Monday, April 20, 2015

Internationally Acclaimed Tall Man Small Shadow

Tall man small shadow

By Vipin Behari Goyal

It is my debut English novel based on existentialism. Salil loves a shadow which into many characters reveals the secrets of life. Aalya, his neighbor, is doing research in English literature. Her guide Seema is a childless lesbian. Paul, husband of Seema, is a drama director. Anupam is the protagonist, who coins philosophies for day to day events and his wife Sulekha is the second protagonist only in one chapter who confess how she makes coincidences happen with her artful manipulations.
Aalya is a research scholar who is doing her Ph.D. in English literature on the topic "uneven marital relationship". She has lesbian relationship with her guide Seema. At the same time she loves her neighbor Salil who is a software engineer. Salil had a breakup with her college friend Nasrin who was Muslim. He thinks the shadow of Aalya is Nasrin and falls in love with shadow of Aalya. Seema has no children ,Aalya donates egg and Salil donates sperms and fertilized egg is planted in the uterus by IVF.
Anupam, father of Aalya is protagonist who aspires for self-realization through wisdom.
Existentialism is the mainstream used symbolically.

Reader reviews

  1. Another great read!

    Reviewed by on 16th September 2014 is an amazing story..its not actually a series of events..instead feelings of 5 different human beings mentioned..the way the author has mentioned their emotions..actually creates a beautiful love story of 3 different persons..whose lives are entwined in a very beautiful way!!..yes..full of coincidences..being a software engineer..i really loved the character of Salil and his ambitious attitude..and of course who can forget Anupam!!this story will make you pause for a moment and make you wonder that life is indeed very beautiful..yes because through this story the author has taught us that life is very precious and it can be lead in a very beautiful manner by respecting the value of life!! the story is told in a very impressive manner..full of beautiful phrases!!..and the ease and clarity with which the author explains difficult situations and issues of life is really very very impressive!..
    Finally recommended to all my friends!!
    1 people found this review helpful
  2. Classic Reacher with a twist

    Reviewed by Richard Green on 28th August 2014
    Currently reading Myth = Mithya
    To begin with, I need to confess that I cannot read a book without thinking that I am actually witnessing the events and that the characters are real. Of course, with some books it is impossible to get that feeling. I wouldn't bother to rate such books anyway. With good books it is always like that and in the process it is quite natural to fall in love with one of the characters. Though Salil is supposed to be the hero (tall, handsome and all), it was Anupam I fell for. He's wise and innocent at the same time. Of course, the love blooming between Aalya and Salil, Salil's past and the final irony of "planned coincidences" are all intriguing enough. But, it is Anupam's musings which make the book one of its kind. Not every author has the ability to blend philosophy and romance so perfectly, and that too without using the kind of language that would compel the reader to keep a dictionary and a thesaurus at hand. It's the kind of book that can entertain me during a long journey and at the same time the kind that can be used as a primary text for research. Existentialism is not so depressing after all.
    1 people found this review helpful

Monday, March 2, 2015

Booktica~Reviews Tall man small shadow

Tall Man Small Shadow: Vipin Behri Goyal

Tall Man Small Shadow by Vipin Behari Goyal an unveiling fable of creative writing exercise an unreal notion of plunging in adore with an outline in a classic Indian set, pleasantly merge beliefs and saga wonderfully as well as adroitly parley in relation to a variety of subjects pertaining to youth, existence, adore, feelings, culture affairs, matrimony, falling apart, self-esteem, bareness in the nuptials, conjugal sadism, being taken for granted, regarding dictating and passive cohorts, poise in fixed matrimony, controlling spouses and so on endow with an idealistic insight into the shaman of existence with survival.

The volume spins around the beings of Salil, Aalya, Seema and their relations with the writer elucidate tricky state of affairs and concerns in the verve with this plain petty piece of our life, that the tome look at in detail, which effects in this petite syrupy narrative of an older gentleman, a flourishing lass, a content woman, and an at ease aged duo.

