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This is an alternate cover edition - ISBN 10: 1535334223A naïve man and a divorcee, a wronged woman’s fight for justice, a poor woman’s desire for an iPad, a charming young man plots to seduce a beautiful, blonde tourist, a staunchly orthodox immigrant’s struggle to assimilate in the U.S. … These are some of the captivating stories in this book which heralds a distinct voThis is an alternate cover edition - ISBN 10: 1535334223A naïve man and a divorcee, a wronged woman’s fight for justice, a poor woman’s desire for an iPad, a charming young man plots to seduce a beautiful, blonde tourist, a staunchly orthodox immigrant’s struggle to assimilate in the U.S. … These are some of the captivating stories in this book which heralds a distinct voice and is a “seriously good read”....

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  • Deanna
    2019-04-01 14:11

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...A Perfect Murder and Other Stories is a collection of fourteen short stories. The stories have different themes but most take place in the US and India. A Perfect Murder and Salma's Fate are the two longest stories at approximately 25 pages each. The other twelve stories range from three to twenty pages.I don't often read short stories. However, when the author contacted me and asked if I would read this collection of stories I was intrigued.Stories about murder, family honor, arranged marriages, betrayal, revenge, sexual assault, greed, internet dating, social media, citizenship, and more.It didn't take me long to read this collection. If real life hadn't gotten in the way I could easily have read these stories in one or two sittings. Each story drew different emotions from me. Some I enjoyed more than others but overall I thought they were believable and interesting reads.A few stories really stood out...Salma's Fate: Salma is married to a kind man. However, when her father-in-law is around her husband doesn't treat her with the same respect and will often kowtow to his father's demands. When her husband has to go away for work, her father-in-law proves how horrible he really is with a horrific act.iPad: This was my favorite story. A very emotional and touching read."Nowadays phone connections are available everywhere"Koya's Story: Heartbreaking. Koya is a good man. He is an extremely hard worker, saving for the future. Unfortunately this means many long absences from his family.Working and saving your whole life for the future...But is that future promised?Seema: Facebook in India has over 125 million users. Just as anywhere else in the world social media can be used for fun but also to cause trouble. Some pictures that go viral, cause lots of trouble in this story. I loved the ending."This Facebook was something else."The Grandson: The horrible pressure put on a mother to bear a son for her husband.The Missing Wife: A man with is accused of the crime of dowry harassment."The Dowry system and the demand for dowry often descended into mental and physical torture of the wife."The dreaded section 498A of the Indian Penal Code. Which was created with noble intentions to prevent this type of harassment."But, as they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions."I found this story extremely interesting, another favorite.Total Eclipse: a man seemingly devoted to his wife as well as his dog.This story confused and upset me quite a bit. Left with many unanswered questions and an ending bizarre, brutal and in my opinion, unnecessary. Visa For America: A man falls in love with a woman he meets on an Indian matrimonial network - website. Is it true love or love you until I gain my green card?Another interesting story about love, marriage, US Citizenship, Immigration and K1 fiancée visas.Zubair: Zubair had no inclination to move to the US. He was quite happy with his life in India. His wife is very traditional and obedient. Zubair feels he's a progressive man since he allows his wife to continue her education. Eventually family pressure leads them to move to the US. Zubair's wife does not want to go but keeps her reservations to herself and remains the ever obedient wife.However, things change when they settle in to their new lives in the U.S. The biggest change? Zubair's wife. To put it mildly....Zubair is not happy with this change.This was the last story and I loved the ending....especially the very last sentence.This was a very good collection of authentic, compelling, and thought-provoking stories. Many with shocking endings that took me by surprise.Thank you, S.R Nair for providing a copy of your book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.

  • Vicki
    2019-04-10 08:17

    There were fourteen stories that were interesting and enjoyable. The book has a lot of cultural information that made the reading better. I enjoyed reading about the different situations the characters found themselves in. A Perfect Murder was a good story with a powerful lesson. I liked the way the main characters were able to get out of many of their problems. Old fashioned ideas were dealt with in a modern way and provided insight to the way times are changing worldwide. I also liked the way the victims of these crimes were sometimes able to turn the tables on their perpetrator. Some really seemed like they were from the gossip and community newspapers around the region. I liked the down to earth and informative manner that Nair used when sharing his stories.

