Book Review: Long Island Iced Tea by Ram Kamal Mukherjee

When a Bollywood reporter decides to write a book you usually expect it to be filled with celebrity gossip and pages from their life. I was kind of expecting the same when Long Island Ice Tea, the debut work of Ram Kamal Mukherjee who was the former editor-in-chief of Stardust and former vice president of Pritish Nandy Communications landed in my mail box.

The book is a collection of 8 short stories and is described as abstract because it can’t be categorized into one genre.  Each story is different yet similar in terms of the of the language and narration. The stories appear simple in the first read but once you let the words settle in your head, you understand the stories better.

Not all stories are interesting though and only a couple of them left an impression, On the Other Side being one of my favorites. The character development is decent in most stories but weak in a few. Narration has a steady pace and most characters are relatable. I did feel that in some stories, the author began well but lost momentum in the middle thus ending them in a hasty and unsatisfactory manner.

Overall, the book turned out to be a decent one time read and I was pleasantly surprised that the author decided to move out of his comfort zone for his debut novel. The writing is good and I am hoping that the author will work on the few things that need improvement in his next project. The book is definitely an option for days when you are in the mood for a light and effortless read.