Life is too short to gain all knowledge by personal experience; one has to learn from the experiences of others. The best way to do this is through books. A short story deals with an issue generally faced by us and interestingly shows how to tackle it. Whether you agree with the author or not it is certainly educative. Authors have a knack of casting a spell on you and attracting you to their point of view. Readers should step off from the author from time to time and reexamine author?s logic critically and decide for themselves.
This is a collection of stories; therefore I am giving a brief idea of each story.
Save a life: In accidents involving pregnant women, it might be possible in some cases to save the life in the womb. One rarely finds a person who risks his adopted daughter in order to get operated his sick, elderly mother.
Wounded soldier: Unable to tolerate thieves teasing his sick old grandmother, a wounded soldier manages to shoot their leader.
A challenge redeemed: It is a curse that a girl child is still unwelcome in many families. A brave woman faces many problems to successfully bring up her daughters to decent levels in life. The tragedy of a husband, who abandoned his wife and his daughter and reposed his complete trust on his son, is also described.
The return of the natives: Disillusionment of a conservative couple who trusted that their only son, settled in USA would take care of them in the evenings of their lives.
Yes, we can: Appalled by the frequency of purposeless shootouts which are spreading even to children in primary schools in USA, the author suggests that the public should give up firearms voluntarily.
Late marriage: Some relatives who come to live with you might have sinister motives and may even poison you to grab your wealth.
Marriages are made in heaven: A train accident throws two strangers together who reconcile to their destiny.
Another son: Out of anger against a money lender, a nurse replaced his newborn son. Before she died she confessed her crime to the money lender and restored his son.
Gnanaprasunambika: A famous actress realizes that she was so overwhelmed by her popularity that she was unable to have any privacy or freedom of movement; She abandons her name and fame and regains her freedom and privacy.
Unpunished fraud: Some frauds may upset persons? careers; such frauds might go undetected and unpunished.
Departure of Swamyji: Nobody can predict in what state a person might be when death strikes that person!
Route to heaven: A bus conductor?s flippant answer lead to the death of a semi witted person.
The secret behind the cure: Faith is capable of curing any ailment.