Wilting Tales
Aviral Singh

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Wilting tales is a collection of stories of humans that tried to bloom with hope, but ended up being wilted under the scorching afflictions of time and fate. It is a collection of seven stories which have been written in different writing styles and subjects. These are the stories of common people fighting against the malaise of curse of fate and time that leads to their wilting. These stories are a testament to the instability and proneness of that flower called life, towards being wilted.

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Violet

This happens to be the first ever manuscript I have read here, and I am quite impressed. The stories are simple but still hold complicated touches.The tattoos girl's story would be my favourite for it's beautiful thought and writing.

I must praise you for the vocabulary you have, the words you have used in the third story are just wow! And yup.. The last sentence about women really touched my heart!

All the best and I hope you will get this manuscript published very soon! :)

Jul 04 '15
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Varchaswi

Dear Aviral, Good work. Except for the first story, I liked the remaining. They has something called as emotional power. I donot know if you have fished out these stories out of your experience or imagination backed by sound principles. If it is out of imagination, then you have something in you to be successful writer. As to the narrative, being a debut author, it will need some editing work, slashing of unnecessary words etc.. But as to the emotion itself, you were true to it which is what every outstanding editor would keep as their first priority. I couldnot connect to your first story, but it has visual writing.. So overall, you did a good job. As to the element of commercialism, it is something which has to be tested in the market for short stories are not received all the same, even though they might be good. So if you want to do more research i would recommend Chekov. But keep up the effort....

Jun 11 '15
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Surendra Mohanty

Here is my honest review, how I feel. Perhaps I am wrong. Two of the stories – 'Being She' and 'Grandmother’s Pyre' – are not short stories in their true sense. They are mere narratives. 'Being She' is just right for a newspaper article on the occasion of Woman’s Day.

'Grandmother’s Pyre' is a hyperbole of unnecessary pathos on the death of an aged lady. You need to tell us how she was different from other old women to justify all the mourning. Grandmother’s qualities, nature and affection for everyone would have made it a complete story. After all, who goes wailing in a funeral procession? But in this story, the relatives are wailing on the street too, as they carry the bier. The story lacks characterisation. Everyone is a nondescript uncle, aunty, brother, grandfather etc. Not a single name. A main character (protagonist) is missing, even if it had been the dead grandmother, she could have been reminisced as a strong character. One and half stars for this story.

‘The Girl With The Tattoo’ has an excellent element of story in it. It moves well, the setting is great, descriptions of a stormy evening creates a good setting and foreshadows an untoward incident. Dialogues are fairly well written, and emotions of the girl, her parents are nicely portrayed. The dialogue with the other taxi driver (while the protagonist is waiting) is too long and unrealistic. Needs to be short 2-way dialogues, not everything in one stretch, by one person. The ending, though predictable, is good, no, very good. Four and half stars to you for this story. Half a star docked for lack of characterisation.

‘Being She’ has the situation for a good story but you have made it like a mundane biography of an unfortunate woman. Like I said, it’s fine for an article on Woman’s Day. I would have written the same story more or less on similar lines but brought in elements of a villainous rival as co-worker who makes fun of and undermines her work, and an understanding and good-natured colleague (a man) to encourage her. Finally, my protagonist would get the coveted promotion and a foreign posting by crushing the villainous co-worker. Now pardon me for I have made your story into mine. Two and half stars for this one.

And you are too verbose, though you’ve admitted it. What is point of using bombastic words? Most readers would rather put down a book than use a dictionary to search for meanings. An occasional pompous usage is fine so long as it fits the situation. That will challenge the reader more. Have you noticed one paragraph: Swathed in her night gown ..... ...................... ...................... ...................... ..................... ................... ............... ................. ........................... .......................... ....................... chagrin of her manager? There many such instances in all the stories. Break long paras down using dialogues.

I hope this helps.

