Emotions Unplugged by Vishal Anand is a collection of 15 stories encompassing different shades of emotions such as love, anxiety, separation, family bonding, revenge, friendship, sacrifice, patriotism nd more.
Through is easy read, Vishal has made an attempt to pen these emotions using different interesting plots based on different relations that we are very much informed about in our personal lives. Such a correlation helps the readers to connect with every single story very easily. Be it a husband-wife relatonship or grandmother-grandson relatonship or a father-son relationship or a friend-to-friend relationship; you name it and he has a context to it.
He has dealt with such sensitive and numerous emotions with an utmost ease and simplicity that you will hardly feel to put the book aside before completing it.
Here is my story-wise review:
1. A day before my divorce
Is a story about husband-wife relationship. It details the happenings occurring just a day before divorce and how that day’s developments affect their breaking relationship.
The story is close to reality and is a smooth flawless read. It details the pain and anxiety of a separating couple during separation period. The loads of dilemmas in parent’s minds regarding the children’s decision. He discusses how the two miss each other, recall memories of past, refresh forgotten promises, feel hurt and how this chain of reactions leads to acknowledging each other’s efforts and how each and every moment turns out to be fully laden with love and affection only to face a scary procedure, the very following day.
2. Let’s turn oldies
is an inspirational story that gives an important message (with an elderly affection) that Gandhigiri is not just an idea, it’s a life style that has to be lived on the strength of strong will and courage of conviction.
is a story that discusses a crucial social cause – child labor (and the harsh reality behind it) based on the back drop of an interesting employee/employer relatonship using a unique plot. He has been successful in bringing forth a bitter truth of society.
4. Granny’s last gift of love
Is a beautiful story woven around love and affection of grandparents towards grandchildren. A relationship that is fast diminishing in today’s nuclear family lifestyle.
It is a painful story that highlights how our grandparents are rare people with whom we can create a special bond because their love for us is true and free of any demands or expectations. He has nailed an important message – our smile is all they ask in return for their endless favors to us.
5. The first love
is a romantic story rejuvinating the school days romance. He touches chords of two loving souls by showing how couples who are destined to meet, actually meet each other at the crossroads of life.
6. The Improbable truth
Is a strange story of relationship or rather tug-of-war between past and present. It brings to the limelight how the past beckons and disturbs the present and future life as well. Though, it ended abruptly, there were a few loose ends which I was trying to catch hold of but failed.
7. A country with 27 countries
Is a story with emotions of patriotism. Whether you feel proud to be an Indian or feel ashamed; whatever the case be; the truth prevails. A truth about India that unfolds as you read the concluding paragraphs.
8. After college
Is a responsible romantic story. No, it is not a new genre but a story that introduces the concept that romance can knock doors anytime during the life to assist you to shoulder your respinsibilities towards your beloved.You will read very beautiful script.
A WOW! story.
9. One wild night
Is a crazy, wild, seductive and hilarious story. Intimacy reaches new heights. Read to know how WILD a night could get but first, wake up the wild animal tamed within you.
10. And god said yes!
Revolves around the topic of secularism. Does religion really matter?The author sketches a religion for a to-be born baby.
11. The veiled girl
Is courageous story that unveils the ugly face of the society that is shown to poor rape victims. He suggests love as a remedy console the bleeding hearts and tearful eyes.
12. The groom
Is a sweet story outlining the emotions guiding a father-daughter relatonship. It’s an inspirational story that shows how and what types of girl are said to be qualified enough in order to earn a groom.
13. The misunderstanding
Is a story that highlights how important it is to clear misunderstandings in relationships so that we do not regret later when truth knocks door.
14. Flowers of hope
is a story that nullifies all the pre-defined definitions of love and surpasses the limits of emotions.It redefines the terminology and teaches how real love blossoms within heart without any greed, without any expectations and how emotions outpour breaking all societal norms and unseen fears behind.
15. Karma returns
is a heart melting and touchy story about a father-son relationship and how the duo of karma and destiny decide our fate.
Vishal is bestowed with a descriptive style of writing. These are light-hearted stories with no heavy words, no lengthy sentences, no unnecessary outpour of emotions or laced description of events. Stories are precise and crunchy.Last but not the least, the quotations in the beginning of every story are enough (and apt) to build up the base and pre-condition the reader’s mind to hop from one emotion to another, smoothly.
An enjoyable read.
About the Book
Emotions Unplugged is a collection of 15 short stories based on different genres. Diksha travels through the roads of Mumbai a day prior to her divorce with her husband, Virain; Gauri steals the money from her master’s locker and runs to her village; Rizwan works as a laborer in construction sites at Dubai in spite of being the son of a rich man from Bangladesh; Samar gets last gift of love from his grandmother after her death; Patrick believes after visiting a state that he has visited a country, he still had to visit 27 more countries in India; Rajat spends the night to different bars with a friend to meet a lady, Palak; an old lady who believes in her religion and hates Muslims finds an indigestible truth when she visits her daughter’s home; Vinit falls in love with a veiled girl while travelling in Delhi metro to reach his office everyday and a lot more.
Numerous emotions pluck in to bring a thought provoking cocktail. Indeed pen is mightier than sword, and words have potential to bring the change. And surprisingly you never know when it does…