Book Title: Blue is like Blue
Authors: V.K Shukla, A.K. Mehrotra, Sara Rai
The title of the book ‘ Blue is like blue ‘ is very unique and interesting
The cover image of the book is a simple image of everyday things that are found in one’s life.
This book “Blue is like blue ” is totally different & unique. It is a collection of short stories, written originally in Hindi by Legend Vinod Kumar Shukla, during 1950s to 1960s, which is translated by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra & Sara Rai.
There are 12 stories with 12 different lifestyles. Each story beckons the not so developed life of the common man way back in just getting modernized India. Every story reflects the hardships faced by a middle class and lower-middle-class family.
What I like:
1. Simple stories
2. The perfect amalgamation of human emotions
3. Not so observed lifestyles but with great interest in life are shown
What I didn’t like:
There are as such no drawbacks in the book but the young readers from this generation may find it hard to relate to yester year’s lifestyle.
Every character in each of the short stories is relatable with the next person in our family or the next house. Set up in just getting urbanized India, the characters in the book are very familiar.
A very heartwarming narration is found in the book. Some stories are too good to be forgotten. As the stories are translated from the original language of Hindi, few stories are not so relatable yet good ones to read.
Language & Grammar:
Simple language is used in translating the stories from the original and hence it’s an easy read.
My Final Verdict:
A nice book of good short stories
Book Title: 3/5
Book Cover: 3/5
Language & Grammar: 3/5
Final Rating: 3/5
(Reviewed by Swapna Peri)