Bookish Witch

The Lady in The Mirror by Charu Vashishtha Gulati

Book Blurb:

Do you know what you really are?

Or has life not tested you yet!

8 stories

8 situations

8 emotions

Lata is a quintessential Indian housewife. How come her blissful life got disturbed by all but a gentle sermon? The handsome Piyush had the world at his feet and yet his world was empty! Meera, an IAS officer, was living her dream but why wasn’t she happy? Centuries ago, Ila the Playwright, found happiness in pursuing her passion but why was this a bane to many? What happens when your subconscious tries to pass on a message? Hurt and pain helped Madhav become a millionaire. How would be come to terms when he realizes that it was not him that was wronged but it was he who was wrong. Meera is a budding comedian, but a great tragedy befalls her. Would she be able to hold her own in adverse circumstances? Kapil found liberation in his quest for knowledge, but would his daughter follow his lead? Explore Greed (via Manifestation of God), Unspoken words (via The Last Confession), Internal Conflict (via The Lost Meera), Self-Belief (via The Mysterious Playwright), Subconscious-self (via Three of Him), Love (via Madhav and Meera), Jealousy (via The Comic’s Tragedy) and Freedom (via Life goes in a circle).

Genre: Fiction/Short Stories

Pages: 113

Format: Kindle/Paperback


  • Kindle: 49 INR/$1.99
  • Paperback: 125 INR/$7.16

My Ratings: 4/5

All the eight stories in this book offer a different genre and perspective, making this book a roller coaster of emotions for the ones reading it. My favorite ones include ‘The Last Confession’ which teaches us to confess our feelings to the ones we care about before its too late and ‘The Mysterious Playwright’ which teaches us that feisty women have existed through generations.

What I liked about this book:
–> The straightforward narration and neat language.
–>Every story teaches a valuable lesson.
–> The stories deal with very relatable topics like revenge, jealousy, greed, internal conflict, love, freedom
–> The cover of the book which is so intriguing and eye catching.
–> The raw hand drawn sketches at the beginning of each story.

Quotable Quotes:
–> There is a difference between self-love and selfishness.
While the former is about accepting flaw, and acknowledging my strengths;
The latter is just an infatuation with an image of myself.
Loving myself makes me a better person.
–> Destruction is necessary for construction.
–> The notion that good things happen to good people is a myth. In fact, good people are always trampled down and in order to survive, you too need to bring others down.
–> Sometimes life eludes us, but only those with faith are able to rise above all the confusion and find a way in the murky realms of life.

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