"Don't read this book - devour it." - Hindustan Times

By its very nature, a short story is instantly gratifying. A great short story, however, lingers on. It reaches into the inner recesses of your mind, tickles you and comes back to haunt you over and over again. And Tejaswini Apte-Rahm’s debut collection of stories, These Circuses That Sweep Through The Landscape, does just that... [read more]

Review of These Circuses in the Hindustan Times, 5 January 2017


"A winner" - Mid-day

All of Tejaswini's short stories in the collection have this fantasy-like element to it. Yet, they all seem believable. It's this storytelling that makes this book a winner. [read more]

Review in Mid-day, 29 January 2017

“ A master of idea and execution, a wizard of plot and prose” – Jet Wings magazine

Pick up this collection without knowing who the author is, and you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking it the work of a seasoned writer, a master of idea and execution, a wizard of plot and prose. The truth, though, is that These Circuses That Sweep Through the Landscape is Mumbai-born Tejaswini Apte-Rahm’s fiction debut. [read more]

Jet Wings magazine, February 2017

“An original and powerful imagination, a significant writing talent” -

I took several days to finish this slim book; so potent are these stories. They are the work of an original and powerful imagination, a significant writing talent, and a sensitive mind – in that order. Tejaswini Apte-Rahm is such a precociously successful writer that I almost fear for her, because the one thing her writing seems to lack – understandably, since this is her first book – is the conviction that there are things infinitely more significant than writing [read more].

Review on 24 May 2017

 “These tales will keep you hooked” - Hindustan Times

These Circuses That Sweep Through The Landscape is a collection of short stories about people who let themselves be taken over by the darker thoughts of the human brain. A man who wishes to capture his wife in a jar, a girl who would let a handsome young lover pass to hold on to her dead screen idol and two couples who might switch partners just to stay entertained [read more].

Review in Hindustan Times 13 April 2017

"Dark, twisted, funny, with pieces of happiness bursting through" - Hrishi K, Radio One

She's lived in Israel, cambodia, Serbia & Myanmar & currently London is home. As she describes it "I'm really good at packing" - but what she really means is that she's managed to finish writing two non fiction books on the environment (she's been an environment researcher for over a decade) and then now put on a debut collection of short stories! dark, twisted, funny with pieces of happiness bursting through... is the way I would describe Tejaswini Apte-Rahm's collection of short stories. It's called These Circuses That Sweep through the Landscape which incidentally is one of the stories in the book. A morning well spent on GoodMorningMumbai talking about bits of magic, bits of existential gloom and how easily "normal" can turn into "abnormal." [see post]

Facebook post by Hrishikesh Kannan, Radio One, 21 December 201

"Unnerving" -

From a nightmare: What if you cannot find your way out of the mall? An unnerving excerpt from Tejaswini Apte-Rahm’s collection of short stories.. [read more].

Excerpt featured on, 20 January 2017

"This book is like a Dragon fruit smoothie - unique, tasty and satisfying!" - Reviews and Musings

I could not have asked for a better way to end the year than this book! ...Such short story collections reinstate my faith in anthologies and the power of immaculate story telling. The author has a knack of taking the mundane and painting it vividly with her imagination making it a story that leaves you spell bound… [read more]

Review on the Reviews and Musings blog, 30 December 2016

"Apte-Rahm's writing is brilliant." - The Hungry Reader

Sometimes a story just does nothing for you. Sometimes it does so much that you cannot handle it. Tejaswini Apte-Rahm’s story “Sandalwood” falls in the latter category... [read more]


Review of the story Sandalwood on the Hungry Reader blog, 7 January 2017

"This is probably going to be one of my favourite books of 2017" - Books and Strips

She seems to have mastered the art of tension and every single story here is like watching a slow motion video of an overfilled water balloon get popped with a nice sharp and shiny needle. With the stories having a moment of Sci-fi, a moment of magical realism and moments that are atmospheric, there is something for everyone here... [read more]

Review on the Books and Strips blog, 17 January 2017

"Riveting, dark, sometimes funny, sometimes chilling" - Pune 365

The Mall is about a woman who goes on a reckless shopping spree in an upscale mall in her hometown and gets trapped in it for over a year, unable to find her way out. Apte-Rahm tracks the woman’s frantic, terrifying, ordeal as she wanders around, up and down elevators and escalators, pleading with fellow shoppers for directions to exit the mall and using her cunning… [read more]

