Author bio

Rafaa Dalvi

Rafaa Dalvi - book author

Rafaa Dalvi is a vibrant mess of innumerable thoughts, quotes and movie dialogues, who tries to escape from the mundane with words and contemplates about befriending the voices in his head. He dreams about changing the world, one smile at a time.
Already published numerous times, his stories can be read in the anthologies – Curtain Call (editor), Terribly Tiny Tales- Volume 1, Kaleidoscope, Myriad Tales, and many others. His debut book 'Small is Big' is a #1 bestseller at Amazon. He’s the author of the 'Small is Big' trilogy, the recipient of Indian Bloggers League Booker Prize 2013 and a Select Writer at Terribly Tiny Tales.

Rafaa Dalvi is the author of books: Small is Big - Volume 3, Small is Big: A collection of 100 micro tales, Small is Big - Volume 2, Catch Me If You Can, Curtain Call, 25 Strokes of Kindness, A Little Chorus of Love, Kaleidoscope: Different Strokes for Different Folks, Her Story, Myriad Tales: A Season of Chills, Thrills & Spills


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After the success of two volumes of Small is Big, Rafaa Dalvi is back with Small is Big – Volume 3, a final collection of 100 micro tales and the best part is that there’s a story for everyone, including YOU!

If you enjoy reading slice of life tales, this micro tale is for you-
“Cheer up. You’re thirteen now. I was eight when I got married. You’ll never look this beautiful ever again.”
“I will Ammi, when I wear a school uniform.”

If you like thrillers, this micro tale is for you-
I always assumed that my neighbour’s daughter knew the word ‘Eight’ only until my dog went missing and she said ‘Nine’.

And if you like six-word stories, this tale is for you-
Woke up in hospital. Failed again.

In fact, there are 100 such small tales that will have a big impact on you.
So what are you waiting for? Scroll to the top of this page, buy the book and start reading today.

Rafaa's micro tales are absolute gems. The journey is short but its impact is everlasting. This one deserves to be read by all.
Sanhita Baruah
Author of ‘The Art of Grieving’ and ‘The Art of Letting Go’

Are you interested in unconventional storytelling? How about a story where the beginning, middle and the end are on the same page? A narrative that makes you frown on page 1, nod in agreement on page 2 and chuckle on page 3?
How about reading short fiction then? I highly recommend Small is Big by Rafaa Dalvi. The long and short of fiction in endearing small portions!
Rickie Khosla
Author of ‘The Imperative Subterfuge’ and ‘Pretty Vile Girl’

The book has something for everyone. It has humor – a few of slap stick variety, playing on puns, it has punch where you get a most unexpected twist, it has philosophy, it has romance and it has horror – stories that chill your spine.
T.F. Carthick
Author of ‘Carthick’s Unfairy Tales’ and ‘More Unfairy Tales’


About the Author:
Rafaa Dalvi tries to escape from the mundane with words and contemplates about befriending the voices in his head. He dreams about changing the world, one smile at a time.
Already published numerous times, his stories can be read in the anthologies – Curtain Call (editor), Kaleidoscope, Myriad Tales, and many more. He has also written three volumes of ‘Small is Big’, which is a collection of 100 micro tales. He’s the recipient of Indian Bloggers League Booker Prize 2013.
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After the success of Small is Big – Volume 1, Rafaa Dalvi is back with Small is Big – Volume 2, a potpourri of 100 more micro tales.
There’s a story for everyone, including YOU!


If you’re a romantic at heart, this micro tale is for you-
How frail are our hearts and bodies to be stirred up by one glass, one glance, one smile, one voice and one touch.

If you ever had a tough time fitting in, this micro tale is for you-
I saw a girl reading a book titled “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” So I bought a telescope to find out which planet I was from.

And if you like thrillers, this micro tale is for you-
She bid farewell to her sister and left the graveyard, holding the hand of her brother-in-law. Identity theft was child’s play for twins.


In fact, there are 100 such small tales that will have a big impact on you.
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We live our lives like the ceaseless flow of a river, but we remember it only in pieces, pieces we like to call memories, memories that are shared in the form of stories. What is life if not a number of stories tied together like an anthology? The Curtain Call, compiled and edited by Rafaa Dalvi, is one such anthology that brings together stories from different walks of life, stories that would make you pondering upon them for days, stories that make you think, and stories that will leave an imprint on the souls of the readers. From historical fiction to fantasy fiction, this multi-genre anthology contains thought-provoking stories that will take you through a delightful journey beyond time and reality. Whether it is a train journey, space expedition or Mrinalini's royal marriage, Gloria's guest, a spy or an Ookleeboo, a story of love or of bitter sadness, these stories will make you cry, laugh, love and, most importantly, live.

Featuring some of the best names in contemporary short fiction in India, the anthology chooses to avoid the traditional route of sticking to a single theme, providing the reader with something different to look forward to within each tale. From historical fiction to romance, horror and humour, there is something for everyone in this collection.

So what makes this posse different from the other collections of short stories available presently?

Simply a matter of class, really.
Between the 20 who have contributed here, you have authors with not 1 or 2 or even 10 or 20 published stories in their combined quiver. You have a whopping 75 published short stories (both Indian & International) and no less than 13 published novels between these authors. That is talent that has gone through literally more than hundreds of short story contests, honing their skills through both success & failure till they got the art of storytelling down to a science.
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What is love? The question brews a million different answers. Love is not an entity. It is an emotion that embraces several hues and shades within. 'A Little Chorus of Love – Love through Ages' simply follows the same idea and assembles 24 different writers portraying love in a form they acknowledge the best.