Jun 10 '15
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Uday Satpathy

There are three deep aspects of storytelling. One is the world in which the story occurs. Second is the story itself. And third is the characters. There is no doubt that Aviral is a gifted writer. The world he creates and his characters live in are brilliantly depicted. A reader can easily drift into his world and talk to his characters which is no mean achievement. The only glitch I felt was in the stories which (barring the second one which was awesome) could have given the characters a wider set of colors, brushes and canvas to express themselves. Good thing is that the stories are very compact and the author has an opportunity to add that zing, twist or pathos to make them unforgettable. All books on BGB are a work in progress (mine included), so there is always a chance to make the edges smoother. Best of luck!

Apr 21 '15
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Deepak Kaul

I totally did not get where the cruel twist in fate was in the stories. Death, chance encounters and lay offs happen quite often.

Mar 03 '15
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Suman Chhabria Addepalli

Nice cover, title. Well written, the author has taken pain on the manuscript but the stories seem to be a bit dull and inconclusive. I did not feel happy - there was either no middle, and no ending.

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Dhanji

Simple yet replete with profuse emotions. All the best Aviral.

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Akshay

This is awesome. Loved the narration style..very well written stories.

Mar 02 '15
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Sneha

Loved all the stories. What a way to portray characters. Loved the beautiful descriptions. If this won't connect to the heart then what will? Excellent read..excellent.

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Suchita

I am a fan now..!

Mar 01 '15
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Neha Rao

The sadness embedded in the stories makes my heart ache. I would like to read some happy stuff from the author as well.

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Manu

Good portrayal of stories and emotions. Loved the third story. Hope to read the rest of the stories as well. Good luck to the author, hope it gets published.

Mar 01 '15
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Jayshree

Realist fiction at its best. One of the best works I have read till now. The writer has the likes of a chiseled author, hope it gets published.

Feb 25 '15
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Niran

All three stories connected to me instantly. Loved the way author has written them in different styles and with different point of views. Hope to read the rest of the stories. This is a bloody good book and a bloody good read.!

Feb 25 '15
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Seema

The simple yet profuse narrative has one the job. I loved all 3 stories and would surely like to read further. Kudos to the author..!

Feb 25 '15
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Saras

I salute the author's attempt of portraying reality. I loved the third story. What a way to write. Good going. Would like to read the rest of the stories for sure.

Jan 31 '15
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Shruti Dixit

The author has surely achieved the feat of bringing the common people to the fore. The stories are beautifully written, loved the descriptions and the writing style, amazing stuff.

Jan 30 '15
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shivani panda

This book is at the right platform-Bloody Good Book!! The author has justified the title of the book beautifully..All the best Aviral

Jan 29 '15
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pandustar

I fail to comprehend what the author is exactly trying to say through his stories. This is yet another case of a wannabe Indian author trying to ape the Western ones.
Too heavy for my liking; I hope that the book doesn't go beyond 150 pages, else I will have a problem recollecting who I am.
Although I have been negative about this book, this is my opinion which could be wrong and hence would like to read this further so that I hope that the narrative improves.

Jan 29 '15
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Debosmita Nandy

Loved the stories and the beautiful descriptions.

Jan 28 '15
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Gunjan Sen

Hi, very well written, especially liked the third story a lot! All the best to you, hope your stories get published.

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Krishna Raj HK

A good book is any book that 'connects' with a reader. Aviral Singh has certainly achieved that goal; that being the toughest challenge for a writer. Wilted tales? Definitely. I look forward to see the author try and venture out to different genres. Good going.

Jan 10 '15
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Manasi Verma

What a narration style, I've become a fan. It should be published. Fingers crossed.

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Aaron Fernandes

Although the stories are simple, the narration has done the job. Awesome narrative, simply awesome.

Jan 08 '15
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Charu

Bloody good book..!

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Avinash Kumar

Simple yet beautiful stories.

Jan 07 '15
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Sombir

Waiting anxiously for the rest of the stories..

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Tarun Gupta

I loved the way second story has ended, with soliloquy and yearning.The narration truly justifies the title of the Book. Great stuff.

Jan 07 '15
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Amit

The detailing in the stories is excellent. Author has for sure spent lot of time doing his writing.

