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SHADES OF LIFE-THE FINAL REVIEW

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Shades of life is a collection of 38 colorful chapters by 38 colorful authors/poets. Edited by the prolific and talented Saravana Kumar Murugan and published by Shades Publication Shades of Life is a perfect blend of human emotions and it’s colors. This post shall review the stories and poems in it.
Today I shall review the rest of the stories, and a comprehensive review about the book. So lets get started !!

The Balloon Seller, by Sanjay Thampy.

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About the author
Sanjay Thampy is a chartered accountant by qualification and profession and writes occassionally.

The Review
I loved the concept of the story, the storystelling was a crafted one. The reader shall get a question in his/her mind when he/she starts the story? And as the answer unfolds, it makes the heart ache. However the cliche was obvious, and it was around the corner all the time, the story won my heart.

The Rating
I rate it 4/5

Hues of life, by Kirti Garg

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About the poet
Kirti Garg is a from Haryana and is pursuing her 11th standard from BBV, Pilani.

The Review
This teenager has done quite a commendable job being so young. I loved the lines as they play with colors of life. She is no doubt a prodigy.

The Rating
I rate it 4.5/5

Dark pages of my diary, by Elora Rath

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About the author
Elora Rath from Odisha has already written a book of hers, named I never expected… Life would change so much”

The Review
The story is definitely a dark paged story, It shows the plight of a girl’s life and the helplessness when she gets molested by a known face. The author no doubt has a command over the language, but I felt bored at times. I wouldn’t agree with the conclusion, as it is better to believe in  human than in a particular sex. Women are not always right and so are men. If at all this feeling of women and men continue, the society no doubt will be a sexist.

The Rating
I rate the story a 3.5/5

Double Jeopardy, by Enakshi Johri

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About the author
Enakshi Johri is an active blogger and a regular author for Indus Woman Writing. She is also a freelance book reviewer.

The Review
The title was intriguing, the start was beautiful but the flow was lacking. The author tells a story in which too many things are happening too fast, the ending sequence could have been better. Yet the story is gripping and I would recommend it to be read.

The Rating
I rate this story a 3.5/5

The path of life, by Monojit Dutta

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About the poet
Monojit Dutta is a passionate writer and is currently placed in Infosys.

The Review
This long poem, is beautiful, the poet has done a wonderful job with the title. The rhymes are there but they aren’t forced, they have come naturally which can be felt when it is read.

The Rating
I rate it a 5/5

Colors of a winged soul, by Monisha Vishwanath.

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About the author
An artist, a writer and an absolute daydreamer hailing from Bangalore, Karnatka she can never imagine life without colors. She is into her final year of Bachelors of visual arts and topping her class ever since the start of the four year class.

The Review
If the first poem of the book by Neelam Saxena Chandra made the tasty base of the colorfull cake called shades of life, Monisha topped it with the perfectly creamy, cheesy and tasty icing. Giving the book a wholly new dimension, the author wrote a fantasy, fantasy !! I am never a fan !! But this one glued me. Meet Monisha with a completely out of the box and crazy storytelling style. The author’s poetic touch to the story was magical and I re-read it quite a few times. Kudos!! to the author.

The Rating
I rate this a 5/5.

THE COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW
“If you need a book which defines life and its colors in the most beautiful/abonimable/melancholic/ inspiring way this book is what you are looking for”

THE COVER
The cover, defines the theme. It is defintely a beautiful one. Good work!!
Rating: 5/5

THE CONTENT/COMPILING
The book is no doubt lenghty, yet I believe myriads of colors of life couldn’t be described with few words.
However the compiling could have been better, at times I felt stories to be boring that clinged together one after the other.

I rate the compiling/content a 3.5/5

THE EDITING
The editing definitely could have been better. There were simple mistakes at many places albeit editing such a lengthy book and so many stories and poems is not an easy job and I believe he has done his best.

I rate the editing a 3/5

MY TOP FIVE STORIES
The story that tops my list is “Humours of the Nemeses” by Vishal Bagaria
2. Colors of a winged soul, by Monisha
3. See you soon, by Pamela Bose
4. Rangeelo, by Vibhuti Bhandarkar
5. The Gulmohar, by Rashmi Kurup

MY TOP FIVE POEMS
The poem that tops my list is “Eternal colors of the nature”, by Dev Mishra
2. A handful of bliss, by Satyananda Sarangi
3. The path of life, by Monojit Dutta
4. Virgin Red Lips, by Aishwarya Chitransh
5. Embellished in blue, by Arna Sarka

There are certainly many other stories/poem that I loved and are close to my heart, which can be observed from my previous reviews, these stories just fitted my short list.

