Afsaane by Ameya Bondre


A sky-blue paper bird glued to a mirror. A handmade book on music to be gifted. A pair of mud-brown tea cups without handles. A shelf to hoard dying memories. A little home tucked away in a remote village. A haunting voice after boarding an empty bus… The images on the cover belong to people whose stories are packed in this book: A man who meets his lost friend in a new world. A seeker who resists everyone to reach an unwanted place. Lovers that separate, only to find some hope. A failed artist who finds another voice. A new entrant in a home who creates turmoil. A cheated girl who makes a desperate call. A shattered man who pegs on a sudden dreamy trip. With eleven stories of unrequited love, hope, acceptance, heart breaks or just needs, ‘Afsaane’ will tug at your heartstrings and open windows to people that experience unusual situations in far too usual lives.


Rating – 4.0/5.0

Afsaane is a collection of 11 short stories about love, friendship, dreams, longings and passion. Each story is unique in its own way and leaves your heart warm after each read.

The stories talked about such relevant topics which we usually face in our life.The author talked about such mundane everyday incidents in a wonderful descriptive manner which made me stop and think about it.

The authors’s play at words and witty use of metaphors to express the emotions that the characters were going through made the stories more memorable and relatable.

I loved how the stories were open ended which left a lot to the imagination on how the stories and the characters finally end up. There’s a desire to learn more about their lives just to stay with them a little more.

The book cover is an apt representation of the stories and stores tokens of the various stories in the book much like how Avni does in the first story.

My personal favorite was Blinkers On. It is about child adoption and how the parents were going through several instances of guilt and doubts about their decision due to family and social pressures and expectations.

Overall Afsaane is a delightful collection of stories which I definitely recommend reading.

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