What are we if not our stories? Afsaane seems to be the perfect name for this book by Ameya Bondre as it beautifully captures the essence of what is inside. Afsaane is a collection of 11 short stories that are sure to give you some food for thought. Each story is different from the other and explores an aspect of life like love, friendship, adoption, emotions, heartbreaks, etc. The stories are simple, insightful, and well written. I usually do not read many short stories but this book was a delight.
What is really commendable about the book is the fact that each story is based on reality. Each character is thought of in detail and they are drawn from people like you and me. While reading you might just see yourself in a character or might have experienced something similar to the protagonist. Another thing that stands out for me is the fact that the stories do not begin in a conventional way. The story starts at one point and you get all the other background information as you continue reading. Some stories are a little vague and you may find it a little difficult to come to terms with how they end, but that gives you a chance to interpret them in your own ways.
The book is perfect for you if you are looking for a simple short read that gives you something to ponder upon. I would particularly like to talk about the cover of the book. The shelves in the cover hold things that are important to and a part of each story. Each and every item on the shelf has some value for the characters and I personally feel that it is a really beautiful and well thought of concept.