  • Dianne
    2019-03-28 16:11

    If you enjoy short stories that pack a quiet punch, S.R. Nair’s A PERFECT MURDER AND OTHER STORIES is more than just a collection of events to entertain. Mr. Nair wrote his pieces based on the cultural differences between India and, say, the United States. To think he applied Indian laws, cultural heritage and realities to his tales is fascinating as well as eye-opening.Each story is brief with an air of suspense, as well as a touch of darkness. And there is a great deal of attention spent on the details from murder to lust to greed and customs that seem archaic in modern society as we know it.S.R. Nair has a gift for wonderful writing while being true to his own heritage in his settings! Each story is fleshed out, feeling much longer than what it actually is. Kudos to another author on my must read list!I received this copy from S.R. Nair in exchange for my honest review.Publication Date: August 17, 2016Publisher: S.R. NairGenre: Short Story Anthology - SuspensePrint Length: 170 pagesAvailable from: AmazonFor Reviews & More:

  • Abby Varghese
    2019-04-10 15:56

    Review originally posted in Abby's Shelves: 3.5/5A Perfect Murder and Other Stories by S.R. Nair is a collection of fourteen short stories on a variety of themes set mostly in India and the US. I’m usually hesitant to read short stories but the title “A Perfect Murder” made the criminologist in me revert with a yes when the author contacted me requesting to review this book. Now back to this book, it is a compilation of wide range of stories from murder mystery to one’s struggles in maintaining his cultural identity. Even with such diverse stories, the author has been able to do justice to all these plots in this incredibly small 170 pages book which is remarkable. I could have finished this book in one or two sitting if real life hadn’t gotten in the way.The author has taken care to make the plots elaborate enough to make the readers feel that these stories well developed and authentic. The interesting well-developed characters, completely different scenarios, ability to narrate complex culture concepts, conveying their emotions are some key factors that makes this book a compelling and thought provoking read. Initially I felt the detached narration a bit jarring but later started to enjoy his casual writing style using the simplistic language. Certain plots were informative too especially in case of The Missing Wife that throws light to the dreaded Dowry Prohibition Act and how a law created with good intentions is misused today. Even though I enjoyed most of the stories some really stood out. Salma’s Fate: Story of Salma who becomes a victim to her father-in-law’s lust, practice of Talaq and the significance of self-reliance. IPad: An unique story packed with lot of emotions i.e. love and innocence of Hira Bai, an old and poor women ready to sell all she possesses just to get an IPad and her reason for wanting one will touch your heart. My personal favourite.The Missing Wife: A man is falsely accused of Dowry Harassment. This was one such story I felt was informative.Visa for America: A man falls in love with a women who he meets in a matrimony site. Was it true love or just an act for the Green Card? This is one story that deals with love, marriage and Visa.Zubair: He was quite happy with his life in India and had no inclination to move to US. But later moves to US owing to family pressure. However things changes once they settle in US and he is not happy with it.Overall, A Perfect Murder and Other Stories is a very good collection of well developed, authentic, compelling and thought provoking stories with good plot twists. Recommended.An ARC was provided by author/publisher in exchange for a honest review.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-06 15:13

    It took me awhile to read this book due to work and other commitments but, I love short stories that captivate me. Certain stories were better than others but, my fave was the short and sweet Ipad. If you enjoy short stories and learning about other cultures this is a book you will enjoy.

  • Sheila
    2019-04-18 09:19

    Gently detached narration, interesting and surprising characters, an enjoyable sense of visiting a different world and learning how different lives are lived, all these details and more characterize S. R. Nair’s intriguing collection of short stories in A Perfect Murder. The author introduces a world where apartments tower over ground floor vegetable stands, property values rocket as tin shacks are torn down, young people marry and emigrate, and betrayals are complex and dark. The stories twist with unexpected revelations, breathtaking surprises, and haunting realities. And the collection is orderly and inviting, reading smoothly from page to page.My favorite story may well be The Soothsayer. Total Eclipse comes a close second. And the one that won’t let go of me is Salma’s Fate, where readers learn of fatwas, family honor, and female fears. From India to America, from arranged marriages to internet dating, from cheating men to cheating women, and from Hindu to Muslim, with an ending as up to date as the 2016 election, this collection is consistently intriguing and haunting, and filled with low-key, true-to-life depths. It's a seriously good read.Disclosure: I was given a copy. I offer my honest review.

  • Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
    2019-04-03 12:56

    A divorcee estranged from her father resorts to extreme measures; A newly-wed woman is brutally raped by her father-in-law and seeks justice; A charming young man plans to seduce a beautiful, blonde tourist; An orthodox Muslim man struggles to adjust to life in the United States. These are some of the stories in this book of captivating short stories.I am usually hesitant to read short stories, other than Stephen King's, as I am usually not a fan. But I enjoyed this book and the variety of different genres it covered. The stories range from a murder mystery, where the criminal ends up getting away with the murder to an orthodox Muslim man trying to adjust to life in the United States. The book itself is fairly short, about 170 pages, but covers a wide variety of genres in those pages. I enjoyed the author's writing and found all of the short stories to be very interesting. I sometimes have a hard time getting invested in both the characters and the story line in short stories, which is why I typically avoid them, but I found that I did become invested in most of the stories in this collection. It was an interesting read and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of short stories. Thank you to the author for sending me a review copy of this book.

  • Remitha
    2019-03-26 11:08

    Shrikumar Nair's collection of short stories, which follows his novel 'The Orphan' is a collage of images drawn from varied life experiences and each one rings with the unmistakable note of probability. The stories are populated by a robust mix of characters that could easily be a neighbor, or people you would run into in the neighborhood. Shrikumar also exposes the rather sleazy underbelly of the great beast called the Indian middle class in some of the stories. iPad is a short and sweet surprise while Koya's story reminds you of someone you know, who planned to return to a life of peaceful retirement back home after a life of toil. It leaves you with a heavy heart. The story Zubair has you laughing and at the same time feeling sorry for poor hapless Zubair, mystified and at his wit's end by the vast change in his once meek and obedient wife, now an 'Americanized' stranger beyond his control.Some of the stories have a Jeffery Archeresque climax, and they all have a whiff of freshness to them with their simple narration and down to earth characterization.Definitely an enjoyable read for anyone looking for stories grounded in reality.

  • Caroline Vincent - Bits about Books
    2019-04-15 14:06

    If you want to explore the culture differences between America and India, the position of women and simply human nature, check out A Perfect Murder …IntroductionA Perfect Murder is a collection of 14 short stories about the culture differences between India and America, especially the position of women in India but most of all, an insight into the universal good and bad in human nature.The StoriesA man feels he is far too good to be his father’s shop assistant. When he spots what appears to be a desperate woman in the shop, the appeal of sex and money is one he cannot resist in ‘A Perfect Murder’. ‘Salma’s Fate’ shows us the Indian society at its best and worst. If Salma had not been such a strong young woman .. ‘iPad’ shows us the power of love and ‘Koya’s Story’ is about a young man who wants to help his poor mother but little does he know how this will work out. ‘Seema’ shows us the practice of arranged marriages in India and the disdain for those marrying outside their caste. Both ‘The Grandson’ and ‘The Stolen Child’ show us the different attitudes towards male and female in the Indian society.When Gagan finds out his bride of two months is missing, first he is suspected of having done something to her and then the search begins .. Adi’s plan was to seduce a woman but it seems the ‘Seduction’ works both ways. ‘Total Eclipse’ is a story about a man who seems to have it all. ‘Visa for America’ is a tale of human kindness. ‘The Soothsayer’ shows us that fate catches up with us regardless of our efforts to change the path of life. In ‘The Lost Son’ a long friendship is torn apart by money and something else, that is forbidden in the state of India. ‘Zubair’ shows us a woman assimilating into US society whereas her husband is struggling and desperately wants to cling on to his Indian culture.My ThoughtsIn his stories the author shows us some of the differences between the Indian and American cultures with topics such as murder, rape and the Shariah versus Western law. As much as I liked reading about this, the stories were too descriptive and the narration too explicit. At times it felt less a novel and more a journal. In my opinion, the author tried too hard to capture all the details in his tales. I can understand the importance of having the whole picture but the pleasure of reading would have benefitted from having more things implied rather than explicitly described.Having said that, the author shows us the difference in culture and how for women Indian society can be very hard and trying. Most of all, the author took us with him on the global topic of human nature – there are loveable and strong characters but also greedy and deceitful ones. Such people are in every society, perhaps even some things recognisable in ourselves, You can see where the different protagonists come from and what they want to achieve. The ‘iPad’ story is very touching and I loved the forgiving character in another story – I will not tell you more for fear of spoiling it!Read the review on my website:

