Bookish Witch

Small Dialogues, Big Talks by Rosh Nayy

Blurb (Amazon)

Do you find it difficult to take out time for reading books in your rushed life?
Do you enjoy reading modern, contemporary, dramatic, thrilling or futuristic short stories with intrinsic insights?
Are you looking for an addictive read which you can finish in a single flight?

If your answer is yes, then this book is specially curated for you. This book is collection of 31 two to three pager short stories where each story will push the buttons of different emotions in your brain. It contains varied and diverse stories with characters of all age groups written in the form of dialogues. Each story is short yet detailed and interesting which will put the readers into retrospection. The readers will get the flavours of the teen drama, the adulthood difficulties, the old age challenges, lifestyle of the future world with robots and it will definitely put you to introspect about the reality of life and death.

This quick read is easy to understand and will leave you with a feel of warmth and comfort.

Genre: Fiction/Short stories

Pages: 98

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback


  • Kindle eBook: 99 INR/$2.99
  • Paperback (cheaper to buy in the US): 1737 INR/$5.94

My ratings: 3.7/5

A collection of 31 anecdotal fictional tales (2-3 page short stories), this book contains a wide array of flavors for all kinds of readers. What stands out as a common factor among them is that they bear resemblance to simplicity and pick instances from routine life.

Book cover taken from Amazon

What I liked about the book:
-> Each story deals with a different kind of relationship and emotion, right from friendship to parenting.
-> The stories are fun, emotional, thought-provoking, creative, futuristic, and something I believe that millennial readers would easily enjoy.
-> The narrative is refreshing as well as interesting. The end of each story would compel the reader to shed some thought on what just happened. It would be difficult to just move on to the next story as one would have to stay put to think and wonder about the cliffhanger kind of conclusions.

What I did not like about the book:
The dialogue tends to become a bit preachy in some instances.
-> Though the stories are interesting, I felt that they lacked depth.
-> There is a definite scope for improvement in the narration and language.

Quotable quotes:
-> ‘They don’t treat me the way I treat them’

That happens. Not everyone is the same.’
-> We can’t compare our sufferings because we are wired differently from each other.
-> It is better to trust machines these days than to trust humans.
-> If you guys want to get married, then nothing should matter. This world is a nasty place if you follow its rules all the time. But once you stop caring and start living for yourself, then it is a beautiful place.
-> Society has a fixed set of rules for every age. If youngsters won’t take a stand for themselves, then there is no hope in this world.

->You should never put your wishes in a cage for this horrible, judgmental society.
-> Animals are not that dangerous as they seem to be. They too are just confused around humans like we find ourselves confused around many humans too. It is us who try to spoil their space for our own discoveries. We go to them, they never come to us.
-> You should try to forget everything and live in the moment because not everything is your fault.
-> ‘What is love?’
‘Love is an intense feeling of deep affection for somebody. It is a pure act of giving to somebody else.’
-> Parental love is selfless. Generally, parents live through their children, making them choose what they would have chosen if they had a second chance in life.
->People who love each other sacrifice for each other.
-> Everything is in your head. If your head is sorted, then everything around you will be sorted.
->Once you have a deeper understanding of yourself, you will find peace. And bliss. And once you have attained this contentment, then very gradually, your mind will help you carve out a purpose for yourself.

> We are all stupid at one or the other point in life.
-> Parents can’t and should not force their prejudices on children.
-> Do you have any idea how it feels when you can see all your life in front of your eyes as an observer and all you feel is a pity for the character that is you?
-> The per-capita income of individuals has definitely enhanced but what about our happiness? Don’t you think our forefathers enjoyed their life more than us when they were always surrounded by their loved and trusted ones, their work-life balance was much better than ours?

->The constant rush towards earning more money has filled our pockets with dimes but has eroded the taste of life from our hearts.
-> Life is not about reaching new heights individually. It is all about sharing the happiness of reaching peaks with someone. It doesn’t matter if you are crushed by the pressure of the modern world or you are running around killing deadly animals in the jungles. We are fine if we have someone beside us to share our happiness and our pain.
-> ‘What is the first step towards happiness?
‘It is not simple. It is the word called ‘detachment’.
->Money is not everything, knowledge is.
-> Pleasure is something which is very basic. It is the need for pleasure that has kept the human race alive.
-> Blame game for one’s life is a classic action that sadists perform.
-> Attachment is directly proportional to suffering.
-> Marriage is about supporting each other through thick and thin.
-> The subconscious tells a lot about a person because it does not allow a person to polish their words.
-> Stories always make us feel what it is like to be a hero but stories seldom tell us how to become one.
-> Bullying a teenager to get an adrenaline rush for a while is typical adult behavior.

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