Book Review: Shades of Life - An anthology (Review Part 3- 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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Behind The book

Me thinks  

Previously I have reviewed the poems & few stories from this anthology, proceeding further with few more stories:

1. Pink by Simran & Swathi

A very bold theme handled beautifully by these lovely ladies here. Hats off to their imagination in terms of plot and also the way they dealt with it. Using LGBT as a theme, something everyone around gets awkward to talk about they make it all seem perfectly normal - just the way it is supposed to be. They make us realise how everyone around us needs to be treated with love and respect primarily because they are human just like us. No other reason can justify hurting them! Marked it as favourite and to-be-read again :)

2. That girl with a broom by Prakash Guru
Some people enter our lives to teach us something. Some teach us how to love and some teach us how to live. A story based on the latter this one talks about life’s ugliness in the same tone that it praises its beauty. A lucid tale, which could have turned cliché had it not been for the deft handling of the author in terms of the ending. The beginning does look predictable but if the reader is patient enough the ending is worth it all.

3.Cast of hues by Anmol & Sanjana

This story was a refreshing read for its unique story life. Many times we never realize how much hurt we can pass onto someone else through our words and actions. We also tend to under estimate how hurtful a child can be at times, unknowingly. The authors have magically woven a stellar plot around these thoughts and created a tale that would make you look back and question some of your hurtful actions.

4.Recolouring the life by Ayushi Khare

What do you do when the worst hits your life and you are left with little or no choice? Either you give up or fight back. This inspiring tale by Ayushi Khare is about fighting back in a way that life has no choice but to kneel down in front of you. Once again a woman protagonist who is not only strong and determined but is also kindhearted. What starts as a tale of revenge in the beginning ends up being a motivational tale. The drama plays our beautifully leaving you with a feel good feeling in the end.

5. The unanswered letters by Cifar
A poignant tale of unrequited love this one ends on a high leaving the reader wondering at its depth. What you feel for someone need not be the way they feel for you. Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all that they have. These quotes define this story perfectly as it talks about love in a very different manner. The language though simple does strike a chord with the reader.

6. See you soon by Pamela Bose

A childless woman and a motherless child make a tear jerking combination in this story ensuring you are constantly trying hard not to cry. With the right doses of emotions and sentiments, lightly peppered with child-like humour this one not only tugs your heart but will also make you smile in the end as it is drenched in the colour of hope. The only flaw is the characters don’t come alive in the narration.However it still remains a heart-wrenching read nevertheless!

Foodie Verdict

 This book is like tiramisu thick shake - refreshing, cool, yummilicious and soothing!