Book Review: Long Island Iced Tea by Ram Kamal Mukherjee
Rabindranath Tagore had famously said about short stories: “Sesh hoiyao hoilo na sesh” (stories that stay with you even after you read the last line). Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s collection of short stories ‘Long Island Iced Tea’ surely fits the bill.
The stories belong to various genres and will surely keep you hooked with the brisk pace of the narrative. My favourite of the lot is ‘On The Other Side’ for the beautiful characterisation and the somber ending. The mood of the book varies but there is an inherent string that binds all of them together.
Ram Kamal Mukherjee captures human emotions well. It helps that most stories have predominant Bengali characters. There are many situations, in different stories, that one can relate to personally. In fact the stories might even remind you of works of literary legends (The Storyteller reminded me of Dusk by Saki, for example).
This is a book which appears light and ordinary but the simplicity of the text makes it stand out. When you think of it, the depth of what you read hits you. Here lies the brilliance of the author.
In short, like Long Island Iced Tea, the book is also a mix of various flavours that come together to produce a great cocktail (of life).
P.S. – Thank you Leadstart Publishing for the review copy.
My Rating: 3/5 stars