As I end this good read of Shades of life I rate the book in whole with a 3.5/5

Thank you all !! Congratulations to all the authors/poets of this book, congratulations team shades of life and team shades publications and last but not the least congratulations to the men behind this book Sarav Kumar Murugan and Sachin Shresta. I eagerly wait for shades of life-II

P.S: I also have a story in this book, I await your reviews and feedbacks on my story. Daswidaaniyaan !!

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SHADES OF LIFE-A REVIEW PART-viii

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Shades of life is a collection of 38 colorful chapters by 38 colorful authors/poets. Edited by the prolific and talented Saravana Kumar Murugan and published by Shades Publication Shades of Life is a perfect blend of human emotions and it’s colors. This post shall review the stories and poems in it.

Today I shall review Life is worth waiting for, Humors of the nemeses, Rainbow: An ode to colorful life, sometimes black, sometimes white

So lets get started !!

Life is worth waiting for, by Shruti Mall

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About the author

Shruti Mall, born and bought up in Lucknow. She belongs to a commerce background and recently have fallen in love with writing. She works as a school teacher.

The Review

Genuinely writing, I was disappointed, a lot !! The story was happening rather too fast and characters have been unnecessarily created by the author. The love story is too feeble to last. This world and the people in it are much more  matured than what it is portrayed by the author. One night’s chat on facebook and people go on kissing and proposing one another is not at all a realistic imagination.  Why is it that girls have to depend on boy’s to get out of a break-up situation? well perhaps they don’t but the same has been portrayed. A 10 days relationship of the girl with Atharv was an useless sequence or an add-on to conclude the story. How can one write a letter about a 10 days relationship and not write anything about a month long relationship, and that being her first love. Writing has to improve a lot, plot has to improve even more. Disappointed !! 

The Rating

I rate it 2.5/5

Humors of the Nemeses, by Vishal Bagaria

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About the author

Vishal Bagaria was born and brought up in Kolkata, he is a post graduate in management and a self- proclaimed lover of drama.

The Excerpt

…It means people change colors. Colors represent behaviors… behaviors that people mold according to their personalities and more importantly, in response to the situations they are thrown in. Hence, the comparison to a chameleon…but then again, the beast simply tries to protect itself from any imminent attack…”

The Review

The start of today’s review was not so good. So as I saw this story, I was like,” this must be a 20 page boring work with a fancy name” I was so wrong and I feel ashamed to think so. The author have weaved a delightful story with his magical wand, a keyboard/pen. Right from the start till the end, the story has a gripping effect narrated with such class. The writing style is like that of classic English novels. The storytelling spot on, as it never bores you and makes you speculate only to startle you for your speculation. The end links the theme of the book colors so artistically that it will definitely make you applaud for this talented writer. This for me is a masterpiece crafted by a master writer. Thank you Vishal !! 

The Rating

I rate this masterpiece a 5/5.

Rainbow: An ode to colorful life, by Rishab Pandey

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About the poet

Rishab Pandey is a student of English Literature. He loves cooking and singing. He is hails from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

The Review

The poem takes rainbow as an allusion and describes life from it. It is a small yet sweet poem. Since personally I do not like rhyme in every para of a poem I insist avoidance of rhyme could have made the poem more inspirational and mature.

The Rating

I rate i a 3.5/5

Sometimes black, sometimes white by Leena Walawalkar

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About the author

Leena is a chartered accountant by profession and a writer by passion. After a long hiatus, she has started again with an unstoppable spirit.

The Review

Sometimes black and sometimes white is a story that is happening every day at many places in India. Taking advantage of wealth and helplessness, the rich exploit the poor and they become so blind that they forget the threshold, because beyond that even a mendicant becomes intolerant. The story started beautifully, I thought the plot had more potential. than it has been written by the author. The ending could have been better, such that the readers would have been taken aback. The predictability of the story was on the higher side, which may lessen the interest of a reader.

The Rating

I rate it a 4/5

Coming up next: The balloon seller, hues of life and Dark Pages of my diary. Till then Keep Reading & Keep connecting. Thank you !!

SHADES OF LIFE-A REVIEW PART-VII

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Shades of life is a collection of 38 colorful chapters by 38 colorful authors/poets. Edited by the prolific and talented Saravana Kumar Murugan and published by Shades Publication Shades of Life is a perfect blend of human emotions and it’s colors. This post shall review the stories and poems in it.

