My Rainbow – Seven Riveting Short Stories, is my third book received from Tales Pensieve to be reviewed.
Title: My Rainbow – Seven Riveting Short Stories
Author(s) – Khush Agrawal, Isha Setia, Dhritika Dhawan, Harshavardhini Pareek, Aditya Agarwal, Isha Rautela & Shivangi Singh.
Publisher: Quill Club Writers
Cost: Rs 180/-
Buy the book at – Amazon
About the authors – Khush Agrawal, Isha Setia, Dhritika Dhawan, Harshavardhini Pareek, Aditya Agarwal, Isha Rautela & Shivangi Singh are the students of Delhi Public School Jaipur. The book has 7 short stories and every student has written one short story each.
The Book – It is the first ever collection of stories by students, oldest being not more than 15years and the youngest aged below 13.
When I read about the 7 authors, my life moved back 17years ago from today when I was 13years old and I had written my first piece on unemployment and which luckily got published in the school magazine, that shall remain my life’s one of the best moments. I am an award(s) winning writer today and hope to become a published author someday provided the publishing house accepts my work.
I wish Quill Club Writers good luck for their next book Baker’s Dozen. I hope to get a copy to read it.
My review – Given any day I prefer reading and penning short stories than the long novellas and non-fiction papers. I grew up reading Ruskin Bond (English) and Premchand (Hindi) who are unquestionably the world’s best short story writers. The tagline of this book ‘Seven Riveting Short Stories’ is one of the main reasons for me to read this book and second the young authors. I finished reading the 7 stories (not in the way they are published) in less than 4hours time.
The first story I read was ‘The Interview’ written by Shivangi Singh- I liked the way she ended the story. In her story she mentions her childhood was spent in Noida, but as the time passes on she joins college but never talked about her current city. As Shivangi is based in Jaipur so does that mean the current city in the story is also Jaipur? The story lacks clarity.
The next story ‘Water under the Bridge’ by Dhritika Dhawan – according to me was a bookish disaster. The English language used was really bad. I felt I was reading an essay of a primary school student but not a story. She has put up lot of efforts but the result was not satisfactory at all. I think she was hurry to finish what she was writing without herself reading it.
In the story of Aditya Agrawal ‘Adventures of the Mysterious Flagstone’, there many grammatical errors. ‘So, Too and Also’ seemed to be his favourite words. The story lacked punctuations.
Ishal Rautela’s story ‘The Decision’ began with mistakes. Many words are wrongly used. The meanings of the words don’t sync with the sentences. Words are repeatedly used in twice in the same line. The usage of there and their are goofed up.
The story ‘Fate’ by Isha Setia, had no spelling mistakes but she used the words had/has wrongly. The major error in this story was the use of dates. She talks about January 26th 1960, Republic Day on which the protagonist watches the movie Miughal-e-Azam, where as the movie had released on Independence Day of the year 1960.
Harshavardhini’s story ‘Carnival in Lousy Town’ had no spelling mistakes in large but the word ‘also’ were repeatedly used many times.
The last story I read was of Khush Agrawal’s ‘The Legend of Zalim Khan’. There were many sentences wrongly formed, with no importance given to the tenses. It was one of the most boring and longest stories of the book.
The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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