Over the Edge, a set of quick stories written by Vandana Kumari Jena is like having a complete meal of short-eats or starters, every snack is fulfilling and engaging by itself and leaves the reader yearning for extra. It’s been a very long time since I’ve loved a set of quick stories and Jena’s e book ticks all of the packing containers.

The 24 stories all beg to be reread and their protagonists are the sort who appeal the reader to observe them until the final phrase.


One of the perfect issues about this assortment is that the quick stories embrace the confines of shortness, but the denouement is passable and all of the free ends are neatly tied up collectively. Though I did really feel a slight pang of disappointment on the approach one story ended (name it the hazards of being a author who loves to write quick stories), however frankly talking the decision is at all times a author’s prerogative and Jena had the fitting to finish her story the best way she deemed match. I stored pondering that I’d have given it a unique ending.But Jena’s ending was higher.


Over the Edge which can also be the title of the primary story the place Manisha a lady in her thirties is sitting on the havan for her departed husband Rahul. While the pandit is chanting the mantras, there are whispers that Manisha killed her husband. Manisha’s thoughts meanders and a sequence of flashbacks takes the reader into the center of the accident which prompted Rahul’s untimely dying on the age of thirty-seven. The ending of this story made me sit up, it additionally made me keen to learn the following story. It was an ideal starter to kickstart the feast that was to observe.


The subsequent story “A Storm Is Brewing” was one other mind-pleaser. It had me widening my eyes in shock on the twists and turns of Jena’s pen. I relish quick stories, really I devour them like a narrative monster. I used to be keen to learn the remaining.

Another story I loved was “(*24*) for a Day” the place a twenty-one-year-old woman named Kriti who cleans bathrooms within the airport, finds a boarding go. Kriti on an impulse boards the plane and what follows subsequent bestows a novel expertise on her.

“Essence of a Woman” had a thriller really feel to it. I preferred the suspense and the ending so much. The story titled “Coma” additionally embraced the thriller style. It begins with a younger boy waking up from a two-month lengthy coma and what follows subsequent could have the readers intrigued in addition to stunned. Why did the boy go into coma? Who are the individuals beside him when he awakens? What is the boy’s identify? Jena solutions every query like she is peeling an onion, layer by layer, making the boy’s reminiscence return separately, in order that the reader isn’t overwhelmed however intrigued with the knowledge.


The story “Hell Hath No Fury” takes place in an air-conditioned prepare compartment. After The Storm is a household story. “The Betrayal” is a mother-son story. It might have fallen into the stereotype of youngsters mistreating their dad and mom, if not for the ending. That lifted the story into the land of the modern.

“Eureka Moments” is a couple of lawyer attempting to resolve the case of a well known painter Suchitra discovered useless in her farmhouse. Does he get his “Eureka Moments”? Read the story to discover out.


I used to be smiling after I learn “The Ambush”. Jena’s stories are like a well-made plait, pleasing to the senses and devoid of stray bits that take away from its neatness.

Jena doesn’t dilly dally along with her stories. Right from the beginning of every story, she has her eyes firmly on the ending line, like an athlete taking part in 100-metre race. That’s why her stories don’t stray or meander, however attain their bullseye. Grab this platter of starters.


Over the Edge

By Vandana Kumari Jena

Rupa, pp. 216, Rs.295


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