The key raconteur is the central character Anupam invent beliefs for day to day mundane dealings in a park seat beneath his beloved jacaranda tree, concerned for his offspring Aalya's upcoming and desires her to get hitched to a fine bloke and reside blissfully save for is as well anxious of his individual verve following his spawn's wedding and feels that she is the individual who crams the void in his verve.

His thinking hubs on the next central character his other half, Sulekha, an unwell bedridden asthmatic aware fast feeler strapping and clever lady fairly dynamic on social networks and draw on internet to bond with folks of her picking and is a plotter of sorts and deems chances ensue with sly manoeuvrings devoid of being excessively apparent on it. It is she who links the space among what is publicly improper to what is tolerable to certify her offspring’s bliss while observing their daughter tenderly, administer her relations with their fresh fellow Salil.

Salil a recluse boasting commercial ambitions has had a sad precedent where he attempted to commit suicide subsequent to losing the adore of his being the most attractive lass in the academy Nasrin, who is compelled to tie the knot with her cousin by her close relatives but discover he is plummeting in adore with the tiny shade of the pretty lass next door, Aalya but aren’t vocal on it, scared to dig profound into a liaison with her.

Bonbon, caring, youthful, bright, conventional yet contemporary, reserved yet uneasy Aalya, swotting up for her doctoral notion, explore jagged dealings in English literature is as well ensnared by Salil, but gets into an extremely warm, sexual bond a lot hot, other than brisk and calming to her lecturer, an elder sterile, lady Seema, conjugal to an eminent body in the globe of Arts being a theatre essayist and director Paul.

Seema quarry on her youthful green learner lasses to please her sexual needs, by enticing them into having lesbian affairs with her save for is as a fine kind self when she allow leaving Aalya once she notify her about her beliefs for Salil.  A call to a fecundity hospital ultimately effect in Seema’s giving delivery to doppelgangers, whose natal blood relations are Salil and Aalya while Paul constantly show full trust in his spouse and certainly not query the pedigree of his twins, though he is on form conscious they cannot be his in nature.

Salil and Aalya in due course get conjugal, but an ill-timed mishap makes Salil inept of fathering a kid. However, Salil and Aalya will shortly locate themselves loaded in all that is most essential in existence, and will present novel connotation to the notion of celestial intercession.

Short on dialogue and protracted on feelings, as the scheme grows ground the writer seize a practical loom by means of a typical bland weave at the conclusion which upsurges a lot of conjectures put up down the way with convention endearing out in the finish  Sulekha recounts this episode and you are stunned, amazed, startled, shocked at the eye-openers.

The most astonishing facet of the book is the sturdy notable description deepness recounted finely staying in wits with subject of the tome with each and every temperament do act together with the booklovers every now and then and direct to feel in relation to the similar event in a fresh apparition and stare from an unlike view with all rise distant and you at once unite with them and identify with, commiserate, reflect and sense for them who remain shifting on their irregular chaotic trails except in the end mend for a less frenzied side of their being, fused with the verve of others around them in total concord.

By means of a bright saccharine tempo and silver-tongued flowing elegant out of the ordinary lingo chock-a-block of striking stimulating axioms the exciting paperback is a bliss to interpret which to really appreciate the dreamy facts absorbed among the contours, you need to interpret it at an unhurried speed, maybe just a few sections at an instance, and after that repeat the dealings in your wits with your ogle stopped.

All in all, extremely chalk and cheese, emblematic luminous inscription this stunning work of fiction is a pleasant and rewarding interpret which edify a small number of modules down the way where we can craft twist of fates come about save for still there are stuff away from our run.

Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 152 ♥ Published: July 2013 ♥ Publisher: ♥ ISBN 13: 9788182534124 ♥ Language: English

Monday, February 9, 2015

Review of Tall man Small Shaow By Jayasree

a new dimension in review

jayasree,review, vipin behari goyal

A journey called life…..