Today I shall review The colors within, The Gulmohar, Wavering Hues and Embellished in the blue

So lets get started !!

The colors within, by Garima Behal

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About the poet

Garima Behal is a commerce undergraduate at SRCC by chance and a poet-blogger-storyteller by choice.

The Review

The poet tells a story of two broken souls, in search for colors in one another. There are times when, two broken people end up together by coloring each other’s life by a myriad of colors that they were unable to bring out, perhaps because they were not meant for anybody in their respective lives until they met each other. The poet has done a beautiful job to so flawlessly and poetically describe the story. 

The Rating

I rate the poem a 4.5/5

The Gulmohar, by Rashmi Kurup

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About the author

Rashmi Kurup aka Mumbai Madrasi is a Mumbai based blogger. She aspired to be an astronaut and ended up being a writer by profession she is a software engineer.

The Review

I finished the story with moist eyes !! The author has written a beautiful story and told it marvelously.  The imagination of the author has made me spellbound and the ending made me ponder about the story. Its definitely a masterpiece !!

The Rating

I rate this incredible story a 5/5

Wavering Hues, by Anusree Basu

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About the author

Anusree Basu is a class 12 student. She is a passionate writer and a voracious reader. She has contributed to anthologies like Lovingly yours and 31 crimes.

The Review

This young author tries to tell a touching teenage story of a poor boy and a middle class girl. The jealousy that creeps in when we were young because somebody gets praised more than us was quite common. The writing could have been better. The plot is old, but still it could have been more touchy rather it seemed more dramatic. I believe she will improve as she writes more and maturity shall gradually develop.

The Rating

I rate this story a 3.5/5

Embellished In the Blue, by Arna Sarka

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About the poet

Arna Sarka studies comparative literature in Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Her poem Unquenched was published by Little bird publishing house, London Uk. She has also been awarded The Telegraph Excellency Award for her performance in Chess.

The Review

Ah!! ear rings and lovers. Many of us including myself have bought these vibrant blue ear rings for our beloved. The poet writes a short poem about the ear rings gifted by a lover to his beloved and as the poem continues it tells, how special and precious it is for the lover! Indeed every lovers untold tale told by a poem by the poet.

The Rating

I rate the poem a 4.5/5

 

Thank you !! keep reading & keep connecting !! 

SHADES OF LIFE(REVIEW PART-VI)

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Shades of life is a collection of 38 colorful chapters by 38 colorful authors/poets. Edited by the prolific and talented Saravana Kumar Murugan and published by Shades Publication Shades of Life is a perfect blend of human emotions and it’s colors. This post shall review the stories and poems in it.

Today I shall review The Last Dream, A Handful of bliss, He who Loved Her and Ameenah: a tale of myriad colors.

So lets get started !!

The Last Dream by Jasmit Singh

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About the Author

He is just 19 years old and is pursuing B.tech in Computer Science. He hails from Jalandhar. His favorite book is Divergent.

The Review

The author writes a story that deals with a sudden loss that leaves a child and her father alone. Now it is up to the father to tackle with the ordeal and simultaneously groom her child. The author starts quite beautifully, but is a bit sloppy in the middle and then the story picks up with a twist as it ends. I believe the speech at the end could have been more emotional to leave the reader ponder about the story. As far as quality of writing is considered I would like to ignore certain minor glitches as the writer is very young and as he evolves he is definitely going to weave magic with his words and storytelling.

The Rating

I rate the story a 4/5

A handful of bliss by Satyananda Sarangi

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About the Poet

Satyananda Sarangi is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from the prestigious IGIT Saranga, Odisha. He is an emerging poet and writer.

My favorite pick up lines

Ruined I was, ruined to the hilt,

I struck back in a fiery sense,

Born again from by burning ashes,

To win  my lost reverence…

The Review

The poet has told an inspiring story with this beautiful piece of imagination. I loved the poem till it ended and I wanted it to continue, so far I have read I select this as my favorite poem. If you are low and going nowhere read this and rise from your dilapidated world.  Kudos !! 

The Rating

I rate this inspiring poem a 5/5

He who loved her by Maliny Mohan

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About the Author

Maliny Mohan was born and brought up in Kerela. She is a doctor who resorts to appeasing her passion to write during her leisure times. 

The Excerpt

“The darkest cloud had a silver lining. You can either miss it as you run away to a hiding place as darkness approaches you or you can go seeking it, empowered with the ardent desire to find happiness in life.”

