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Book Review – The Bicycle Thief and Other Short Stories by Manish Sahu

My review

One of the best books that I have read in recent times!! This book is nothing short of brilliant, and the author Manish Sahu is a genius, a master storyteller who can twist and turn the tales, thereby raising the bar higher in every story till the human psyche is revealed, sometimes in glory, sometimes in a con.

The book had short stories, lasting a few pages, but each revealed a different facet. Every story was a master stroke of entertainment which had me either chuckling or shaking my head with disbelief.

Some of these stories have Indian/Hindi colloquial words, which are minimal and are apt for the story they tell. I liked the way author Manish Sahu has weaved his yarn of tales, dipping into the lives of people, till the flavor seeps into the pages of the book.

There is a unique Indian-ness about this book, but every story can be read by a global reader; it would resonate into the core because at the end of it all —We Are Humans!!

I loved, loved the book, it was a glorious 2 hours spent just perusing and wondering about each story. I loved the rhetoric endings which are so real that I had to write this review as soon as I finished the book.

“Who killed Vidyasagar” was my favorite story, it had me as exasperated as the main character!! Hahaha!!

Well written, Mr. Manish Sahu!!

I received a copy from the author, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 5 stars

About the Author

Manish Sahu started his career a copywriter in a mid-sized advertising agency back in the mid-1990s, where he specialised in marketing to rural-Indian audiences. He has worked as a freelance web and graphic designer for the past 17 years. His expertise also includes web programming and search engine marketing.

He has written a couple of feature-length screenplays and a number of short stories. The Bicycle Thief and Other Stories is his debut work.

Manish Sahu lives in Beltarodi, a small village that lies on the outskirts of Nagpur city.

Author Contact Details




Book blurb

A man who wakes up to read his own obituary in the newspaper… A woman who learns the meaning of life thanks to her stolen bicycle… A stern sub-inspector who is expected to rid a small town of a prowling leopard… A traumatised man who is intent on ending his life, thanks to his adulterous wife… A man who is willing to get his little finger chopped off in order to win his lady love… A pickpocket who can’t forget his art… A caterer in debt who steals a dog for ransom…

These are some of the characters from this collection of short stories. Some weird, some cranky, some adventurous—but all overwhelmingly familiar and believable.

The Bicycle Thief and Other Short Stories is Manish Sahu’s debut work. The stories which are all based in the heart of India, are earthy, amusing and very perceptive. Each tale is a slice of life from everyday India.

Product Details

Publication date : 9th October 2018

Book Links

Amazon India

Amazon USA


53 thoughts on “Book Review – The Bicycle Thief and Other Short Stories by Manish Sahu Leave a comment

  1. Wow, this sounds very intriguing indeed Shalini😊 And you saying this is one of the best books you have read in a while, makes me intrigued even more. As always your review was a joy to read. Glad you enjoyed this one so much 😀

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  2. Oh wow, great review Shalini. I love your enthusiasm about this one. I haven’t read any short stories in ages but I am definitely tempted by this one and its themes. Fab review!

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  3. Oh poor you, migraines are so painful. My hubby suffers from those. I love short stories and obviously I can’t say no to this book. I’m going to add it to my To-Read list. Thanks Shalini for introducing me to this author. I hope you will soon feel better dear friend.

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