The book “Happimess” by Biswajit Banerji is a collection of twelve humorous short stories that satirize everyday life and the messes we create. The author’s talent with language and pitch-perfect prose make the stories a delight to read, and the book is a quick, entertaining read that also provides food for thought. The humor and satire are well-executed and the stories are never bogged down with unnecessary words. The book has an arresting charm that lingers in the memory and makes the reader want to read it again. Overall, “Happimess” is a perfect choice for those in search of a light, entertaining read.
The stories in the book capture the common experience of finding oneself in awkward and tricky situations that result in a mess. The author has a keen eye for the humor in everyday messiness that often goes unnoticed. The book includes 12 short stories, each with its unique situations and level of humor and sarcasm. It is a quick and easy read that can be finished in one sitting and is sure to lift one’s mood. Overall, “Happimess” is a great choice for anyone in search of some light and entertaining reading.
The book’s style and plot-line were both enjoyable and intriguing, starting from the introduction and continuing until the end. The stories were snarky, sarcastic, and biting, yet the book maintained a cohesive strand. Each story had a strong individualistic voice and was different but accessible, with a dose of surrealism. The author masterfully blended humor and deeper philosophy, making the reader contemplate layers of topics. Happimess by Biswajit Banerji is a well-written and creative voice that is both relatable and thought-provoking.
The cover page of “Happimess” features cheerful colors with lighter tones that are faithful to the genre and content, making it pleasing to the eye. The cartoon illustrations of characters and incidents, along with funny fonts, add to its overall attractiveness. It is a well-designed and thoughtful cover.
The initial story on electricity is amusing as the author has given human qualities to the electrical gadgets, and the protagonist’s encounter with an “iron” gives a different meaning to “iron-man.” The story also imparts a philosophy of life.
The author adeptly crafts well-defined characters without dullness, a challenging feat for short story writing where character and plot development must be swift. Biswajit’s literary skill in elaborating character traits within a small span is impressive. I anticipate future works from the author, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Biswajit Banerji’s short story collection offers a chance to revel in human emotions and connect with the literature on a personal level, elevating its quality. India’s fading short story genre requires more support from authors like Banerji and more works like “Happimess.” While some traditional fiction readers may not appreciate the realistic, grim nature of Banerji’s work, I am confident that most readers will enjoy it.
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