Title: Sands of Time
Author: Neelam Saxena Chandra
Publisher: Panther House
Number of Pages: 127
Price [INR] : 199
Time is a magician. Sometimes, it acts like a soothing balm for healing the aching hearts of women and at other times, it teaches people living around her to adapt. And at some other times, it teaches people living around her to adapt. And at some other instances, time also brings with it punishments, penances and penalties. The book ‘SANDS OF TIME’ will take you through various such emotions in the twelve stories which it contains: tales that will make you smile, tales that shall raise your hair, tales that will make you hate and tales that will make you fall in love with all the protagonists.
‘SANDS OF TIME’ is a collection of twelve interesting stories which bring out the different moods and moments in the lives of women. These are women who can be seen and heard in every walks of life. The stories cover some important social issues which a woman faces. Some important topics covered are female foeticide, divorce, women empowerment, women education.
I should say that the idea behind the stories were good but lacked leaving an impact on the reader. I wish I was left being all choked up and teary-eyed as the stories demanded, but it lacked in influencing me, big time! They were predictable in spite of being realistic. They were lengthier and few of them were clumsy. The stories I liked include Sand Clock and The return of the Daughter. The writing is simple but the editing could have been better.
I was all excited having read about the awards and accolades received by the author but sadly, the book did not meet my expectations. The quality of the paper back wasn’t good either.
I give a 3 on 5 just for the attempt.
Some Facts About the Author
NeelamSaxena Chandra, an author of thirty-two books,is a record holder with the Limca Book of Records for being the author with highest number of publications in a year in English and Hindi (2015). She works as Joint Secretary (U.P.S.C.). She has won award in a poetry contest by American Embassy, Premchand award by Ministry of Railways, Rabindranath Tagore international poetry award, Freedom award by Radio city for her lyrics. She was listed in the Forbes list as one of the most popular seventy eight authors in the country in 2014.
Awarded by eminent poet/lyricist Gulzarji in a Poetry Contest organized by American Society on the topic ‘Poetry for Social Change’.
Received the Rabindranath Tagore International poetry award -2014
Awarded PremchandPuraskar by Ministry of Railways (II prize)
Awarded by Children Book Trust, India in 2009.
Neelam also debuted as a lyricist in Shankar Tucker’s composition ‘Mere Sajan sun sun’ and the song has won the ‘Popular Choice’ award in Folk Fusion category in Radio City Freedom Awards.
Neelam is a record holder with Limca Book of records for highest publications in a year in English and Hindi.
Neelam and her daughter hold record for being the first mother-daughter duo to write a poetry book for the book ‘Winter Shall Fade’ in Limca Book of Records, Miracle World Records and India Book of records.
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