  • Sarika Patkotwar
    2019-04-15 11:03

    *This review was initially published at The Readdicts Book Blog. For more reviews, go here.Collections of short stories are irresistible because in one book itself, there are so many stories, with different plots and different themes, making them absolutely enjoyable to read. It's almost like having the world in your hands because of everything they cover up. Author S. R. Nair's collection of fourteen absolutely beautiful short stories titled A Perfect Murder and Other Stories is no exception. This collection is so good that it wouldn't have hurt to have a few more stories in there.The stories in A Perfect Murder and Other Stories are so well-written and plotted that it kept me on the edge of my seat because I just wanted to know everything at once. To add to it, the author's writing is wonderful and simple, and I don't mean simple in a demeaning way. Simple is good because with short stories, authors just tend to complicate the writing which makes the stories incomprehensible. Contrary to that, however, the writing of this collection was so simple that it made the book as a whole and the reading process very smooth and neat, which I truly admire.A perfect mix of various themes from NRIs to a typical Indian middle class family to homosexuality to bonding between Hindus and Muslims, the best part about this collection was that it focused more on people rather than on themes, and that made it very relatable and raw in a certain way. Every character was well developed and people from practically all spheres were covered up, especially in a country like India, where we have so many different people in general and that's what makes us so incredible; it was a pleasure to read every story. The subtle way in which the author portrays the mindset of people was meticulous.Additionally, the book also covers up themes that are super important in today's day and age like feminism, homosexuality, politics and what not. Every theme was incorporated in the stories in an almost steamy way because it just flowed so smoothly and in a lovely manner. For someone who is unfamiliar with India, this read is the best way to get to know about the contemporary people in a fictitious way. I do not have enough good things to say about it, honestly.Of the fourteen very beautiful and wonderful stories, some of the most amazing ones for me were: Salma's Fate, Seema, The Grandson, The Missing Wife, The Stolen Child, Seduced, Visa for America and The Lost Son. These stories were slightly more appealing to me than the others, but the most exceptional story that the author managed to write in barely three pages but that was packed with emotion is iPad, which was the best one. Having said that, the other stories were just as good, thoroughly enjoyable and an absolute pleasure to read. I highly, highly recommend this read.*Note: A copy of this book was provided by S.R. Nair in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.

  • Melissa J (Book Addicts Reviews)
    2019-03-29 11:13

    I am not one to usually read short stories but I did feel compelled to read these. I enjoyed the stories. The plots were all exciting to read. This is about all different types of situations. I did feel like I read novellas about each. The author did well in making you invested with each story. My complaint is the narrative felt off. The stories didn't flow as well as I believe they could have. But I am grateful to this author for allowing me a review copy and in return I gave my honest review.

  • Jaya Panickar
    2019-04-20 12:04

    Very well written book of short stories. I breezed through the book of 14 stories.The stories have mixed bag of emotions – humor, revenge, love and sadness. The author has a natural and easy writing style that helps you understand the plot.Some of the stories have a deep underlying message and I found some stories to be informative too. I would recommend this any day. I only wished there were more stories.

  • Pooja
    2019-04-09 09:22

    I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. The writing style was very accessible and the stories were fast-paced and interesting. There were twists and turns to the stories that made it hard to put down, and I'll be going back through this collection to absorb more of the nuances. The author does a great job of translating complicated cultural concepts for the modern reader.

  • Lewis Szymanski
    2019-04-22 13:04

    I received this in a Goodreads giveaway.I really enjoyed this book. These fourteen stories are set in modern India or are about Indians living and traveling abroad. The detached narration is a bit jarring at first. There are a wide variety of genres, interesting characters, and a sense of visiting a different culture and learning how other people live their lives.

