I received the book Life and Grey notes by Mayank S. Sengar as a review copy from BecomeShakespeare.com. The book is a collection of ten short stories.
The collection of short stories in English, Life and the Grey Notes, brings home the simple truths of human nature, the essential human ingredients. The author has you reflecting, smiling, as you relate intimately to the characters and situations that people these stories.
From the inescapable dilemma of a tea stall owner caught in the mesh of societal hypocrisy, to the inherent tendency to presume and judge that lurks within each one of us, the cherished place we accord to individual faith and the element of divinity, the intricately entwined threads of emotion in the Indian ethos can all be derived from this collection of experiences in the form of a book. The turning point in some stories where the protagonist emerges as a hero or confronts his own inevitable human frailties will warm many a heart, cutting across reader demographics such as age, geography and language. Suitable read right from a teenager to a young adult to an adult.
Heartwarming, thought-provoking, explores human relationships and human psychology yet light and humorous, this short stories collection makes for an ideal quick read with your leisurely cuppa chai.
The author has mentioned in the prologue that the black and white episodes in our lives are easy to deal with and the grey shades are difficult to understand and handle. He also mentions that this book is a collection of grey incidents of life presented in the form of short stories.
I am not discussing the book story wise because I do not want to spoil the fun. The stories have been penned in a manner that is easy to understand but the message goes deep. The language is simple and the flow is good. The characters are relatable and have been developed well. There are many instances in the stories that have happened in reality like the world cup. The stories have humour as well as some seriousness. Each story has a message to deliver.
Loved the book and will recommend it with a small request to read each story and savour it before moving to the next.
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from BecomeShakespeare.com. in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.