Some time ago, with a different blog, I participated in the A to Z Blog Challenge. The rules to this challenge are simple: blog each day, and incorporate the letter of the day somehow in your post.
This year, the creators of the challenge had the idea of featuring books that have been published as a result of the challenge, whether the book consists of blog posts accumulated into a book, or was inspired by the challenge, or however the challenge spawned the book. Reviewers who participated in the challenge have the opportunity to review some of these books.
The first one I am reviewing is Golden Rainbow by Balaka Basu. From the author:
Golden Rainbow is an interesting collection of 26 memoirs written as short stories. These are not heroic tales but ordinary stories of ordinary people; nevertheless, they are thought-provoking. Some of them will make you laugh out loud while others may make you cry. The stories are rich in emotion, empathy and compassion.They are deeply profound. Reading the short stories is like a visit to Kolkata and typical Bengali life. You will connect with so many characters from your own real life but with different names. The anecdotes are not just stories but also a smart commentary on the various aspects of society. Easy to read, they will directly appeal to anyone fond of short stories. This book is not just a one-time read. It gets better with each reading.
This was a very interesting book to read. Some of the stories were inspiring, some were heartbreaking, and some were humorous. We meet 26 different characters of varying ages, backgrounds, and life stages. The book is also a nice snapshot of Bengali life, which I had not previously experienced.
Also from the author:
This book is a memoir yet it is not about me, it is about people whom I met in the course of my life. Each alphabet represent the first letter of someone’s name on whom the story is written. These characters are the protagonists and not me. Each character is simple yet unique. I have written about people from all classes of the society, with different economic levels, different genders, different sexual orientation. I have tried to write them from a non judgmental point of view. Some of the stories are hilarious while others are sombre. I have tried to include even the apparently inconspicuous people like a street vendor or a homeless vagabond, people whom we often choose to ignore.
Why did you take part in the A to Z Challenge the year that your book was “given life”?