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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 !!

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