The Review

This is a sweet love story, of a lonely orphan teenager. The predicament he is in is perfectly described by the author. It is amazing how smoothly the author has described a rather difficult plot without missing the details. She is indeed a very talented writer and this story can be a witness of it. As the story carried on, it shall never bore a reader. Two questions in the mind of a reader shall continue through out the story: Shall he post the letter? and Who is this beautiful girl? Its amazing as the story ends and the twist gets revealed. Indeed the author has done a wonderful job.

The Rating

I rate this story 5/5

Ameenah: A tale of myriad colors by Sulaimant Sait

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About the author

Sulaimant Sait is a clinical pharmacology and pharmacotherapy research scholar from Chennai. He is an avid dreamer and an enthusiast who seeks peace through reading and writing. 

The review

As I started to read today’s part I was very much happy as the stories and poems turned out. But this one disappointed me at the end. The author has tried hard to tell a hard hitting story of a woman and his plight with domestic violence and female feticide as the theme, no doubt it is a very sensitive topic and one should write about it to aware people to heal broken souls, but this could not strike the chords. The writer needs to improve a lot and I hope he will as he writes more and more.

Lastly I belong to Pharmacy background, so i insist readers if at all you get such a case of pregnancy do not give the patient random medicines or pain killers to ease the pain, do not do it if you are a pharmacist or a nurse yourself and you have gained knowledge, consult a doctor at first and then be guided accordingly.  

The Rating

I rate this story which i believe could have been much much better a 3/5

That’s all for the day !! Thank you!!

SHADES OF LIFE- A REVIEW (PART V)

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Shades of life is a collection of 38 colorful chapters by 38 colorful authors/poets. Edited by the prolific and talented Saravana Kumar Murugan and published by Shades Publication Shades of Life is a perfect blend of human emotions and it’s colors. This post shall review the stories and poems in it.

Today I shall review Recoloring the life, The unanswered letters, Guidance from the waves & See you soon.

So lets get started !!

Recoloring the life, by Ayushi Khare

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ayushi is a trained Kathak dancer, a painter, a psychology student, an environmentalist, a social worker and a music enthusiast, born and brought up in Madhya Pradesh. You can read her at https://thecoherentrambling.blogspot.in .

THE REVIEW

Ayushi khare writes a story that tells about the broken lives of children that are forced to beg.  The rise of such a girl from the slums and captives of such a racket and going on to make  a mark in the world and recoloring lives of people and such oppressed and helpless children. 

The story is more of a fantasy type, real life is far more hard and tough as compared to the story. A doctor in India building a hospital giving free service and then going on adopting children and helping them is a pipe dream alas! the truth being Government salary is just not enough. The story was also more about coincidences which is like a dream that one desperately wants to come true., it is hard to believe but it can be written in a story. This fiction may not strike the chords, but it can be worth a read.

THE RATING

I rate the story a 3/5.

The Unanswered letters, by Cifar.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cifar is a businessman from New Delhi whose real name is Kashif Najam. You can read his art  at http://cifarshayar.blogspot.in.

THE REVIEW

The title of the story intrigued me a lot, but i must admit that the author wasn’t able to intrigue me much as I started to read it. The start was excellent, but as it progressed the story got a bit more filmy, like that of a bollywood movie, things happening with no reason, the suspense was lost with the introduction of Aditi. The character Aditi, has not been properly managed by the author. 

The rescue of Shreya has been described loosely, as I imagined the visualization of the scene. More ever, the writing and the poems could have been better.

THE RATING

I rate it 3/5.

Guidance from the waves, by Nisha Raju

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ABOUT THE POET

Nisha Raju is pursuing second year B.E. in Inofrmation & Technology in Mumbai. She credits all her achievements  to her parents and grandparents.

MY FAVORITE LINES

“Wake up and dignify thou birth,

For in every grain of sand,

There’s a story of Earth…”

THE REVIEW

This is a good piece of poetry, the poets vivid imagination about a beach, the waves striking the shore, the vessel far far away and the people that visit to shed their emotions is well portrayed. What I did not like is the forceful rhyme that the poet inserted in the poem, I would have like the poem better without it a simple flow could have been magical albeit I loved it .

THE RATING

I rate the poem a 4.5/5.

See you Soon, by Pamela Bose.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pamela Bose, born and brought up in Allhabad, U.P is a Company Secretary(CS) by profession and has also pursued PG in finance and PGD in International Business but by passion and by heart she is a scribbler turned writer and a cook. 

MY FAVORITE LINES

It’s not important to carry a child in your womb for nine months to become a certified mother, you need to carry a child in your heart for life to be a mother.”

