Pilgrims of Sorrow
Inderjit Singh Paintal

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Here are seven stories that will take you from India to Africa to the Far East. A particular colour stains every story as its title and voices an emotion. Journeying through the prisms of their lives, the characters stumble, scatter into myriad colours and hum hopeful songs, finding solace and redemption only through a pilgrimage of sorrow! These stories are a mosaic of tiny mirrors from broken hearts and if you find little reflections of yourself, don't be surprised. They are, after all, echoes of our own longing souls.

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Vinod Kumar Bandla

good work

Oct 18 '14
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Neelam

Beautifully written.....

Oct 01 '14
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Manroop

Wonderfully written,loved the way the writer mixes different emotions.Rust,Burgundy and Green....aptly put.

Sep 30 '14
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Simrat Swani

Brilliantly written

Sep 30 '14
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anuj

Strongly recommend for this book to be published. Extremely moving and keeps the reader glued........all the best !

Sep 30 '14
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चरन जीत सिंह धारीवाल

Super manuscript..
All awesome stories..written by gifted writer.All the best!!

Sep 30 '14
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Sufi Raina

Each and every story touched my heart. In 'RUST' the author has successfully created a clear picture of human emotions. The story is tragic yet beautiful. The characters of the 'BURGUNDY' (second story) are too real to be fictitious and The climax of this story is so unpredictable, and very touching, it gave me chills and I absolutely loved the heart felt writing of 'GREEN'. It leaves the reader with an urge to embrace uncertainty,let go, and resume living. Inderjit Singh you are a truly gifted writer.looking forward to read more stories. Good luck

Sep 30 '14
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Mahima

What beautiful,soulful,and tender journey of words,feelings and ironies of life, are these stories! Each story set me on sail to a different shore, each pulsating with humanity and human vulnerability in a different shade. I would love to read more...keep them coming,let's sail on...

Sep 30 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Amazing stories. Words so beautifully woven that they speak so much and touche your heart unfailingly. There are several long novels which fail to convey thoughts and messages even with the huge number of pages written and there are short stories which connect instantly with the readers in the span of merely a few pages. These are the stories of that kind. All three of them, I liked 'Rust' the best though. The writing style is remarkable. I'd love to read all seven stories of the book. Hope this one gets published. One of the best books on BGB that I've read.

Sep 29 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

Thank you Vinny for the wonderful words of encouragement! look for ward to recommendations as well!

Sep 30 '14
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Jyoti Rimpy

An amazing collection of short stories which takes you into a different world. Read it twice. Full of emotions and the stories are extremely gripping. The author has done a commendable job . I recommend this to every person who likes to be taken into a world of emotions.

Sep 29 '14
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Tarveen

Story telling is an art, loads of people trying doing it but not everyone gives full justice to it. Inderjeet is a master story teller who can leave you spell bound with his words and can take you into a different world.Highly recommended and must read.

Sep 29 '14
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Raman Deep Virk

excellent work..touching n impressive stories..
'Rust' the best.
All the best ! :D

Sep 29 '14
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Arjun Singh

A masterpiece ! The poetic flow of the story keeps the reader interested till the end.The author masterfully paints a vivid picture in the readers mind , using a rich and vibrant vocabulary . I look forward to reading the novel

Sep 29 '14
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Venus

The stories are each very beautifully written. Each a different colour deep and rich. Inderjit has a deft handle on words, he paints well each emotion , each character as if we were watching a movie in motion.
Each story touched a different crevice inside my soul!

Sep 29 '14
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Seema Handa

Read a good book after a long time! Keeps you involved. Should get published so that more people can have the opportunity of reading it.

Sep 29 '14
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Nidhi Mittal Bhuwania

Excellent work Inderjit! Enjoyed reading all three stories..cried throughout the third one. Very good vocabulary, well described as though one is watching a movie. Waiting to read the other stories..

Sep 29 '14
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Gagandeep Sahota

"Half a moment" well why not!!

Sep 29 '14
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Sukhi Kerr

Very difficult in the short story format to flesh out the characters sufficiently to hook the reader and keep them interested enough to keep reading but Inderjit seems to have mastered it well. This is particularly the case with the death and sorrow theme of the book which if handled by a lesser literary talent some readers may find off putting.
After the first two stories it was good to find that the third had a positive ending. I hope the remainder of the stories maintain a somewhat similar balance.
Certainly well written and should be published. I was looking forward to reading the next story and hope to do so when the book is published.

Sep 29 '14
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Sheeba

An amazing collection of touching stories. The wonderful description just makes the scenes and characters come alive . Congratulations Inderjit. Brilliant work! Looking forward to reading the rest of the stories and more of your books.

