Thirteen Kinds of Love – Book Review

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Book: Thirteen Kinds of Love
Author: Soumya Bhattacharya
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 190

Don’t be fooled by the name. The name may make you think that this book may be a collection of 13 romantic stories, but it is more about modern love. The love shared between a man and wife or the bond between a father and his child. The book talks about how today, everyone is trying to keep their life and love alive. For some, work life is stringent and stops them from spending quality time with their family. Some are trying to look for a love that has been lost.

The author has beautifully woven together 13 stories that revolve around the residents of the posh Imperial Heights complex in Bandra, Mumbai. While one man still loves his wife, who is long dead, another man has separated from his wife on mutual agreement.There is another story about a man whose work has drained the joy out of his family life and excessive international work trips now make him think that cheating on his wife is okay. What happens when his wife comes to know about these discreet relations that her husband has been having?

The author has, in a very simple yet interesting way, beautifully crafted these 13 stories of love and loss and you may find yourself among his characters!

My rating for this book is 4/5, simply for the easy read and well written short stories!

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