Title: Fantastic 40

Author: Reetwika Banerjee

Publisher: All About Books Global

ISBN: 9788192569086

Pages: 128

My Review

Fantastic 40 by Reetwika Banerjee is a collection of forty stories which are as glamorous as the title itself. If I share the feeling after completing the book then it was just similar to watch forty crackers bursting one after another in a sky shot.

A few of you might take it as my amateur behavior to compare it in this way but the concept is an exclusive one which promises the readers to be an entertaining read through micro stories. A micro story is a style of story writing wherein the writer completes the story within limited words only. Yes, it has a major drawback of leaving the readers wanting for more and sometimes it seems as if it is running fast but sometimes it works in favor as well.

This is because you get a heavy dose of colorful combination of varied emotions and plots in a short span of time which lingers on despite finishing the read. In other words, the author, the idea, the concept, the story, the characters, the plot and the feelings proceeds along with you hours after completing the book. The second benefit is of finishing the book soon without investing days and months in completing the book-in-hand and loosing the track.

The author has carefully selected the stories and their themes (plots) so that the purpose of storytelling is accomplished in a fruitful manner and the zest is maintained in a full swing. The stories are very much close to reality (as expected by readers for tagging it as an interesting book and engaging concept) and  inspired by real-life incidents (which connects the readers almost instantly with the text). The topics are entertaining, painful, motivating, inspiring, educating, interesting, thought-provoking and all that you can think about to be possibly discussed in the body of story.

I admit that initially I was thinking to write one-line review (verdict) about the stories but then, I changed my idea because the stories are very well summarized to be packaged in such a way and continuing on earlier procedure might spill-out the spunk contained within.

Well, having said and discussed all the factors I would wish that she considers developing a few from the bouquet to be developed into full-fledged and full-length stories. No doubt, she has got hold of her passion of writing and essence of telling with a tight grip and she is here to stay for long. Stay atunned!

About the Book

“Fantastic 40” is arguably one of India’s first assortment of English micro stories (shorter than a short story) which is an amalgamation of author’s figments of imagination based on fiction works depicted in the form of crispy narrations. It contains 40 stories encircling various moods of life including love, humour, trust, revenge, happiness, anguish, sarcasm, mystery, affection, sportsmanship, friendship, thrill, romance and forgiveness. Though all the events/characters depicted in the book are purely imaginary, yet readers can easily identify oneself with most of them. Target readers will mostly include the young readers – agewise or mindwise who enjoy reaching climaxes in a single breath. The language used being extremely crunchy, it will also attract anyone who enjoys witty puns and sweet love stories.

About the Author

Reetwika, 28 years, holds Engineering and MBA degrees from Symbiosis International University, India and is currently associated with Accenture as a Data Security Consultant. She loves to present her ideas and have participated in more than 25 Corporate and International conferences and business contests across the globe, crowning Laurels from most of them. With roots in Kolkata, she is now settled in Bangalore. She had previously worked with Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro serving across various Indian states.Reetwika is a regular creative contributor to various little magazines across the country. She also voluntarily acts as the Editor of her own literary magazine named “Kaal-4-Flash”. Reetwika’s hobbies include creative thinking and international travels and she dreams to be the Indian “Agatha Christie”. “Fantastic 40” is her first published book and she is currently working on her second book on micro stories.