Decoding Life

by Vikas Singal


3.5 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

3.5 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

Description:

Decoding Life is an anthology based on relations, love and human perceptions. The Taxi Driver depicts the emotions of a young lady on a thunderous night in Mumbai when she takes a local taxi driven by a fiery driver. A Rain Kissed Tuesday is a Hindu-Muslim love story where Aditya falls in love with Arisha on a rainy day. One of the stories, talks about the tension and the excitement of two people who are about to get married. Two states brings up the small environmental difference felt by two friends who are living in two different states. This sparkling anthology covers a wide range of human emotions. This would make you feel good when you decode them one by one. The stories talk through silences and are very thought-provoking! Enjoy decoding the various codes of life we live…

74
English
Romance, Genre

About The Author

Vikas Singal is the Co-Founder Director of Ribbun Software Pvt. Ltd. He is a mechanical Engineer working in a software company.He has been writing various short stories since 2010. His first EBook was published in 2014 and it was a huge success. He has been an active blogger forRibbun Software.


Average Reader Rating

3.5 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings

Reader Reviews

6 reviews for Decoding Life

  1. 3 out of 5

    “Good Reading”

  2. 4 out of 5

     This is the second work of Vikas Singal that I have just completed reading. 3 months back, I had read the e-book released by him which comprised of 3 small love tales. I had a complain that his stories were too short to communicate anything and I’m bit happy with the progress he made in this anthology named “Decoding Life”. It comprises of 10 short stories which are based on different topics and it’s surely better than his first attempt. Generally, with anthologies, you find that they aren’t edited well but I congratulate Singal’s publisher- Gargi who have assured that the book isn’t badly formatted and grammatically incorrect. The first story, Taxi Driver, shows how out of fear a girl runs away from a taxi driver when he halts for a few minutes. Later, author shows how all men are not the same. For me, the best story is “A Rain Kissed Tuesday”. The emotions that this story carries is almost similar to what many Indian authors are doing with their 225-pages book. Author managed to do it in few pages itself. K N Laxman is another good story in the book which shows how people think everyone is selfish even if few people are genuinely good and caring. Glad That We Met is another story which will make you smile at few scenes. The Mistake serves its conclusion well. Two States is the worst attempt according to me. Author could not link the two situations together perfectly. I was expecting little masala from The Train but it ended being too sweet. Book ends with That Mystery Girl which is quite similar to Taxi Driver where author tries to tell how every girl isn’t flirty and date-friendly. The attempt by Vikas Singal is honest and you can find the same in every story. To release a book with 10 short stories by a single author is a wonderful idea but then it should be taken care of how many stories are par excellent. I found almost 70% of the stories mediocre. I was expecting little more length from the stories even this time. Author had a conclusion in his mind and he wanted to reach to it in as less words as possible. He should attempt long version of short stories now. But I genuinely liked 2-3 stories and they shall remain in my mind for days. My favorite is A Rain Kissed Tuesday, The Train and The Mistake.

  3. 3 out of 5

      This is the second work of Vikas Singal that I have just completed reading. 3 months back, I had read the e-book released by him which comprised of 3 small love tales. I had a complain that his stories were too short to communicate anything and I’m bit happy with the progress he made in this anthology named “Decoding Life”. It comprises of 10 short stories which are based on different topics and it’s surely better than his first attempt. Generally, with anthologies, you find that they aren’t edited well but I congratulate Singal’s publisher- Gargi who have assured that the book isn’t badly formatted and grammatically incorrect. The first story, Taxi Driver, shows how out of fear a girl runs away from a taxi driver when he halts for a few minutes. Later, author shows how all men are not the same. For me, the best story is “A Rain Kissed Tuesday”. The emotions that this story carries is almost similar to what many Indian authors are doing with their 225-pages book. Author managed to do it in few pages itself. K N Laxman is another good story in the book which shows how people think everyone is selfish even if few people are genuinely good and caring. Glad That We Met is another story which will make you smile at few scenes. The Mistake serves its conclusion well. Two States is the worst attempt according to me. Author could not link the two situations together perfectly. I was expecting little masala from The Train but it ended being too sweet. Book ends with That Mystery Girl which is quite similar to Taxi Driver where author tries to tell how every girl isn’t flirty and date-friendly. The attempt by Vikas Singal is honest and you can find the same in every story. To release a book with 10 short stories by a single author is a wonderful idea but then it should be taken care of how many stories are par excellent. I found almost 70% of the stories mediocre. I was expecting little more length from the stories even this time. Author had a conclusion in his mind and he wanted to reach to it in as less words as possible. He should attempt long version of short stories now. But I genuinely liked 2-3 stories and they shall remain in my mind for days. My favorite is A Rain Kissed Tuesday, The Train and The Mistake.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ‘Decoding Life’ is a short story collection by Vikas Singal. There are ten short stories in it which are woven around our daily life. They are simple yet affective in language. You would be able to relate many of the stories in some incidents of your life. Like the girl of ‘The Taxi Driver’, many of us feel unsafe while travelling in autos or taxies during late nights and yes the story is eye opener in certain way but yeah, for knowing it you must read it.‘Glad That We Met’ will bring the feeling of Déjà vu to those who are in arranged marriage.’Switch it On’, ‘The Mistake’, ‘Two States’, ‘That Shy Boy’, ‘The Train’, ‘That Mystery Girl’ are also the stories with same gist. Wonderful stories taken from life around us. Many of you would have feeling of Déjà vu, while enjoying them.Wish to read more works from Vikas Singal in future.
     

  5. 3 out of 5

    They Fell in Love” and surprisingly I completed it in a single sit. His first paperback book “Decoding Life” is a collection of ten stories offering readers a simple and light-read sprinkling emotions over it.As the back cover says:’ “Decoding Life” is an anthology based on relations, love and human perceptions.‘The Taxi Driver’ depicts the emotions of a young lady on a thunderous night in Mumbai when she takes a local taxi driven by a fiery driver. ‘A Rain Kissed Tuesday’ is a Hindu-Muslim love story where Aditya falls in love with Arisha on a rainy day.One of the stories, talks about the tension and the excitement of rwo people who are about to get married, ‘Two states’ brings up the small environmental difference felt by two friends who are living in two different states.This sparkling anthology covers a wide range of human emotions. This would make you feel good when you decode them one by one. The stories talk through silences and are very thought-provoking! Enjoy decoding the various codes of life we live…’

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ten short stories, decoding life’s frivolous and strong connections and one common aim to rebuild the faith in humanity. It’s up to the readers how much they want to accept the harsh truth of life and up to what extent they want to take this forward. The stories no matter what try to build a relationship with the readers and leave an ever lasting impression. Some through emotions and some through barriers, yet circumventing the exact nature of human hypocrisy or ideology. There’s a method to approach the tiniest of the drama and what better than life and it’s lessons to exaggerate and present it through the medium of short stories. Some bitter truths and some untapped emotions also pass through the eyes and mind of the readers through the medium of this book. 

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