Although the hyperbolic title of this just minted anthology indicates a performance in the realm of extravaganza, the forty stories included within its covers do offer a dazzling spread of assured and exciting writing. In itself the anthology contains a wealth of riches; the editorial decision to print only the best writing of authors belonging to the millennial generation and Generation Z catapults this book into a budding promise: a dynamic product rather than a finished volume, which functions like a tantalizing anticipation of that which is yet to come. More significantly the anthology permits a glimpse into how the young and the very young perceive our unequal world which teeters on the edges of a chaos that only the privileged have the wherewithal to keep at bay.
Lately, Aleph Book Company has turned to publishing anthologies; their series of anthologies of short fiction in translation from various Indian languages titled Greatest Stories Ever Told has met with considerable success. In several interviews given recently, Davidar has claimed that despite the rather lacklustre performance of Indian fiction in English as far as the numbers of books published and sales figures go, the quality of writing in India continues to flourish and young writers (age 40 and under) make him hopeful about the future of Indian fiction.