Bookish Witch

It was the year 2020 by Purva Grover

My Rating: 4.5/5

The year 2020 changed a lot of things for many of us. From small to big things that we did every day, we were forced to look at everything in a different manner. Was this good or bad? How did these changes impact us? That’s what this book makes un question and understand.

What I liked about the book:

  • It heartfully depicts the turmoil we all went through during the pandemic.
  • The book takes the reader through the events from the most unanticipated year. The author creates a mélange of how humans adapted and evolved – how, for some, it was the worst time of their lives, while how others found their comfort and bliss.
  • Though the book is short and very easy to read and relate to, its essence lies in the fact that makes you want to read more. By the end, we are left thinking about some uncomfortable questions like .. what if? What next…
  • In a mere few pages, each word has the ability to make you pause, reflect, feel grateful, and accept the new normal, while also missing the days that were.

What I did not like about the book:

  • The ending is a bit confusing.
  • The flow of the writing is a mix of prose and poetry, which might not be comfortable for some readers.

Quotable quotes:

  • Spreading information and misinformation
  • Ruling every smartphone
  • Watching the world through a chat window
  • WiFi and us, both hoping for a clearer picture of the
  • then, now and what lay ahead.
  • Some say that I’ve seen too much for a lifetime, and others say that ‘too much’ too is a matter of perception.
  • Smell is a negative word, fragrant is a positive one.
  • Memory is a funny one. When you are in the setting and living the scene, you don’t pay much attention to it, but when you begin to recollect you remember every detail.
  • If I were to put a bookmark in the chapter called life, I’d insert it at that moment where it all began to change for me.
  • There’s a word for every emotion, occasion, and situation. What then is the word for 2020? We know not.

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