THE VANISHING HALF.

Author: Brit Bennett.

Genre: Contemporary family drama, historical fiction.

Triggerwarnings: racism, domestic violence, colourism.

Rating: 4⭐

Teenage light skinned black identical twins, Desiree and Stella Vigne, elope from a small town called Mallard in Louisiana. But soon after, Stella just vanishes leaving behind nothing but a note for Desiree. Years later, Desiree returns to Mallard with her dark skinned daughter Jude, while Stella continues to live hidden as a white woman with her white husband and their daughter, Kennedy, abandoning her own family. Their lives reach a full circle when their respective daughters come face to face unintentionally threatening to unveil the lie on which Stella has built the foundation of her new life.

This is one of the best recommendations I have received. While the theme of the book is colourism, racism and domestic violence, it also highlights the prejudice of colorism within the community. It was disturbing and empowering at the same time. It shows how the colour of the skin determines a lot of aspects in the lives of the people. It talks about the extent to which black and coloured people are shunned, that they don’t mind losing their own identity in order to be accepted. Characterization by the skin colour is prominent in the story to emphasize on the affects of racism. It hovers on the idea of bigotry, ethnicity, regret and a life based on a compulsive lie.

This book is a non- linear, multi- generational story of the Vigne twins. The characters are dynamic, raw, and show their grey side of survival. I was able to get into the flow of its smooth narration easily. There is an audiobook on YouTube that you can check out.

OF DAFFODILS AND STORMY DAYS.

Author: Temsuienla Jamir.

Genre: Fiction, drama.

Publication: The write order.

Rating: 4 ⭐

The ever so graceful Asteria, a theater actor at Querencia is a daughter and a sister. Rich, poised but with an overbearing attitude of superiority, she manages her daily life as a superstar. Behind her glamorous facade, she tries to hide her estranged relationship with her family. Thus, one stormy day, Asteria finds herself in a queer situation that makes her rethink her past conducts that she conveniently chose to ignore.

Captivating narration, theatrical prose with just right emotions, this contemporary drama will sweep you through the story smoothly. The characters are moulded perfectly to intensify the exact sentiments intended towards them. This is a short book and the protagonist has a powerful character. The builtup of the yesteryears with pigeon posts, horse carriages, the theatre art gives it a classic touch.

Asteria’s character has all shades. At some point I detested her deeply but the next moment she melted my heart. Thei family bond, though estranged, is knotted beautifully. This story comes with a moral applicable to anyone who has ignored their surroundings, blinding themselves in self- loath.

A good one time read that I will definitely recommend to those who like to read light relationship based novels.

My Sister – My True Friend

Longing for your embrace because, in the era of rat race there is no one who can understand the phrase of my life. 

There are many people who give me many scars which have a permanent mark in my heart. 

But you are like that flower which has no pesticides in it and it spreads only the fragrance of unconditional love and happiness.                                                                                                 

The Cindrella of Karnal by Reecha Agarwal Goyal.Book review

Divya is cursed as an “inauspicious” since birth. Raised by her orthodox, paternal family and a single mother, she runs away from her home in Karnal to study Psychology. Here she befriends Ved and Kanika who become her lifeline. She finds herself amongst her trusted and supportive friends who become more than her family. But when has life been easy for Divya!

Life takes an upturn where she finds herself in a devastating web of social injustice and abuse, patriarchy, social discrimination. Will she be able to find herself once again? Will she be able to make her mother proud? Will she be able to fullfill her dream to help the people in Karnal with their emotional and psychological issues?

“Cindrella of Karnal” is a fast paced psychological thriller focusing on women centric social issues like female infanticide, molestation, sexual and mental harrasment, injustice towards single mothers and daughters and so much more. The suffering of women, physically and mentally, from an orthodox and dominating society is decribed very well. The story started smoothly but the unexpected twist midway was surprising. The second half of the book is gripping.

This short power-packed inspirational story of a run-way girl and her fight against all odds, is highly recommended to those who like to read woman centric psychological thrillers. This is not a Cinderella retelling, but an new story altogether.

What do you see? by KA Garraway.

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Book name: What do you see?

Author: K. A. Garraway
@what_do_you_see2020

Genre: Children’s book

Rating: 5 🌟

About the book:

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‘What do you see’ is the story about the racism that Cassius faces in school which breaks his moral so much that he decides to not go to school at all. It is about how his mother motivates him to look at himself differently and face such situations with a different perspective as life for ‘them’ is not easy.

By them, here she means “black people”. It is appalling to see how children in school bully others for their skin colour. I am sure they don’t even know what that means. Why do they tease then!? They hear grownups tease others & children follow them blindly, don’t they? Irrespective of the colour, I am sure there are countless Cassius’s who face these racial injustice at such a tender age and sadly they do not even have that emotional maturity to deal with it. This book shows the first step to face such situations. It asks them to look at themselves in the mirror and appreciate what they see.

Honestly, I am impressed by the quality of the children’s stories that have evolved with time. Story books like these teach not just behavioural moral values but also deal with the emotional turmoil of the children. I remember during my childhood such deep, emotionally uplifting stories were hardly available.

Apart from the usual fairytales, such stories are extremely important for today’s kids to read, as they need to learn to fight back and know their self worth. This book is a gentle reminder with a powerful message to all the children that they are more than what they are superficially.

Needless to say, this book is a must have in every home with a child, irrespective of the colour of their skin. Because it is essential that both, the children who bully and those who get bullied read this book.

Brother SISTER’s bond

The bond directly or indirectly which we all have in our life .

Some Secret which we share .

the naughty work which we all do together .

the pillow fight which we all had .

the enjoyment we had .

the bond that changes on individual’s behaviour .

The support

when a man or woman have any kind of problem .

he/she always discussed with her/his brother/sister .

those doesn’t have , want that bond .

And those have , don’t want and they don’t know what kind of gold they are having .

the complete or incomplete bond but the thing matter is love .

don’t make your brother or sister feel bad .

may be she or he , is not good .

but he or she will be you forever .

Respect each other .

Be happy and make your sister and brother happy

#HAPPY RAKSHA BANDHAN

SISTER- THE BOND OF LOVE AND CARE FOR FOREVER , THE ONE WHO IS WITH YOU IN YOUR ALL mischievous WORK .

check out what wikipedia says –https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sister

THE BOND

  • PERSON WHO , YOU CAN’T LIVE IF U HAVE SISTER . THE BOND OF LOVE AND CARE .
  • WHO HELPS YOU TO TIE YOUR SCHOOL TIE .
  • SOMETIMES WHO BECOME YOUR MOTHER , TEACHER , FATHER , FRIEND , EVERYTHING .

LOCKDOWN

MAY BE THIS RAKHI TOTALLY DIFFERENT FOR YOU IN MANY WAYS –

  • IF YOU LIVE IN HOSTEL , NO RAKHI CAME BY POST .
  • IF YOU LIVE ALONE , THIS TIME SHE DOESN’T COME.
  • MAYBE YOU ARE IN OUTSIDE YOUR COUNTRY .

THINK

THIS RAKHI IS DREAM , AND WHEN YOU WILL WAKE UP , EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE , YOU COULD MEET YOUR SISTER .

THINK THAT , THIS YEAR I DIDN’T GO AS TO CELEBRATE RAKHI NEXT YEAR . AS IF YOU WENT , YOU COULD BE COVID PATIENT .

BE POSTIVE AND WAIT FOR THE GOOD TIME , YOU ARE NOT ALONE !

HAPPY RAKSHA BANDHAN TO ALL MY SISTERS.

STAYATHOME , STAY SAFE , BE HAPPY .

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