The Grandmaster & Other Short Stories by Chinmaya Desai | Book Review


Never judge a book by its will be surprised by what lies within!

A Chess Grandmaster is accused of losing a World Championship game intentionally... A middle-class sexagenarian from Nagpur receives a surprise visit from an old friend... A lady will go to any extent to get an ingredient for her recipe... A Mayan explorer in 498 AD encounters a storm and drifts to ancient India... A Brigadier plans to surprise a civilian with a war memento... A politician wants to save the beautiful Seria Valley from an unscrupulous builder... A jet-setting banker gets into a verbal duel with a woman during a plane journey...

Debutant author Chinmaya Desai delves into the lives of "ordinary" people and answers some extraordinary questions. Through his lucid and captivating writing, he brings to the fore how there is always something more than what meets the eye.

The Grandmaster & other short stories is a selection of fictional tales that provide a glimpse of life's different facets and oddities. It is these experiences that make our journey interesting, colourful and ends where you least expected it to. Explore these fast-paced tales, with a twist that will keep you turning pages till you reach the end...


Chinmaya Desai


Notion Press

Release date:

November 25th, 2019

No. of Pages:

Paperback, 132 Pages

The title is chosen on the basis of a story among 17 other stories. They are sufficiently short to be able to read in a single sitting, but each is complete in itself. The stories are humorous and life affirming, each with that tone of reality that makes the reading both engaging and enjoyable. You get a brief view into another's world, and while sometimes you wish there was more, more often then not it's just the right amount. The writing style was lucid and easy to get into.

This collection of short stories is all over the place and I enjoyed most of them. I'd recommend this collection to anyone who likes to read short stories with wonderful characters. This book can become a companion to anyone looking for some light reading. 


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