Monday, 18 February 2013 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Uff Ye Emotions!!! Book Review!!!

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            Finally, I am done reading "Uff Ye Emotions"- An Anthology published by Mahaveer Publishers. This is the first time when I have read an anthology in which various authors have contributed rather than just one. Before this, I have experienced the same while reading Chicken Soup series which has short stories on a basic theme from various different authors. But 206-pages anthology- Uff Ye Emotions has been a totally new concept in which every love story is of 5000 words each by 11 different authors. The good part about the book is that it has the names which are already famous among the category of people who are accustomed with Blogs on Internet portal. The free service by Bloggers are always appreciated as they come up with creative stuffs every week and entertain the masses. No one has to pay to read the stories and articles. They just need to click the blog link.

               Vinit Bansal is the editor of the book who is already a famous author known for his only book "I Am Heartless" which has also been translated into Hindi with the name "Woh Chali Gayi" and recently, work has been started to translate it into Punjabi language too. Talking about Uff Ye Emotions, one thing for which Vinit Bansal should be applauded is the way he has promoted other 10 authors over him. I, being a part of this anthology, can easily say that he worked in the same manner as Aamir Khan worked in Taare Zameen Par. He let the other newbies do the main job and he kept himself as a supporting part of the venture. For this, I would seriously like to salute him. I have never seen such initiative in Fiction Industry of our country by anyone. I would love to work again with you, Vinit sir.

             Coming to the book, I feel that the purity imbibed in each story can be associated with love. None of the story is out of the track or seem to be a wanna-be attempt. Every story has been tried with full passion and interest. Though, with some story it has worked while with some, it didn't. 

      Starting with the first story- Love @ Platform by Vinit Bansal, the main excitement in the story starts when girl contributes in the boy's dream but I didn't want story to end the way it did. 

     The Soulmate by Anjit Sharma again starts from a bus stop in the same way as Vinit sir's story began. The scenario when boy goes to girl's house to ask for her hand is a very terrifying scene. The news articles which state that criminals die one after another is the high point of the story but once again I didn't want climax to be such. 

      Then comes- A Date with Fate by Abhilash Ruhela about which I want to hear from all of you. I can't review myself, right? :-)

       Priyanka Dey's Reminiscences has amazing words at right places which makes every sentence beautiful. I loved reading all the sentences in the story but yet again, I banged my head after the climax. 

       Saurabh Arya's Love in the Times of Turbulence's present part is wonderful but the flashback didn't have the kind of masala that I expect. 

       C. Suresh's A Path of Thorns is the best story for me. It had the ignition that was missing in all the previous stories. :-) Kudos, sir.

       Love Undefined by Pankaj Mittal & Rachna Sheth is a very sweet and unique story. It's very fresh that I have never ever read before. It is another booster in the book. Kudos to both of them.

     Sanhita Baruah's Happily Ever After does well when the surprise scene is been described and how the girl gets snubbed and the after-reaction. 

       Stephen Anthony K's The Intercity Express is initially good but I lost the interest because of almost void interaction between the protagonists. 

       Himanshu Chhabra's I Love You, I love You too is exactly what I expected from him. As he is young in age, he has drafted a story of his age itself. And he has perfectly written what he wanted to. A genuine attempt.

       Drishti Dasgupta's story- And Then...I fell in Love! is a good end to the book. Her language and narration is very good. Book ends on a good note.

             Now, coming to the drawbacks- I have one problem with the selection of the stories. As the stories have been chosen through a contest, all the 10 stories should have been of different types. The first three story itself has the whole process at metro station, local train, bus stop etc. Later on, one story again shares it space at a Railway platform. This repetition of same kind of places and scenes did irritate me. Then, as I have regularly complained above- The climax of many stories has been kept kind of sad or incomplete which does not suit the theme- LOVE STORY. I believe that there are two types of Love Story- Happy and Sad but still....

           Then, I have a personal grudge against the editor of the book. The index itself has the name of Anjit Sharma's story's title incorrect. Soulmate is written "Solulmate". And then, after reading all the stories, I have found the most mistake being made in my story. I have almost found 4-6 mistakes that are done by editor's side. I don't know if the impartiality towards my story is intentional or it is some co-incidence but whatever it is, I am unhappy as my story is not been treated the way I wanted it to. I don't know why I wasn't sent the story for a proof-read after it was been edited for the last time. I recheck my Blog Post twice before posting it. It is obvious that I would react this way when my published work gets spoiled for the reason that I am most sensitive towards. 

          In the end, I would say that after completing the book you will surely feel that you were lost in a world full of love. I will give the attempt of this anthology 3.5/5 stars. You will remember some sentences in the book for all your life.
 Thanks.

