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Book Review: First Brush on the Canvas, edited by Priyanka Roy Banerjee

When different styles of writing come together in an anthology of short stories, the overall impression left on the reader varies. Some might impress more than others, probably. First Brush on the Canvas is an anthology that goes one step further and brings three genres as well as short stories in each genre.

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(Book Review) Friendship: Bonds Beyond Time, edited by Saravana Kumar Murugan

Anthologies are particularly difficult to rate or review, because each story will have its own positives and negatives. There might be few which appeal to me as a reader, and some which feel out of place. When the topic that binds the stories together is one as beautiful as friendship, I feel I can’t help but have raised expectations from it.

Friendship: Bonds Beyond time is an anthology of twenty five short stories from authors residing in various parts of the country. I’ve read each story at a stretch, and then noted down what works, and what doesn’t, and rated them individually.

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Book Review: Urban Shots Yuva, edited by Lipi Mehta

When it comes to short stories, it’s very difficult to judge the book. Each author has their own style, some of them work, and some of them do not. I’ve not been a big fan of the Urban Shots series of anthologies, having read one quite a while back but this one felt different. Perhaps what appealed was the kind of stories, more realistic and more intense than the one I had read. As with anthologies, I cannot give a comprehensive review of each story, but I share my thoughts on the favorites from the collection. Continue reading “Book Review: Urban Shots Yuva, edited by Lipi Mehta”

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Book Review: Her Story {Anthology}, edited by Nehali Lalwani and Neelam Saxena Chandra

In a time when the call for women’s empowerment is finding a real voice, the written word doesn’t seem to want to fall behind. I am someone who believes a story can make a difference if it is written well and aimed correctly to tell what is much needed. This book, Her Story, is an anthology of short stories that aim to make that difference. Continue reading “Book Review: Her Story {Anthology}, edited by Nehali Lalwani and Neelam Saxena Chandra”

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Book Review: Love Across Borders, edited by Naheed Hassan and Sabahat Muhammad

Borders… we create them, we live by them and within them, and we’re not interested to breach them. It’s not just in countries but in our thinking too, I feel. But this book is not about breaching borders, but about bringing two countries together. The power of the written word to unite people is something I’ve believed in always, and this book “Love Across Borders” is an effort towards that. Continue reading “Book Review: Love Across Borders, edited by Naheed Hassan and Sabahat Muhammad”