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Marigold-the golden memories by Manali Debroy

  • Book Name: Marigold- the golden memories

  • Author: Manali Debroy

  • Price: 299 INR

  • Publishers: Partridge Publishing India

  • Available on: Amazon

About the Book:

Marilyn Monroe once said, "I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes. I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best," and I couldn't agree more. Life is like a paradox of love and pain that may never leave each other, but in the end, the coexistence is worth the journey. Striving for the best is human nature, but are you really prepared for the roller-coaster rides or do you give up?

About the Author:

Manali is a banker by profession but a writer at heart. She fell in love with words when her six year- old self started writing letters to her grandfather. She gets motivated mostly by life as it is and the experience that unfurl. She published her first book on the collection of poems names as 'twists and turns of life' in 2016, which is available in Amazon. She has participated in numerous anthologies, and has herself been an editor of 'Inkedfables' anthology, which is available in Amazon. Apart from being published author, she is also a columnist in a digital newspaper, 'The post' and a travel enthusiast.

My take on the Book:

'Marigold the golden memories’, just the title of the book, brings a smile to my face. It is a collection of beautifully written 18 short stories, and I must admit I loved every one of them. Every story starts with a context that provokes the reader to think. And I loved how each of these stories was so distinct yet connected at the same time. The writing was simple and lucid, but impactful considering the author is a budding writer, and her simplicity with words is worth noticing in each of these stories.

Although some of the stories felt the same and obvious, some others left a deep impression on me. Especially the bonding between Arya and her mother in the plot of ‘The unforgettable’  left me heartbroken. The Character development was top-notch, and nowhere I felt that it was just a story, but rather, I was living the life of each of these characters in their stories, and that says a lot about the author and her writing. Adding to this point is the strong female protagonist plot in the majority of the stories, and that itself has made me love this book even more.

The only thing I wish the book to improve further is with editing and proofreading as there were quite a few mistakes to be unnoticed. I am not sure if it was just in my copy or with every other book printed, and because of this very reason, the reader in me was getting distracted every time from the reviewer in me. Nonetheless, after all the heavy reading with ‘the book thief’ book, this book came as a boon of fresh air to my lungs, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Since it's just 120 pages, one can finish this book merely in one sitting. Recommending this book to all budding readers and also to those who wish to have some light read. 

Overall ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