An engaging evening with renowned actress Suchitra Pillai at Crossword (Kemps Corner, Mumbai) saw Grey Oak Publishers launch their first book – URBAN SHOTS.
The book comprises 29 short stories (urban tales, as they call it) by 13 different writers. The fast, breezy and relatively fresh stories revolve around present day relationships (friendship, love, family, longing, etc) in the urban cities. The writers, (from different age groups) contributing to this collection, bring in lot of variety and flavor, making their stories very appealing and relatable. Readers would surely be able to connect with the work of young writers who have displayed remarkable observational powers of human emotions, spinning beautiful stories based on day-to-day life.
Kainaz Motivala, who also features on the cover of the book, has contributed – Hope Comes In Small Packages, her first published work of fiction. She summarized her work beautifully in a line- “Hope sometimes comes in the smallest of all things…all we need to do is notice it.”
Ahmed Faiyaz, Dubai based author has contributed three short stories - Moving On, Love…in a Fast Lane, and It’s A Small World. His first book “Love, Life and all that Jazz” was launched earlier this year and his second offering (Another Chance) is about to hit the stands in December 2010.
Other writers Naman Saraiya, Sahil Khan, Hasmita Chander shared their experience, with the audience, of penning the wonderful new-age stories.
Paristosh Uttam (author of Dreams in Prussian Blue), the editor of the book, has contributed ten stories.
Also present at the launch were Nauheed Cyrusi and actor-model Maradona Rebello of Pankh fame.
All said and done, the book surely is worth a read and has become one of the most recommended books of recent times. Hats off to Grey Oak Publishers for bringing new-age young writers to the forefront. We surely await their next offering!