Book Review: When Our Worlds Collide

Book: When Our Worlds Collide

Genre: Fiction


I usually like to curl up on my cushioned settee in the bay window with coffee mug and a paperback book. This time however I read the Kindle version sent by WritersMelon.

I have not read any book by author so really was not aware of her style of writing. The story that Aniesha has penned is about few young adults with their lives intertwined with each other… It is a story of these twenty-somethings who have recently woken up to the challenges of adult life in a real world, be it facing their attractions or complexities of their parents’ lives, friendships, work challenges, finding their place in the world, prioritising their choices and relationship dilemmas.

The style of writing of the author makes for an easy and straight forward reading . There are no moral lectures, no complaints for the social system and no right and wrong. it is a simple story … a happily ever after but not in the conventional sense of boy meets girl, overcomes difficulties, gets married and lives happily after. This story explores changing definitions of relationships, of friendships and love. The protagonist Akriti changes her aloof behaviour towards her parents, mends her relationship with her estranged father, excuses him for betraying her mother and leaving her in a tender age, embraces his new family, understands the turmoil of her mother and empathises with her, turning into her mother’s friend and partner. She finally finds her happiness, after going through a phase of deciding what her true calling is, in managing the little cafe’ instead of a career in writing and proceeds to join a business management course. She emerges out of her crushes with a better understanding of friendship, love and attraction.

The good thing about this story is that though dealing with young love, there is no cheesy interpretation of love, no unnecessary paragraphs describing physical intimacy. Some young adults may find part of themselves reflected in the story.

Though a well written story, it is not my type of book and I would not have gone out to buy the book on my own. I prefer a more elaborate story with gripping words and some interesting situations.

This book is good for young adults who want to use few spare hours and are interested in light reading. I finished the book in a day itself but kept on delaying writing the review because I wanted to do justice to the efforts of the writer. Story telling is an art and putting your story out there in the world takes courage. I wish the author luck for her future endeavours.


First Brush On The Canvas

Book: First Brush on Canvas

Publishers: Half Baked Beans

Usually I am not impulsive when buying anything and more so from on-line portals, though my husband has grown very fond and comfortable with the concept of buying on-line. I have to, however, feel the thing first be it a dress, a kitchen gadget, décor accessory and even a book.

Book? What is that I have to feel in a book, to think twice before buying it on-line, someone would ask? Well, I love going to a book store filled with the smell of fresh paper of the books that sit pretty on the shelves showing off their bright coloured covers tempting me to touch them… I don’t however buy a book even if I get attracted to it unless I have read the author earlier or till I have read smallest bit review about it.

First Brush On CanvasThis time, however, I bought a book on-line, impulsively…. First Brush on Canvas by WritersMelon….. I wanted to find out what kind of stories had made it to a book….. so that when next time any such opportunity comes up, I could take part too. And honestly I have not regretted buying it!

Outcome of a nationwide contest ‘Melonade’ with stories by aspiring writers that were judged by the likes of Ashwin Sanghi, Preeti Shenoy and Arnab Ray and edited by Priyanka Roy Banerjee, this collection of short stories is a first for authors of stories as well as for WritersMelon.

The book has stories divided into sections ‘Romance’, ‘Comedy’ and ‘Thriller’. Of the five stories in romance genre I loved the story of a gay couple and their yearning for a child in  ‘An Adoption’ by Uttiya Ray. It goes on to show that people are accepting gay relationships in our country  enough to write stories about it. ‘Popping the cherry’ by Amit Nangia captures the dilemma of ‘how to fit in’ faced by young boys and girls and their willingness to experiment with their physical needs. Shaily Bhargava’s ‘Coffee conversations and you’ brought a smile on my lips because it reminds me of small arguments that me and my husband  have even now after fifteen years of marriage.

The Comedy section has three stories and I loved the ‘Godliness’ by Abhishek Mukherjee the most. The ‘Writer’s Block’ by Avishek Basu Mallick is a satire with a twist which came as surprise to me.

I love to read my thrillers….the stories in this section were very dark and sinister. The little girl Tina was the most scary. The troubled housewife killing herself in the story ‘Clue and Cue’ was also quite gripping.

In all I loved the stories much. I hope one of these days I will write as good a story as these talented aspiring writers whose stories have been featured in this first ever attempt by WritersMelon. Kudos to the writers.

A take-me-along-while-travelling kind of book and a good read for all type of readers.

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