* The Surprise Gift is the touching tale of an adopted child.
* The Autobiography narrates the woes of a pet dog abandoned by selfish masters.
* Sweety`s Resolution is a sci-fi story weaving an environmental message.
* The Mission captures the excitement of a trek undertaken by some kids in search of a runaway friend.
* The Turning Point revolves around a domestic servant who is treated like a son by the family, sent to school and then finds his own standing in society.
* The Red Monster is the tale of a postal runner who falls prey to a mail van.
* The Oath recounts the tale of a freedom fighter, whose son`s adoption of US citizenship has a tragic outcome.
* The Interesting Chat reveals coincidental happenings between two Internet Chat partners.
* The Anti-climax is an account of a bank employee s attempt to foil a bank robbery.
* Slip of the Tongue is a tale of a beggar and a girl that has a twist in the tail.
* Sabari`s Story show how a school teacher imparts an important lesson to students through the story of Lord Ram and an untouchable lady Sabari.
Reviews about the book:
The Red Monster The Hindu, March 30, 2007
The book is a collection of eleven stories where you can relate to the characters. Each story leaves us with something to ponder. For instance the title story tells the tale of a postal runner (a post which no longer exists). He used to cross a jungle to deliver the post. He was very friendly with wild animals. All this changed when his post was abolished and van was introduced to deliver the mail. A van requires a road, which in turn meant cutting of trees. Similarly The "Surprise Gift" is a touching tale of an adopted child. "The Autobiography" narrates the woes of a pet dog abandoned by selfish masters. "The Turning Point" revolves around a domestic servant who is treated like a son, sent to school and then finds his own standing.
The Red Monster Times of India, July 20 2007
Eleven simple tales told simply. Chinni, Sharu Aunty, sweety, Rammaiah Mamma, Subba Rao lead ordinary lives yet tug at your heart-strings and become unforgettable