THE REVIEW

Aback !! yes I was taken aback by this beautiful story. A out of the box concept written marvelously by the author. This story of emotions and innocence is not hard hitting but eye watering, yeah I got goosebumps while reading it. 

The end note is a beautiful poem that shall keep you thinking. See you soon is a must read for me. 

MY RATING

I rate this out of the box story a 5/5.

P.S: The hiatus was due to some unavoidable reasons. I shall try to be more frequent in bringing up the rest. Thank You!! and your valuable feed back is more than welcome!!

See You Soon !!

COLORS-SHADES OF LIVE (A REVIEW PART-IV)

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Shades of life is a collection of 38 colorful chapters by 38 colorful authors/poets. Edited by the prolific and talented Saravana Kumar Murugan and published by Shades Publication Shades of Life is a perfect blend of human emotions and it’s colors. This post shall review the stories and poems in it.

Today I shall review pink, life, cast of hues & virgin red lips.

So lets get started !!

LIFE, BY NEHALI LALWANI

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ABOUT THE POET

Nehali Lalwani is an Asst. Professor  of Human Resource Management in Anand. To make a mark in Indian literature as a writer is one of her fanatical dreams.

MY FAVORITE PICK UP LINES

… The majestic swan, so tall, so white,

Surveys the scene in noble delight…”

THE REVIEW

I loved this poem, its simple yet its so adorable. The poet have done an flawless and sublime job to paint the beautiful nature and its paradise  through her enchanting words.

Short yet Sweet !!

MY RATING

I rate Life a 5/5

PINK, BY SIMRAN & SWATHI

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Simran Kaur currently is pursuing her BBA from BML Munjal University. Simran has a passion for writing poetry and her poems have been published in various anthologies and  e-journals. Besides poems she also writes short stories. She believes that she have inherited her writing skills from her grandmother.

Swathi Shenoy is a computer science and engineering graduate and is currently pursuing her M.A. in English. She is a self proclaimed bibliophile. She have been a part of various anthologies.

THE EXCERPT

It is easy to sympathize with actors than to accept the people in real life…”

THE REVIEW

The authors have taken up a very sensitive topic and have tried to tell a story from it. It is an issue that indeed needs to be addressed. 

But I believe, the story could have been a bit more hard hitting, because such issues gives an author a wide scope. I thought, it lacked the factor. The story wasn’t able to justify the title that is the color of pink,more ever I was never able to connect the short movie part in the story with the entire storytelling. 

MY RATING

With a heavy heart, I rate pink a 4/5

CAST OF HUES, BY ANMOL & SANJANA

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Anmol Singh is currently pursuing his petroleum B-Tech from DIT University, Dehradun. He is an contributing author to anthologies like melody of life and Friendship-bonds beyond time.

Sanjana Radhakrishnan is pursuing her CSE B-tech degree from DIT University, Dehradun. She also is a contributing author to anthologies like melody of life and Friendship-bonds beyond time.

THE EXCERPT

“…His eyes blurred again, in pain he stumbled and fell on his legs, his tear drops falling on his unmoved legs…. questions unanswered yet clear…”

THE REVIEW

I had read and reviewed their co-authored story in Freindship-bonds beyond time by Shades Publications and it gave me goosebumps. These two authors are giving me surprises.

The chosen theme was too damn good and then connecting it to the colorful traffic lights is just so classy. I loved their imagination as well as representation. The suspense was well maintained by the authors and the story telling was impeccable. 

Way to go guys !!

THE RATING

I rate Cast of Hues a 5/5

VIRGIN RED LIPS, BY AISHWARYA CHITRANSH

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ABOUT THE POET

Aishwarya Chitransh is a 19-year old teenager from Gorakhpur, Uttarpradesh. She is an ardent reader and writer. Currently she is pursuing her Bachelors Degree. She is also a trained Kathak dancer.

MY FAVORITE PICK UP LINES

“As I bestowed pecks on her fluent cheek

Thoughts bewildered and knees felt weak,

Taking away her hair stroke,

Her Virgin Lips provoked…”

THE REVIEW

The girl and her red lips in the above picture prompt for the poem is as addictive as the poem itself. Aishwarya have a done a magnificient job in this poem. The lines are connecting and at the same time are meaningful and shapes a beautiful story as i progress. 

It finally gives you the meaning while making you ponder about the past lines. Beautiful !!

THE RATING

 I rate the virgin red lips a 5/5.

SHADES OF LIFE- A REVIEW (PART III)

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Shades of life is a collection of 38 colorful chapters by 38 colorful authors/poets. Edited by the prolific and talented Saravana Kumar Murugan and published by Shades Publications, Shades of Life is a perfect blend of human emotions and it’s colors.

