Book Blitz: Nargis by Hermit Pen
About The Book
The book is a collection of 8 short stories, each unique and different from others, covering various facets of life, inspired by real-life characters and incidents.
The stories address contemporary social issues like loneliness, binge dating, domestic abuse, social media addiction, celebrity worship, and also contemporary environmental issues like pollution, dwindling water resources, declining fertility rate, chemical warfare, etc.
The stories also attempt to illustrate the pain and wounds of contemporary political issues like lynching, conflicts, refugees, etc
All the characters seem very familiar and we can easily relate to them.
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It is 2030 and most of the water on earth is polluted.
In the beginning, it was industrial pollution that rendered most of the water beyond human usage, and then the water wars that followed resulted in the extensive use of chemical and biological weapons, which further left the remaining water sources toxic.
In less than 10 years, water had become the currency, and owners of non-toxic water source the new age kings, with their own militias, protecting their wells and supply chain.
Water trading was the most lucrative business now.
Namita had stopped thinking about resistance or confrontation long back. Domestic abuse and sometimes physical abuse had become part of life for her. She had accepted it. It was no secret either. Most people around her knew. It’s difficult to hide the scars, especially the physical ones.
Since that fateful day, he had wished for only two things. To meet the family of the boy he had killed and the people who had killed his brother.
He couldn’t make up his mind as to what will give him the closure he needed.
The atonement of his sin or revenge. Guilt and vengeance had been consuming him.
All she could manage was “Why are you good to me Shoeb? Why do you still stick around when everyone else has given up on me, and now you brought my child to me”.
Neha could not control anymore, tears started rolling down her cheeks.
Shoeb softly spoke almost in a whisper to Neha “We have taken him out of the shelter and legally adopted him. We will raise him as our own now”
He had plans of getting married next year. An arranged marriage. His parents in Hyderabad had already selected the bride for him. He knew nothing about the girl and was not interested to know either. He believed that arranged marriage will ensure that his parents will be taken care of in their old age, which was his prime responsibility, being the only son, as has been repeatedly hammered into his head, by the society, since childhood.
The night was beautiful, a bit cold though to be sitting in the balcony in only a t-shirt, this had been her ritual, night after night.
The silence at this time of the night is addictive. It calms the volatile souls and tames the inner demons.
Finally, she read out Waheed’s post aloud “I respectfully decline The Smith Award, which is considered no less than Noble prize, awarded to me for my thesis “Impact of Social Media on the Psyche of Celebrities”, due to the sad and unfortunate demise of a subject during the course of an experiment.”
Qasim, on the other hand, was sad, very sad. He had this foreboding that his days on his homeland were numbered and he won’t be able to return, ever.
This was the home of his ancestors. Their graves were here. His father used to tell him that for centuries his family had lived in this town.
About The Author
The author Mr. Hermit Pen is a regular contributor to short stories and articles for various anthologies, magazines, and own blog.
Mr. Hermit Pen is a Business Consultant by profession with a degree in Engineering and an MBA. He is well-traveled, having spent half of his life outside India; he is presently based in Gurgaon, India.
He is a movie buff, music connoisseur, and a cricket fanatic. He also closely follows politics and current affairs. He is a vocal advocate of education, human rights, and equality, and he occasionally dabble in social activism.
At the cusp of reinventing himself once again, Mr. Hermit Pen with all humility showcases his debut book, Nargis.
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33 comments found
This book seems to be an interesting read. Quite an innovative but a very thoughtful content of the story. these social issues looks very simple and very easy to read but open who is dealing with can feel the depth of it.
I love reading books! Especially short stories .This is a great review! I’d love to read this book.
I like to read short stories. Almost these seem intriguing. Will add this book to my TBR list.
It’s been a while since I have read short stories … and therefore I may give this book a try afterall we are heading into a holiday season. And FYI stories about loneliness intrigue me
I love short stories as you feel you had so many experiences in just one book. These stories are so diff n surely fun to read. Gonna get my copy
This is such a thoughtful and detailed review and I want to read this book too
The plot of all short stories really sounds interesting. Specially the water pollution one sounds so relevant as this might be a future thing for us. Thanks for sharing your honest review. Will check out this book for sure.
Will surely be reading it buddy, sounds so interesting and quote your genre I like.
Haven’t read short stories in ages, but I like the themes of Nargis. Will give it a go!
Wow tha ks for sharing this review yar really nice ❤️
I am fond of reading books and whenever I see any new book with good reviews I definitely pick it up to read… Will read this book too.
I love reading books these days and specially short stories .. I will give this book a try for sure.
It’s interesting that the stories cover such a varied spectrum. The water wars seems to be a sort of prediction of what is to come. Would be interesting to read.
Wow this is a good book with several stories. I like this lipstick one. Will surely try and get this.
This books seems like a good read. I loved reading the synopsis of the short stories. Let me try to buy it from Amazon.
I like the theme of the book and the outline of every short story. Seems like an interesting book.
I really love to read such short stories and with social issues, I am sure this is perfect to read. Thanks for the review, will check this out!!
This book sounds really interesting, short stories with versatility. Would love to give it a read, thanks for sharing the review.
Am going through a reading slump and a collection of short stories seems just what I need. I like that all the stories have different flavours. Will check it out!
Short stories that have contemporary topics like social media addiction would definitely be a treat to read. I’ll love to go through this book and find out what the stories are about.
I would love to pick this one to read how author has been able to think of such diverse topics and clubbed them in 1 book in form of short stories.
Loved the cover! The look in the eyes of the lady seems to pull me towards buying this book. Your review has reinforced my view. Thank you so much!
I am quite a story buff! Have loved reading since childhood. The collection of stories seems interesting and the little excerpts from each story are quite inviting! Thanks!
I am not a fan of short stories but lately, I have read a few books with short stories and have started to enjoy those. The topics seem intriguing, I will give this a read soon 🙂
I am generally not very keen on short stories to be honest, but you have provided a succinct and nice review of this. Will look into it.
The name Hermit Pen raised my curiosity. I am sure all the stories had a deep meaning. Will try to get hold of the book.
with limited availability of times these days I personally prefer short stories and this seems like the perfect fit, will add this to my TBR list
8 short stories depicting different contexts and plots makes this book an interesting pick for sure atleast for me. The first story set in 2030 looks a must read.
Short stories is my forte, and I love to read as well as weave 🙂 This seems like a wonderful book with a futuristic approach to something which is very relatable – water pollution.
Short stories collection are rising these days as these books works very well with the readers, all the stories make us ponder on things more that are reality or soon going to happen.
I love to read short stories book. The plot of the stories sounds interesting. I will give a try. Thank you so much for an honest review.
I love reading short stories, especially that are based on realistic issues. This sounds like a binge read
I love short stories and would
Surely love to read this. Being an author of a book of short stories myself, fictional short stories are my favourite genre.