Sep 28 '14
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Reema sodhi

Very well written and researched.Emotions and sentiments are depicted beautifully!Best of Luck!

Sep 28 '14
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Suchreet Kaur

A superb collection of touching short stories - taking the reader on a roller coaster ride -experiencing the highs and lows in the lives of myriad characters.Amazing imagery used to create both mundane and bizarre situations with equal ease and expertise interwoven into memorable stories. The beautiful character building in such a short span of words is rarely found in short stories! Congratulations Inderjit , on your debut foray into the field of fiction! Looking forward to lap up more of your works soon!

Sep 28 '14
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Harish Nanda

Great work ...esp burgundy ...Can't wait to read more

Sep 28 '14
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Singhfergy

Pilgrims of Sorrow takes a hold on the reader and each short story takes you on an emotional journey. The language is so descriptive and evocative, the stories resonate long after you've finished reading them. Although each story has a different theme, they all illustrate the fragility of life and the effect a single event or decision can have. More please! This book deserves to be published so that everyone can read it.

Sep 28 '14
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Anjali sethi

RUST– A poignant story of a child whose hands wrap around the rusted orphanage bars, a man who has "made silence his companion"…Such a sensitive rendering of deep sadness that permeates Manjit being akin to Rust . So tragic yet beautiful. BURGUNDY-For me it brought up mixed feelings. I am also amazed at the emotional connect between the two unlikely people Pragati and Shaz that the author has subtly conveyed and of course what different things Burgundy meant to Pragati!! GREEN -What moved me is the underlying hope in the face of tragedy that the story conjures up. ‘The loss of a child is Fate at it's cruelest’…Truly moving and leaves the reader with the feeling that all is not lost despite the senseless ways of some misguided souls....Loved the descriptions and enjoyed the rich language immensely.Look forward to reading a lot more of Inderjit’s works. Good luck and hope it gets published! You surely deserve to be!!

Sep 27 '14
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Dilbir Singh Sodhi

What fabulous stories! Can't believe this is fiction ! Look forward to reading the rest of the stories!

Sep 27 '14
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Sep 26 '14
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Winnie Ahuja

Brilliant!!! Really enjoyed reading these stories. Looking forward to more stuff from this writer.
GOOD LUCK

Sep 26 '14
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Inder Deep Kaur

Very well written. Words paint a vivid picture! Hope to see it in book stores all around the world. All the best!

Sep 26 '14
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jaswinder sodhi

Awesome piece of work. Written with lot of passion and enjoyed reading. Looking forward to reading more from this writer.Book needs to be published.

Sep 25 '14
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Ramneek Kaur

I am a new bloodygoodbook-er and lucked out by stumbling upon 'Rust'. Looking forward to reading more from you, Inderjit.

Sep 23 '14
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Deepa Swani

Absolutely brilliant!The flow of words and the imagery evoked is simply beautiful.The characters and stories stay with you long after you've stopped reading.This manuscript should be published so that the world can read the genius of the writer.

Sep 22 '14
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Apollo luthra

Bloody good work Mr. Paintal. Heart touching stories which make you blink constantly to stop that tear rolling out...A true pilgrim of sorrow indeed.One can feel the characters,as if you are witnessing the whole episode. keep up the good work.

Sep 20 '14
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JIten SHobhanty

A Masterpiece with ample Depth in thoughts & wat'not.....best wishes For the Book!!

Sep 20 '14
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Sharina Nanda

Awesome stories ..very well written

Sep 19 '14
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Balji

Excellent Stories!

Sep 19 '14
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Tinu

Too good to be fictional !

Sep 19 '14
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Sukhvinder Singh

Short stories with lots of colors in Long length and breadth. Inderjit's love for poetry is clearly adding more depth to the well written sentiments of the common man. Would love to read more.

Sep 18 '14
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Vinkey Dhariwal

Touching story, should be published soon. Keep it up sir

Sep 18 '14
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Pragati Srivastava

The sole reason i am here, is i want this book to be published asap.
reading this is antagonizing, it alienates one from his own world, and lets him dive to wherever the author is.It creates such perfect imagery.The SS each on a hue, paints itself via that amazing selection of words right into the reader's soul.
*waiting eagerly for this to be out in stores*

Sep 14 '14
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aakanksha

a clear and mature writing style, with acute understanding of human emotions. stories which do not describe the girl or boy next door but still find a base in the readers mind and leaves an impression on heart. I was very well able to identify with the characters and feel them. heart touching

