I love anthologies. I believe they make up a beautiful read along with each story teaching us something and can be read in one sitting.
I recently read this beautiful anthology, Different beads of the same string, which was a collection of 10 short stories and loved the name! The stories are beautiful and revolve around social issues and give a moral without being preachy!
I love how anthologies bring the world together in one book. This book does the same. Malik has blended so many issues which we face on a day to day basis, and that’s what made the book very very relatable. While reading each story I felt that I was reading something from everyday! The stories were on common and day to day issues, but each had a “special” element in each.
About the stories:
The first story, And she found it again, is a very beautiful story and the topic of the story is written with maturity and finesse.
The second story is my personal favourite which made my eyes moist at the end. I loved the concept and the handling of the topic was very well executed.
Unless we don’t face the situations our self, we don’t realise the extremities of the issue. One such story on this topic was “Feelijus”. I loved the story personally and I feel social projects like such should really come into effect. The story packed punch.
Pushed into a corner is about how our North East Indian friends have to suffer because of people’s limited knowledge. Molly rebels against the eve teasers and teaches them a nice lesson. The way she does it is very unique and definitely something to remember.
The genuine protector is a social story which revolves around how circumstances either make people as Heroes which they don’t deserve.
“Converted language” was an emotional story of two innocent individuals and the borders society and circumstances have forced us to believe.
Then and now is again a beautiful story which tells us how two days can change your life. It is a sensitive story which is set in rural Maharashtra.
The missing link is on a topic which is so widely spoken and sadly has become so common now. Kids abandoning their parents and how they live a life absconding is very serious and something to think upon. I applaud Michelle for her efforts. Sometimes, we need a stranger to show us the truth.
The Apt time explores the double standards of people and how people leave their brains and believe Swami’s and how we have to pay the heavy price for it. The story is so “apt” for today’s times when people blindly follow Baba’s and Swami’sand how wrong it is to blindly trust any so called God men when your conscience is your best friend and it doesn’t harm you.
The boy who uttered ‘that’ is a story of shrewd Devang and how he passes the bait to someone else and escapes out of the ordeal by wrong means.
The stories were just the right length, not too short and not too long and didn’t drag unnecessarily. They were straight to the point and each story was making sure I put my thinking cap on and dwell on the issues. Extremely well written, they deserve praise.
I really loved this book. It is a perfect afternoon read in these lovely winters. If you’re an anthology lover like me, you wouldn’t want to miss out on this one.
I thank the Author for providing me a review copy in exchange of an honest and an unbiased review.