The Modern Man

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
80 Pages
Reviewed on 02/19/2024
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Author Biography

Vikas Parihar lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated with a Master of Science in System Design, Power Systems, and Control Systems from California State University, Los Angeles. He studied Management, Leadership, and Negotiation at Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author of short stories, poems, songs, novellas, and novels.

He started writing at the age of 14. His first poem was an existential observation of his surroundings and an inquiry about the absolute. Many of the poems included in his collections were written in the last two decades.

His published work includes five poetry collections:” A River in My Heart”, “The Poems and The Poet,” “Time,” “The Poems of Everyday,” and “The Absolute, The Cause of All Causes: Lord Krishna, His Devotees, and His Abode,” as well as a short story collection “The Modern Man.” His works have received great reviews and admiration from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly BookLife, and Readers' Favorite.

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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Modern Man: Short Stories is a work of fiction penned by author Vikas Parihar in the drama, anthology, and slice-of-life subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. This collection of five stories delves into the complexities of the human mind, offering a psychological and dramatic look at human beings put to the test in unusual situations. From narcissistic modern fables to tales of shallow partygoers and cross-cultural tensions, each of these fascinating, character-led tales portrays the futile and tragic psychological and philosophical struggles of contemporary life.

Author Vikas Parihar has crafted a work that offers many unique voices, bringing together narratives that capture the essence of modern-day struggles and dilemmas. Each story offers a unique perspective on themes such as vanity, superficiality, displacement, societal norms, and existential questioning. From the tragic demise of the self-absorbed protagonist in ‘The Face’ to the poignant portrayal of Seema's plight in ‘The Daughter of Comradeji,’ the collection confronts readers with the harsh realities of contemporary life while prompting reflection on the human condition. I think ‘A Pianist’ was my personal favorite for all the blunt edges to the narrative style, indicating the difficulties of the character’s internal struggle. Parihar's storytelling is both captivating and insightful, drawing readers into the characters' lives and making them ponder the complexities of the world around them. Overall, The Modern Man is a compelling exploration of the human psyche and the existential challenges of the modern era, and I would certainly recommend it to fans of intriguing dramas everywhere.