Book Title: The Heavenly Alphonso
Author: Madhulika Ra Chauhan
The title of the book ‘The Heavenly Alphonso’ is intriguing and fascinating.
The cover image of the book is a colorful image of ripe mangoes in a basket placed on a table.
Some stories, long or short, teach us new things. I am lucky to have read this story and came to know a new profession. In the tale Amla, the protagonist is a psychic medium. I was not aware of the existence of such a job.
She is given this duty after her father’s death with the help of the priest. From then, without any hiccup of fear, she takes up the job. This story is set up when she talks to that person who is sidelined by his wife and brother both mentally and physically.
From the beginning of the story, his conversation with Amla is the story based on. The climax will surely surprise every reader.
Not every story is long, or not every story is spoon-fed. This is my second story of Madhulika, and as said earlier for another story, this short story also stands apart from the rest of all the short stories I read in 2020. Be it the narration or the plot or the characters or the feelings portrayed or the thrill the narration gave is wonderful. The best things come in compact packages is what I feel about this story, and I repeat this statement once again.
The story is available for free on the Juggernaut app and dear author, kudos for the story.
What I like:
1. The storyline
2. The unknown profession
3. The twist
3. The climax
What I didn’t like:
There is nothing to be disliked.
This is another interesting aspect of the story. The story revolves around the conversation Amla and Mr Rodriquez have. The metamorphosis of this conversation physically and mentally is very well etched in the story. The scope of Mr Rodriquez’s brother nad wife is very small is yet significant. In the later part of the story, the Alphonso mangoes also become a character.
To be honest, this is one of the stories that I found unique in following the narration. So much information and story in fewer paragraphs is a very challenging task, and the author proved that it is not that difficult.
Language & Grammar:
Usually, short stories or flash fiction stories are written in a colloquial language or the language which is not so complex. But here, in this story, the author Madhulika has picked up a language that is extremely rich in vocabulary and fantastic in grammar.
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My Final Verdict:
A nice and gripping short story!
Book Title: 4/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Inside the book: 4/5
Language & Grammar: 4/5
Final Rating: 4/5
(Reviewed by Swapna Peri)