while others were longer, they were all simply worded with generic descriptions. The simple style was underwhelming in liveliness, and lacked the dramatic scenery that you’d get in other stories. However, it was this specific style that made the stories fast paced which was dramatic within itself. This is also its saving grace.
The author had a different way of making the scenes come alive. Simple sentences with short descriptions of the scene not only provided a fast paced story, but it complimented and reflected the environment. It may not be the generic way of writing, but I found it to be refreshing.
Many of the short stories in PDSS would lead to a punch line, and having a long winded description with back-story would’ve resulted in the reader missing the punch line. With these stories the punch line’s what tied the piece together, made it whole, and gave meaning as well as satisfaction. As by the end of each story I read, the type of story and impact it provided changed from the previous one. From irony, humour, a twist, or to an unlucky circumstance, the tone changed and the means differed which made it difficult to understand the meaning or idea behind the story.
This caused confusion, and at times frustration over not know how the story fit in. And in the end, it seems that some stories were just that, a story, and lacked substance. It would have been easier to grasp if there had been sections for the various types and genres of story stories.
Despite the confusion over some of the stories purpose, they were simple, and typically to the point. Some minor mistakes, strange writing techniques, and along with a few stories failing to deliver a satisfying end, caused PDSS to fall more than it should have. However, many of the short stories were insightful and well worth reading. I enjoyed The Mobile Phone and Me the most, unfortunately the mixture of delivery and rocky relationships that I had with some of the others ended my journey with Pandu the Dabbawalla and other simple short stories on a bad note.
Star Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Available in: E-book.