Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Review: Metro Diaries 2 by Namrata

© Written by Tarang Sinha



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Finished reading Metro Diaries 2 by Namrata

The book says, "Give life another chance. Laugh a little longer. let go of your past. Hold onto what you love. In short LIVE rather than just exist!"

Metro Diaries 2 is a collection of 20 life stories. The book cover reflects the theme beautifully. That life is a journey and an enthusiastic storyteller. The last story of this book, "The Last Goodbye" is the perfect example of this fact.

'Not all journeys of life take you somewhere, some are meant to mislead so that you know what the right path is!' I loved this thoughtful quotation from the story 'Labour of Love'

Talking about my favourites - I really liked "Magpie of Memories" where Cara, a confused little girl explores her sexuality (and finally finds the destination). Namrata has expressed it beautifully. Then, two stories 'Stain of Love' and 'A Pinch of Love' are short, simple but really beautiful that speak about common yet special relationships. "The Filch" is about friendship and betrayal, and this one is crisp and smartly written. A story with an interesting twist - Veil Thy Love - tells about a very different kind of love, and it left me pleasantly surprised.

When it comes to expressing emotions, Namrata is brilliant. And, the stories here reflect that!

Writing is good, but I have three problems. First, careless editing. I hope it gets rectified and the stories would be more polished then. Second, sometimes it feels more telling than showing. I like stories to be explored through writing and dialogues. In some stories, I missed that. And finally, the voice of the characters. They sound almost same. In other words, they sound like author's expression. But, it is just about preferences, and maybe, it's just me.

Overall, it was a nice, emotional and easy read. Easy because stories are short and make a quick read. If you like short life stories, you will like it. If you have read Namrata before, you will like it. If you haven't, then do read it. You will like it. :)

I received this book from BookReviews.in for an unbiased review.




2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for your review! Truly appreciate the same :)

    I am working on the minuses highlighted by you and am glad I succeeded in one thing I wanted to do in this book - trying something different than the usual romance writing that I am known for.

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  2. Glad you liked the review, Namrata!

    It's a wise thing to do. I wish you all the very best. Grow beautiful :)

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