City Under Curfew and other stories: Book Review
Book Title: City Under Curfew and other stories
Author: Fazayal Shabbir
Publishers: Leadstart Publishing
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
About the Author: Fazayal Shabbir has followed the traditional route of mechanical engineering topped with a post graduate diploma in business management on the academic front but is unconventional in other aspects of his life. He holds a black belt in Judo and accomplishments at state level, and sports is closest to his heart.
It is an assorted collection of 12 short stories which make for quick and easy reading. I find paperbacks keep me hooked longer than ebooks do and such stories are the easiest way to bring me back into the rhythm of reading.
I could relate to the title story the most because I'm a 90s kid from Mumbai who has seen those scenes of curfew during the Hindu- Muslim riots and the cold-blooded encounters in by-lanes. I was a tad bit sad that the remaining stories that follow in the book are not based on the same topic and neither do they have anything to do with Covid-curfews. Each tale felt like a glimpse from the lives of people I felt I'd met at some point of time.
I like stories with twisted, unexpected ends and I found one or two such treats in this book. I don't want to give out spoilers by naming the title of the story.
The story of the man with six failed suicide attempts reminded me of a popular recent web series. I enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed watching the more elaborate movie version.
Simplistic storytelling, but fairly well- edited collection of tales. I wish the author all the luck with his future endeavours!