This is a truly a collection of short stories per se and when I say short it means really short with the shortest of them running into half a page and the longest stretching into 3 or 4 pages.Majority of these stories were written in the West Bengal of 50s and 60s and they cover a vast plethora of genres ranging from love, redemption, marriage, womanhood, friendship, sadness, sacrifice, desire, poverty, hope, caste system and supernatural too A few of the stories have a surprise ending.The events described are simple even trivial or mundane but each story has a message to convey making the reader ponder a bit at the end of each The author does not preach but leaves the reader to infer the story in his or her own way which does not mean that the stories are ambiguous in any way rather they are precise and clear cut.In many stories the middle class thought process depicted is still prevalent even today and I must confess I smiled a bit thinking how much a 10 Rupee note mattered in those days I would have rated this book 3.5 starts but since GR doesn t have provision for half stars I would settle for 3. 3.5 5A good collection of shorts. The rating is actually 3.5 its an interesting book with some 100 short stories Some stories were really interesting but it was about lost love and eventually a lover dies or become a spirit ghosts etc after reading a couple of stories you mind find some repetitive but still you won t put it down expecting something new to read in every story I didn t really understand some stories Ending was abrupt Maybe someone else might understand them better or I didn t give it enough time to think about them Specially the 1 page stories Overall, an interesting read I would like to read translated Bengali work They are way too better than what Indian authors write these days. the storis are short and have an ambiguous ending It represents zen type of writing A must read. Classic tales from the O Henry of Bengali literature translated into English for the first time, these stories by legendary writer Banaphool cleverly explore how life s absurdities are negotiated through human relationships whether between friends or family, lovers or strangers In the title story, a lovelorn boy waits earnestly in his hostel room for the arrival of his beloved, only to be greeted by a rude shock In Conjugal Dreams , the fickle nature of love is at the center of the story, as two newlyweds confront their respective old loves In The Homecoming , an insurance agent travelling home by train for Durga Puja encounters a most unexpected co passenger In The Corpse , a harmless wager leads to very dramatic consequences Moulded out of everyday occurrences and happenings, these sparkling vignettes range from poignant and tragic to whimsical and satirical In these tales, Banaphool invokes a host of enduring characters even as he makes sharp observations about the human condition.