They are five individuals- like five sand grains.
They are like Sand grains amidst a desert-anytime a storm can blow them thousand of miles away.
Or can it?
What is the purpose of their existence?
What is the purpose of their living?
In this meaningless world, is it not true that their lives are nothing but mere instruments of getting exhausted for a prolonged period?
Are they merely a puppet at the hands of the destiny, unable to shape up their future?
Or can they create their own abode, out of their own consciousness create their own values and discovers an identity of their life.
From the dawn of civilization that quest had haunted the human soul.
And everyone has their own set of explanations to that eternal question.
Like the five individuals who are from the pages of the fiction ‘Tall man .small shadow’ by Vipin Behari Goyal. Characters may be fictional, but they are straight from the pages of a book called life.
Let us take glimpses of these colorful characters. Anupam is a man who seeks the purpose of his existence and always in quest of his identity. A quote from the fiction will give the reader some idea of his thought process
“I went up and up. I could see the earth like a small ball, then a dot. I could see the whole constellation going around the sun and went up to see many constellations. I could count up to twelve. I went out of the Milky Way and could se many milky ways. Suddenly everything went black. I was sucked into a hole with tremendous gravity. My mind stopped working and I was senseless. I heard the voice of Aayla and wondered how she could come so far with me”.
His daughter Aalya has just stepped up to the spring of her life-started to realize the splendor of her charming self!
Her mother seems to be a person who is an asthma patient and is apparently reluctant to her surroundings. Rather it seemed she relishes tea than the happenings all around her! Salil is another person who is always obsessed with the shadow-make interpretation of the personality of the characters he faced in his day to day life. On the other hand the handsome young lad has a past of broken relation that still haunts him o the present. Seema is the research guide of Aalya-who is fed up with his unhappy martial life and seeks to refuge under a complex lesbian relation with her students. A complex geometry of relations are constantly drawing some figures –making new relations and redefining the existing ones.
Now let us come to the story. It all begun with a book that Anupam came to deliver to Salil. No he is not a courier boy or a postman. He was merely trying to reduce the labor of the courier boy. In his own words Anupam-‘went to a stock exchange for about an hour, brought and sold some scripts at random, intuitively and earned bucks not just enough to survive but also enough for some rainy days.”
The life does take its own course of action-so one insignificant book acted as the catalyst for taking the two families closer-Anupam’s gorgeous daughter visiting Salil’s house one day in the pretext (have some patience! the real reason is going to be found later on.) of giving him some home made delicacy. Two beautiful young minds soon stated to feel attracted towards each other.
Let their attraction get increased day by day like phrases of moon-we don’t have any objection to that. Let us take a glance to the relation of Aalya and seema. seema found a soft prey in Aalya and lost no opportunity to explore. Again a complex pattern of mind-it is like a revenge for her to the entire male world. She knew the students with whom she had relation will in future no longer be capable to have a normal martial relation. To Aayla-it was however a tug of war deep within her mind. seema’s father was a close friend of Aalya’s –so it was between passion and relation, the ugly and the good and ultimately it was ugly that came out the winner! Throughout the entire book this types of mental conflicts has been drawn by the writer with artistic precision!
To add twist to the events- Salil proposed a solution to fill up the void of childless Seema’s unhappy married life. He can donate sperm to deliver to her God’s beautiful creation of a child.
Where does this proposal lead the trio’s life? Can Aalya free herself from this lesbian relationship?
May they be like isolated pearls, but an invisible thread has sewn them together in a beautiful garland. We do not have any particular name for that thread-may it be destiny, may it be coincidences, and may it be circumstances. But some apparently unconnected fates of life are getting connected by some unknown forces -like shaping up of the course of river throughout the whole story. Complex human relations are given an altogether new dimension in this work of fiction.
The story is narrated from the perspective of all the five players of the play who have their entries and their exists in this stage called life. This gives a unique voice to the whole story.
Towards the end of the novel came the startling revelation-was there any mastermind who have cunningly calculated all the probabilities and drifted the course of events to draw the beautiful mosaic pattern of life? Or is it merely coincidence? The strong narrative and style of the writer makes the reader encounter the ultimate truth of life.
A truth that makes us realizes how insignificant our play moves are to the silent child who plays with this whole universe.
Who has the power to make ‘meaningless’ to ‘meaningful’!
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

