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34 Bubblegums and Candies by Preeti Shenoy

Posted by RB Kollannur on July 15, 2012

Note: This review is part of a weekly book review column that I write for City Journal, an English newspaper based in Thrissur, Kerala.

Published on 13/04/2012

Publisher – Srishti; Year of publication – 2008; Pages – 146; Cost – Rs 100

“Do you promise that you won’t die before me?”

“I promise”

It is a promise any parent would dread to give their child. But it can be a reassuring gesture for the child.

Life comes with many lessons; good and bad. But many are mixed and what is good for some may be bad for others. “34 Bubblegums and Candies” is about the lessons of life. The bubblegums are the incidents that make you chew over your own actions and the candies are the ones that tickle your funny bone. But these definitions are not that rigid. Both have capabilities of switching over to the other side, depending on the reader.

Preeti Shenoy, who recently launched her third book, Tea for two and a piece of cake, comes with a Keralite connection though have spend much of her life outside the state. She writes with a personal touch, taking from her own life, experiences that she felt would enrich the life of the reader. She also puts a sprinkle of sweetness throughout the book, which allows you to take even the saddest of the occasions in its stride and move on with life. It is written in a heartfelt manner that leaves the reader in a positive frame of mind despite the negativity that is bound to raise its ugly head in everyone’s life.

Many of these sequences are written with the exuberance and the warmth that only a mother can portray. Her children are featured prominently in many of her stories and there is a glint of obvious pride when she writes about them. They also tell you how to find happiness when you least expect it, with a Smile.

It is not a story of life changing events. Not all lessons require something dramatic to happen. Even minute events like a conversation over an email forward can divulge secrets of life. The author tries to tell us that there is more to discover in life if we choose to look for it.

It is a simple book and an easy read. You do not need to be a sophisticated reader to elicit the inner meanings of these anecdotes. But the lessons learnt are not quite that simple. It reveals the imperfect nature of life, but as a saving grace the author tells you how to get through the bad times while savoring the good ones.


One Response to “34 Bubblegums and Candies by Preeti Shenoy”

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