One Rotten Apple and Other Stories by Vandana Kumari Jena, author of Dance of Death and The Incubation Chamber, is an anthology of twenty-six stories which adroitly weaves a tapestry of life’s reality by shedding light on a gamut of human emotions, the psychological upheavals of the characters and some seriously menacing social scourges. In her opening story, ‘Blood Ties’, Jena deals with the theme of adultery and does not pillory it in the dock of morality. The futility of war and terror is certainly a case to lament over, the echoes of which reverberate in tales like ‘Initiation Rites’, ‘The Choice’ and ‘The unforgiven’.
In a world of radical terrorism and religious conflicts the issue is universally appealing to all the communities which have borne this savagery.
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