a journey of ideas, thoughts and philosophy~Tall man small shadow~Anwesha Bose

Tall Man Small Shadow by Vipin Behari Goyal Book Review

Tall Man Small Shadow by Vipin Behari Goyal Book Review

Book: Tall Man Small Shadow
Author: Vipin Behari Goyal
Published: 2013
Language: English
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978-8182534124
Rating (Goodreads, Amazon, Flipkart – overall): 4.35
Reviewer: Anwesha Bose
Reviewer Rating: 3.9
Review Date: November 8, 2013
What do you see when you see a person for the first time? Is it his attire that you notice? His hair? Are you drawn towards his words? You might have gone as far as to see whether his shoes are polished. But I am pretty sure you never noticed his shadow.
Tall Man Small Shadow by Vipin Behari Goyal Book Review
The bench under the jacaranda tree, where I often sit and contemplate, is unoccupied. The bench is in an isolated corner of the park surrounded by many flowering trees. There was a violet carpet of jacaranda flowers on the ground. I could catch my breath here. Except for some voices of children in the distance, the park was totally silent. Slowly these voices also became part of silence and I am at peace.
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Author: Vipin Behari Goyal
Our collective life falls into a new shape each time our roads cross with someone else. It often changes our philosophy and outlook towards life, coerce us into taking actions our own selves were unaware we were capable of doing. Studying the way the human mind works is intriguing, and even more so when you get to do it at the comfort of your recliner, sipping your favorite beverage and reading a book.
For those who connect a 150 page novel with a light read, Tall Man Small Shadow may come as a pleasant surprise. Though devoid of any complicated diction or tangled plot, the novel is not absolutely straightforward.
Tall Man Small Shadow by Vipin Behari Goyal : About the story
Narrated in multiple voices, the primary narrator is a man named Anupam. He is the father of a girl, Aalya, who is now a woman by all means, and husband to a loving wife who is mostly confined to her bed owing to health ailments. A young man moves into the apartment next to his, he is Salil. This young lad has a fascination for shadows, and he is for some reason drawn towards Aalya’s shadow. Aalya meanwhile falls into a complicated relationship with her thesis guide Seema who is dissatisfied with her life with her husband Paul.
The story begins when Salil moves in to the apartment and his neighbor goes to deliver him a package. This is witnessed by his daughter who likes the new neighbor, though tries to convince herself that it is nothing more than just a passing attraction. Coaxed by her mother Sulekha to send their neighbor a bowl of kabuli, she meets the man for the first time up close. Having recently finished her post graduation in English literature, she needed to finish her thesis work, for which her guide, Dr Seema calls her home. Seema though, has plans of her own.
Dr. Seema and her husband Paul, who was the founder of a drama club, lived a nonexistent life as a couple. Each had their own demons to deal with. Seema on one hand was crushed by fate for being unable to bear children with her husband. Paul on the other, wanted to break the glass ceiling with  his art.
To fulfill a bit of the void in her life, Seema draws Aalya in her life and the two embark on a journey that is both confusing yet intoxicating for the two.
As the events unfold, Salil comes as a savior for Seema, Aalya and Paul by offering to be the sperm donor for the couple’s children. Aalya decides to donate her eggs. As Seema and Paul get blessed with beautiful children, Aalya and Salil get married. But the story does not end here. Destiny manages to find a way to even balance and takes turns of its own.
The most fascinating part is revealed in the end as Sulekha narrates events from her point of view. It is then that the pieces of puzzles fall into place, and you are left with a sense of wonder and surprise.
Tall Man Small Shadow by Vipin Behari Goyal Book Review
Book Review: Tall Man Small Shadow
Most parts have been narrated by Anupam. The narration is interspersed with philosophical thoughts on life, destiny and existentialism. Often the narrator likes to sit below a jacaranda tree and ponder upon the chirping of birds, the actions of fellow beings and decide what to do next. The most interesting parts of the story where when he would board a train of thought and take the reader to unknown destination. What may start as a thought on a bird may end in a question of whether the bird or leaves actually exist.
The story in itself has plots and sub plots, not very complicated, yet not very simple. What happened to Salil before he moved in, the relationship between young Aalya and her guide Seema; each is a sub story in a bigger story.
As an honest opinion, the narration is bigger and exceeds the excellence of the story itself in the case of “Tall Man Small Shadow by Vipin Behari Goyal”.
Despite being a short novel in the count of pages, the reader may defer to devoting a little longer to it than necessary. You need to savor the words, flow with the thoughts of the narrator and see what unfolds. With the absence of nail biting thriller, you can have the luxury of soaking in the philosophical interludes of the plot.
As a narrative novel, Tall Man Small Shadow takes the reader on a journey of ideas, thoughts and philosophy. Very delicate topics have been touched upon maturely and a plot woven around the characters flawlessly.