  • Sarah Greenwood
    2019-03-29 09:23

    An interesting collection of short stories that are perfect to read on the lunchtime break. Some I liked more than others but overall enjoyable read. Stories range from cultural differences and identities, marriage, abuse, family, honour, murder mystery, humour and loss.A Perfect Murder – Be wary of people with an ulterior motive and something to gain. Who is playing whom you may ask?Salma’s Fate – Marry an honorable man but get stuck with his less than honorable father. Her fate is in their hands until she steps up and speaks out. She will be silent no longer and with the help of a stranger she will get where she needs to go.iPad – Technology can only go so far but you never know its power if you believe in it. This one made me a bit sad at the end. So sweet, definitely an oh moment.Koya’s Story – Work hard all your life to get the dream ending you have been waiting for relaxing with your family. Is it all for nothing though when you finally slow down to a stop?Seema – The power of Facebook can take you down but also build you back up. Be careful what you post as it can be shared quicker than you think. Funny how those with a vendetta against you can end up causing themselves more harm. Kind of like its an instant karma thing here.The Grandson – The pressure to have a son for her third child is hanging over her like a ticking time bomb. Mother-in-law/monster-in-law it seems is only turning nice once its known a boy is on the way. She can only be respected with a son, as that was how it was for her mother-in-law. Its like a pass it down nastiness for every female until they bare a son. Things aren’t quite what they seem though with how the son came along.The Missing Wife – Coming home from a business trip to find your new wife missing would be a cause for concern, enough to file a report the next morning. But when a knock at the door in the middle of the night sees him in trouble things take an unexpected turn. Seems Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code is there to punish those that would harass relatives seeking a dowry from their wives and their families. Any seen or reported doing so would see them in prison. Lets hope they can find her to stop things getting worse.The Stolen Child – A child being swapped at birth but no-one believing you would be hard to swallow. Being raised the same within the household you would feel no different. That is until fate finds a way to intervene and let its secret out. Would you stay quiet or want to find where you came from?Seduced – For a man finding a beauty on a plane sitting next to you could be the start of some fun but who is really being seduced here? Could go both ways or maybe one is a lot smarter than the other. A game is being played, let’s see who comes out on top.Total Eclipse – The love a man has for his wife and dog are tested. When one betrays him how will he react to the other? Not really sure about this one as found the ending completely unnecessary and cruel.Visa for America – Internet surfing for daily news soon leads to something else entirely when he clicks on Will he find love or is a green card all she’s after. Fate could have pulled them together for a reason, lets see if it keeps them there.The Soothsayer – Horoscopes are meant to be a bit of fun but some take them to heart. They can’t really mean the same thing for everyone can they? When you read something you fear to come true it could hold you back from life. Almost leading you down the path you have been trying to stay away from.The Lost Son – Best friends for 60 years you would think nothing would tear them apart. A failed business deal puts strange on them but when one goes it alone jealously calls. Friends and family ties starting to break are one thing but being estranged from your son is hard to bear. The connection there one moment and gone the next. Only when a death occurs can the shock cause what was once thought lost to be found again. No matter what comes their way family comes first, religion and beliefs following.Zubair – He thought he had an obedient wife who would continue to be the quiet and shy figure she had been back in India. He allowed her to continue her studies so she knows her own mind. When he brings her to America everything changes. Not for the better of him but her. She has found herself but he is stuck with how he always was. Amusing at the end when he starts thinking of ways to handle his situation. Last line quite funny.An interesting view into another culture and showing how it mixes with the way others live, mainly USA.3.5 out of 5 starsI received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

