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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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