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it happens: Stories of Human Relationships by Bhaswar Mukherjee

Book Blurb:

What is it that can be your strength, your weakness, your nemesis, or your identity? 
It Happens―Stories of Human Relationships is a collection about people and their
interactions that define the world we live in, either themselves or in the manner they
influence us.
These stories will make you live the characters and experience their relationships.
You can almost reach out and touch someone familiar, remember a similar guilt or a
deep sigh, a know-it-all smirk or a wide smile.  
So, go ahead, immerse yourself, and let your emotions go on a roller-coaster ride.
And prepare to get surprised.

Genre: Fiction/Short Stories

Pages: 140

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback


  • Kindle eBook: 206.50 INR/$5.99
  • Paperback: 291.25 INR/$13.73

My Ratings: 4.8/5

Fifteen beautiful short stories that talk about different aspects of human relationships and the intricate emotions entangled in them.

Stories about life and its simple, yet complicated, truths.

What I liked about the book:
–> Loved how each story is very different from the other having an out-of-the-blue turn in the end, adding a sense of complete wonder towards the climax.
–>How each story resonates around karma and past life deeds that come to bite you later in life.
–>Each of these stories holds up a mirror to society and our take as a society on many current events. Through these stories, the author has put in pertinent comments which make us reflect on many things, small and big.
–> The flavor lent by the author on matters of religion, terrorism, and communal hatred, via these stories.
–> The characters/protagonists of each story become true heroes through their decisions and actions, which reaffirms our faith in the self and also makes us believe in the innate ability of the human race to overcome adversity.

What I did not like about the book:
–> The coincidences felt a bit much (and sort of predictable) in some stories
–> Some stories leave you hanging and also felt unfinished.

Quotable quotes:
—> If the educated harbour notions of hatred and religion, what will become of our secular country?
—> When there’s a crisis, society shuns you. It’s the bond of your family that keeps you together.
—> Life metes out justice sometimes bigger than the courts.
—> Despite the regimented monthly mock drills, human behaviour in a situation of real fear is rarely orderly.
—> Insurgency and cruelty is not the solution. It only decimates a nation’s capabilities. If you cannot create, do not destroy.
—> And you must encourage your women to blossom and contribute to the mainstream. How can a nation progress with one leg tied?
—> It was important to be at peace with oneself.
—> Life is an exam where the syllabus is unknown and question papers are not set. We can’t control the questions that this exam throws at us. What we can control are our responses to them.
—> We need to choose the correct responses in life.
—> It requires a tranquil mind and one who is at peace with oneself to embrace the unknown.
—> We do need friends in the winter of our lives, else the journey becomes difficult.
—> Love can transcend the greatest of hurdles.
—> As did many young couples, they realised painfully that differences surface when you start living together.
—> Every relationship does not need a destination, if the journey is wonderful enough.
—> You can only do what you think is right, not what others think you should do.
—> There is nothing healthy about flirting, Sanjay, not for a married man. Healthy flirting is a term introduced by perverted men who want to lend legitimacy to their extramarital dalliances. Flirting invariably has a sexual connotation to it.
—> Some relationships do have an expiry date, either by design or fate.
—> As an HR manager you should know that listening is ninety percent of what communication is all about.
—> Nowhere else in the world does the preparation for a four-year undergraduate programme require a time of over six years.
—> The fear of failure multiplies many-fold when everyone is watching.
—> Nowadays, technology has made a metric of everything!
—> It’s better to have tried and failed rather than not having tried at all.
—> The harder you fall, the quicker you rise.
—> We may have moved from the villages to cities and towns, yet our heinous personal law hasn’t budged an inch.
—> Perhaps my being fatalistic gave me the strength to carry on. Maybe failed love does that at times.
—> At some point of time we must stop living our life according to what others expect from us.
—> You can’t plan your whole life in advance. Plan as we may, we’ll get hit by many curve balls.
—> The orthodox relationship between man and woman is beset with many ills and has stopped being perfect for too long. That’s why other relationships are jostling for their rightful place and acceptance in this world. It’s time we welcomed relationships defined by shades of grey, with open arms.
—> This world is relentless. They refuse to recognise inner beauty if it does not conform to their notion of aesthetics. Just as they are blind to inner sickness.
—> In the current state of politics, the communal and the religion cards are the only two in play now.

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