BR #95 | The Lady In The Mirror | Charu Vashishtha Gulati | StoryMirror | ★★★★★

Book - The Lady In The Mirror
Author - Charu Vashishtha Gulati
Publisher - StoryMirror
Rating - ★★★

Author Bio: (from book) “An architect by education, software engineer by profession and a writer by choice.” Charu is an IIT graduate and an award winning blogger. She is based out of Gurgaon.

Book Review: "The Lady In The Mirror" by Charu Vashishtha Gulati is a collection of eight short stories on internal conflict, unspoken words, greed, self-belief, subconsciousness, love, jealousy, and freedom. There are eight different emotions each portrayed separately in all the stories. It provides a kind of moral upliftment to the readers as they interpret these stories and the characters from different angles. The general flow is, however, inspirational life-changing phenomenons.

There are many characters in the book, given that it is a short story collection. The setting of these stories is mainly in Roorkee and London, two places where the author has been associated with herself. As a result, many common geographical real-life similarities can be drawn. Not all stories take place in the present. Some take place in the past and it is commendable that the author has done adequate research in those stories to portray past culture well. Key issues relating to women empowerment, finding happiness, understanding relationships, overcoming fear and sudden conflicts have been carefully addressed to add variety. It is a well-crafted collection of stories on human emotions as a whole.

This book will appeal to most readers who like a short weekend read since the stories are not too long. One can easily grasp the essence of every prose thus giving an overall feel-good vibe in reading this collection. The author has created simple yet artistic plots over many years to encourage readers to add more value to the simple things in life. A very prominent feature of this book is the use of appropriate artwork at the beginning of each chapter. This is a thought-provoking octet of engaging stories.

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