Sunday, December 1, 2019

Bijili and The boy who played Rama- Sharath Komarraju

Bijili and The boy who played Rama- Sharath Komarraju

Bijili and The boy who played Rama are two stories written by Sharath Komarraju. I came across these while browsing on amazon. I know of Sharath because i had bought a couple of novels by him and then the novels got misplaced while i was shifting from Mumbai to gurgaon. Now, i don't know where those novels are. They may be at my home town or they may be in my collection here hidden among other books.

Meanwhile, when i stumbled into these stories i decided to get them and read them. I'll be talking about these two stories in this post. The stories are not part of a collection but are published separately.

Bijili - Sharath Komarraju

Read on 23rd of November 2019

Edition Details:
Format: E-book
Page Count: 13
ASIN:B0791BY3KX


First Sentence:
This is no one's fault.

Mahender Reddy has decided to end his life. There is something that is eating him from inside and he can't take it no more. He is now writing his last letter to the world before he eventually kills himself.

Why did Mahender Reddy wanted to commit suicide? What was he guilty of? Did he finally committed the act?

Bijili is story of Mahender Reddy. The reader is introduced to him at a point when he has decided to commit suicide. As the reader keeps on reading the suicide note his interest in Mahender and his cat Bijili keeps on increasing. The reader gets to know who these characters are and what the nautre of their relationship is?

It's a weird and creepy story that keeps you glued till the end. I was kind of scared of Mahender at the end.

I enjoyed reading it.

Some lines from the story that i liked:

A suicide not is meant to pour out of you like rain. It is the breaking of a dam, the uncoiling of a long-wound spring, the coming of an angry flood. The words are meant to take shape on the page in breathtaking beauty, because if you cannot write on your last day here, when can you.

They say killing yourself is a cowardly act, but only those who try it know how much courage it needs.

'No amount of good washes away the bad,' said Bijili, twisting her lips sadly.


Rating: 3/5

The Boy Who Played Rama - Sharath Komarraju

Read on 25th of November 2019

Edition Details:
Format: E-book
Page Count: 18
ASIN: B0791MJNZS


First Sentence:
The leaves of the Mahalaxmi Banyan tree left a buzz in the late evening summer air.

It's a quiet Saturday evening and sub inspector Venket Reddy is sitting on the steps of village temple. It's part of his routine. He is sitting there with the village Headman Seetaraammaiah and village priest Krishna Shastri. 

It's a lazy evening and the three guys are talking about this thing and that when talk  turns to Venket who was promoted to sub inspector because of a case he worked on. It was a mystery involving a local MLA which he had solved. It's an interesting story and Seetaraamaiah wants to know about it. And Venket is ready to tell the story.

What was the case that gave Venket Reddy his promotion? How did he solve it?

You'll have to read the story to find that out.

I liked this mystery. It was simple story but worth reading. I along with the head.man could easily guess the mystery after hearing the story but it was a fun read. The story takes it's title from an important character in the story and what was his relation to the mystery is something which you should find out for yourself.

Sharath has taken these characters out of his novel Murder in Amravati and has woven this story around them. This story has surely piqued my interest for the novel. I'll definitely read it now.

Rating:  3/5

If you have read both of these stories, then what did you think of them? Do tell me in the comments section. 

If you want to read them then you can get them by clicking on the links below:

Have you read Sharath Komarraju's other works? Do tell which one should i read next?

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Other works of Sharath Komarraju that i have read:

Other short stories that i have read 

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