Book Review: Journeys, edited by Angelee Deodhar

Haibun (literally, haikai writings) is a prosimetric form of writing. The verse of this form is haiku. I have always believed that any reviewer should read the book as a reader first, and not as a reviewer. This book is different. As a student of haiku and haikai forms, as I read this book, it’s as a student first, then a reader and finally, a reviewer. Quite simply because the form that this book showcases, haibun, is one that I’ve attempted quite a few times, but have never been completely satisfied with the outcomes.

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Book Review: A Little Chorus of Love anthology, compiled & edited by Anmol Rawat, Preethi Venugopala, Soumyaa Verma and Tina Basu

When many authors come together in an anthology, they bring their own style to it. And some are better to read than others. The common thread that ties these together is important. In this book, that thread is Love.

Twenty four authors come together in this anthology compiled and edited by four people. The cover is one that I liked, and felt draws the reader in. I’m reviewing the stories in random order.

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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: 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”

Book Review: Obsession, by Various Authors

“Obsession is the single most wasteful human activity, because with an obsession, you keep coming back and back and back to the same question, and you never get an answer.” – Norman Mailer

And yet, that’s what most of us tend to do. We obsess about some things and continue to do so, at times without even realizing it. The thing might be something that’s deep or something that’s frivolous, but it means something to us, or we think it means something to us, so we do it, we look for it, we hold on to it, we obsess about it. Frankly, we’re sometimes obsessed about obsession; though when it came to this book, it was more the cover page than the title that intrigued me. It showed loneliness, and that to me is one aspect of life, which is central to the book. Continue reading “Book Review: Obsession, by Various Authors”

Book Review: Time’s Lost Atlas (Anthology), compiled by Harsh Agarwal

An anthology is different in each author has a different style, a different story to tell us. Time’s Lost Atlas has eleven stories set in various countries and encompassing different major events of the last decade. Try as I did, I couldn’t guess some of the events. Am not very worldly I suppose!

Anyways… quick thoughts on each of the stories…

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