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Buffering Love: Stories from the App Store by Issac John-Review


Buffering Love: Stories From The App Store

Author: Issac John

Publisher: India Penguin Metro Reads

Pages: 224

Price: Rs. 113

Talk about that one magnanimous element that has changed the way we look and communicate with the world and it is none other than the filigree of technology. Imagine taking a day’s break from touching your phone, checking your messages, popping into someone else’s life and rather just sit by the bay and sip on some hot latte. If the aforementioned scenario gives you a cringe down your spine then Buffering Love is one book you must read.

Going by the name one can make out that it talks about the ways and means in which technology is hovering like a cloud in our lives. From the time we wake up till we sleep, the world is at our fingertips. This book is a collection of 15 short stories which depicts the impact of technology in different scenarios. The prominent angle of all the stories revolves around technology and its effect on relationships today. It is all about people coming together with the help of technology and the varied forms of apps.

The best part about this book is that each story is unique and has been described in a manner that one story does not merge with the other. This helps in maintaining the freshness of the book compelling you into turning the page. They say that apps are developed on a daily basis by software magnets keeping in mind the needs and requirements of the people to help them solve different issues in their lives. This book highlights this point in each story stating that apps and technology have been developed keeping in mind the fact that humans have a better life and hence one should not be completely at its mercy.

A good sleep definitely demands a good book that would help calm your nerves and this is one such book you simply cannot put down. In a world filled with novel series, this book comes as a much-needed refreshment to the mind and eyes. The author has carefully woven all the stories and has given a unique beginning and end to it. There are no unwanted introductions or detailed character analysis which helps in building interest while reading.

What keeps the book going are the unexpected twists and turns which adds a tinge of spice to these stories. It showcases how different apps play a key role in changing the equations of relationships and the trials and turmoils these characters pass through to find a way out. They say that books are an escape route from reality, however, this books brings you face to face with the reality of today. We tend to relate to at least one character or a scenario as we all have been and faced similar situations.

The stories are not dragged much and hence can be read in just a sitting. We instantly relate to each story and fall in love with the characters due to the simplicity of the book. We are invaded by technology from the time we wake up till the time we are off to bed. Imagine taking a day off from ticking your fingers away on the five-inch screen and you are restless within seconds. This part of the human mind has been beautifully explained in the book.

The write up keeps you off the book weight syndrome and helps you feel refreshed. Very few books with short stories tend to impress you but this book is a must-have on your shelf. Whether that be connecting with a new individual or being flooded by conniving thoughts, technology has answer to every problem. This book revolves around this philosophy and ensures that each story is somewhere connected with the other.

On the whole, on a scale of five can rate this book at 4.8 for its subtle language, a fresh concept of writing and a unique bunch of mind unwinding short stories.