Once Upon A Life

‘Once Upon A Life’ is a collection of 12 cozy fireside short stories to warm your heart, thrill your imagination, and stir your soul.

Once Upon A Life

Grandma always grinned widely as we cried:

“Please tell us a story!”

Her toothless pink gums shone as bright as her twinkling eyes.

“Hmm… let me think,” she’d say. And frown in thought for a moment. Then, she’d begin – and time stood still.

“Once upon a time…”

Granny Tales

My happiest childhood memories are of sitting cross-legged on the floor, listening to grandma tell us stories about princes and kings, damsels in distress, hope and dreams, valor and courage.

Fairy tales from myths and history entertained and educated us, filling many a dull rainy afternoon with wonder and awe.

Short Stories Are Magical!

And so, years later, I’ve tried to recreate the mystique of granny’s storytelling – in a collection of my own short stories.

From the delighted feedback and comments that readers have shared, it looks like some of my ancestor’s narrative skills have rubbed off on me!

Anyway, you be the judge of that.


Once Upon a Life

12 Cozy Fireside Stories


Briefly, let’s look at the dozen short stories that make up this anthology.

1. What If
2. The Last Bastion
3. Debt of Love
4. Curse of Humanity
5. Destiny’s Arc
6. Who You Know
7. Get Out
8. Love of my Life
9. Maata Invocation
10. The Day Before After
11. Growing Up?
12. Deadly Deception

What Readers Are Saying…

“A beautifully written thoughtful, stirring, yet touching story all of us can relate to. Leaves the reader with something profound to think about. It’s a small book with a big message.”

Rosalyn Bronstein (Favorite story: ‘The Last Bastion‘)

“Brilliantly written. When you think the story is going to end, there is another facet to the story line. Makes one think of events from own lives.”

Vinod (Favorite story: ‘What If‘)

“The fast-paced writing made this an enjoyable read. And the meaning behind this short story is much more profound than I thought. Truly a thought-provoking piece. Highly recommended.”

Hao T Chow (Favorite story: ‘Curse of Humanity‘)

“Dr.Mani has an easy story telling style that effortlessly takes us though the book. Enjoyable quick read!”

Samantha (writing about ‘What If‘)

“Really enjoyed the story! Your writing made me think of this introduction to a short story book by Asimov.”

Te-ge Bramhall (Favorite story: ‘Deadly Deception‘)

“Excellent writing. The book is in a genre I normally wouldn’t read, but I’m glad I did.”

Britt Malka (writing about: ‘What If‘)

“Filled with beautiful emotions and it’s a touching story. The conversations draw the reader directly into the scenes as if it’s real. This is one story which can’t be forgotten!”

Priyaa Somu (Favorite story: ‘The Last Bastion‘)

“Gripping story. So many possibilities… which one really happened? Who will decide if what happened today was the best outcome?”

Arun Agarwal (Favorite story: ‘What If‘)

“Thought provoking, fascinating read and very insightful. It highlights the repercussions of the choices we make in life. I highly recommend this book. It will leave you questioning your own hopes and dreams.”

AnneMarie (Favorite story: ‘Curse of Humanity‘)

“I like this concept and how the writer uses it in an unique way to make people understand the validity of a minute, how it can change and affect our lives.”

Mumumn Rudra (writing about ‘What If‘)

“Intriguing story. An engaging, page turning read. The kind of story that plays tricks on your mind.”

Dr.Priya Mary Jacob (Favorite story: ‘What If‘)

Enjoy These Short Stories Today

Download the ebook compendium of 12 lovely short fiction stories and you can start reading them within minutes.

And to help make it an easy decision for you, I’m going to toss in some special gifts – if you order ‘Once Upon a Life – 12 Cozy Fireside Stories right now!

Each of these gems is a hot-selling product from my collection… but I’m happy to offer them as a bonus to encourage you to take the next step – and buy your copy of this short story collection.

Here’s a little bit about your gifts:

  • 47 Hearts ($6.99)
  • Lockdown Diary Vol.1 ($9.95)
  • Words of Encouragement ($6.99)
  • The Emotion Prism ($6.99)
  • How to cross the road ($2.99)

As you can see, these are not worthless reports or freely recirculated tracts – but really valuable ebooks which collectively retail for $40.90.

You can get them all for FREE when you order ‘Once Upon a Life – 12 Cozy Fireside Stories‘.

What’s more, even if you don’t like the short stories and want a refund, you’ll still get to keep these bonus gifts… no strings attached!

That’s right. You’ve got nothing to lose.

At worst, you get 5 free ebooks worth over $40. And at best, you’ll enjoy a bit of granny’s storytelling magic – 12 times over!

Buy ‘Once Upon a Life – 12 Cozy Fireside Stories’

You can pick up a collection of 12 good short stories for only $24.97 today.

Why So Costly?

Fair question. Let me answer.

Prior to 2003, everyone bought paperback and hard cover books, paying $19.95 to $39.95 for a collection of stories.

Then Amazon’s Kindle marketplace emerged.

It ripped the model to shreds. Soon we were buying Kindle ebooks for as little as $2.99, or $1.99, or even just 99 cents!

There’s good reason for this.

As ebooks took over from print, authors and publishers no longer had extra costs to print, store and ship books. Why, then, should they charge as much?

That’s fair. And it’s a Good Thing for you, as a reader.

But here’s what is NOT fair…

Little children born with heart birth defects who need expensive and life-threatening operations – just to stay alive.

And I write books to help these ‘heart kids’. To sponsor life-saving operations that will keep them alive.

Royalties from book sales have sponsored 152 heart surgeries for kids upto May 2020, through my Dr.Mani Children Heart Foundation. (click here to learn more)

These operations have not become less expensive!

So when you pay a bit more to enjoy a story or learn a powerful life lesson, you’re also helping a child live.

Still think it’s unfair – or too costly?

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Your Rock-solid Guarantee

If for ANY reason at all, you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may return the short story anthology for a full refund within 60 days.

You will get your money back. No questions asked. That’s a promise.

And as I already mentioned, you get to keep $40.90 in bonus gifts – just for trying out my short story collection, absolutely risk-free.

What are you waiting for?

Go ahead and order ‘Once Upon a Life – 12 Cozy Fireside Stories’ today.

A Touch of Nostalgia


There are still times when I miss Grandma.

Times that I wish there was a way to turn back the clock, and go back to those innocent, playful days when we sat around her, listening to stories.

Once Upon A Life!

Those were the Good Old Days.

And this book is my small attempt to rekindle the magic all over again.

If you enjoy these classic short stories, please share them with your friends and family. Invite others to pick up a copy of ‘Once Upon a Life12 Cozy Fireside Stories’ too.

While you’re curled up under warm sheets, or sitting with a cup of your favorite beverage, enjoy these 12 short stories… and relish the thought that you’ve also helped save a child’s life!

Thank you from my heart.

All success,

P.S. – I wrote and compiled these short fiction stories for your entertainment – and also to sponsor life-saving heart surgery for kids born with heart birth defects.

By buying the anthology of 12 short stories ‘Once Upon a Life – 12 Cozy Fireside Stories‘, you have helped make a difference to a child with congenital heart disease.

Thank you from my heart.

Enjoy reading these short stories. And please share this page with a friend.

P.P.S. – If you have any trouble at all with the download, contact me for assistance. And if you’re not fully satisfied with your purchase and want a refund, please reach out by email.

Thanks for giving this a try.