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#Review: Fantasy, Reality or Delusion? by Jyotsna Pathak

Fantasy, Reality or Delusion? A Collection of Short Stories and Poems
Author: Jyotsna Pathak
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Rating: 4/5

“Fantasy, Reality or Delusion?” by Jyotsna Pathak is a poignant exploration of the intricate dance between fantasy, desire, and the harsh realities we often choose to overlook. Pathak skillfully weaves a collection of short stories and poems that delve into the complex tapestry of human existence, revealing the struggles of accepting uncomfortable truths and succumbing to the allure of fantasies.

The anthology takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster, navigating through confusion, agony, cynicism, disillusionment, and ultimately acceptance. Pathak’s writing is piercing and thought-provoking, forcing readers to confront the blurred line between fantasy and reality. The narratives highlight the fine balance between embracing one’s dreams and the perilous consequences when that balance is disrupted.

As I delved into the pages of this anthology, I found myself resonating with the characters’ internal conflicts and the emotional turmoil they faced. The stories evoke a profound sense of introspection, urging readers to question their relationship with fantasy and desire. Pathak’s exploration of the struggle to extricate oneself from delusion is both relatable and riveting. However, the verbosity of the narrative at times interrupted the flow of the stories.

The author’s emphasis on visualizing aspirations and associated luxuries as a means of moving forward adds a layer of motivation to the anthology. Despite the dark themes, there’s a thread of optimism woven into the narratives, encouraging readers to confront the challenges and strive for their goals.

In conclusion, this collection is a compelling read that captivates with its raw portrayal of human vulnerabilities. Jyotsna Pathak’s storytelling prowess invites readers to take a daring plunge into the complexities of the mind, leaving them with lingering thoughts about the delicate dance between truth and illusion. Would I dare to go on this rollercoaster again? Absolutely.

Best wishes to the author!

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