Allergic to Reading? Don’t have enough time to pick up that Fat Novel? Don’t worry good news is that you are not alone, there are many like you. Although, there are people who really love it (I didn’t mind reading the 900 plus Shantaram), there are several others like you who enjoy short stories more. Specially the youth of today – the phataphat khatakhat generation, who always prefer stuff that consumes less time of theirs.
Perhaps, that is why an anthology – collection of short stories works so well globally. In India, we have seen the market of anthology taking a boom early this year as every publishing house taking a fancy to these market in hope to tap captive market that is instantly provided by the multiple authors – Be it their friend circle or followers.
However quite a few anthology seem to follow the safe genre of romance. Hence when we stumble upon a Salt and Pepper Anthology which chooses to offer different genre, our interest doubles in the whole concept of “Anthology”. Here are the reasons why –
1. Because it is Quick Fun like Instant Coffee and Maggi
It doesn’t take much of your time still gives you a satisfaction feeling ~ The feeling that you read something worthwhile.
2. Because You can read it in Gaps, and still not lose the Plot
Since it has short stories with less than 5,000 words each, you can read the stories in gaps. 17 stories can be read at 17 different times – you don’t miss the plot here!
3. Being Short, the Stories are tight like Pakistani serials and not like Indian Daily Soaps
Yes, short story doesnt allow you to get bored. It is engaging right from the start to the end as the author has a limit with words.
4. Variety is the Spice of life
A book with different genres and different stories can never bore you. A perfect combination of different genres balances your reading well.
5. Kyunki it is Full Paisa Vasool
All these anthalogies are priced under Rs. 200. With so many stories under 200 don’t you think it is worth your money?
6. It is High on Quality unlike IIT’ians Love Story
Chetan Bhagat can get repetitive and boring with his full girlfriend and half girl friend. However, short story authors who have stories to tell and have been constantly scribbling from ages, are not just unique but have different tale to tell altogether .
7. Works well for People Who despite wanting to read, find novels as a headache
Indian people aren’t much into reading though they want to read. Indian anthology with 25 stories max hardly covers 250 to 300 pages works perfectly for the laid back readers.
8. Because the Language is Simple
Written by Indians for Indians, the language is simple and easy to read. No hi – fi words there
9. Because we at times need a break from the stories of our favorite authors
Reading the same genre again and again can become monotonous – especially when we keep on reading our favorite author time and again. Anthology of mixed genres can really be a good break in between.
10. Kyunki You Can Still Read it Out to Your Children and Grandparents!
Novels cant be read out to your children and grandparents but short stories in anthology can be. How about reading a motivational story to your teenage boy to give him emotional strength? Or a story of a patient who came out from serious illness to yoour grandparents? Sounds interesting? Hmmm!
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