Slice Of Life By Smita Das Jain - Book Review

 Slice of life. As the name suggests, the book provides us slices of life on a platter. From a husband who does a sacrifice that no one else does to two friends who choose their friendship above everything else, the boom talks about relationships, their depth, and how we can think differently and act above stereotypes.

 

 The twist in the climax

The climax of each story of slice of life gives us a life lesson. As much as I love to point out each story to let the readers know how beautifully the author has provided a different perspective to life is unbelievably promising.

When I grabbed the book I expected a good short story collection but this is an awe-inspiring piece of literature that is a slap on the face of those who claim that Indian writers are not good enough.

The way the author has been dealing with emotions is exemplary. The stupendous craft of characters, incredible narration, memorable climax, slice of life is a surprise package.

Short and crisp stories

The stories are short and would make the reader want more and more. Not only did the author deal with emotions and relationships she also. She has tried her hand in humor and successfully pulled it off. For an author to pull off two extreme genres with conviction. it takes immense courage and talent. The author is indeed on with promising talent.

The Cliche

Barring two stories, Twist of fate and the couple, which sounded and ended in a cliche the book is a perfect piece of literary finesse. The two stories indeed stick out like a sore thumb and dulled the sparkle but the author came back to track with the next story onwards. Had the stories been longer, it would have given the author more space to develop her craft. With her literary finesse, she should indeed write a novel for that's where her crisp detailing could be exploited. No wonder she was featured in Womens web, Story mirror, and more.

Spoiler alert

As much as I hate giving out spoilers, this book, if needed to be reviewed in detail, a spoiler is inevitable. Nonetheless, I am trying to avoid giving out the plot by not mentioning the story name.  The author establishing that two women can love a man and still be best friends and can go beyond the obvious by thinking that if a man can create a rift in the friendship, then he is not worth it. This is a strong statement and revolutionary perspective that the author is giving out to the readers.

Can a man think of his wife's secret paramour? A beautiful story of a platonic love that is uplifted by the careful intervention of the husband. What a plot! I would want to see the plot develop into a full-fledged novel. Likewise, there are aa lot of stories that are revolutionary and make the reader think beyond the obvious.

I thank the author for the ARC. I would recommend everyone to get a hard copy itself.

Comments

  1. I have read a couple of books written by Indian authors and all were very good. Two complicated genres to handle - thats awesome. I agree, pulling it successfully is not an easy task and reading your review, I can say that Slice of life seems a must read.

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  2. the title and theme of book both sounds interesting to me. I really loved the way you have shared an honest review and point out what you liked it and what not. it is also great that nowadays Indian authors are matching up with international standards and writing exceptional pieces.

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  3. I enjoy reading books by Indian authors as I can relate to them so much. I would love to get a copy of Slice of life and give it a read. It surely seems interesting and thanks for your review. I will look up immediately.

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  4. It looks like a fantastic fiction to read. I read books from Indian authors and some of them are really good to handle even very complicated facts. I so appreciate the way you've reviewed the book.

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  5. Really like the way you have reviewed this book first thing which I like is the title of the book and as you mentioned the ending has twist I really like to read this.

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  6. A slice of life book that gives insights into relationships is just the kind of book I would like to delve into. Your review is balanced and quite thorough.

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  7. I haven't read this genre before but have always loved how Indian authors are making a difference in the world of books. Basis the review given by you I would like to read it.

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  8. What a lovely book review! You have left me asking for more. I'm going to grab a copy of Slice of life today itself! And please no more spoilers in the next review :)

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  9. I am going to get a copy of it, the way you have reviewed it is very nice. Thanks for sharing your honest review for this book

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  10. The plot is quite innovative. I am finding it very interesting and curious to know what turns out.

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  11. Love the way you have reviewed this book . I would really like to read this.

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  12. Wow this book looks like a good read. I m surely getting my copy and reading this as soon as possible

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  13. I really enjoy reading short stories as they give me so much variety in one book. Your review makes the book sound interesting and I would like to add it to my TB R is there angry did soon.

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