ENCOUNTERS is a potpourri of five sumptuous stories involving a motley crew of protagonists. Skating along the borders of fantasy and paranormal themes, the stories track incredible and poignant journeys of self-discovery, tracing the cathartic aftermath of fleeting encounters.
Review: I am reading Sumana Khan for the first time and I was left spell bound after reading Encounters – Someone’s Always Waiting. There are very few authors which you read for the first time and fall in love with the writings and Sumana Khan is one such author.
The book is a collection of five different short stories revolving around the themes of fantasy and paranormal themes and each one of them are unique in their own ways. Everything right from the stories, the characterization, the narrative and the climax with superb twists, left me spellbound.
The author has narrated the story from the first person perspective which has provided that edge in all the stories. I, for once felt as if, I, myself am narrating the story and floating through the various characters mentioned in the stories.
All the five stories somewhere has managed to touch my emotions and that shows how wonderful the stories are. ‘First Love’ left me enthralled, ‘The Storyteller’ gave me goosebumps, ‘Reminiscence’ and ‘Happiness Clinic’ filled me with lots of emotions which did not subside easily and finally ‘Best Friends’ made me feel happy. Usually the readers tend to forget the story but with Encounters it is different as I simply cannot forget the stories, They are so nicely written. Kudos to the author for that.
Overall: Grab this book and get engrossed in the varied stories as you Encounter one thrilling ride of myriad emotions! A definite read for all the book lovers.
Sumana was born and raised in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where she went on to graduate with a BSc in Electronics, much to the surprise of her teachers, and relief of her parents. In what can only be described as a quirk of fate, she ended up as an IT consultant – a role she essayed for more than a decade. She then moved to the UK where she quit her job and pursued academic and literary interests. The result of this pursuit has been two Masters, one published book, quite a few manuscript drafts, and above all, being stone-broke perpetually.
She currently lives in the UK with her husband and several books.
Rohan Kachalia is an avid reader and writer who has a keen interest in reading fiction and writing stories which revolve around love. His short stories and poetries are published in various anthologies, the recent one being ‘The Fence’. Taking his writing to a next level, his first co-authored project and a novel ‘The 23rd Girl’ is out! You can reach him on Twitter – @rohank01 & on Instagram- kacrohan