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Author : Various, Edited by Sudha Murthy

Publisher : Penguin

Genre : Real life Short Stories

Summary : The inspiring true stories of the interesting people who inhabit the pages of Sudha Murty’s books leave an indelible impression on us. But the books are able to chronicle the stories only of the men and women Mrs Murty has come across personally in the course of her social work. There must be so many more wonderful stories that scores of others have to share.
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven is a collection of twenty such memorable true-life stories. Handpicked by Sudha Murty from entries submitted in an open competition run by Penguin, they capture the hope, faith, kindness and joy that life is full of even as we make our way through the daily grind.
Moving and uplifting, this is an anthology that will engross and delight every reader who believes in the goodness of the human heart.

Thoughts : This is said to be a collection of inspiring real life stories and that these stories are life affirming and memorable. I have to say I found that to be a lie. Do you remember moral science classes when you were younger? I vaguely remember seeing them on my time table, marked M.Scn, but I can’t remember a single story. This collection is mostly that. A bunch of forgettable and irritatingly moral stories. Like wen children’s book authors try to slip in a lesson at the end of each story and the child spots it and gets annoyed with the book.

It is a book much suited to an older or much younger audience. The kind of people who can’t take anything more suspenseful than a pair of missing glasses. Yes, a couple of them were truly special and another couple really enjoyable but that’s it. I wouldn’t say this is worth reading unless you are the kind who really likes to your local kitty party aunty who talks about adventures she had when she went out looking for her daughter in the night or the uncle who talks about how he once saved a baby animal from an evil predator.

(Incidentally the stories I mentioned are the ones I liked the most. It’s been two days since reading and I can’t remember any except these. What can I say, that’s how memorable the rest were.)

Do yourself a favour, skip this and pick up a Chicken Soup.

2.5 stars.
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