Plot and Pace: 4
Characters: 4.0
Writing Style: 4.5
Language: 3.1
Overall Rating: 3.9/5
Tall Man Small Shadow: Official Synopsis
This book is romantic fiction based on existentialism. It deals with many aspects of life such as break up, attempted suicide, entrepreneurship, infertility, lesbianism, multicultural ethos, IVF/IUF, uneven marital relationship etc.
Tall Man Small Shadow: Official Foreword by Rosa Maria USA
The primary narrator is Anupam. Appropriate to his personality, his name means “unparalled.” He believes, among other things, “It is good to pray even if you do not believe in God.” Anupam’s sanctuary, his place of meditation, is a park bench under his favorite tree, a jacaranda. His primary function in the novel is to coin existentialist philosophies for the day-to-day events that take place in his life, which centers on his wife, Sulekha, and their only child, Aalya.
Goyal also gives voice, at appropriate points in the novel, to some of the other characters. The philosophical issues explored in this novel are complex and challenging to the traditionally accepted social and religious beliefs of many cultures. However, the storyline has the simplicity of a fable, and it is this, if you will, “magically innocent” element of the story that enables the author to succeed in “suspending our disbelief” long enough to experience this enjoyable controversial novel.
Having survived a suicide attempt after losing the love of his life due to their star-crossed situation, Salil begins to pick up his life in his new home and finds he is falling in love with the small shadow of the lovely girl next door, Aalya, the daughter of Anupam and Sulekha.
A Ph.D. candidate researching “uneven” relationships in English literature, Aalya develops a bond with her thesis guide, Seema, an older childless woman married to Paul, a drama director.
Aalya and Seema become secret lovers, while Aalya falls in love with Salil and Seema continues to be faithfully married to Paul. A visit to a fertility clinic eventually results in Seema’s giving birth to twins, whose biological parents are Salil and Aalya. Paul consistently demonstrates complete faith in his wife and never questions the parentage of his twins, though he is well aware they cannot be his biologically.
Salil and Aalya eventually get married, and an untimely accident renders Salil incapable of fathering a child. However, the kindness they showed to Seema and Paul is about to come back on them. Salil and Aalya will soon find themselves rich in all that is most important in life, and Salil’s philosophy, “Gratitude is a way of reducing the importance of what somebody has done for you,” will give new meaning to the concept of “divine intervention.”
After we have come to know Aalya’s mother, Sulekha, for the majority of the novel from her husband’s point of view, she suddenly speaks directly to us as the narrator, and we get to know a very different woman from the bedridden asthmatic wife who is always drinking tea that Anupam has shown us. Sulekha emerges as the prime mover of the series of “coincidences” that occur leading up to the marriage of her beloved daughter. Sulekha is the one who bridges the gap between what is socially unacceptable and what is divinely possible in order to preserve her daughter’s long and happy life.
About the Author: Vipin Behari Goyal
Vipin Behari Goyal is a Financial Advisor in Government of Rajasthan by profession. His love for books is unparalleled making him an avid reader as well as a prolific writer.
His debut English novel “Tall man small shadow” based on existentialism was published in July 2013. His prior writings include a travel handbook on “TirthRaj Pushkar” and a collection of Hindi poems titled “Tej Dhoop Ka Safar”.
He has also dabbled in documentary film making and is the maker of award-winning short film “Mines are Mine”.
Forthcoming Novels “Maya In Search of Tantric father” and “The old man and the nymph”.
In his words, he says “Like in all other walks of life, in literature also “Honesty is the best policy”. When it is written with honesty and read with equal or rather more honesty, it makes the book immortal. The more burden lies on the shoulder of the reader. If he reads the book that are based on false values, it means he appreciates and promotes Hippocratic literature. Ultimately he becomes responsible for dragging the society in the wrong direction. He does not want the people to understand the true meaning of life, and condemns any efforts made in that direction by the author as well as other readers. Why he would do so?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Book Review~Tall man small shadow By Vipin Behari Goyal~Shadows can make you fall in love.

