It would have been a lot better if the title of the book read as “No Love, Peace, Happiness”. In short, that was all what the book was about. A collection of short stories, that had a few good ones here and there but most of them were humdrum.
All the stories that have been written and compiled by the author deal with relationships where a partner feels insecure and is seeking a way out. Normally, I provide a summary which I write myself but in this case, I will give you the synopsis which were at the back of the book.
Stories surround us. Stories about people lke us who make difficult and complex choices that sometimes astound us. You must have come across some people in your own life who closely resemble the characters in these stories. Maybe you have gone through trying moments in your life too.
Each story centres on the life of an urban middle class character caught in a set of circumstances beyond his or her control. A Hindu girl living in with a Muslim boy is suddenly in the glare of global media in a reality TV show, a divorced cynical man faces the prospect of committing himself to a prostitute, a highly talented small town girl must choose between life and death.All must resolve conflicts within their beliefs.
If there was one thing which really impressed me was that at the end of each story, links were provided to the reader in case the he wasn’t satisfied with the ending of that particular story. These links help you write your story or modify it’s ending and the next print might just have your own name in the acknowledgements.
Now, its time to discuss the difficult part. If I am going to write a collection of short stories, I would keep a certain pre requisites in mind. First, for obvious reason, the set of stories should be crisp, short and a page turner. Second, it should have a certain mystery about it in it’s synopsis which would encourage someone to buy it. Third, the first story which I write should be mind blowing. In this short check list, Love Peace Happiness got a tick beside it only in the second point. The other two were left abruptly vacant. The novel starts off with a story about a man and a wife who decide to split citing irreconcilable differences. In the stories that followed, almost all of them ended with one partner walking out on another the reason being- irreconcilable differences. All the yarns culminated with the pair splitting up and were happy after that. Hence the name “No love, peace, happiness”.
Some of the stories that just struck the right chord with me were succeeded by some bad very bad narration and writing. The dialogues were, what we refer as the, “filmy dialogues” and were flooded with tried and tested cliches. Maintaining the tempo of a story appeared to be a very difficult task and was fluctuating constantly.
Kudos to the author for trying out something different but not everything works out the way you want it to. We at OP give it 1.5 on 5.