An anthology of some light-minded and heart-warming short stories, this book is a series of anecdotes that have been picked out from different facets of life, which most people tend to neglect in their busy schedules. Written in humorous and engaging language, the book takes the reader through 34 real-life incidents that revolve around various characters.
Each story has been given an interesting title such as feeling needed, mail exchange, and the stranger, please hug me I'm just like you, my special friend, age miracles, and others. All the stories have a fun outlook even on some very serious issues about life. In the fun, however, each story ends with an important life lesson drawn from some of the simplest things and experiences, leaving the reader thinking that joy can be found in little things around them.
While telling several interesting stories, most of them compare life to bubblegums and candies. Just as one keeps chewing bubblegum, even when it becomes tasteless, there are circumstances that people have to face daily and a point comes when the bubble might burst, leaving behind a sticky mess. A candy has to be savoured slowly and enjoyed, whereas a bubblegum must be relished. However, there may be times when a hard boiled candy might accidentally slip down and an individual has to tolerate the pain while the candy goes down the food pipe.
Like such uncertain experiences with bubblegums and candies, life is also quite unpredictable and one cannot predict what’s in store for him or her. Neither these confectioneries nor life comes with an instruction manual, and one has to bravely face all challenges and surprises that life throws at them. Instead of cribbing all the time and waiting for huge surprises, one must learn to find happiness in small things that life offers is the essence of most of the life incidents narrated in this collection.
About the author:
Preeti Shenoy is an artist cum author based in Bangalore, India. Consistently been nominated for the Forbes List of 100 Most Influential Celebrities in India since 2013, Shenoy’s other interests vary from yoga and sociology to photography. Shenoy’s first book, 34 Bubblegums and Candies was a creative non-fiction published by Srishti Publishers that went on to become a national bestseller. Apart from this, she has also written for the Reader’s Digest magazine and the Times of India media group, and has been teaching English and Mathematics to the underprivileged children.