Verdict: Filled with more suspenseful twists than romantic moments, the characters in LOVE STORIES discover constant complications and challenges instead of reasons to celebrate.
Set in India, five separate vignettes detail out episodes for characters of different ages, occupations, and family backgrounds as they grapple with finding , and holding onto, love.
Structured around the core theme of love, this collection provides an insightful glimpse into the busy everyday lives of diverse characters throughout India, working in various sectors, from medicine to engineering to entrepreneurship.
Though this collection of stories revolves around a universal theme of looking for love, it is not as lighthearted or warm as it sounds. Love is shown in multiple circumstances: the unrequited kind, the tragic love that cannot be due to external factors, and the joyous form of reciprocated love. As the characters struggle with their feelings for each other, the different situations that they find themselves in based on a combination of the choices that they make and serendipity that ensues represent eclectic, original cases. Although the stories use love as their running themes, they ultimately each take rather dark turns, with mentions of suicide attempts, infidelity, and death.
The collection is also filled with grammatical issues: there seem to be multiple sentences missing words and a number of spelling errors. One sentence contained in a parenthetical even seems to be a note from an editor. Additionally, extraneous detail goes into the description of the different characters’ appearances — and the female characters lack substantial traits besides their beauty. One female is both a doctor and an artist, but she gets relegated to mostly being noticed for her looks, through the first-person perspective of the male character in their vignette. The pacing for the vignettes do not thoroughly develop the relationships or conflicts between characters; some jump forward too quickly in time and others rush through the interactions between them. The stories lack sufficient context for the characters’ surroundings, friends, and goals — and it becomes increasingly confusing to try to keep the different supporting characters straight.
Filled with more suspenseful twists than romantic moments, the characters in LOVE STORIES discover constant complications and challenges instead of reasons to celebrate.