Book Review: Shades of Life - An anthology (Review Part 5- stories)


  • ISIN: 978-81-931666-5-9
  • Genre: Fiction/ Anthology
  • Publishers: Shades Publication
  • Price: Rs. 299/-

Life is a supernova of emotions, a multi-colored extravaganza and a celebration of colors that carve a way for us to be "expressive". These colors often vary from situation to situation. They may be vibrant, bright and attractive, or even bland and gloomy. Nevertheless, they invoke the soul from within and portray the various dimensions of life. Come and explore the various shades of life - from the lighter tones of friendship and love to the murkier hues of revenge and murder - of human beings, of how their personalities and their situations mould them into their real selves - in this anthology of prose and verse, from authors across the world, Shades of Life. 

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Reviews so far:  Poems | Stories-1 | Stories-2   | Stories-3

13. Humours of the nemesis by Vishal Bagaria

Having read previous story of Vishal in another anthology I was aware of his writing prowess to quite an extent but in this story he has outdone his previous job. The power of a short story is to seem complete in as low as 5000 words and yet have all the ingredients of a perfect read imbibed in it. This is what Vishal does in this one and that too to the T. He has written a tale which is dark, grimy, fast, thrilling and adventurous. You don’t know what is going to come up the next second and the ending is like the icing on the cake. That takes away all the accolades this story deserves. A true gem of a story it is a mind blowing read.

14. Sometimes black, sometimes white by Leena Walawalkar

This one is close to my heart especially for the topic it has dealt with. The topic might have been done to death by now but it is the treatment of it which sets it apart. My heart swelled with pride as I read the climax of the story. Hats off to the author for having thought of something so radically different and leading the story so efficiently!

15. The Balloon Seller by Sanjay Thampy

This story reminded me of the movie Kunwara Baap with its ample doses of emotions and sentiments spread across the whole story. It does tug your heart no doubt just the way that movie does because of its heart touching narration. Over all a decent attempt at a flawless plot!

16. Dark Pages of my diary by Elora Rath

In our society the need of a woman to be heard and accepted for all that she is very high. This story which talks about of the most not-talked about subject in our country leaves you thinking. Its starts on a note of melancholy and continues in the same voice making you feel the pain the author wanted to express in her words. This one is haunting for various reasons.

17. Double Jeopardy by Enakshi Johri

A story about the plight of women in today’s times is gut-wrenching but somehow I felt the ending could have been different. The plot was strong with a lot of potential and the narration was going well too with well carved characters when the ending turned out to be a bit of a dampener. Having said that it still makes a decent read for the sheer idea of the plot which is very interesting!

18. Colors of a winged soul by Monisha Vishwanath

Once again another story which has poetry mixed with prose, a new type of read for me. This somehow borders for me on the lines of fantasy fiction and I liked what I read as it made me smile. I admire the author’s strong imagination which led to this plot as its core strength lies in the magical feel it carries all throughout.

Foodie Verdict

 This book is like spring rolls - crunchy and tasty making you want more than one!



  1. Hey a big hello to you! Glad that you liked my story!

    1. Hello to you too and yes I really enjoyed reading your work! Thanks so much for stopping by and wishing you all the luck for your writing endeavors :)


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