A Handful of Purple Sky by Mridula Bajpai


Book Title: A Handful of Purple Sky – My Second Chance at Life
Author: Mridula Bajpai
Format: Kindle

About the book:
A Handful of Purple Sky by Mridula Bajpai is the story of a resilient woman who, despite waking up one morning to the terrible news that she had breast cancer, fought not only her fears and apprehensions but also the illness to emerge stronger and more determined in the end. The journey, however, was not an easy one.


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In the September of 2017, Mridula Bajpai was diagnosed with Stage 2b breast cancer. This book is her journey with cancer till she fought it! A Handful of Purple Sky traverses the journey called life when it brings you to a crossroad, and you can only take one quick decision: to fight, fight and fight till you emerge victoriously.

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About the Author:
Mridula Bajpai did her schooling at St. Joseph’s Convent, Sagar, MP. She then acquired an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Dr. Harisingh Gaur Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar, and taught for some time. Mridula works at the Indian Revenue Service and is, at present, Principal Commissioner, Income Tax. She has five highly acclaimed novels to her credit, four in Hindi and one in English. A Handful of Purple Sky is her latest work in English.

My Thoughts:
Reality is the most dangerous thing in life. Facing reality with utmost energy and willpower showcases the courage and strength of a person. In this book, A Handful of Purple Sky by Mridula Bajpai and as the blurb suggests, the book is her untiring fight against cancer she was diagnosed with. In the book, The author has described her struggle and fight with the disease very honestly. From the moment she was felt uneasy till the last radiotherapy sessions, her travel was inspiring.

Though she had family and friends as support, she – herself being positive, ever self-motivating, and a definite focus on facing the dread is endearing to read. Before the treatment, the detailed explanation of her apprehension, feelings, confusion, and worry is heartening to read. But the moment she started accepting the reality though worrying sometimes and questioning the destiny -’Why me?’, her insight towards the future filled with hope is definitely inspiring.

Author Mridula Bajpai’s fighting spirit at those times when she visited the doctor, and the clinics(s) alone is ever inspiring. This review will definitely have the words inspiring, and motivation used many times as the book is such. There are some instances where I could not stop admiring her courage and places where I felt sorry for the pain she suffered. 

Also, what really is more inspiring is her attitude and sincerity towards her job. A broken soul picking up every piece and mending it carefully with more concrete thoughts and power is not an easy task. On behalf of author Mridula Bajpai, I would like to thank her husband Devendra Ji, her daughter Chini, her doctors, friends, and family who have been a great support.

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There are places where she has to pour her heart, and this honesty attracted me a lot. Her growth as a person after once she fell off and bucking up back is lovely to read. Every memoir is unique. I have read many such books. This book will also stay for a long time in my mind. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to read an inspirational journey of a woman!

Before I forget, I would like to thank the publisher Amaryllis and author Mridula Bajpai for mentioning my review for her previous book – Until you Come Home that was published in the December 2019 edition of the Storizen Magazine in the 10th chapter of this book, A Handful of Purple Sky – My Second Chance at Life.

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