Jan 07 '15
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Devesh Kandpal

The emotions intended to be felt by the reader have been very aptly put in the stories. The narration style has a smooth flow which makes it even better. Although work of these type might need patience to be read, yet it is worth it.

Jan 07 '15
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Abhay Mitra

Awesome. Simply Awesome. I don't think I need to say more. simply awesome.

Jan 07 '15
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Deepak Pandey

Awesome narration. What a beautiful narration style. Girl with the tattoo was amazing and perfect. Perfect read.

Jan 07 '15
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Sujit Pal

I must say that in present where authors like chetan bhagat and durjoy dutta are focussing on sales, finally I have found someone who writes real fiction. Something that holds a literary significance, not just some bollywood crap. I give five stars for that attempt and the beautiful narration style.

Jan 07 '15
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Dron Parmar

A must read. Good work Aviral Singh

Jan 07 '15
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Anisha Kulkarni

What an amazing narration style. I liked the way author has put forth the simple stuff that happens in everyone's life, and yet we remain oblivious to them. Would surely like to read further.

Jan 07 '15
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Gayatri Vasudeo

Grand Mother's pyre re minded me of my grand mother. Girl With The Tattoo had an amazing narration style and made me think. The last one was lyrical yet simple and to the point. Loved them all. Looking forward to reading the other stories as well.Job well done.!(Y)

Jan 07 '15
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Neha Singh

The detailing is so perfect. The girl with the tattoo was mind blowing and so was being she. Good narration.

Jan 07 '15
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Ajay kumar Rathod

simply amazing. good work. good luck.

Jan 06 '15
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Anik Mishra

Kya baat kya baat kya baat. I am a fan now..!

Jan 06 '15
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Shivam Agarwal

Best book

Jan 06 '15
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satyam rai

Amazing narration style.

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Ayushi Singh

All the stories have been very nicely written. Would surely like to read other stories as well. read some good after a long time. Hope it gets published.

Jan 06 '15
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Jyoti mundey

I liked them all. First one was not great but the way it was written from point of view of a child held my attention. Second one was amazing. Third one was the best..! good work..!

Jan 06 '15
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Akshata Shetty

The narration is simple yet gripping. All the three stories have different emotions embedded in them. What I liked the most was the change of narration style in all three stories and the way author has tried to portray simple emotions. good luck..! Hope it gets published..!

Jan 06 '15
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narang.charu@yahoo.com

This was an amazing read. I liked the way author has weaved the stories with simplicity and elegance. A good read for people looking for realist fiction.!

Jan 05 '15
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pankajsingh.five@gmail.com

My friend suggested me to read this book and I am glad that it is the first book I read. It has a blend of simple emotions displayed in an immaculate way. I appreciate author's attempts and wish him all the best..! Girl with the tattoo was amazing..!

Jan 05 '15
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shubham singh

An amazing read. The author has the likes of Rohinton Mistry and other realist fiction writers. Job well done..!! Would surely like it to see in paperback..!

Jan 04 '15
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arvind khanna

First one was little boring for me. Emotional touch in second one was nice. I liked second a lot. The questions raised in third story were good. I also liked how the author has written them. Simple themes simple narrative. Good work. :)

Jan 04 '15
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Rajshree Chauhan

I liked reading all the stories. The flow was slow but I guess it was important to make the kind of impact it did on me. The first one made me go back and forgive myself for not being able to cry when I lost my grandfather. The second one was brilliant, made me pause for a while before I could start with the third one. The bit that I liked the most was that the girl in the third story hadn't told her office people about her misery. That's the way we women are. Thank you. All the best, would love to read more of these.

Dec 17 '14
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Sarang Kawade

The stories are not gripping enough. I liked the third one where language got complex, but the plot didn't shine through. Second story was elegant and neat, nicely done.

Dec 06 '14
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rujutaghatole@gmail.com

Amazing narration style..would surely like to read further..all the best..!