  • Rubina
    2019-04-24 15:20

    A Perfect Murder and Other Stories by S.R Nair is more like a potpourri of different genres, rather than one theme. Starting with a murder mystery where the murderer gets away with a crime in the opening story A Perfect Murder, Mr. Nair has set the tone of the novel as an interesting, unusual and a very gripping read. Lust and greed form the background of the story as we see the innocent Hiten going towards his doom. His roving eye lands him in a bad situation. You cannot but praise the ingenuity of this crime and have all your sympathy with the actual murderer. As A Perfect Murder showcases a woman in all her seductive avatar, in the next one Mr. Nair introduces Salma. ​Salma’s Fate will leave you with a bad taste as you watch with horrific fascination how a man can murder all relationships just to satisfy his lust. Rape by itself is an ugly word, but when such a heinous crime is committed by someone whom you call your father, this crime has no pardon. And while we are saluting the courage of Salma, Mr. Nair changes the mood completely and introduces, Hira Bai.In the story iPad, Hira Bai represents the age of innocence. A breather, after the two intense stories. iPad has a lot of emotions but they are that of innocence and love. Where an old and poor woman is ready to sell all that she possesses- just to buy an iPad. Her reason for wanting one will touch your heart.Mr.Nair has one factor appearing in most of the stories. Immigrants. Indians living in the Middle East and the USA are the main characters of his stories. And in Koya’s Story, he touches the biggest fear that many immigrants have – what if we never return home again? Heart-touching.Seema brings out a bit of positivity again when Seema, the protagonist, is a victim of a social media mishap. You cannot call the perperator a “social media troll” since he knew her from a long time. A weakling and a fool maybe. But the way Seema’s fiancé, Gautam, stands by her, makes you believe in love again.She had accepted the abuse as her due and now paid it forward with compounded interest to her daughter-in-law.This is one profound line from the story The Grandson. To what length we would go to have a son. Lata’s mom is a classic example of that. If you read the above lines you will see that the author has nailed it. What one experiences as a daughter-in-law, one passes on to the next generation as a mother-in-law. While as a mother, Kanta is blind to her son’s amorous behavior, I found it acutely funny that she extended the same thing to her daughter-in-law as her need for a grandson was intense. Again I feel that the author has given the story a fitting end.I have a small peeve with this story. Since the topic is that of respecting a girl child, why was the girl child who was actually present in the story not given any importance? Just one scene that would indicate that the author actually remembered her? Like it was done in The Stolen Child.When Safiya finds out that her blood is not matching with her parents, she starts thinking about her real parents. She meets a lady who had been attacked by her own son and is now in a trauma ward. Do they have a connection? This story had a truly fitting end to this theme.In an anthology, rarely will you find all the stories written with an equally strong voice. Mr. Nair’s voice faltered a bit in The Missing Wife. While a reader will be sucked into the tale to find the missing Geeta, but the straight path the author has adopted to write this story does not give too much scope for guessing. It’s a tale of deceit and lies told in a simple manner. The author could have used some strong incidents to heighten the curiosity factor in this story like he had done in A Perfect Murder.Mr. Nair takes away my complaint of too much placidity in his next one aptly named Seduced. I don’t know whether to laugh or sympathize with Adi in this story. This one reminded me of an anecdote from the Bollywood movie, Dil Chahta Hai. How we develop a friendship with strangers is very important. Adi thought he would get free sex with a British lady. What happens is a series of funny anecdotes (not so funny for Adi) But at the end of the story, I could not but think that it served Adi right. Didn’t it?Total Eclipse has one of the most uncalled for ending. Ramu, who is an ordinary laborer, works very hard to keep his wife and dog happy. He has some grief hidden in his heart which he could never tell anyone. So on the day of the eclipse, he does such a cruel act that brings out many secrets. But Total Eclipse left me with many questions. How did Ramu find out the truth and what happens to the characters after the secret is out. But I can assure you that the ending is the least expected one.In Visa for America, we see another age old question arising. When someone marries a green card holder or citizen of USA, what is the real motive? Is it for marriage or going to the USA? Sam met Sandhya through a matrimonial site. After reaching the USA, she goes missing, leaving a note in which she states that she is in love with someone else and that she had only married Sam to get to come to the US. So what happens to Sam? Does he get the love of his life back and if he does can he really forgive her?Visa for America has some unconnected dots. There is a mention about Sandhya’s parents and yet that which is supposed to form a crucial part of the story is widely neglected. As in the case of many of the short stories that you find in anthologies, many such small things are often left unsaid, leaving much to the imagination of the readers.If I had to choose one story which I did not like, that would be The Soothsayer. It’s a story told over generations and it had nothing much to offer. Attukal Ravikrishnan was an astrologer, whose prediction could never go wrong. Now this astrologer read his own chart and came to the conclusion that he would die in a road accident. From that time onwards he had imposed a self-curfew and refused to go out of the house in any vehicle. So now the question is will he be able to prove his own prediction wrong or death has a way of finding you even when you are hiding from it?If the characters were more involved with each other it would have made a wider impact. Or why the astrologer is behaving in a peculiar way is revealed to the family members as a mystery, it would have made more of an impact. After reading the above stories written by Mr. Nair, I expected more.Moving on, I did not quite understand what the title The Lost Son had to do with the story. It was a story about friendship. But the title shows that it had more to do with Ram becoming what he had become. While that is not the nucleus of the story, I could not quite place the title along with the story. It is a story about a Hindu and a Muslim, whose friendship transcends over time and many riots. But when they enter into the business world, the failure of one and the success of the other bring the crack in their friendship. Soon small incidents join up and how they part and make their way back to each other forms a beautiful story.And the winner is Zubair. Find out why @

