On the jacket:
14 stellar stories & inspiring quotes on writing. Source of insipration for aspiring writers & for all those who wish to re kindle their love for reading short stoies. Blurb : Graham, Daniel, their friendship, life and death. Vampires, guardians' adventures at night. Coffee, love and a new couple. Imli and her mother in a complex web of darkness. A small town girl confused about virginity. Michael Jaikishen and his writing endeavours. Child adoption by a gay couple. Mahabharat - a modern tale in an epic form. The spine-chilling tale of Tina and Uncle Joe. A juicy love story by our guest author Sujata Parashar. These and many other unputdownable stories in this book. First Brush on the Canvas is an anthology comprising selected stories from Melonade (2014), a nationwide writing marathon organized by Writersmelon dot com.
It took me a while to sit down and write the review for this book, because honestly, I needed time to decide what to write. First Brush of Canvas is an anthology - of mixed genres. The cover is quite interesting and quite gels with the title of the book. The font, however, is too small for my comfort. The anthology is 14 stories, divided into three genres - comedy, romance and thriller.
The stories are winning entries of a nationwide competition. While the stories under the romance and thriller sections were enjoyable, I didn't quite enjoy the comedy section. Diptee Raut's Tina was my first read of the stories and happens to be my favourite of the lot. Brilliant and spine-chilling, I must say.
The book needs some proof-reading. Banerjee has done a good job with editing the stories. What bothered me a bit was how the stories were divided into genres. A decent read in all.