“In a Monsoon” (2015) is a collection of twenty five stories written by Ashish Basnet. The volume consists of a writing ranging from flash fiction, short stories to stories. Most stories in the end provide a narrative break down, providing the short stories to be imagined and re-imagines by the readers in their own way. “In a Monsoon” is a collection of short stories, which wants to simply compel the readers to reach into a breaking point, merely to let the readers create their own justifiable ending, through their own imagination. Mostly, in every story the setting is of a weather in a monsoon rain. As the title of the collection of stories is “In a monsoon”.
OUTLINE OF Short Stories “IN A MONSOON”
Deepak and an old Gatekeeper have a conversation, due to monsoon rain outside the Pharmaceutical office Deepak works in. The conversation leads to the old man sharing Deepak the past story of his young love at 1950s, when the old man once worked as a Police officer. The love story of the old gatekeeper is compared to the love story of Deepak’s dilemma, who instantly falls in love with a strange girl but cares not to confess. Through the ending readers are invited to participate in the creative process.
2. An officer in his house with a phone:-
Ravi chandan is a Misanthropic beaurocratic officer, who gets a call in one evening. Ravi falling into the warren of miscommunication leads the readers to understand the context at the very ending.
3. A librocubicularist:-
Rishi Kumar Bhattarai is a librocubicularist. In a monsoon night after a sleep he sees a girl in his dream. Carl Jung’s psychological theory of anima (the female ideal in the masculine unconscious) The story ends leaving the readers out for the psychoanalysis in refilling the end, either the dream is from his past or either from his future.
4. A man at the door:-
Saswat luitel is the philanthropist, who loves to help people. Saswat helps the man standing at the door of his house but only being confused if he would ever be. The story provides a touch to humanistic nature in modern society.
5. The clouds that change shapes:-
An experimental story written in one paragraph. The short story provides a glimpse into the life of Bharat Bahadur Khadka who is a porter by profession. The man rests under a tree watching over the clouds that changes its shape.
6. The Bicycle:-
The story of Mangal Singh Tharu who struggles with his desire to steal a bicycle in the night of Mangal chaturthi. With the eminent narrative of class struggle for Marxist reading. The story ends up with a hanger not revealing what the character understands. Letting the readers interpretation in work.
An experimental one paragraph narrative of female stream of consciousness. The experiment is on concrete structure of a short short story. Also called Carmen Figuratum but applied not in a poem but first time into a short story narrative in Nepal.
A linguistically playful narrative on an underprivileged boy from a Christian family, with his first crush near to madness. With the linguistically new term “Soulache” available in any Dictionaries.
9. An obscure obsolete letter:-
Story of an unread letter to the world outside from a school boy. Use of an imagery from the character’s subconscious part of mind, in Dalian point of view (cat laying an egg). Departing of narrative without giving the characters action. Motivated for teenage reading.
Santaram upadhyay’s struggle in Kathmandu valley away from his wife Maya Kumari. Working in Pashupatinath as an astrloger develops his own story of Pashupatinath. With the unfolded ending leaving for readers interpretation.
11. A Ruthless Day:-
After a ruthless day when Max feels there is nothing worse than that particular day. The worst happens to the sole character Max, when he falls in love with a voice of a girl on his phone.
12. The Last Declaration:-
A man dies in an accident of a monsoon rain. The man speaks his life’s last two lines. From the two lines merely one line is true and another is made up by the character who hears the last declaration.
13. An Affair:-
A marriage affair of a couple that is short. The relationship built out to be short by a suspicion. The story ends up with people not knowing why the marriage ends up. A third person narrative technique.
14. The Resemblance:-
A major incident in the life of a character Sanjay. A flaneur walk into the street in Kathmandu ends him up in a restaurant. Sanjay while having his dinner sees his own resemblance in the television.
15. A confession:-
An unrevealed life of a creative artist. The tightly built narrative with a career of hypocrisy. The career that stands on an artist whose real works aren’t his. Leading at last to a confession of his career when he is suffering from Alzheimer. Although no one knows the career is built out from others or his own effort.
16. The Orphanage:-
A love story of orphans left out in the world abandoned. The young love that builds out from a stolen kiss, while playing hide and seek in the orphanage. With the use of optical realism.
17. The Recall:
An unyoked love story of a teenage passion revisited, when Heath is in dilemma if he should express his love for the girl once he loved. The story is meant to let readers participate into the interpretation of the work.
18. The Unmatched:
A love story of an expressed love left unexpressed, characters change and they meet after seven years. Both are taken away from the wave of life.
19. Beauty is blessed and cursed:
A triangle love story. In which two man fall for the same woman.
20. The Fluke:
A story concerned with how life is all about destiny.
21. The Death of a Lover:
A tragic love story of Don muse, where supernatural elements come into play.
22. Into the boulevard of Paris:
Story about an orient boy falling for an occident girl.
23. 2072 B.S.:
A story written from multiple perspective.
A boy seeks out his dream to earn material wealth though gets into spirituality.
25. The Book of Self:
A story written about a man’s journey to find his self.