A delightful collection of twelve short stories based in the heart of India.
A man who wakes up to read his own obituary in the newspaper; a woman who learns the meaning of life thanks to her stolen bicycle; a stern sub-inspector who is expected to rid a small town of a prowling leopard; a traumatized man who is intent on ending his life, thanks to his adulterous wife; a man who is willing to get his little finger chopped off in order to win his lady love; a pickpocket who can’t forget his art; a caterer who steals a dog for ransom—these are some of the characters from this collection of short stories. Some weird, some cranky, some adventurous—but all overwhelmingly familiar and believable.
The Bicycle Thief and Other Short Stories is Manish Sahu’s debut work. The stories which are all based in the heart of India, are earthy, amusing and very perceptive. Each tale is a slice of life from everyday India. You’ll find the book the perfect spicy accompaniment to chai and pakoras on a leisurely evening.
Manish Sahu started his career a copywriter in a mid-sized advertising agency back in the mid-1990s, where he specialised in marketing to rural-Indian audiences. He has worked as a freelance web and graphic designer for the past 17 years. His expertise also includes web programming and search engine marketing.
He has written a couple of feature-length screenplays and a number of short stories. The Bicycle Thief and Other Stories is his debut work. Manish Sahu lives in Beltarodi, a small village that lies on the outskirts of Nagpur city.
Check out what the fascinating stories in Manish Sahu's debut collection are all about.
A leopard is on the prowl in a small town in Central India. Sub-inspector Shashibala must now manage the menace.
Vidyasagar wakes up to read his own obituary in the newspaper. Is he really alive or is he dead, he wonders...
What happens when you meet a person in a bar, who is adamant on ending his life?
Anamika's bicycle is stolen. And now she works out an innovative plan to get back at the bicycle thief.
Check out reviews for The Bicycle Thief and Other Short Stories.
Every story in this collection has a terrific ending. The sudden twist in the end is what I could never anticipate. Splendid writing!
Manish Sahu is a genius, a master storyteller who can twist and turn the tales, thereby raising the bar higher in every story till the human psyche is revealed, sometimes in glory, sometimes in a con.
Interesting short stories. Often with a twist in the tale. All based in India. Nice one to flip through at the airport or on a train journey.
I enjoyed reading the book. It is a good and quick read.
Manish Sahu can be reached at email(at)manishsahu.com