Book: The Five-Dollar Smile
Author: Shashi Tharoor
Publishing house: Penguin Books
It is a collection of 14 early stories and a farce in 2 acts. The act is quite satirical and based of during the times of emergency in India. The act revolves around the story of Kutta who goes on to become a man after a surgery. The act is quite nice and wonderful.
The stories included have already appeared, like in JS, The Illustrated Weekly of India, Eve’s Weekly, Youth Times, The New Review and Cosmopolitan. Few stories are too good while the rest are quite nice. The literary prose is at its class and one with average dictional knowledge may need to refer to the dictionary quite often.