Book Review(s) | Debeshi Gooptu | The Pickpocket | The Red Thread | Prince Charming | The Candle Stand

Over the last two months, I discovered the magic of Debeshi Gooptu’s short stories. She writes in a simple and polished manner, with detailed descriptions that bring the scenes alive. It makes me wish I could express myself so well.

I want to share mini-reviews of four of her short stories. It is difficult to write reviews of short stories because writing too much gives the plot away (I made that mistake!). I’ll only say what I liked about each story and leave you to find out more. All four stories are available on Kindle Unlimited.

The Pickpocket []

Rating: 4 out of 5.

As is evident from the title, the story is about a pickpocket doing what he does best. But then the story takes an unexpected turn for the better. I can’t honestly say I liked the twist because I was expecting something much more dramatic. It felt a bit anticlimactic to me. Nevertheless, let this not deter you from reading this sweet, endearing story about the finer emotions in life.

The Red Thread []

Rating: 4 out of 5.

In the current political climate of India, I’d say this story touches a chord. Heartbreaking, sorrowful love story. I wish people had more empathy for their fellow human beings! This is not an easy read, but it is altogether realistic.

Prince Charming []

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I read this book last month, but the story still gives me goosebumps. The possibilities laid out in the tale are horrific. Not saying any more–just that I loved this story. Paced just right, I got an impending sense of doom, which culminated in a horrific truth.

The Candle Stand []

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is her most recently published story. Sensitive, accurate portrayal of bereavement and the tender love of a father. Is there life after death? Read to find out!

About the Author

(from her website:

Debeshi Gooptu is a journalist turned author who lives and works in Gurgaon.

Her book, Gurgaon Diaries: Life, Work and Play in Drona’s Village, based on her long-running blog of the same name, was published by Rupa Publications in January this year. Click here if you want to read the blog.

Her book, Dragon Aunty Returns, and a collection of short storieshas been published by Juggernaut Books in January last year. 

Debeshi’s 25-year-career includes stints in print, television, new media and higher education. She has worked with Business StandardBusiness Today, Plus Channel, Financial ChronicleBritish CouncilCanadian Education Network and Intel Asia Electronics before setting up her own higher education research consultancy, Directions Online, in 2002. She has her own blog, The Gurgaon Diaries!, chronicling life in the Millennium City.

In her spare time, she plays the piano, sings in the bathroom and desperately tries to emulate Nigella in the kitchen.

Debeshi’s Goodreads profile:

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One response to “Book Review(s) | Debeshi Gooptu | The Pickpocket | The Red Thread | Prince Charming | The Candle Stand”

  1. […] The Candle Stand is a must-read. I have read several of Debeshi Gooptu’s short stories and I enjoyed every single one. I realized many of her stories are on Juggernaut Books, so I’ve got to sign up for it soon. I have written about her short stories in a separate post, here. […]

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