Shades of Life: The Anthology’s Colors (Part 2)

It has been a dream to have a story or a poem of mine published in print. That dream came true when last year, I was selected to be part of an anthology titled Shades of Life. The book, which also features 37 other selections in fiction and poetry, was released in March of this year. While I am not going to review my own story, or rate the book, I thought Iā€™d share my thoughts on the other stories and poems. This is the second of five posts.

Index of Posts: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5



  • Life, by Nehali Lalwani:
  • The poem is simple, and looks at the subject as a poet usually does. It observes how people tend to go about their day without observing the joys and colors around them. Sometimes, poetry tends to go complex and lose its voice, but this one doesn’t. That’s why I liked it.

  • Virgin Red Lips, by Aishwarya Chitransh:
  • At first I was not sure if the poem was about nature or about love, but the poet brings both together. The description of nature is something I loved more than the romance aspect of the poem perhaps, but the two no doubt go hand in hand.


  • The Old Man, by Diksha Chakraborty:
  • The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability, I’ve heard. That’s what this story brings. The color of friendship and life aside, the focus of colors is on a wedding, the colors of routine, the joy of a family etc. While I wouldn’t say the story was unrealistic, I do think it ends quite abruptly. The author could have developed it further before the end.

  • Pink, by Swati Shenoy and Simran Kaur:
  • Whereas most stories I’ve read so far have felt similar, this one stands out. The story takes on a subject that’s still not accepted by many in the country. It successfully brings out the uneasiness the protagonist feels, his worries of not being accepted, but also his determination not to let who he is stop him from being what he always was. A story to re-read, this one.

  • That Girl with a Broom, by Prakash Guru:
  • In life, there are few we hold on to, even when they’re trying to slowly break away from us. We hold on even when it seems obvious that their path does not cross ours again. This story brings such a scenario, but the heartbreak that’s predictable from the start of the tale ends up in something that’s unpredictable.

  • Cast of Hues, by Anmol Singh and Sanjana Radhakrishnan:
  • The story colors life with hope. It shows how people with the most humble of beginnings can make their dreams come through by determination as well as some luck. I liked that the protagonist was such a character, and also how the life of the protagonist and his friend came full circle.

  • Recoloring the Life, by Ayushi Khare:
  • This story paints a shade very similar to the previous one, a tale of determination to succeed when faced with life and its adversity. I loved the character sketch of the protagonist, and how she gives back to the society when she accomplishes her dreams. As a reader, I could know where the story was headed, but a particular place does give away part of the story. The storyline still felt interesting though.

    Index of Posts: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

    (Ā© 1st June 2016)


    Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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