Book Review of Flavours of India

Flavours of India by Pulkit Gupta is a collection of sixteen short stories bringing in the wide variety that the country is known for. The authors have inked in different perspectives and the hidden practices of the various parts of the country. India still continues to puzzle the visitors with its unexplored terrains, however the stories in this collection have attempted to uncover the blanket a little bit and let you peep in. You will notice how several parts of the country are still lurking in the dark-superstitions, child education, poverty, women safety, child marriages, dowry practices, political turmoil, communal riots, terrorism are some problems that the country faces. So is the Incredible India really incredible?


The stories are beautifully woven and all have highlighted a certain place and its environment. The authors have used their styles and techniques of writing starting from stream of consciousness to flashbacks to descriptive techniques. The cover of the book is colourful and fantastic with a picture of Taj Mahal that talks about a story set up in Agra. The title of the book is mind blowing and it clearly satisfies the purpose of making up this anthology.

Land of SPices by NIdhi Parikh is a beautiful poem that has all the elements of poetry including similes, metaphors and has a wonderful literal meaning.

Zaffron by Abhishek ‘Atul’ takes me back to my own visit to KAshmir. The descriptions are well written and the story of Kashmiri Pandits and the others is heart warming and the way Zaffron name is used takes away the hearts of the readers.

When Avarice Strikes by Mangala gives us a fowl picture of child marriage, domestic violence in a small Tamil village. The traditions are main focus and the way they are ruthlessly followed is being delineated and the readers end up in tears after reading this tale.

The Way We See by Shikha KAul elucidates a story about a journalist and a man. The story is all about different perspectives towards life and it stores a deeper message in the end.

A Pious Endearment by KInshuk Gupta’Vitaan’ takes us to the city of dreams, Mumbai and we come across two people who are made for each other and destiny plays all the games to bring them together.

A Ray of Hope by Himanshi ‘Nandi’ is a story of Asha and her struggle. The way she changes her life by helping people and the return gift she gets is miraculous.

A Spicy Kerala Honeymoon by Durgesh Shastri is an erotic tale of a couple who come on a honeymoon. They are poles apart and when they come across each other they began to love and respect each other more.

The Gujju Gyan by Rachna Sheth takes to the Gujju environment and we can best relate to the most loved show ‘Tarak MEhta ka OOlta CHashma’. The story of dreams, fun and the way the author has written that poem is marvalous.

The Accursed Land by Siddharth Jain is a typical domestic story that focusses on Anirudh and his dreams.

Baisakhi by Mehek Bassi takes us to the land of five rivers, Punjab and crafts her story in Ludhiana where a teenage punjabi boy tries hard to make a dead car work. He is diabled and the way he takes initiatives is really motivating.

Eroding Shackles by Kumar Vikrant is a story that elucidates different set of people with some dreams in their eyes and they meet at a same place where destiny takes us to main characters Rashmi and Karan.

THe Harvest Moon by Mangala again talks about the lives of the Tamils and the way things take place.

Roots by Harshita Shrivastav is a motivating story where a girl names Aisha finds the reason of her living when she meets Dushyant, a 4th class outcaste student.

At JOurney’s End by Soumyadeep Koley gives us a tragic picture of Kolkata where a mother has to prove her child her innocence and the then the tables turn on a more tragic end.

Love in a Sea SHell by SUpriya Parulkar is a mind blowing saga of two individuals and the way the story is dealineated is appreciable.

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About the Author


CA, CS student by profession and a writer by passion, Pulkit is someone who believes in living life to fullest. Born in Sonepat, and brought up in Bijnor (Western U.P.), writing came naturally to him due to his genes and current location. He belongs to the land of Bijnor, which gave our country “Dushyant Kumar”, one of the foremost Hindustani Poet during the 20th Century. He did his schooling from St. Mary’s Convent School, Bijnor and graduation from MJPRU, Bareilly. Apart from studies, he also represented his school in various plays and won a State-Level English debate competition in both team as well as in Individual category. He is a CA Final and CS Professional Student and also studying Law from MJPRU, Bareilly.

He started writing with a diary and some random poems, but CA gave a professional look to his writing skills. He got associated with Caclubindia in 2008 – India’s no. 1 Interactive Platform for Finance Professionals with over 11 Lac Members. He soon got popular among its members due to his unique genre, where he used to link current life situations with CA life, which proved to be inspiring for students as well as professionals. He was voted “Favourite of the Club” in 2011, and was amongst the youngest professional to be included in the list of experts. Till now he has written over 50 articles and enjoys a fan following of 1 Lac +. Besides this, he has also contributed to other online platforms and maintains a Blog.

Apart from reading and writing, the author loves listening to Hindi music, watch all kind of Hindi movies and follows Cricket and Tennis very closely.
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