Thursday, May 1, 2014

Book Review: Times Lost Atlas

Finished reading a very different anthology "Times Lost Atlas" edited by Harsh Agarwal (Half Baked beans Publishers).

First of all, I would like to thank Namrata, a dear friend and one of the authors of TLA, for gifting me this nice book!

We tend to move away. Many incidents touch our hearts, we gape in exclamation, express our opinions,  even remember them for a some time (Sometimes, just ignore) but, being so much engrossed in our own life and priorities we just move ahead and forget about many important events that have significant impact on the world.

I think, this book could be an interesting way to look back! To recall what had influenced several lives. To realize what we missed!

Times Lost Atlas is a unique collection of short stories that covers 11 striking incidents in the last decade (Across the world) by some really nice authors.

The stories hide interesting facts and revelation. I don't want to disclose the details of the stories as it'd somehow steal the surprise element. Read the book and you'll realize that these stories are like moving reel, telling you about some highly important and life-changing incidents all over the world. It's like travelling, discovering and experiencing!

Stories are very well researched and I truly appreciate the effort by every author who contributed for this book. Every story is nice and distinct in its own way, but of course I have some personal favourites.

The Filch by Namrata (My thoughts are absolutely genuine) is very well written and full of emotions. Crisp narration and its unpredictability makes this story an engrossing read!

Innocents at War by Adwitiya Borah is very thought provoking story and a kind of eye opener I would say. It covers Godhra Kand. Some portions are moving. For me, it was an engrossing read.

The Rising by Malvika Roy (A children's author) is very engaging read. It's a poignant story of a journalist and a little girl Apsara. The situations and characters are well defined.

I would like to mention

United We Fall by Anurag Anand. It's very well crafted.
Beneath by Budhaditya is well narrated, though it's a little slow.

I think it's a brilliant idea to compile such stories and this interesting and thoughtful effort by the authors and the editor is highly commendable.

Overall, for me, it was enlightening. A different & interesting read. I recommend this book to every reader who like to read short stories and try different genres. Go grab it! I think it would be a nice reading experience.

You can buy this book HERE


  1. Hey Tarang, thank you so so much for such lovely words <3

    I feel proud not only as an author but also as a reviewer for I know the work that has gone behind this book !

    Loved your views on it. :)

    1. My pleasure Namrata. Thank you very much. :)

  2. WOW, Namrata wrote one of the stories in the book .. Lovely. I did not know.. I I need to get my hands on the book for sure :)

    I like to read short stories because you can read all of it in one go and not have to wait for the next time you have time to spare :)


    1. :D So, congratulate her. She has been published in three anthologies! :)

      I've recently started reading short stories and I'm glad I've got the opportunity to read some nice books!

      Thanks :)

  3. Two of my friends are in this book, feeling proud. :)