This post is the THIRD part of the review. Today I shall review four chapters. I shall be genuine to all the authors/poets as well as readers. 

Lets get started!!

DOWN THE MEMORY LANE, BY VIDHYA  & SARAVANA KUMAR

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Vidhya is a 23 year old fun loving girl from India, married to Sarav living in Germany. She is a food blogger at Vinayaka’s kitchen by passion and a writer by choice.

Saravana Kumar Murugan is the very editor of Colors-shades of life. He is a contributing author to several anthologies. He is also the compiler and editor of the successful anthology “Friendship-bonds beyond time” published by Shades Publications. Apart for from writing he is a technical lead at wipro by profession. He also loves capturing life through lens. Quite a talent !! 🙂 

THE EXCERPT

“…She blushed when she heard the line, “till the pebbles she gave turn into sand…”

THE REVIEW

A couple in love writes a love story, rather an eternal love story to relish there readers. The usual suspects Vidhya and Sarav have done an incredibly beautiful job,from describing the details to making this rather sad story to an affable one. The dress description of the lady on her wedding day is no doubt done by Vidhya, while instilling the photographic touch to the story is perhaps the idea of our lens-man Sarav.  After all a man behind the lens is not less than a storyteller.

This eternal love story, of a old man visiting down the memory lane through the photographs of him and his wife is a beautiful imagination penned marvelously by the authors keeping the suspense throughout.

Kudos !!

THE RATING

I rate these love birds and their story a 5/5

THE COLOR OF HEALING, BY VINAY LEO R.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vinay Leo R. is a web developer by profession but is always focused on his passion of writing. A voracious reader, he is a poet as well as a writer of fiction, and blogs at his space which he calls I rhyme without reason.

THE EXCERPT

“The light of the setting sun had made the world orange. But the orange that scared him the most was the one he held in his hand, a flame that was ready to light the pyre.”

THE REVIEW

The picture prompt for the story is called “POOKKALAM” a type of rangoli made by flowers on the occasion of Onam(Thank you Vinay for making me learn about Pookkalam through your story).

Colors of healing is a story that is so intelligently put through, it is a story that links the very theme “colors of life”  beautifully. The suspense created by the author grips you to the story.

And as it unveils, tears roll down. This story of losing the most loved person of your life on festivity is heart wrenching. As the story ends, the emotions created by the author shall bring the most beautiful expression on a reader’s face, definitely it is ” a smile and  tears”

MY RATING

I rate this a 5/5.

VARIED PERCEPTIONS, BY GARIMA & JAGRITI.

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ABOUT THE POETS

Garima Jain is a Chartered Accountant by profession. She believes in and tries to follow her dreams, she considers herself a newbie in the writing arena and a small fish in the blogging world open o be explored.

Jagriti Parakh, a girl in the last of her teens, residing in Bikaner. She also have just stepped in the blogging world. She is an extrovert and loves making friends.

MY FAVORITE PICK UP LINES

“Colors add meaning to life,

Some hidden facts they do imbibe,

One color could signify two things,

The onus lie on us,

As to how we take it.”

THE REVIEW

The poets through their poem tells us the duality of colors that we regularly are exposed to. No doubt one color can signify various things, situations and emotions and it depends on us to choose. 

The poets have penned a good piece of imagination in the form of a poem, but i felt the poem could have been a bit streamlined and simpler.

THE RATING

I rate the varied perceptions a 4.5/5

THE OLD MAN, BY DIKSHA CHAKRABORTY.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Diksha Chakraborty is from Lucknow, India. She hold a Bachelor’s degree in Arts from Lucknow University,  Currently she works as a junior copy editor with Eastern Book Company, a law book publishing house. This is her first attempt at getting published.

THE EXCERPT

“Death  is the biggest truth of the universe, but still the thought of losing someone beloved can be heart wrenching…”

THE REVIEW

The author tries to tell a story about the life and emotions of an old man. I must admit that I was intrigued by the title and with high expectations I went through the story.

The story definitely could have been much better, the story was unable to justify the title and the theme of the story all in all was messy.  The story started with the simple and happy life of an old man and his family, but ended in telling the  melancholia that surrounded his life after his friends death wherein the particular friend was never mentioned earlier in the story. The story was unable to connect me emotionally to it, albeit I thought the author could have done so. I understand writing a short story authors have certain limitations and the foremost being the count of words, but introducing the old mans’ friend a bit earlier could have been better. I wish all the luck to Disha,  since it’s her first published story, she shall undoubtedly improve as she write more and more.

