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All these stories have been selected from the prestigious monthly Muse of the Month contest, and out of 100 stories, 25 made the final cut.
Recipe for a Perfect Marriage is a collection of short stories compiled and published by Women’s Web. Written by 22 women authors, the stories revolve around female protagonists, the layered relationships in their lives, and their desire to rewrite their own stories.
There is a wide range of underlying emotions that encompasses the entire collection. Apart from that, the protagonists too are as varied as they could be, in terms of age, occupations, and sexual orientation too.
I rated the stories based on their freshness, premise, and treatment. A few stories fell short of my expectation because of the lack of flow in writing, disjointed narration, or plot development.
What I’ve experienced from reading many anthologies is that all the stories are not always equally good. And it’s true in this case as well. Out of 25 stories, 5 garnered 4.5-5 stars, 6 fell in the 4-4.5 band, 5 got over 3.5 stars,
and the rest were in the 3-3.5-star range. So, I loved around 16 stories out of 25, which is quite an enjoyable experience.
These stories are exceptionally well written, with beautiful imagery, flawless narration, and a soul-stirring effect.
Absolutely! Dig in right away and you will surely lose yourself in the myriad emotions tying these protagonists together.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions are my own.
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Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 might have had a box office collection of 260 crores INR and entertained Indian audiences, but it's full of problematic stereotypes.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 starts with a scene in which the protagonist, Ruhaan (played by Kartik Aaryan) finds an abandoned pink suitcase in a moving cable car and thinks there was a bomb inside it.
Just then, he sees an unknown person (Kiara Advani) wave and gesture at him to convey that the suitcase was theirs. Ruhaan, with the widest possible smile, says, “Bomb mai bag nahi hai, bomb ka bag hai,” (There isn’t a bomb in the bag, the bag belongs to a bomb).
Who even writes such dialogues in 2022?
Anupama, an idealist at heart, believes that passing on the mic to amplify suppressed voices is the best way to show solidarity with the marginalised.
Anupama writes with a clear vision of what she wants to say, and makes sure she explores all possible facets of the topic, be it parenting or work or on books.
An intelligent, extroverted writer with a ton of empathy, she is also one who thinks aloud in her writing. Anupama says that she is largely a self driven person, and her passion to write keeps her motivated.
Among her many achievements Anupama is also a multiple award winning blogger, author, serial entrepreneur, a digital content creator, creative writing mentor, choreographer and mother to a rambunctious 7-year-old who is her life’s inspiration and keeps her on her toes.