When told well, there is something quite magical and unpredictable about short stories. Each story weaves a different plot, a delicious twist, and that is unmatched in any other form of literature. Short story writing is a dying art in Indian English literature, and books such as the one below promises the revival of the art.Notion Press presents The Shadows Return (and other stories) by Ravi Tennety. Each story is meticulously detailed and knit like a collage. The last few lines convert each painting into a hologram, where the reader is not sure what the picture really is.
The stories in the book are tightly woven and carry a sting in the tail. Many times, these stories are a reflection of reality and are eerily reminiscent of society itself.
The stories tell about a friend who returns to kill, a wife who frantically dreads the return of her husband, a teacher who loves to discipline his students, a pickpocket who meets the wrong victim and of many more nerve-wracking moments.
Being a short story collection, the author plays the reader to a tune. With the dexterity of language and smoke-and-mirror plots, he narrates spellbinding stories that leave you on the edge of your seat.
Ravi is an engineer, and received his MBA from IIM-Calcutta. He travels widely, picking up ideas for his stories from vignettes that catch his eye during his travels. His attention to detail and his memory of faces and mannerisms of the people he comes across add to the authenticity of his writing.
Ravi lives in Bangalore, with his wife, Dr Annapurna, and their eleven-year-old son, Jatin.