Do you wish to transform yourself akin to the way alchemy transforms lead into gold, surprisingly using your inherent flaws as the catalyst? Can a flaw in our personality be a part of a larger cosmic design to be the cause for our divine transformation? Can organic human emotions like resentment, jealousy or even love, be mere matchsticks that are preordained to ignite the fire of wisdom and transcendence in each of us? Well, Dhi the narrator of these stories and the alter ego of the Delhi based author and the artist Saudamini Mishra (the word ‘Dhi’ in Sanskrit translates to ‘understanding’, ‘mind’ or the ‘intellect’), shares a collection of riveting, character-based true stories based on people Saudamini has had the pleasure of interviewing or simply knowing. Each eponymous story bears an illustrative portrait of the protagonist, modelled by ‘Dhi’, the narrator, herself. Saudamini Mishra is an award-winning, internationally exhibiting artist and author.
Her work, ‘ Dhi’- A Self-Portrait’, a depiction of her alter ego, won a prize in Florida in the year 2018 and along with some of her other creations, designed as book installations that amalgamate the visual art of painting with text, are displayed at the IGI Airport, Terminal 3. Her artworks are a part of numerous esteemed private collections and a sculpture created by her was presented to the Civil Aviation Minister in the year 2014. She has also been an art interviewer, having interviewed various illustrious figures from the Indian world of art.
Genre: Fiction/ Short stories
Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback
- Paperback (available only in India): 199 INR
- Kindle eBook: 99 INR/$2.99
My Ratings: 4.4/5
If you’re looking for short reads with thought provoking and impactful messages, pick this one right away. Also, the title of the book is so on-point with the stories this little collection holds, that you will be left in awe.
What I liked about the book:
–>Each story is named after a character, which prepares us to expect the most action around that person.
–> Each story has a colorful portrait, or rather a photograph depicting the lead character and their defining traits.
–> Almost all the stories are female centric.
–> The characters are relatable, strong and so lifelike that we feel drawn towards them all.
–> Each story is further divided into segments which makes the reading smooth and consistent.
What I did not like about the book:
–> The narrative style has a slightly matter-of-fact tone which makes the reading boring at times.
–> Some incidents in each of the stories did not feel like they important to the overall plotline.
–>Your mind could fool your conscience but your conscience will never fool your mind
–> When God loves one too much, he punishes them right away for their ill deeds and follies, here on Earth, so that in their afterlife, he can bless them with the joy of heaven.
–> Our desire for something is no more stronger than our desire to get it our way.
–>Marriage, love, romance were things that only occurred when one’s survival was ensured. And education and ambition were a means to that.
–> Grief of an emotional nature doesn’t stand a chance before that of an economical one.
–> Anger is a bad thing. Learn to endure.
–>Never get into fights, especially into one between others.
–>The cosmos never gets personal with you. It’s more mathematical than emotional. You sinned, damaged had been done and hence you got punished, you had also repented it, tried to undo it with sincerity of feelings-you will be rewarded. That’s the cosmic law.
–>Tragedy has a way of catching hold of you at your unguarded best, so it can ruin you all the more.
–>It was so easy for a child to relate one person to another in their mind. Just a common hairstyle could evoke the same feelings in them.
–>Blessings born of contrition and gratitude, never go unfulfilled.
–>Privilege is supposed to serve as suit of armor to attacks perpetrated by the underprivileged, so that you grin and bear it.
–>There was nothing more humiliating than to see one’s reflection as that of one who was worthless in the eyes of the man one loved to death.