  • Aparajita Shorey
    2019-04-02 16:16

    I can never resist good short stories because for me short stories are one of the most difficult genres to perfect in the world of literature. To my pleasant surprise, I received a copy of this book of short stories with a plain green cover which was quite unusual because I have rarely seen books with plain cover so I was left even more intrigued.The book begins with the story of The Perfect Murder which is a story of a divorcee who plans the murder of her father and frames a local guy for the same. This is followed by a couple of other short stories which are either based on characters from India or America.Each story focuses on a different aspect of our culture and most of them highlight the treatment of women in our society. The language is pretty straight forward and the narration for most of the stories complete review here:

  • Wander Girl Life
    2019-04-06 11:23

    I have always been a little hesitant to read short stories, until recently when I have read a few short stories in a row and I am becoming fond of short story books. A Perfect Murder and Other Stories by S. R. Nair contains 14 short stories about murder, matrimony, betrayal, greed, dowry harassment, reach of the internet, etc. The book is quite short but it covers wide range of genres. The plot of the stories are based in India and America. Most of the stories are spread across three to four pages except for two, ‘A Perfect Murder’ and 'Salma’s Fate’ that are around twenty-five pages long.I liked the fact that the author managed to do justice to each and every story in only 170 pages. The narration is crisp yet apt enough to understand the characters and the plot. All the stories seemed realistic and authentic and the emotions of the characters were easily conveyed. My top three story picks from the book would be ‘Ipad’, ‘Visa for America; and Zubair.Ipad: This story is about Hira bai who just got aware of the existence of Ipad by her employee’s son who has visited from US. Her innocence and love for her husband are well portrayed in just three pages. The reason she wants an ipad is heart touching.Visa for America: An executive form US finds his wife on an Indian matrimony site. But love is not always the reason people marry. There is much more to it. I like the mystery created in this story and I loved the end.Zubair: A progressive Musilm, Zubair, is forced to move to US due to family pressure. He is really concerned about his orthodox wife and kids adjusting to the US culture. But to his surprise he is the one facing trouble while his wife and kids adjust easily to the west.With gently detached narration, realistic plot and authentic characterization, makes this book is an enjoyable read.

  • Vinay Leo R.
    2019-04-26 13:13

    Review at A Lot of Pages:’d read the collection to enjoy some simple, almost realistic stories. The flipside for me was that the stories were a bit too detailed, and I would have liked it if the stories had some twists too. It’s a one-time read, but not a quick read. I took longer than I thought I would to finish it.

  • Linh Tran
    2019-04-09 10:02

    I received this book for free from Mr. Nair in exchange for an honest review.Prior to starting this blog, I read mainly nonfictions and short stories. Nair’s collection has brought back the joy of reading short stories for me, and I plowed through the entire book in one sitting. A collection of 14 short stories, Nair wittingly explores Middle Eastern and South Asian cultures in short and impactful bursts, with topics widely varied such as murder, U.S. green-card wedding, superstitions, and cultural transformation.In this short story collection, Nair wrote 14 short stories with varied length. The shortest one, “iPad,” is only 3 pages long, while the longest ones, “A Perfect Murder” and “Salma’s Fate,” are 25 pages. “iPad” is actually my favorite of the collection: I cried after reading it. It touches on the delicate interaction between the traditional Indian culture and the modern technology of the States, and it’s short and impactful. Another favorite one of mine is “The Lost Son,” about two friends who have known each other for 60 years, and how their relationship strains and strengthens over time due to family and business issues. I like Nair’s choices of topics in the short stories in general. None of them were ever repetitive, but they all talk about the clash between Eastern and Western cultures in many facets. I also like how Nair deals with delicate topics such as rape and infidelity, though I wish he could include a rape warning for one of the stories.Nair has a casual writing style, like an old storyteller sitting a long-time friend down to retell all of these crazy stories. The syntax is simple, and the sentence structure is easy to follow. Nair is also very witty, and I laughed a lot of times reading the small and short deliveries he writes. I personally like that clean and concise style, so it carries me through the book seamlessly.Because I received a proof copy, there were a lot of grammar mistakes in the book. None of them were hugely impactful, but there were enough that dampened my enjoyment of the book a little. It’s a shame, because the content is so good that I don’t want faulty proofreading to be what brings down the rating of the book. Nair also partially explains the Middle Eastern/Hindi phrases in the collection: some phrases he does put in notes for, some he doesn’t. It’s a consistency issue, but things can be understood with a little Googling. I do appreciate his expositions for several sections in the Indian law.All in all, a short but really enjoyable read. It gives me a better insight into the lives of Middle Eastern, Indian and Indian-American cultures, and I hope it gives other readers that joy, too.