Sep 14 '14
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Aryaki Mukherjee

A beautifully collaged Kaleidoscope of thoughts and colors! The stories reflect the author’s chromafied perspective of the otherwise monochromatic, or dark, or obscured sides of life.
Even though “the color of rust remained constant” in the story, “Rust”, the author also lined the protagonist, Manjit’s life with the “vivid memories of bright colors”. The color burgundy presented itself beautifully in cocktails of Pragati’s blood, wine and agitation in “Burgundy-Skin Waltz”
And the imagery, well equipped with seas of emotions is bound to keep the author glued to the stories, making him overlook the predominant silence and the hint of sadism. With all the anticipation, and the well garnished, well tempered denouement, the stories serve as lovely recipes to amplify the reader’s outlook. Looking forward to read more!

Sep 14 '14
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Sanjeev Verma

Colours are everywhere .... but this is the first time i have seen someone expressing colours in words. From now on, i will see colours every time a witness an overwhelming undercurrent of emotions. Kudos to the author for making us see colours in the middle of monochromatic ironies of life

Sep 13 '14
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Nikhil Karwall

Beautiful and poetic. Not to be missed stories.

Sep 13 '14
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ASHISH BHAN

The stories were fantastic from beginning to end. Really breathtaking. I’ll definitely check out the remaining stories from this book. Thumbs-up!

Sep 12 '14
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Naveen Gupta

Now this book is something of the kind that MUST be published at the earliest possible. Very fine, indeed. What pain..what emotions.. Aaah!! absolutely loved it!! You've got a beautiful outlook of things Inderjit. Extremely well done!

Sep 12 '14
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Mohit Sharma

just 1 word..Awesome!!

Sep 11 '14
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Sep 10 '14
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Payal Kapadia

Jhumpa Lahiri, watch out! This is literary fiction at its best: nuanced storytelling; evocative situations; leisurely pacing; beautiful characterisation; and language at its most eloquent. It's a wonder this hasn't become a genre-defining book yet!

Sep 08 '14
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Balvinder Kaur

Pilgrims of sorrow..eagerly awaited book..in fine print...full of..
Human emotions..
Soulful thoughts..
Awesome poetry...wow !!inderjit..well written
Gud luck !!

Aug 17 '14
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Aviral Singh

First of all, a salute to the author. It is the first book on the BGB which kept my tied till the end. This is a bloody excellent book. We should have more of these. Awesome. Simply Awesome. Maturity in writing just flows smoothly and grabs u by the collar to read these stories and finish them. Amazing narration..!! All the best..!! I hope it gets published..!!

Aug 13 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

Thanks Aviral, appreciate the encouragement.

Aug 13 '14
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Aviral Singh

That should have been kept me tied :P

Aug 13 '14
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Harsimmerdeep Kaur

The book stems from a deep well of Knowledge. Not just the kind of knowledge that's gained from books 'n travels but the kind of comprehension that comes from the sensitive understanding of Pain. Love is the strongest force on Earth. Love, Religious Tolerance 'n Compassion are woven dexterously in the tales of Colour. (Couldn't imagine 'Rust' as a colour!)

Aug 12 '14
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Aug 03 '14
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Raj Ahluwalia

The author has a preoccupation with death..sadly. But in this story he has picked up a hot potato and dealt with it fairly n squarely. Terrorism, how young men are lured into it; how good people everywhere are trying to salvage them and return them to mainstream. One finds it hard not to hate Islam for the havoc its followers are wreaking on the Innocents. Yet such change-of-heart stories, and presence of beautiful people amongst Islam's followers are the stuff which prevents such hatred to take over. A great topical story, well written and a fabulous read.

Aug 01 '14
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dhruv sharma

the first story does capture the remorse and regret caused to those who lost loved ones and suffered in the 1984 riots. the story has rich imagery and the characters be it rehmat khan, harjas or manjit himself come to life in a single read. Intriguing piece of fiction but lacks conversations amongst the characters themselves. A very earthy and meaningful read out and out. Short fiction finally sees justice done to itself.

Jul 20 '14
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Amarjot

I love this collection of stories.Some of them are absolutely stunning. Beautifully written throughout. This takes readers into the minds and hearts of people navigating the unsettling transitions that life presents to us all. I can read over and over again and gain new understanding each time.

Jul 15 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

A most satisfying review and feedback. Nothing delivers a better compliment than the reader expressing that he/she can re-read the stories.

Jul 15 '14
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Kithaab Sris

By far the best manuscript I've read here at BGB. Certainly looking to read it soon.

