BR #80 | Walks Through Life: Stories | Santhosh Komaraju | Notion Press | ★★★★★

Book - Walks Through Life: Stories
Author - Santhosh Komaraju
Publisher - Notion Press
Rating - ★★★

Author Bio: (from book) “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”—Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

When Santhosh encountered the above quote that came from a reputable American author, it strengthened his intentions to write. Though he utilized that as a foundation for his writings, he wasn’t confident that a truth could be easily written. Because a truth for him is such an entity that can be easily understood, but the realization seemed hard. That posed a challenge for him as he began to write. Several questions followed. Nevertheless, he continued and wanted to see where he would head. Fortunately, that questioning fueled his writing engine, instead of burning his aspirations. This resulted in his debut book—Walks Through Life: Stories.

The inspiration behind his writing comes from his interaction with Hindu mythology. He believes that mythology does not just offer historical events but, rather, a set of valuable lessons that are often interwoven within the details. He chose story writing as a medium to bring out those learnings. He intends to continue his writing in this regard.

Currently Santhosh lives in Greer, SC, USA, along with his wife and two sons.

Book Review: "Walks Through Life: Stories" by Santhosh Komaraju is a collection of nine short stories with a moral message. Each of the short stories brings out the infinite capabilities that are present in the good of people. In a way, the author has tried to preach that change is inevitable and mankind will always gain when that is directed towards the positive flow. This collection of stories are meaningful, lively, and full of interaction.

Readers will love the flow of the plot in each story. There is an adequate thrill with enough twists and turns in some stories. The writing powers of the author are proved with a balanced flow of words that is simplistic yet enriching with vocabulary. We find stories of change, power, kingship, friendship, transformation, benevolence, brotherhood, and many more humane traits that define our evolution over centuries. The characters are unusual but friendly. There is lots of wisdom attached to every story, and while reading, it is not difficult to imagine something like this taking place in our own planet. There are distinct parts to which the stories can be categorized. They can be roughly divided into stories of kingship in brotherhood, empowerment of women, devotion in learning, and humanity in living. All stories are equally enjoyable with different plots and sub-plots which narrate a moral lesson.

This book is recommended to short story lovers as well as history and mythology lovers who want to read an enlightening short read. The pages are heavily influenced by a tinge of past nostalgia that is reminiscent of old times. With stories having kings and monsters to villages and countrysides, one can infer that the overall setting is not urban and modern. Therefore, the author has been somewhere successful in bringing out the positive energy in readers while reading these wonderful short stories of moral-ethical value.

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