Bookish Witch

Urban Chronicles II by Nita Bajoria

Blurb (as on Amazon)

Urban Chronicles II, highlights the parenthood of urban dwellers through three visceral short stories. Today’s ever-busy, fast society, with much to do, far too many choices, and too little time results in both, anxious parents, and, silent, rebellious children. While a child is most precious to parents, the stories question the strategies that parents are adopting to bring up their children. In Lost and Found, Adrit, prefers to stay with his kidnapper, while in All that matters, Pankaj’s parents impose their unrealized dreams on their son without even attempting to understand what the boy wanted. The third story is an intriguing take on relationships when three-generation embark on a cruise. In an age where time is a luxury and the reading habit is receding, graphic stories make messages easier to communicate. Nita Bajoria keeps it simple, with her empathetic and perspicacious view of life – a humane approach, even in criminality, that can forge unexpected bonds; living your dream every moment, without being burdened by the expectation of others (especially relevant in these times of loss due to Covid); finding yourself and others through rekindled relationships.

Genre: Fiction/Graphic short stories

Pages: 61

Format: Paperback/Kindle eBook

Price:

  • Kindle eBook: 99 INR/$1.99
  • Paperback (available only in India): 199 INR

My ratings: 4.5/5

A collection of three short graphic stories titled Lost and Found, All That Matters, and Three Women on A Boat, Urban Chronicles II talks about different parenting styles and the effects of these on the kids and their daily lifestyle.

Book cover taken from Amazon

What I liked about the book:
-> I loved the portrayal of how binding kids in a strict routine and not letting them have fun can hamper their growth.
-> The second story ‘All That Matters’ is a very relatable one as it talks about how parents impose their dreams on kids without taking into consideration what the kids want.
-> ‘All That Matters’ also shows the harsh reality that when parents try to give their kids everything that they couldn’t have themselves they end up taking the most important thing from them; freedom of choice.
-> The third story ‘Three Women on A Boat’ is the best of the lot. It gives a vibe very close to reality and tells us how the younger generation connects more with the older generation. It also sends out an important message that although there may be differences in point of view of the different generations, the love between them never fades.
-> The illustrations are so pleasing and done brilliantly. They match perfectly with the stories and each incident/scene.

What I did not like about the book:
-> In the first story ‘Lost and Found’ though the ending is kind of positive, I could not stop feeling a little negative. Falling for or feeling sympathetic towards the captor is a classic Stockholm syndrome and I would have loved it if the author had acknowledged this bit.

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