It was quite some time that I had received a book from Leadstart. Last week when they suggested a few books, there was one that I already knew. The Curve of Chance written by my friend Vijay Raghav. I had already read that book and reviewed it on my blog. So I started to look for other options. I found one quite interesting, a book that claimed to be a collection of sunny and warm stories from the life of a military wife. Army people have a different life than any normal civilian life. A book from an army life seemed interesting, particularly from the lady of an army family. I was eager to hear from her about the life of an army family. So I chose the book and intimated Leadstart.
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing
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The book seemed very simple. It was a collection of some 27 short stories, which I may call just memories. None of the stories stretch beyond 5 to 6 pages the shortest one being just one page. I felt like reading someone’s diary. The chapter Titles capturing the entire left page of the book and the right pages left blank if the chapter ends on a left page, reduced the number of pages for stories to just less than 90. Nothing was great with the stories. These were very simple incidences which would happen in anyone’s life. The stories did not give much insight into the life of an army officer. It was just a collection of memories in the life of the author Sapna Dhyani Devrani revolving around herself, her officer hubby and her two kids. After quickly finishing the book, I felt disappointed with the book. I left it on my table and went for my evening coffee.
While I was drinking my coffee something stuck in my mind. I realized that I had read the book in one go. I would not say that the book was making you move from one chapter to another like a thriller story. Rather it was so smooth read like a flowing river. I was not rushing through the book but the chapters were holding my hand and taking me from one story to another. The English was so simple and the expressions were from the heart of the author. Without realization, I was visualizing the stories through the eyes of the author. There was a positive vibe and ‘happy go lucky’ approach throughout the stories. The author had explained various hardships that she had been through, but there was not even a single moment that was explained in a negative manner. Some stories were told in a quite funny way and every story was keeping our spirits high. There was a feeling of completeness as I had finished the book. This book is not about the army and its life, as I had initially expected, but it is about family and love. It’s a great memoir for everyone who loves their family especially, the lady of the house. I wouldn’t say that it is a must read but it is definitely a nice read.
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