Review of the story The Mall on the Pune 365 website, 21 December 2016

"An author I'll now have on auto-buy" - Mybookjacket

This was quite a ride with me enjoying almost every single story. Tejaswini Apte-Rahm is an author I'll now have on auto buy, especially for her short stories because she seems to really excel at the shorter ones. If you see this at a store, flick through to Cotton and you'll not leave without picking it up.[visit site]

Instagram review by Mybookjacket, 16 Jan 2017

"This one stole my heart" - tinkerbell.reads

A collection of stories that are full of emotional realisations and hidden dark nuances that shatter the daily illusions to reveal terrifying and oft-forgotten realities, this one stole my heart in a simple skim through!  [read more]

Instagram review by tinkerbell.reads on 21 January 2017

"A delight to relish for a long time" - Sheetal, OutLandiSH

These Circuses That Sweep Through the Landscape is a collection of short stories written by Tejaswini Apte-Rahm is a delight to relish for a long time. Every story is unique in its own way. Each story is rich with imagination, fantasy and comes with an enriched reading experience. [read more]

Review on Outlandish blog on 21 January 2017

"A gift to literature" - The Review Author

An exemplary contribution in the world of words. A gift to literature and readers who are always out fishing for something worthy. [read more]

Review on The Review Author blog on 22 January 2017

 "A stellar 5 stars, and if I could have I would have rated it even more" - Kaffeinated Konversations

The stories are dark, delicious, tantalizing and stunningly crafted. Tejaswini Apte-Rahm is a true story teller who can make you fall in love with the way she puts her tales across and has definitely upped the bar of word craft for not only Indian authors but also of the various writers out in the world. [ read more

Review by Shelly Bajwa on Kaffeinated Konversations blog on 28 January 2017

“Each story is like a short film unfolding right before your eyes”- Of Things We Never Say blog

Each story deals with human emotions/demons that we hide in some corner of our head and heart. The very first story Homo Coleoptera is deep, intense… you need to read carefully, or you may miss certain important points. Each story is like a short film unfolding right before your eyes. Certainly a book that keeps you hooked till the last page. [read more]

Review on Of Things We Never Say blog on 29 January 2017

"The author is a magician" - Booktica - Book Review

The author is a magician who is able to develop absolutely beautiful and pleasant stories from simple ideas and what emerges is a beautiful description of the peculiarities of people ... [read more]

Review by Kalyan Panja on Booktica - Book Reviews blog, January 2017

"Touches upon the dark crevices of the human mind" -

The Era I Lived In

While shopping for books in December, I chanced upon this anthology with a vibrant cover and an interesting title. While I was amazed by the illustrations, the blurb of the book was the real charmer that inspired me to pick this book…[read more]

Review on The Era I Lived In blog, January 2017

"A sure page turner" - My Bookshelf

All the stories are highly engaging with a strong ability to connect with the readers. Every story is unique in its own way and intrigues the reader with wonderful language and vivid imagery. The best part of the book is that at no place you feel bored or the stories seem to be dragging. I hate unnecessary descriptions and stretchy stories that distract the readers from the main theme. And this book just masters the art to convey everything in the form of clear, crisp, and concise writing. [read more

My Bookshelf blog, 25 January 2017

“Tejaswini Apte-Rahm is here to stay” – Writers Melon

Imagine gliding through a lush verdant landscape with seasons and climates passing by. Sometimes the green glistens with rain, sometimes it appears yellowed and scorched by the sun and at other times it turns myrtle from the bitter cold. Tejaswini Apte-Rahm’s short stories are like graduated terraces in a vast landscape, each of them a step ahead of the other, rushed through various seasons. It’s like a roller coaster ride of emotions via each story, wonderfully bound together into a bouquet of a book. [read more]

Review in Writers Melon, 23 February 2017

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“An extraordinary heady cocktail” – Meraki Post

The collection consists of some whimsical and some realistic stories. Some dark with funny bits, and some complicated ones, this book is a cocktail of great stories. An extraordinary heady cocktail. [read more]

Review on Merika Post blog, 24 January 2017