The Line Reader Book Review

RATING – 4.5/5

AUTHOR: Agni Tripathi

PUBLISHER: Notion Press


Agni Tripathi was born in Calcutta, to parents who work for the state Government. Agni’s early years were full of frequent relocations, as a consequence of which he ended up going to thirteen different schools. His travel presented him with an opportunity to experience India in its truly diverse form.

His interactions with colorful people from the different walks of life encouraged him to begin writing from a very young age. The Line Reader, a collection of short stories, is the first book of this promising young author.


THE LINE READER is a collection of extraordinary short stories. Agni Tripathi’s stories will touch your heart and will force you to think. All the stories are mostly based on the life of a common man. Our life is bound with unpredictable mysteries and Agni has focused the plot of the stories to those mysteries. What I personally loved in this book is language. You don’t become an author if you write the book using almost all the words in the dictionary, you have to keep your language simple. Simple language will connect your story to the reader more easily. Agni used the simple language throughout the book and each story touched my heart.

The basic problem readers face reading a collection of short stories is the plot is almost same in most of the stories. But THE LINE READER is not a regular piece of cake. Each story of this beautiful collection has a different plot and you won’t stop reading until you finish. Also, I truly loved the cover of the book, it’s perfect. Overall the book is a MUST READ!

A youngster decides to play a prank on his friends, pretending to be able to read the lines on their palms. But, what he sees on his own palm shocks him. Do the lines truly foretell what is in store for one?

A young couple suffers the perennial perplexities of young love. Is this one the soul-mate? Are the feelings mutual? Can they speak their minds out in time?

A young man masters the techniques to wipe out memories. What could the consequences be?

Woven around the myriad ironies that are a part and parcel of complex human relations, moving from the tranquil hills to the sweltering plains, touching upon the lives of Metropolitan cities and the remotest rural villages, this collection of short stories will take you through the lives of the various protagonists, who are typical to India in her magnificent diversity.

Written in a lucid style with a mix of humour and pathos, the stories are sure to touch your hearts as they unfold.

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