Bookish Witch

Fiction with A Tinge of Reality by Shivangi Mandhiyan

Blurb (as on Amazon):

The short stories are a cocktail of human errors, hardihood & belief. Every story is inspired by the choices and compromises made by humans across generations. The theme revolves around layered preferences, defective taboos, leisurely misery, unrealistic boundaries, certain impermanence, deglobalisation & more.

The ultimate goal of mankind is to be happy, the book insists you to not settle for anything less than that.

Genre: Fiction/Short Stories Anthology

Pages: 118

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback


  • Kindle ebook: ₹210/$4.69
  • Paperback: ₹300/$4.68

My Rating: 4.2/5

We often tend to ignore or shrug our shoulders at problems that do not concern us personally. Even if they do, we don’t realize the seriousness until it’s too late. The stories in this anthology remind us why we need to accept these and how we can resolve them.

What I liked about the book:

  • The book holds up a mirror to society and human behaviour at large. It is a cocktail of hopes and errors. It teaches us not to settle for anything less than we deserve. It teaches us to fight for the right thing. It teaches us to never lose hope, to never give up, and most importantly to respect every relationship in our life.
  • The stories must have been part of our lives or we must have witnessed them in some way or the other around us because each of them is relatable.
  • Each story is written in the first-person narrative, which makes them more raw and authentic.
  • Almost every contemporary issue like LBTQ+, mental health awareness, the safety of women, etc, has been touched upon.

What I did not like about the book:

  • The Moral of the Story bit was nice but it felt like rubbing in the message of the story a bit.
  • The language is simple and comprehensible but lacks polishing. It could definitely have been more compelling given the plots and messages of the stories are such contemporary and burning issues.

Quotable quotes:

  • Every woman must find a man whose ego is less than the realization of his responsibilities.
  • Time has the power to move mountains.
  • When everything was taken away from you and you get back a little, you value it more than you ever had.
  • If there are some people ruining this world, there are others trying their level best to correct it.
  • Hope is ironic. It is felt the most in the most helpless situations.
  • Sometimes being strong is not an option, it’s a necessity.
  • Any single moment can change the course of your life.
  • We should be taught how to tackle people infusing negativity into our lives and not to ignore them.
  • You are equally in the wrong if you allow someone to put you down at all times, even if that’s your family.
  • We need to change from the inside for things to change on the outside.
  • We always tend to ignore the bounties of blessings in our pouches.
  • We are a result of many situations that have molded us.
  • Each individual chooses their storyline by themselves, nobody deserves to be disrespected based on their choices until those choices have harmed us.
  • The base of every journey is priority; your entire life is a reflection of your unconscious and conscious priorities.
  • People tell us to push our potential to overcome our obstacles but how many tell us that it’s okay if we don’t have the strength to?
  • Not everything that’s worked for everyone around you needs to work for you.
  • People forget the past faster if the present has something better to offer.
  • Just because the rest of the world doesn’t approve of a relationship doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with it.
  • When it comes to ourselves, everything seems right but as long as it’s not benefitting us, we tend to find multiple faults.
  • A comfort zone doesn’t necessarily have to be comfortable but it is that zone that is easier to be placed in than other zones.
  • Everyone has a different capacity to deal with problems.
  • The only person you owe an explanation to is yourself.
  • If it fades it was never love
  • The situations that allow you to be yourself bring the most joy.

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