MY RATING

I rate the old man 3.5/5

That’s all for today !! Keep Reading & Keep Connecting !!

Upcoming Reviews: Pink, Life, Cast of Hues & Virgin Red Lips.

SHADES OF LIFE(REVIEW PART -II)

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Shades of life is a collection of 38 colorful chapters by 38 colorful authors/poets. Edited by the prolific and talented Saravana Kumar Murugan and published by Shades Publications, Shades of Life is a perfect blend of human emotions and it’s colors.

This post is the second part of the review. Today I shall review four chapters. I shall be genuine to all the authors/poets as well as readers. 

Lets get started!!

ETERNAL COLORS OF NATURE, BY DEBASISH MISHRA.

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ABOUT THE POET

Debasish Mishra, derives immense pleasure from writing. Since his childhood, his ink is his sole solace. He is the recipient of “Poesis award of excellence for literature”. His ink has featured in nationwide magazines like competition success review, Ravenshavian and Utkal Bharati. 

An ex-banker, he resigned from service to devote more time to literature(lucky you!!)

MY FAVORITE PICK UP LINES

“…The world is filled with colors galore,

Each day is a colorful festivity;

Every moment you amass more and more,

There is no end to beauty!”

THE REVIEW

Debasish Mishra is a wonderful poet, his words in the form of poem is actually a vividly visible visual before a reader’s eyes. In this poem, he simply writes about the colors that our eyes visualize everyday, albeit it’s a visual treat. One can actually find oneself amidst the described beauty of nature through this poem and a strange serenity shall follow. Indeed I found it !!

That last line, “There is no end to beauty!!” is so enchanting !!

MY RATING

5/5

SILENT OFFERING, BY PURBA CHAKRABORTY.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Purba Chakraborty is the author of “Walking in the streets of love and destiny” and “The Hidden Letters”. She is also a web content developer, a blogger and a singer in leisure. Many of her poetry’s, short stories and articles have been published in several anthologies and magazines such as Rhymes and Rhythm, Melange- a potpourri of thoughts etc.

Currently she is working on her next manuscript.All the very best 🙂 🙂 

THE EXCERPT

“The suppressed dreams of Avantika finally spread its colorful wings, which were clipped because of being caged inside her mind. She felt like a bird: happy, independent and contented like never before”

THE REVIEW

Purba tries to tell us a story of a forgotten dancer and his path finder. Amidst this busy life and this materialistic world we all somewhere forget who we really are?  what our passion is? what our aim is? and sometimes we forget ,who we really were? when we were like the birds, free and indomitable. Sometimes we need fireflies to enlighten the rather benighted paths of our busy lives.

The plot of course has been written in the past and showcased in many movies, I searched for a twist but sadly there was none. The writing part I thought could have been better, the story was happening rather very quick. 

MY RATING

4/5

RANGEELO, BY VIBHUTI BHANDARKAR.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A professionally qualified graphic designer and Eng. copy-writer, Vibhuti’s creative soul finds expression through writing/blogging on short stories, book reviews etc.  Vibhuti Bhandarkar turned a published author in her maiden collection of short stories,”Not totally unbelievable”. Presently is working on a hand-illustrated book of poems for little children.

THE EXCERPT

Creativity is all about making mistakes, and a true artist knows which blotches to keep and which ones to veil in layers of paint.”

THE REVIEW

Vibhuti Bhandarkar’s story is a story worth reading. She has written a masterpiece. She has described the very details so magnificently in her story that one can get a vivid visual of it. Her profile never says she is a painter, but she has done an immensely impressive work on describing the ambiance of a painter’s room. Undoubtedly she has either done a thorough research or have been a perfectionist to live a life of a painter for few days to write this beautiful piece of literature.

Kudos ! to her.

The story has humor, love, color and in the end it gives you some important lessons to be learned in life after all the “Magic” is within.

MY RATING

I rate this “masterpiece” a 5/5.

LIFE IS UNKNOWN, BY DIWAKAR POKHRIYAL

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ABOUT THE POET

Diwakar Pokhriyal is a writer by passion. He has written 11 poetry books and 1 short story collection. He has been a part of 71 anthologies/magazins with writers around the world. He has won “poesis award for excellence in literature-2014”  for his short story. His hindi poem was selected by the famous lyricist- Aseem Ahmad Abbasi to be published in a poetry anthology. He is also a rhythm guitarist and a songwriter. Currently pursuing PhD after completing B.Tech and Master’s in Energy.