  • Aritri Chatterjee
    2019-04-23 13:08

    Rarely does one come across anthologies with varied genres and themes underlying each of the stories. S. R. Nair’s anthology is one such myriad of tales that are whispered from different corners of the world. His short stories touch many taboo subjects that have always been hushed up by the society.The book has 14 short stories, equally intense and thought-provoking. These are stories that belong to people who are completely different from each other. They belong to separate strata, class and components of society. Their lives are marked with scars so gruesome that it takes years to get over them.The first story is ‘A Perfect Murder’ and the name itself gives you a hint at the gist of the tale. Hiten, a lazy and opportunistic young man, has his lustful eyes set at an older married woman. His greed and naivety become the means to a horrific end conspired by the murderer.My favorite tales from the book are ‘Salma’s Fate’ and ‘Total Eclipse’. Salma is married to Hyder and sent off to live at her in-law’s house. Her father-in-law brutally rapes her and then mocks her chastity. In spite of being morally correct, she is subjected to humiliation by authoritative figures. This story is a similar one that innumerable women throughout the world face. Mr. Nair has impeccably brought forth the incident. ‘Total Eclipse’ is one of those open-ended stories that leave you to ponder upon a thousand questions in your mind.The author’s way with words is captivating and engrosses the readers into the stories. His observation and narration is brilliant and needs appreciation by the readers. The other stories from the anthology ‘iPad’, ‘The Soothsayer’ deserve commendable praise. Mr. Nair has a unique way of bringing together slices of life of different individuals and stringing them together.Happy reading!

  • Hemantkumar Jain
    2019-04-16 09:14

    Imagine a writer looking at news headlines as a source of inspiration for short stories. Writers can get inspired by anything and everything including a chance remark by somebody. A news headline in comparison offers a much more powerful cue. Once you have the headlines, which is essentially the climax of the story, you are now (as a writer) left free to weave a tale in front of that tail. You can make it suspense, emotional, real-life, fantasy, horror, mystery - practically anything you want. In this case, the author chose to create 'ordinary' stories - down-to-earth every-day-life stories of people - stories which will probably not surprise you or shock you but you will probably identify with them. They will seem real and not fiction. Thats what this anthology of short stories is all about. Personally, I have mixed feelings. The short stories are a narrative of life incidents. There doesn't seem to be anything thing new in there nor anything out of ordinary. They are predictable and there are no surprises. They are good to read but personally, i would have prefered some element of surprise or suspense or twist-in-the-tail to spice them up. To be honest, I got 'slightly' bored. While stories reflect reality, but the story telling art requires that the author make it interesting for the reader. Also let me add ... There is a fine difference between me finding a book boring and me getting slightly bored with the book. Difficult to explain ... but if the book was boring, i would have abandoned reading the book - That is not the case with this book. You can pick this book to read a few simple stories.

  • Brian Schiff
    2019-04-01 08:59

    Did Shrikumar Nair ghostwrite 'Slumdog Millionaire'? Fourteen short stories absolutely not "lost in translation; I had a tough time deciding which was my favorite-but 'A Perfect Murder' was a great choice to start with. These stories may be about Indian culture-but the themes are universal-and Nair does an excellent job setting up situations..'Seduced' for example. Terrific-and timely last sentence in his last story 'Zubair'-"Maybe if Donald Trump were to become president..(I won't give the punchline away).

  • Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
    2019-04-15 10:16

    A compilation of short stories that plunge us into a different society and it shows us the good, the bad and the ugly side to it.The narration reminded me of a storyteller gathering individuals around to listen, it also served to remove me from the stories a little. However, it did nothing to remove the grit from the stories and the raw quality to them.There were some hard to swallow topics, sad and sweet ones, it really was a mixed bag of moods. Nair did a great job infusing cultutural aspects into the stories in a way that wasn't dropping information and taking away from the story.

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  • Anita McMullen
    2019-04-10 11:02

    I'm sorry but, due to illness, I have not been able to read this yet. I can't wait to, though!