Three Days of Sunshine
Badrinath Nuggehalli

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Synopsis

'Three Days of Sunshine' is a collection of nine short stories, each based on a unique incident or person I have come across on the twisting road called “Life”.

The common narrator is Chaturnayan “Chats” Trivedi, leading a life I would have loved. Chats has a high-pedigree education; he’s single, footloose and fancy free; and a man about town. He has many close friends; he lives on a beautiful campus; he travels often around India and abroad – and best of all, he has no sales targets. Chats is the master of his own time, barring when some friend or relative barges into his life, pulling him willy-nilly into wild schemes and escapades. Chats can never say “no” to them.

Three Days of Sunshine finds Chats in a riot-torn north Indian town. His seventy-something uncle re-discovers – for one last time in this life – a purpose that inspires heroism.

A budding cricket star slips into alcoholism in Shine The Light, with disastrous effects for those around him. One wild and stormy day, when his brother and Chats fail to bring him to his senses, the simple touch of a mother’s love calms the young lad’s troubled soul.

Chats’ friend Googol sets the cat among the pigeons with a devious prank on high and mighty politicians, even causing a state government to fall. Googol uses an unsuspecting Chats as a key in his diabolical scheme.

Other stories show Chats tumbling into crazy situations. There’s a gut-wrenching incident one night in a railway compartment; there’s a casual fling with a woman friend trapped in an imaginary love affair; there’s a big pharma company playing the devil and buying people’s souls; there’s a shameful family secret that Chats has to keep away from a friend; and there’s an ex-girlfriend who has been used as a tool in a perfect murder.

Come what may, Chats is always there, standing by his friends.

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Jul 07 '14
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Krishna Kumar

Great stories. I was able to connect easily with the characters and the settings.

Jul 06 '14
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ram

This is a beautifully written collection. I could practically visualise the transformation of Kakaji - first from a brilliant scholar to adventurer to hen-pecked husband and then again back to a crowd-tamer in the final satges of the narrative.His yearning for some contact with a sympathetic person and the little pleasures of life are beautifully brought out. This storyis easily the highlight of this collection

Jul 01 '14
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Sanjana Parikh

I could not finish the first story. The imagery is good but there are a lot of long sentences that did not keep my attention. Also, I felt that some scenes have been stretched more than necessary. The synopsis too is complicated.

Jun 24 '14
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Badrinath Nuggehalli

Hi Sanjana. Thanks for reviewing ... all feedback is welcome! Try the other stories ... they run in different moods.

Jun 28 '14
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Hetika Sanghani

just scraped through the first story...did not like the end and somehow could not believe kaka's split personality(do dynamic and go-getter but still meek in front of his brainless wife)...that disappointment could not let me read through the second and third story....could have been better...

Jun 16 '14
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Badrinath Nuggehalli

Hi Hetika. Thanks for reviewing ... everybody's feedback is useful. My story says every person is full of contradictions ... that's what makes human beings so interesting! Why not try the other stories? They are quite different.

Jun 28 '14
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Komal Thawrani

Nice...!!

Jun 14 '14
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About the author

Badrinath Nuggehalli Follow

Educated at Lawrence School, Lovedale; BITS, Pilani and IIM, Bangalore, I took up advertising and market research to pay my bills and writing stories to keep my life juices flowing. My novel "Clear Line of Fire" (a thriller) is published by Rupa.