True friendship is defined as a natural and spontaneous reaction towards a person with unconditional love and ultimate support to a person in all areas of life. A true friend is the one who is always with you when the entire world rejects you. A true friend is like a mirror who reflects the real you to you. In this unpredictable world of twists and rough roads, a true friend is a blessing, a rejuvenating factor, and is always fresh. Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time by Shades Publications, cherishes such true friendship, and this collection of 25 short stories on Friendship is a dedication the all true friends in this world.
ONE: SCARLET’S ROSE by Aashi Dahiya
“Grandma, what is friendship?”
I have never seen her so wholly, so perfectly. Her face and her eyes gleamed. Shone with brilliance and surety. She looked at me and then looked at the sky. She was silently crying. I could see the tears rolling down her wrinkled cheeks but she held herself strong. She took a deep breath and very soberly in just sentence told me all I needed to know. She as so calm but so confident. Then, with a deep voice, she began to tell me. Tell me the most important thing in the world while I embraced and envied her beauty entirely.
“Friendship is learning.” She said.
“Learning?” I asked.
TWO: CAMARADERIE by Anmol Singh & Sanjana Radhakrishnan
“Would you like to have some mangoes?” he asked, with that he took a stone and gives it a throw with aim to the very same mangoes that he wished. In the next second, those mangoes saw their fall. He picked them up and showed towards Ravi.
Ravi with an embarrassed look replied, “Mom said not to accept anything from strangers!”
With a smile he said, “Don’t worry, I won’t be a stranger. I am Raghav, living next door to you. Will you be my friend?” he stretched his hand towards Ravi.
After thinking for a while, he gave his hands, “yes I am Ravi, and I will be your friend.”
THREE: THE NEWFOUND SECOND SELF by Varina Rasquinha
“Matt, who is that?” she interrogated, her brows furrowed.
I gulped hard and was dumbfounded.
“Why are you all so quiet?” she questioned, her hair bobbing with her vehement gestures.
“Mom, he’s my friend.” I whispered.
How can I start this review without praising the publisher for bestowing this wonderful book?
Congratulations Sachin! You have a done a great job! Stay blessed!
“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” -Walter Winchell
I second that. This book is a result of one such wonderful friendship, and so, I dedicate this book to all the best friends in this world. Review from the editor of the book might sound odd, but my review, as a reader, remains unbiased and uninfluenced.
The reader’s heart
SCARLET’S ROSE by Aashi Dahiya: The title says it all. Scarlet and Rose, their friendship, is what we get to read in this story. The story opens with a letter addressed to Scarlet about the death of Rose, followed by the conversations between Scarlet and her granddaughter Emma on friendship, and what it is to be a friend. This beautiful and mesmerizing story of two wonderful women, narrated beautifully using chosen words, will teach us what friendship is all about. I give this awesome story a five-star rating.
SAVIOUR by Apurva Joshi: Saviour, as the title suggests, the story is about two people, Sanjana and Kanishk, and their journey from being complete strangers to each other’s saviour. Right from the introduction of the characters to the last word, the story is written using the best words; emphasizes on the fact that friendship is the cure of all problems. I give this journey a five-star rating.
THE COLORS OF TESU by Shubham Sinha: Very rarely we get a chance to read a story that unveils a different dimension of friendship, and this story is one of such kind. Dhvani, a passionate girl, and her son Kshitij, are the best of friends. They support each other throughout the ups and downs in their lives. And then, there comes a twist, which add more colors to the story. The writing style of the author is admirable. I give this colourful treat a five-star rating.
THE FRIENDLY STRANGER by Dr. Disha Bhatt: A guitar player (the stranger), the lonely girl Advika, and a so called best friend Manjari, are the three major characters in this story. Advika is on a trip to Goa with her friends. However, in Goa, people colors change and they leave Advika on the roads. Will Advika, amidst the waterfalls, beaches and plush surroundings of Goa, succeed in exploring the world outside her shell? Will the friendly stranger befriend Advika? The plot is fresh, the writing style is good, and for these reasons, I give this friendly stranger a five-star rating.
SPARKO by Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra: Not even a dog will follow your words when you do not have a job. Here, we have a dog, which helps him get a job and to settle the scores with his landlord. The switch between present and past is smooth. The narration could have been better. I give this unique story a four-point-five star rating.
CAMARADERIE by Anmol Singh & Sanjana Radhakrishnan: We have read about treaties in our history books, but ‘The Mango Treaty’ in ‘Rajbhag colony’, is about the bond of friendship. Raghav and Ravi, two wonderful friends, who support each other endlessly. Raghav wants to pursue the path of his father, an army man, for the good of humanity. Ravi loves to contribute with his pen, for the good of humanity. Both choose different paths and travel to different destinations, and when they get to meet each other, there comes a twist. I appreciate the writing style of both the authors. I give this mango treaty a five-star rating.
THE NEWFOUND SECOND SELF by Varina Rasquinha: Every kid needs a home! This story is about two kids, how they get introduced to each other and become friends with time. With beautifully chosen words, the author narrates the story intriguingly. I wish if this could happen in reality. I give this interesting story a five-star rating.
THE PURSUIT by Prakash Guru: This is a masterpiece. When an aspiring artist run away from home, struggles for a living, finds a soul that was in search of a good friend. The bond between those two flourishes instantly irrespective of the caste, creed and community. The story unveils a different angle of friendship with a twist at the end that is definitely engaging. I give this masterpiece a five-star rating.
