I received the book Sands of Time by Neelam Saxena Chandra as a review copy from the Book Club. I would like to thank the author and The Book Club for the same. The book is a collection of twelve short stories and almost all are women centred.
Time is a magician. Sometimes, it acts like a soothing balm for healing the aching hearts of women and at other times, it teaches people living around her to adapt. And at some other times, it teaches people living around her to adapt. And at some other instances, time also brings with it punishments, penances and penalties. The book ‘SANDS OF TIME’ will take you through various such emotions in the twelve stories which it contains: tales that will make you smile, tales that shall raise your hair, tales that will make you hate and tales that will make you fall in love with all the protagonists.
The first story, ‘In pursuit of a suitable boy’ is the story of two girls who are best friends and are on the lookout for a soulmate for one of them as the other one is already engaged. The next story, ‘The coming of Laxmi’ is about a lady who leaves her husband because he wants her to abort the second child because she is a girl. The third story, Another Chance’ is the story of a girl who is disowned by her parents because she refuses to marry her suitor, 20 years older to her, during the ceremony. The fourth story, ‘Reflections from the Past is the story of a single parent who wants to protect her only child. The fifth story, ‘The Return of the daughter’ is the story of a family whose daughter returns home after one week of marriage because she has been cheated. The sixth story, ‘Wings of Hope’ is the story of sexual abuse.
The seventh story, ‘Filling in the Blanks’ is the story of a girl who wants to marry a colleague but he refuses and the reason is his adopted daughter. The eighth story, ‘Hangover’ is about a boy who loves a girl only to stop loving her when he comes to know that she loved someone else until….The next story, ‘Bolstering Bonds’ is about a lady who wants to die because nobody, not even her daughter needs her. The tenth story, ‘In the Killer’s Hands’ is the story of a serial killer. The eleventh story, ‘Sand Clock’ is the story of a couple who think of their younger days when their daughter leaves for Germany for her higher studies. The last story, ‘The American Dream’ is about a girl in a village in Rajasthan who meets an American man.
All the stories are beautifully written. Even if they were 10-12 pages long, they communicated a lot. The author has discussed many social issues in the form of short stories. The language is simple and easy to understand and the flow is good. To savour the book, I would request the readers to read it story by story.
The editing ia a little weak but the stories make up for it.
I received a free copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.