Title: The Contemplation of a Joker

Author: Manas Mukul

Genre: Short Stories

The Contemplation of a Joker is a collection of 12 tales, with the overarching theme of love and loss. It touches on the various facets in relationships, about the coming together and the moving apart.


The book starts off well with ‘Made for Each Other‘, a story that spans an entire lifetime. There is a deep pathos in love. I could also relate very well to the cultural background of this one and it stayed my favourite through the reading.

Most precious gift of God‘ is a lovely little tale of sibling love. There are others that are impressive, ‘Somebody that I Used to Know, ‘The Shortest Story of my Life‘ and ‘The Absence of her Fragrance‘, among others.

There are stories which have more rounded characters, ‘The First 100 kisses‘ and ‘With Love, from Russia‘.

The writing style of the book is very good. The language is easy to understand; it is colloquial and contemporary which gives the book a kind of lightness and relatability.

Most characters are drawn well, are likeable and the reader can root for them.

The stories are written with a lot of passion and emotion. There is much detail which draws the reader in.

However, I found a sameness in the theme, throughout the book. Also, the stories seem like the retelling of incidents. In many places, they feel half finished, with either the beginning or the middle missing.

The cover art is good, colourful, drawing the reader’s attention and the style elements put it into sync with the title. But the book fails to come up to the explanation of the word ‘Joker’ in the title.

About the Author

Mukul always liked stories but he loves telling them even more. He believes things are better said than kept behind curtains; that emotions are meaningful with expressions, and
so are thoughts which are of no use till they have words to support them.

You can connect with him on his blog-The Contemplation of a Joker.

You can write to him at mukul.manas@gmail.com

Social media links:

Twitter: @manasmukul


Love stories with a twist. For the ones who have loved deeply and the ones who dream of a deep love.

Download the book for free(for a limited period) from the Blogchatter website.

16 thoughts on “The Contemplation of a Joker by Manas Mukul: Book Review

  1. Thank you so much Sona for this review. It really covers and showcases all the stories. About the Joker title… It was because the author is a Joker and it’s his Contemplation and the name of my blog is The Contemplation of a Joker and hence the compilation with the same name.
    No amount of thanks can suffice the kind words that you have put in for my book. Will definitely work on the feedback and would try to come up with even better work.

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    1. It’s been a pleasure reading your book, Manas. There are many incidents and characters in the book that are touching.

      This is an interesting story about the title. I only meant that you can put an explanation in the book too because your readers would come from places other than your blog.

      Your book has had a high number of downloads. It’s doing really well. Are you considering adding it to Goodreads? I’ll leave a review there if you do.

      Lots of luck!


      1. Thank you so much.
        Will definitely add up the title thing.
        About goodreads let me see I guess that we can try once the blogchatter activity is over.
        I am not that confident about putting it on goodreads as of now.
        Thank you so much for your wishes and I am really glad that you liked and could relate to some stories.

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    1. Thanks for all the praise, Priya!

      To tell you the truth, I read your review of ‘Bhoomi’ just a few hours ago and thought that your review was comprehensive and analytical. And that I should aspire to be the same ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. This collection of short stories drew me completely with the writer beautifully portraying an unforgettable tale of despair, grief longingness, forever itched memories for the other side of love stories.
    The characters with their flaws, mistakes, vulnerability, their compromises and courage for love are very real and familiar with a depth of simple truth in each of them, that makes them more than โ€œcharactersโ€. None are glamorous or glib and rich; they inhabit the imperfect world where we live.
    The writer lays bare the souls with ache of losing love making each of the stories more compelling and moving in each of the characters. The emotions were candid and honest.
    The language is simple, colloquial making it relatable and an easy read for all ages.
    The best part of the book that you need not read in alphabetically or chronologically, read as you wish.

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    1. This is a lovely and heartfelt review of the book, Souravi.

      I agree with you that it is a sensitive portrayal and that the characters are imperfect and consequently, real.

      I think you have summed up the book better than I did.

      Thanks for stopping by to read the review and much Gratitude for your thoughts.


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