 ABHILASH RUHELA - VEERU
        

21 CoMMenTs !!! - U CaN aLSo CoMMenT !!!:

Suresh Chandrasekaran said...

Abhilash! I am honored that you considered my story had 'ignition'! If you only knew that I had had a fracture near my right wrist, had the cast removed only on 3rd Jan and felt comfortable about trying to write for this contest (Wrist was very stiff) only on the night of 8th and had to write this story within about 24 hours, you will know how much getting this sort of review means to me :)

Anamika said...

Finished reading ur story n rest I will read nw after ur review..Yes it ws a dream too see u getting published n finally u hv entered d industry ..I'm very proud n happy to hold a book i ws waiting for...Its been my privelege 2 witness d journey of My favorite blogger who is nw a published author..The cover page design is fab..n it’s a bliss to see ur name on d back cover page.Cming too ur story shld I review dat..yes no pts for guessing offcourse i liked it..its inspired by ur blogpsts n totally a typical Abhilash Ruhela style..call me bias,partial or supportive n No matter what future holds in bt as for now I cn say u were n u are my favorite author n d best…n yes for me d best lines frm d story "In last 2.5 yrs i hv read many novels but not even one described any girl as perfect as she is.and dt is hw every romantic novel got a chance to be in my shelf bcos a prt of my heart stayed in them..i had an incomplete story but these books always made me feel that in some parallel world,my story is also complete and as beautiful as these epic stories which r today in international bestseller's list”…i will surely remember them..Today i'm here only to thank u for all d efforts u've put into dis venture..Thank u so much Sir for 5000 published wrds...i knw dis attempt is jst a start for u bt u truly truly deserve a bright future n many more successful yrs of writing n entertaining lakhs of readers around d world..Once again Thank u n pls keep writing...My best wishes..

nikhimenon said...

the main drawback with little known publishing houses like mahaveer is that they never proof read their books....spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are too much in their books..

anyways good that your first published work is out in stores now...do well in life and hope you becomes someone like your icon,mr chetan bhagat

Brijesh said...

I didn't read the book or your blog "A Date with Fate" but the review of your "The First Book" and I can only say you are one hell of a genuine critic..!!!

Brijesh said...

Would like the link of your blog "A Date with Fate"
If it ever been posted...!!!

Rickie said...

I am keen to get this book now because it features the works of three people I have come to know well. And it was great to know that you liked the story of one of them the most! (Now you know who I mean!)

I especially liked the way that you were extremely impartial in your review of the book that you are yourself a part of. Well done for your frankness!

Short story writing is not easy - and I am trying to slowly discover what it takes to write a good one in my blog!

http://reekycoleslaw.com/

Anonymous said...

LOL!!!!...
This is what I think when I see that you are reviewing this book...

A genuine attempt Abhi....I can understand when somebody makes something with our work!!!!

And anyways eh toh start abhi aapkoo...
Abhi toh picture baaki hai mere dost.... :)

Keep ON..
Raja...

Rachna Sheth said...

Thanks for the genuine review... while ur story was nice.... I liked the romantic moments being shared in d train. ..

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Suresh sir, all the backstage problems apart but what viewers see in the end is the story. And your story had the ignition. :-)

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Anamika, you know that theres not much that I can say inresponse to this message of yours. U have been too supportive and inspiring to me. If every writer would get a supporter like u, anyone can achieve any milestone. :-)

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Thanks nikhimenon sir, hope I would.

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Thanks Brijesh sir.. :-) I always try to be fair..

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Thanks Rickie sir... I am happy that u found me impartial.

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Raja, hahaha :-)

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Thanks Rachna mam.. at least someone reviewed my story here in the comment of dis blog :-)

Ritesh Agarwal said...

Hi. I'm a fellow blogger. Read the book and I must congratulate you again for getting published. Now, here is what I feel about the book. You can read my review here

http://thirstydesires.blogspot.in/2013/06/uff-ye-emotions-review-cake-for-chic.html

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Ritesh sir, sorry that u didnt feel my work as an extra-ordinary stuff. May be next time I shall be impressing u

Ritesh Agarwal said...

Nope.
That was just a professional review. I had to critique the work. Like i said, it was good. But I set very high standards for modern authors and compare them with the likes of Amitav Ghosh, Tolstoy and the likes.
So, dont take my review to heart. Yes, you need to improve. But so do I?
After all, it's hard to be as good as those brilliant classic authors :)

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

No no.. I am okay with it. :-)

Locomente said...

Truly interesting...
I have heard a lot about this book and I am going to start the read today.
I think your review just accelerated the urge to read sooner!

Vivek Mishra said...

ur story was nice,i like it

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