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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
Perplex City by Naseha Sameen is a collection of exotic stories. These events happened in the year of the rat, pig, and red fire snake, respectively. In the rat’s year and before the COVID-19 lockdown, wild parties and the sale of drugs skyrocketed. When a bartender named Aamya discovered the police on her tail, she emptied the hard drugs into the water tank that served her entire building. How did that pan out? In the pig’s year, Libni got stranded while escaping from the violence in New Delhi to her ancestral home in Nuh. She sought refuge in the house of her friend, Shreya. Unfortunately, Shreya and her husband planned to kill his younger brother that night, and Libni was a stumbling block. Or was she? In the year of the red fire snake, the evil force in Bijul faced off with the light in Meher as they fought for survival through the night.
Perplex City by Naseha Sameen is a captivating collection of stories set in the cosmopolitan city of Gurgaon. These events revolve around Indian culture, belief, caste differences, courage, faith, and more. The stories had depth, with love found, souls searched, careers revived, demons released, secrets revealed, and the past calling in. This collection of stories spilled decanters of emotions that helped me connect with the characters. Naseha has such an imaginative mind that helps with her realistic description. The first story was the most rib-tickling but thought-provoking. I realized that intoxication only enhances what is deep within a person. Also, kindness could be a cloak like Dr. Amit. Fate has a healthy sense of humor because those who protect their lives may lose it, like the Onkar love triangle. Energies spread, and Bijul’s greed was her undoing. Thank you for the beautiful stories, Naseha.