Jul 14 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

Thank you

Jul 14 '14
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Aanchal Garg

Totally touching! Highly commendable work Inderjit!The flow in the stories and the beauty in words is evident of sheer mastery in writing fiction. The characters are engaging, true to life and are appropriate for the setting of the stories. I'm sure these characters will be remembered long after the book is finished. BURGUNDY turned out to be my favourite. Wish to read the rest as soon as possible!

Jul 13 '14
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Nikhil Goyal

A Nice Read

Jul 11 '14
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Mahrukh Chikliwala

Wow! so good read it twice. While Rust evoked sadness, the same experienced reading 'the kite runner '( no comparison- only because of the kite) Burgundy's twist in the tale socked me in the face. Green gently leads the reader from hopelessness to hope; to break free from the shackles of prejudices which fetter us.

Jul 10 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

Thank you so much for the encouraging review!

Jul 10 '14
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Praveen Vohra

Literary fiction at its best!

Jul 09 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

a much needed encouragement...precious recommendations...magnanimous!

Jul 10 '14
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Seema Bindal

These stories are entirely gripping. I found myself helplessly stuck. Its really going to be difficult to overcome the pain that these stories have produced. I would love to read the rest of the book. Author has a very strong hold on human emotions and paints beautifully with words. Kudos!

Jul 06 '14
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Dilsher Singh Sukhija

heart rending

Jul 05 '14
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Manpreet Kapadia

My favorite line was in Story 3- it takes a split second for destiny to play her plan and undo yours! Thanks Inderjit - your style excels, especially with the poetic touches - makes it a more interesting read. Wish you all the best in your future endeavors

Jul 01 '14
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Manpreet Kapadia

I read & enjoyed the first three stories, although have to admit, they were rather sorrowful & left me heavy hearted!

Jul 01 '14
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Harjiv Swani

Very gripping stories!! Brilliant, heart warming and pulsating stories, perfectly peppered with beautifully crafted charecters and such vivid description of landscapes, in totality, truly leaves you with a myriad number of emotions.The terseness, the eloquency, the canvas .... wallah!

Jun 30 '14
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Gunvir Paintal

This book seems to contain simple and easy stories but if you actually give careful thought to it, it contains deep and profound musings of soul

Jun 30 '14
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Meetu Sodhi Swani

Very gripping stories!! You are truly gifted! There are so many layers to your writing. I almost feel the pain,the anguish,the hope that the characters in the stories experience- they are so real that i feel i am a part of their lives! Your writing comes from a deeper soulful level. I wish you success and hope to see your book on BGB real soon! I highly recommend this book.

Jun 30 '14
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Urmil Gaurav Arora

Great work!! Keep it up!!

Jun 29 '14
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Bhawna

Brilliant, heart warming and pulsating stories, perfectly peppered with beautifully crafted charecters and such vivid description of landscapes, in totality, truly leaves you with a myriad number of emotions. Kudos to you ! Eagerly waiting for more !!

Jun 29 '14
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Samiksha Gupta

Another review would just be a repetition of all that other readers have already said. Since I have been a regular listener of your radio show and have heard beautiful pieces of poetry in your magical voice, I expected a lot from this book and I'm glad to say that this is far far better than what I ever imagined.. Brilliant work of an all time favourite author!!

Jun 25 '14
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Priya Kanda

These stories took me back to school. In the middle of heavy science lectures that demanded a disconnect from all emotion and forced reluctant, fresh teenagers to swallow technical gyaan down, two periods used to be especially refreshing - english and Punjabi. The strain of pain that runs through the quiet landscape of real life situations, slowly unfurling layers of the past, with echo of every subsequent layer growing louder and louder, screaming to be heard yet maintaining a burning silence : moves. Hauntingly beautiful? Yes, indeed.

Jun 19 '14
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Sachin Chhibber

Liked all the stories. Do not miss the master strokes thrown liberally throughout .... "How can one night last forever ?"......., she wanted revenge, compensation for breach of trust"......"every journey seems pointless'....

Jun 18 '14
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Dhadwal Sanjeev

The terseness, the eloquency, the canvas .... wallah!

Jun 17 '14
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Simerjeet Singh

Capturing the nuances of human emotions in a short story that has the power to move and inspire is no easy task. The author is very good at bringing words to life and while reading you soon realize that you're not just reading words off the screen, you're actually there, as a living, breathing observer or at times even a character in the story. Great job done and I look forward to reading the entire book. Kudos to the BGB Team also for coming with such an innovative platform for writers and readers alike.

Jun 15 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

Thank You Simerjeet! Your encouragement means a lot!

