Book Review: Love Stories Around Us – An Anthology

This book is a good love dose for romantic hearts!

The Blurb:

World is full of love, and stories related to it…. just close your eyes and you will find too many love stories around us.

Have we wondered how these relationships are made? What connects people around the world? What is it that bind us together?

Love, sentiments and feelings keep us linked to each other, till our feelings are alive, our relationships are alive; our love is alive. No one can teach you this emotion, except life. And with every couple, there is a story. Shades brings you few of the love stories around us.


“Hey”, he smiled, getting up to greet her.

“I’m sorry I am late”, she said, shrugging. “I just, I got caught up with something.”

“This is the least amount of time I’ve spent waiting for you…I don’t mind…”

“Do you… Do you have the papers?”

“Yeah, I do. I haven’t signed them yet, I just, I have to ask, just once more. I can’t forgive myself if I don’t Neha. Can we really not fix this?” ( The Memories by Shravya Gunipudi)

My Review:

A book that will make you fall in love with love stories and wanting you to read more and more because ”true love stories never have endings”. – Richard Bach

The reader’s heart…

Love Stories Around Us published by Shades Publications comprises of twenty-five love stories, penned by twenty-five different writers, inspired by real life incidents. Some of the stories made me teary-eyed, some made me happy and delighted and a few of them disappointed me. I am going to share my favorite picks which I felt were savior to the title of the book.

1) “But… why it has to be you?” by Saravana Kumar Murugan, is a beautiful and a modern love tale of Irene and Shiv. Irene is sure about her love for him but deep inside she wants an answer, “Why only Shiv?”. So, she decides to leave it on their destiny . Shiv, for whom Irene is breath; his life, goes through every possibility to find her amidst all the odds. The story depicts love across the globe, love beyond fate and love conspired by the destiny. I had a wonderful time reading this fast paced story with some interesting twists. You never fail to amaze me with your stories that conveys, “Love is beautiful, love is life and love is what that keeps us alive”.

2) “Love Beyond Rules” by Ankit Jain, revolves around the two passionate lovers, Ankit and Aashi. They work as a team for a leading company in Mumbai. Ankit falls in love with Aashi and soon the Aashified effect takes a toll on his mind. There comes smart tactics that one should follow to impress a girl and I completely envy your ideas, Ankit. I loved every bit of it. From your first meet, tricks to impress her, win her heart to a cute attempt to make Aashi fall in love with Ankit. Amazing!! It was a page- turner read. You said so much about Aashi and now I am tempting to meet her.

3) “Sunaina” by Barun Bajracharya, is a teenage love tale of Siddhartha and Sunaina. Their story starts with a kiss that Sunaina gave Siddhartha in an unconscious state. That incident erupt intense emotions in Sid and he starts liking Sunaina. But, every time she refuses to be friends with Sid. An incident changes everything for good. Sunaina accepts Sid’s friendship but for love, she choose someone else over Sid. A heart warming love story. Enjoyed it to the core. Siddhartha never lose his hopes on Sunaina. And like a sincere lover he is happy to have Sunaina around him though just as a friend. I liked the use of local terms and chirpy- innocent Sid. His imagination at tender age, it all seemed so real.

4) “Memories” by Shravya Gunipudi, is a sensitive story and quite a general issue in today’s time. Neha and Akhil, the made for each couple suddenly realize that there is nothing more left in their marriage and thus, decide to give divorce. Neha is firm on her decision despite knowing it will make their lives worst. She and her friend, Pallavi when start collecting things from room before the separation, each and everything in that place reminds Neha of the beautiful moments she had shared with Akhil and those promises of love. She is in dilemma but restrict herself to be carried away by his memories. Her ego is break when she find Akhil’s longing to be with her and give their marriage a second chance. It’s ending uplifted my mood.

5) “I Am A Killer” by Akash Srivastav, is a story of two childhood friends who get separated by the time but in hearts their love and friendship remain fresh as ever. Ramesh, a contract killer is quite efficient in his job. This time he has to kill a pretty -innocent looking girl, Sanjana who was travelling to Kolhapur. Sanjana’s husband marries her not for the sake of love but to take away her wealth and thus, he appoint Ramesh to make his way simple and clear. The simplicity on Sanjana’s face and sparkle in her eyes push away Ramesh’s intention. Every time he tried killing but ended up saving her. And, a moment come when they realize they are old childhood friends, separated by the destiny but united by hearts. The backstabbing by her husband was shocking for her but having Ramesh at her side, it didn’t last long. The story ends on a happy and justified note.

6) ”Payal, I Promise You…” by Divya R. Bandodkar,  depicts of a love story where a girl is not sure of commitment in relationship. Payal and Atul love each other passionately and know well, they are pairs made in heaven. The root cause of it is, Payal grow up seeing the hardship and failure in her parents’ marriage. Her father being there never stood to support or even love her , he assaulted his wife. And all this while her mother did her upbringing, playing all the possible roles. The sweetest part of this story was, Atul while listening her sad story types a long text message on his phone, he make promises to fulfill all the values which were missing in Payal’s parents’ marriage and send her the message as soon as she leave the place. The simplicity in the story touched my heart.

What I liked?

The book cover is exceptionally beautiful with pink- orange shade and silhouette of couples. Also, the stories in this book spotlight on various aspects of love, relation and friendship rather all mushy stuffs. It was a fresh read.

What I disliked?

I believe, a good editing adds life even to the dumbest of books. The spelling and grammar mistakes in some of the stories were quite irritating. I am sure a bit of editing will turn out this book into a splendid one.

Why should one read this book?

Some of the stories are breathtakingly beautiful but if I talk about a complete book, it doesn’t stand up to my expectations. And I feel, there is a serious need of working on some of the stories and editing the entire manuscript.


To this up and down reading ride, I will give this book a four-star rating.

Blurb: 4/5
Description: 4/5
Writing Style: 3/5
Editing: 3/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

Book Details:
Title: Love Stories Around Us – An Anthology
Authors: Atika Srivastava, Saravana Kumar Murugan, Ritika Raj, Anisha Mohata, Rafia Jafri, Debashish Mishra, Nilakshi Pathak, Shravya Gunipudi Divya R. Bandodkar, Vibha Sharma, Elora Rath, Akash Srivastav, Varina Rasquinha, Nidhi, Kavya Shah, Pavitra Singh, Mahesh Sowani, Arjun Bhattacharyya, Biswadeep G. Hazra, Abhilash Patel, Lipsa Padhi, Prakash Guru, Ankit Jain, Barun Bajracharya
Genre: Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Shades Publications
Language: English
Pages: 243
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 150 INR
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Some of the stories made me teary-eyed, some made me happy and delighted, and a few of them disappointed me and doesn’t stand up to my expectations with careless editing.. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, a good dose for romantic hearts!

This book was gifted to me by one of its authors. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a four-star rating on Goodreads and Amazon as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

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  1. Fantastic review! You worded it just right by saying what you liked about the plots–and who doesn't like love stories–to what annoyed you. I feel the same way about bad spelling and editing. They put me off reading the book as a whole and appreciating the stories.

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