Immerse yourself into the most powerful emotion with 24 different stories set in different time periods and feel your heart beat for that one special person in your life.
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Kaleidoscope is a collection of 25 award winning short stories, selected out of numerous stories received in the online contest organized by SpringTide.

These stories will make you laugh out loud, scare you out of your mind, make you fall in love all over again, redefine relationships, make you rethink about the social conventions and provoke you to think some more.

This book is going to keep you engaged as you move on reading from one spellbinding story to another, not wanting to keep the book down. Do not miss this chance to read some of the finest short stories by amazing new writers!

An eclectic collection of twenty five prize winning stories, this anthology owes its origin to an international short story competition organised by Springtide.

The book features 25 stories which will leave you pleasantly surprised. Though not adhering to any particular genre, all the stories have one thing in common,excellence.

The various authors featured in this book are Vivek Banerjee, Deboshree Bhatacharjee, Nabanita Dhar,Renuka Vishwanathan, Deepa Duraisamy, Prasanna Rao, Vaibhav Mukhim, Bhavya Kaushik, Garima Nowal, Rafaa Dalvi, Harihar Adarsh, Saravana Kumar Murugan, Khushi Gupta, Nehali Lalwani, Balaganesh Pitchai, Smriti Mahale, Parul Tyagi,Anurag Bhatt, Rahul Biswas, Sanhita Baruah, Aman Mathur, Shishir Dhingra, Aniruddh Naik, Prabhat Singh and Ayush Agarwal.

Between them, the authors represent all four corners of India with a couple of NRIs in it as well. Truly, this book can be termed as the voice of Young India
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"Women are pillars to the development of any society. A nation cannot develop unless and until the women of the country get educated, skilled and progressed. Our country is right now going through the transformation and it is but natural, that many women will step out of the comforts of their houses to work. And when women work, they do need support from their family, their kith and kin and also their colleagues and superiors. The question is ‘Are we ready for this change?’

The anthology ‘Her Story’ has been compiled from an all India contest in which best of authors have come up with different issues which a woman has to tackle in her work place or related to her duties. There are stories related to matters related to actual working such as gender bias, colleagues or seniors trying to think of her as an object of lust, security etc. to general social concerns such as support from her family and society. Women are no doubt strong and can work anyway, but a conducive environment goes in a long way to shape her personality."
You can order your copy from - http://goo.gl/BNGJio
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So here is a glimpse of some of the 33 stories of a wonderful anthology, a blend of horror, suspense and humor:
As the grand old warrior Bheeshma lies upon the bed of arrows, he is approached by a vivacious young reporter to recount his hilarious interpretation of what really transpired.
Two inspectors posing as palmists, one absent minded detective, one surgeon, one hot secretary all are there for the industrialist's exhibition showcasing a legendary priceless diamond. Oh yes, I forgot... somewhere in that exhibition, a thief lies too, waiting for his chance.
When as aspiring musician is framed for the abduction of his girlfriend and the murder of her grandfather, he finds himself racing against time and the long arm of the law to uncover what really happened.
When a Christian priest from abroad visits a village in Kerala that is terrorized by a mysterious creature, he finds similarities to a legend closer to his own home country. But to defeat this inhuman being will require more than his knowledge and prayers alone... he will need to win over the trust of the staunchly ritualistic guardian of the village... the temple head.
When a foreign lady arrives to buy paintings at an auction, the local Indian dealer decides to make a quick profit by overcharging her. Knowing that she is being fleeced, she is still ready to buy them. What does she know that the dealer does not?
When a mysterious woman sits opposite him and engages him in a conversation, the young man is only too pleased to chat with her. But slowly, her words seem to gain a sense of foreboding which leaves him uneasy. Is she warning him of something he cannot yet fathom... or is she a threat herself?
She returns to her office suffering from partial memory loss. She remembers being brutally attacked by someone in the office. If only she could remember who it was.
Hooking up a bikini clad bombshell in Goa is a dream come true for the young college guy on vacation and would have earned him bragging rights with his friends. Now if he only had his spectacles on and knew which girl he had hooked up with among the bevy of girls out there.
When the nation's education minister is assassinated, the political frenzy and mayhem begin. It falls upon a young officer and his team to delve into the murky cyber underworld and unravel the true motives of the people behind the murder before they find him first.
A young man's returns home to find his aunt murdered. He soon realizes that he has at some point during the night crossed paths with the murderer. He does not know who the person is. Unfortunately for him, the murderer seems to remember him well.
An over-amorous couple get a new sex toy that has some very stimulating features which showcase themselves at the most inopportune moments.
What happens when the self proclaimed world's best detective realizes that his prodigy is now a wanted criminal? Prepare for a wild cat-and-mouse game.
A peaceful stay at an ashram soon turns into a race against life and death as a young couple find themselves caught in a web of deceit involving Godmen and the city's underworld.
Set in 18th century England, a mistress finds herself in the unenviable position of delivering letters between her lover, the Count and a Princess. When the Princess is murdered, it is discovered that she had been having an affair of her own. What wicked webs tie in all the pieces of this puzzle? Was this a crime of passion or was there more behind these deaths?
This anthology co-authored by some eminent writers like Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan(who won the Indi blogger award) , Suhail Mathur(author of Bhairav putras), Vivek Banerjee(author of "The other side) and many more brings to you the concoction of the three genres and is an awesome collection - a must have on your bookshelf.
Exciting aint it???
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