Dec 02 '14
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Ritesh Shergill

This is definitely not Aviral's best work yet. I have read some of the other stuff he has written and it is superlative. This is a good attempt to start with but I still think that there col have been a bit more takeaway from the stories. He paints a pretty picture with his words, but the stories could have been more meaningful. His writing style reminds me a lot about RK Laxman. A very good effort to start with. But you are better than this Aviral. Strive and you will meet with success.

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Pratik

Liked the girl with the tattoo...your writing is very good for a first timer...keep it up

Nov 10 '14
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ashwin chavan

Girl with the tattoo was amazing, and the last story was too good too. Looking forward to reading such profuse mixes of simplicity and elegant writing.

Nov 10 '14
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Mahrukh Chikliwala

charming stories. good prose.... all the creative writing coming through. Aviral take his time to get to the point which many readers may find tedious in this age of instant connectivity.... but i enjoyed the slow flow of the stories. and if Aviral is still unattached lucky is the lady who hooks him....

Oct 20 '14
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Aviral Singh

Thank you Maharukh for the encouraging review :)

Oct 20 '14
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Dr. Vaishali

Very well written. Enjoyed reading all of them, especially the last one.
Best of luck.
Vaish N

Oct 04 '14
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Chetna

Well written. The only thing I would say is the detailing became slightly tedious after a while. At first, I thought it was quite beautiful, especially how the loss of the grandmother has been described in the child's POV. But as the story progressed, I got the feeling it focuses much much more on good writing than on the actual storyline. In my opinion, a book should have both in equal proportions. But maybe that's just me. All in all, it was a good read.

Oct 01 '14
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Damini Majumdar

All three stories are nicely written. Grandmother's Pyre was okay-ish, The Girl with the Tattoo had a sense of sadness embedded in it and the last one, Being She was lyrical, the one I liked the most.
Would like to read further. All the best to the author. :)

Sep 29 '14
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devyani rawat

The book is simply amazing, really nice as a first attempt.
Must read :)

Sep 16 '14
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Amish Sharma

A decent read; the author no matter how critically he examines others work, needs to spend some time on writing.

Sep 10 '14
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Natasha

A good first attempt.
The stories were nice but I had high expectations from the synopsis.
There was a lot of detailing and therefore the story lost its essence.

Sep 08 '14
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Remesh

I liked it. I have been to Colaba when I was a kid.

Sep 06 '14
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suneha

Girl with Tattoo is amazing. would like to read further

Sep 04 '14
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PRAVIRAJ P

Great work Aviral Singh. Keep it up. Looking forward to more of your books.

Aug 20 '14
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Naveen Singh

Descriptive way of writing,such as yours, is meant for long writing...you have presented small incidents that occurs every other day with some life around us....... those words were able to invoke the emotions which you intended and were apt.......girl with tattoo was best of the lot for me......cheers and all the best.... :)

Aug 19 '14
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Aviral Singh

Thank you Naveen for reasing and reviewing and encouraging..:)

Aug 20 '14
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Niyati Shinde

Nicely written...I liked 'Girl with the tattoo'. Made me weep! Would love to read further. Good luck buddy :-)

Aug 19 '14
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Aviral Singh

Thanks Niyati for the encouragement, really appreciate it. :)

Aug 19 '14
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Hetika Sanghani

3 simple stories...evoke simple emotions...these are stories that v observe in everyday life while goin on with our routine...d only flaw i felt was some portions get very descriptive which is unnecessary....but would definitely want to read ahead....

Aug 19 '14
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Aviral Singh

Thanks, Hetika, for reviewing the book.

Aug 21 '14
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Sanjana Parikh

There is too much description in everything. The first paragraph in the first story itself has so many details that it did not keep my attention from the beginning. I had to drag myself to read more. Your writing has a lot of telling rather than showing and so it seems more like a diary entry. Also, there are some grammatical errors.

Aug 18 '14
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Aviral Singh

Thanks Sanjana for reviewing the story. I agree that the tone of narration turns to a diary while writing in first person, However, I am not sure of the grammatical errors you have pointed out.

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I am not a mere mass of flesh and bone. My thoughts mold me into a complete human being. I am what I think and what I think is what I am..!