One Girl Many Lives
Authors : Sona Grover, Ajit Yadav, Anshu Bhojangawala, Jithin S, Priya Bajpai
Format : PDF
Publisher : Jimpify
Pages : 259
"One Girl Many Lives" brings together five writers to create five collaborative stories separated by time and space yet anchored together by life, loss and a yearning to belong. Set in varied places but inspired by one single image, the stories explore the aftermath of momentous events that have shaped history and our times. A little girl loses her home and family in the Partition riots; another girl has to find a new home with her family in the aftermath of Black July. A young woman searches for love and companionship in New York at the turn of the millennium; a princess on the run traces back her family’s Royal roots in Paris; and an astronaut is at the centre of a quest by her parents to honour her memory. Endearing, thrilling, gladdening and heart breaking, these stories capture how we view our identities in times of both peace and conflict.
Why did I read the book ?
One thing which really intrigued me when I read the blurb was that five authors wrote all the five stories and I wanted to see how were they able to make a connection to the story because each writer has his own writing style. Also, the cover of the book fascinated me. I had a lot of questions in my mind, like what the running girl depicted, did it depict that she was running from someone or the society or was she happy and was running like a free bird?
I want to compliment all the authors who have so beautifully written all the stories. The flow of the stories is so wonderful that you do not realize that the story is not written any single author. Each story, whether it is from the pre partition time to 2035, has shown a distinct emotion of women. I have heard a lot of partition stories from my grand parents and could feel the pain which little Jassi went through. The second story, which is about LTTE riots reminded me of the Operation Blue Star which took place in Punjab.The next story about the Y2K gave me a hope that one should not fret about small things and see what have in the present. I am glad that Amy realised that and found her true love, David. In the fourth story I felt really bad for Celine who was looking for her ancestral roots but the man who she thought was the love of her life betrayed her and wanted to kill her. The last story showed that how mother, who wanted the best for her child has the guilt of a lifetime that because of her negligence her daughter died. Each story made my smile, cry and gave me jitters.
All the five stories are very easy to read and the language is crisp and simple. The title of the book is absolutely appropriate as each story had a girl who went through a lot in her life, nothing deters her from moving on. She falls down but gathers courage and moves on . All in all an excellent book.
About the authors :
Sona Grover : Sona is an author and a blogger. You can find her reflections on her blog at sonaonline.wordpress.com
Priya Bajpayee : Priya Bajpai is a short story author and a poet. She blogs at www.priyareflects.com
Anshu Bhojnagarwala : Anshu is a parenting blogger and blogs at firsttimemommy.net ,which is one of the top 20 first time mom blogs.
Ajit Yadav : Ajit loves sports. He blogs at musingsite.wordpress.com.
Rating : 5/5