Jun 16 '14
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Keshav Jain

loved reading it. The author is so much into the subject,every description just goes with the flow

Jun 12 '14
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Kaur Balwinder

pilgrims of sorrow'mirror of the our souls'. wow described v beautifuly..the shades of human feelings..moods n emotions in beautiful words n super rhymes.Author's psychology n philosophy about human moods is amazing.eagerly awaited novel 'pilgrims of sorrow'is excellent novel...with different concept..seven colorful short stories about emotions.AMAZING.

Jun 12 '14
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Shobhna Joon

Excellent work , his every story is masterpiece....indeed echoes of our longing souls!

Jun 10 '14
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Anand Varma

This author paints stories in this book, and beautifully he paints. Every story is emotionally engaging with characters that are so ruddy with life. In each story the author underlines the invincible vulnerability of human heart. Wonderfully portrayed.. Go for it!
Inder, congrats on your success as an author!

Jun 07 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

thank you so much, look forward to your recommendation to friends and like-minded readers!

Jun 10 '14
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JS.Alian

Engaging, enticing and brilliantly written piece of work.

Jun 07 '14
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Pattar

I found the short stories ABSOLUTELY fantastic,heart breaking ,rivetting, filled with punch of emotions,sad that it ended to soon..it does leave a longing to know what happened next...looking forward to reading your work in the future

Jun 07 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

thank you so much, look forward to your recommendation to friends and like-minded readers!

Jun 10 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

thank you so much, look forward to your recommendation to friends and like-minded readers!

Jun 10 '14
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Ojaswit Luthra

The words flow through the sentences and the sentences through the book like an everflowing stream of water. I don't understand how you don't have a publishing deal yet. The story grabs hold of you from the first page and doesn't let go till the end.
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Jun 05 '14
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Sapna Bhattacharya

The poetic flow of Rust is remarkable. Would love to read the rest too.

Jun 05 '14
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Trisha Khurrana

Nice one. Would definitely make for an eagerly awaited novel.

Jun 03 '14
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Ritika Khanna

The stories flow naturally and apace. They are, indeed, a reflection of a part of our own selves- our yearnings and longings. 'Rust' presents the pain and agony that is inflicted on us by the prevailing conditions and circumstances. 'Green' too depicts that. However, Burgundy presents a startling revelation of how a mere refusal to trust somebody with whom you have spent the finest years of your life and failure to strike a tryst with that person can strangle you. Green, on the other end, presents an appeasing and laudable way of carrying life forward when things are desolate and transcends into a perfect ending.

Jun 03 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

thank you so much, look forward to your recommendation to friends and like-minded readers!

Jun 10 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

You've put it so eloquently Ritika! Thank you for a wonderful review.

Jun 03 '14
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Jincy Chacko

So desperate after hearing the audio synopsis that I want it badly in my hand.. waiting

Jun 03 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

read the stories by clicking on the READ BOOK button on the top to the right of the page

Jun 03 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Good stuff sir. Closest to literary fiction. Cheers

Jun 03 '14
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Jalandhari

Stories are very well written and writing is so vivid that you feel like you are watching rather than reading. Highly recommend "Green" (Third story in the book).

Jun 03 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

thank you so much, look forward to your recommendation to friends and like-minded readers!

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Akanksha Mishra

awesome stories... all of them are just so beautiful and perfect.... :) looking forward for more

Jun 02 '14
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Niyati Shinde

All the stories are beautifully written. 'Rust' left me heartbroken!

Jun 02 '14
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Rajesh Shankaran

Inderjit - Rust was heart-breaking and I really wished it ended otherwise. It is just fiction and yet... Green was beautiful and very authentic, taking me truly into Mombasa. Wonderful work and look forward to the rest.

May 30 '14
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Jassica Sakhuja

The flow of stories is absolutely amazing. I loved the way the stories descended into unpredictable endings . Looking forward to read more stories.

May 28 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

thank you so much, look forward to your recommendation to friends and like-minded readers!

Jun 10 '14
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simran paintal

i just love the vivid imagery in the books, the stories flow very well and the use of metaphors is amazing. 'Rust' tugs at your heart and you feel the anguish. The setting of "Burgundy' is something you can identify with. And 'Green' with the message at its end couldn't be better. Can't wait to see the other stories too.

May 27 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

Thank you Simran, for the review and the support!

May 27 '14
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About the author

Inderjit Singh Paintal Follow

I am an engineer by qualification who dreams poems and stories while awake. I manage a manufacturing business, host a radio show, write songs to amuse myself and scripts for documentaries. I live in Jalandhar with my pretty wife/editor and two kids.