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Tall Man Small Shadow - Vipin Behari Goyal is an amazing story..its not actually a series of events..instead feelings of 5 different human beings mentioned..the way the author has mentioned their emotions..actually creates a beautiful love story of 3 different persons..whose lives are entwined in a very beautiful way!!..yes..full of coincidences..being a software engineer..i really loved the character of Salil and his ambitious attitude..and of course who can forget Anupam!!this story will make you pause for a moment and make you wonder that life is indeed very beautiful..yes because through this story the author has taught us that life is very precious and it can be lead in a very beautiful manner by respecting the value of life!! the story is told in a very impressive manner..full of beautiful phrases!!..and the ease and clarity with which the author explains difficult situations and issues of life is really very very impressive!..
Finally recommended to all my friends!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Book Reviews by Sumi ~Tall Man Small Shadow by Vipin Behari Goyal

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Tall Man Small Shadow by Vipin Behari Goyal

Tall Man Small Shadow
Tall Man Small Shadow
First, let me congratulate the author for writing this novel. It is not a easy thing to write a novel from different POVs and he has not only managed it with aplomb but also shifts from first person to third person mode very easily.
Tall Man Small Shadow is a story that is told from different perspectives and people. Anupam a middle-aged retired man who lives with his wife and daughter ponders deeply on the meaning of life and death. His daughter Alaya, is writing a thesis and is looking for a mentor. His neighbour Salil is an introvert who keeps to himself and has little interaction with anybody. Seema is a professor who is trapped in a unhappy state of affairs due to her inability to conceive and she becomes Alaya’s mentor.
The story began slowly as all the principle characters were introduced and it gathers steam when Seema’s intent and inclinations are revealed. Each character is a multi-layered personality and the way they react to situations and choices is brought out very beautifully.
My favourite among the bunch was Anupam. He seems so innocent to the world and his quest for a meaning in life is something that I truly recognize with. By the time, we get to Sulekha’s chapter you will truly realize that nothing is a coincidence indeed.
Let me  list out a few pet peeves -
The ending seems a bit rushed. What is Alaya feeling in the end? How was her married life with Salil? Was she able to put her lesbian encounter behind her? We do not get to see her pov after that and we just have a narrative that says that she wants to get pregnant.
Salil too talks about his company and its growth but did he put his past with Nasreen and fall in love with Alaya. What are his thoughts in the end? These were the two main things that I was wondering about at the end of the novel.
The author’s prose is simple to read and easy to follow. A much tighter editing is required though especially since this is a novel with different narrative styles.
Plus Points: Good plot, different perspectives and  strong characters
Minus Points: A few cliffhangers that gave an incomplete feel to the novel. A much tighter editing
Verdict: An interesting  read

About sumeethamanikandan

Sumeetha Manikandan, a freelance content writer is an English literature graduate with a journalism and mass communication diploma. She lives in Chennai with her husband and daughter. After a decade long career in dotcom industry, she started working as a content writer from home. She wrote her debut novel, ‘The Perfect Groom’ as a script for a serial, which she converted into a novella for Indireads.
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2 Responses to Tall Man Small Shadow by Vipin Behari Goyal

  1. sundarivenkat says:
    I enjoyed reading your review, so detailed and clear without giving out the story :)