MY FAVORITE PICK UP LINES

…Droplets of the blood,

Paints the canvas of our lives,

A warrior is born…”

THE REVIEW

Being genuine, I am not technically strong in poetry and its types. The poet at the start of the poem gives you the style of this crafty poem. As a reader I loved the poem.

The poet have painted the unknown life in the canvas of “Shades of Life” giving it a “Picaso” touch.

MY RATING

5/5

That’s all for the day!! Keep Reading & Keep connecting!! 

Coming up Tomorrow: Review on The color of healing, varied perceptions, the old man & pink.

COLORS-SHADES OF LIFE.(A REVIEW)

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Shades of life is a collection of 38 colorful chapters by 38 colorful authors/poets. Edited by the prolific and talented Saravana Kumar Murugan and published by Shades Publication Shades of Life is a perfect blend of human emotions and it’s colors. This post shall review the stories and poems in it.

I shall start serially, reviewing “three chapters” at first and “two each” thereafter.It will be a sincere attempt from my side for all the authors and readers.

So lets get started !!

  1. COLORS, BY NEELAM SAXENA CHANDRA

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ABOUT THE POET

Neelam Saxena Chandra, an author of twenty four  books, is a record holder with the Limca Book of Records for being the author with highest number of publications in a year in English and Hindi. She has  won award in poetry contest  by  American Embassy, Premchand award by Ministry of Railways, Rabindranath Tagore international poetry award, Freedom award by Radio City for her lyrics. She was listed in Forbes list as one of the most popular seventy-eight authors in the country.

MY FAVORITE LINES

… And my anxious hands began to quickly paint

Before I could even finish the one

Hidden under the oasis was another scene quaint…

THE REVIEW

Before reviewing, I would thank Neelam Mam for considering to write for shades of life. I am immensely happy that colors- shades of life was painted first by her. The book would never have got a better start than this. Her poem COLORS not only matches the books theme but also matches the theme of life itself. Indeed we are so much surrounded by colors, without them life would have been so dull and boring. A poets words, a painters brush and a storyteller’s imagination all are the strokes of colors of life itself.

This small poem from the brushes of Neelam Mam is not only “meaningful but also colorful”.

Rating

5/5

2. BLACK AND WHITE, BY NAMRATA M

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Namrata is a prolific blogger known by the name Privy Trifles in the blogosphere who romances life through her writings and aspires to make love the universal language. Her debut novella Metro Diaries was an attempt towards that. She dons various hats between that of a contributing author to 8 anthologies, a reviewer for leading publishing houses, an editor to various books and a columnist. having mastered the nuances o finance till recently she also held the title of an investment banker closely to let it go to embrace her love for writing fully.

THE EXCERPT

Life is all about the good and the bad, the black and the white. They always co-exist together to make a beautiful tangle called LIFE”

THE REVIEW

The base color has always been the black and the white,in fact my favorite color is black. These two color’s are the basis of life. These two color’s explains a lot, a lot about one’s life, past, present, mood.

Really without black the white cannot exist and vice versa similarly without bad there is no fun in the good. Its this combination of black and white that makes life beautiful.

Namrata writes a simple story of a sullen life of a troubled girl and his White Knight. Making Black and White as her topic she has done an incredibly wonderful job with the simple yet beautiful story.

This black and white story is worth reading to know the meaning of the two most considered negative color’s of Indian society.

RATING

4.5/5

3. MY FRIEND MRS. KUTTY, BY GUNJAN MISHRA.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gunjan Mishra is an army wife, a stay-at-home-mother, a blogger and a crafts enthusiast. Previously, she has worked as a management professional. She has started writing stories recently and draw inspirations from real life incidents for her work.

THE EXCERPT

“…My eyes are brimming with tears and underneath my hazy vision, Mrs. Kutty’s saree is shimmering like a rainbow, a RAINBOW!”

THE REVIEW

The introducing photo for the story may feel a bit confusing, yes it is Mrs. Kutty’s “KASAVU” saree. Gunjan Mishra writes this powerful story and adorably connects it to colors. This friendship between two army wives has been described quite beautifully by the author.

This emotional story of two army wives will fill colors to many friendship stories and one shall definitely connect to many forgotten colors in one’s friendship.

Albeit the language and writing style could have been  better.

RATING

4.5/5

That’s all for the day ! Thank you and order the book from amazon and share your valuable feedback’s.

Coming up Tomorrow: Review on Eternal colors of nature, by Debasish Mishra & Silent Offering, by Purba Chakraborty.

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