FRIENDS FOREVER by Elora Rath: This story is very close to my heart. It reminded me of my engineering college life, memories of four years, from the first hello to the last goodbye, late night calls, SMS, Orkut and Facebook. The last day of college is the toughest. And this story is all about those wonderful memories! I give this fun ride a five-star rating.
THE 3 SEVENS by Nikita Tak: When three authors turned friends (Sanidhya, Rinish and Tanya) join hands to write a book, what will happen? They are failed authors, though they all have individual bestsellers to their credit. As the saying goes, “Unity is strength”, will they succeed? This story is about failure and success, and it conveys a stronger message. The plot is fresh, the narration is good, but the flow could have been managed better. I give this “3 Sevens” a four-point-five star rating.
I’LL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU by Anisha Mohata: The story revolves around two friends who are the support system of each other. Anwesha the prettiest and Rounak the smartest are quite popular in their college and they openly flirt with each other. Anwesha gets into a worse situation and change completely. Will Rounak bring back the old Anwesha? Will he succeed? Be it the plot, the style, or the word choice, I enjoyed reading it. I give this feel good story a five-star rating.
HOMEWORK by Anirban Nanda: Probably, the cutest story in this book. This story revolves around two friends, Ani and Tina, both are studying in sixth grade. Ani is studious, whereas Tina is careless and casual. Tina usually copies homework from Ani, and on one fine day, things get worse and their friendship is likely to break. Will Ani and Tina stay best friends forever? I admire the writing style of the author. I give this cute innocent story a five-star rating.
WEEDS OF HAMPI by Mahesh Sowani: The story-line is very intriguing. Perhaps any IT professional could connect with the first part of the story. The latter part of the story comes with a great twist served brilliantly. The underlying message of the story is appreciable and the author has done a good job. I give this nail-biting story a five-star rating.
SOUL-MATES by Tapobrata Kumar: Friendship, love and marriage. We will get to read all about it in this story. Arjun and Meha, two very good friends, get separated by distance. Meha is about to get married with Kushal. Meha and Arjun meet just before a week of her marriage. Their reunion brings back the essence of their relationship. Soul-mate, is indeed a soul mate. The narration could have been better. I give this beautiful feeling a four-star rating.
THE SCARLET TINT OF YELLOW ROSE by Prachi Agasti: Is it good to fall in love with best friend? Is it because of the cherished trust or the inseparable nature? Ishaan and Panchi, friends from their childhood, get into a situation they’ve never been before. Will their friendship change to love? Will they both accept each other as couples? The author glitters through her words. I must say, she is a great talent, and for sure, she will become a renowned author soon. I give this short and sweet treat a five-star rating.
THE DEAFENING SILENCE by Prachi Sharma: This story could be made into a short film. The story opens with chit-chats on various topics by friends, followed by a couple of incidents, and a twist in the end which will leave you teary-eyed. The plot is woven beautifully and the narration is impeccable. I give this sentimental story a five-star rating.
KHUSHI – A DIVINE SOUL by Kiran Lalwani and Kajal Lalwani: A kid gets lost on a trip to forest from school meets a divine soul. The authors take you down the memory lane and make us travel between the present and past, the memories of long lost friendship, and it touches the chord in the right way. The story defines the meaning of sacrifice, pain and friendship. The authors should work on the writing style. It will help the authors to shine. I give this story a four-star rating.
TRUE LOVE SAGA by Nidhi: This story is all about sacrifice and friendship. The plot is quite common and the story will keep you hooked till the end. I give this saga a four-star rating.
THE ELIXIR OF FRIENDSHIP by Akash Shrivastav & Adyasha Panda: This story will make you laugh and keep you hooked till the last word. The twist in the climax is unpredictable, which makes the story enjoyable. The authors should work on the writing style, as I had to edit a lot of “…….” I give this story a four-star rating.
FRIENDSHIP IS THE CURE OF EVERY THING by Kalyani Yadav: Friendship, love, marriage, betrayal, and what not? We have all kind of emotions embedded in this story. The climax of the story is very beautiful, and completely gives a new definition of love and friendship. This plot has the potential to be presented as a novel. I advise the author to do so, introducing more twists to it. I strongly feel the narration could have been better. I give this story a four-star rating.
SHERLOCK & WATSON by Rishabh Patel: Like the title, the story is unpredictable. It opens up like a Bollywood film and closes like a Hollywood film. That’s the best feature of this story. I admire the writing style of the author. I give this combo film a four-point-five star rating.
A VISIT OF THE DEAD by Abhipsa Mohanty: A visit to the dead is a totally different story. The story opens up when a thirteen-year-old girl wake up in the middle of the night and walks to her friends grave, for the mistake she committed when her friend was alive. This story teaches a good lesson to all the readers. I must say the author has the potential of writing a crime thriller. I give this story a five-star rating.
TWO LITTLE SPARROWS by Rounak Roy Chowdhury: Friendship is something that can never be said in words. Likewise, this story, cannot be expressed in words, it has to be felt by the readers. Raju and Bitoo are indeed two little sparrows. The author should work on the narration part and hone his writing skills. I give this cute story a four-star rating.
FRIENDS FOR LIFE by Debasish Mishra: Time and distance can spoil even a friendship. Jatin and Shubham’s tale is quite the same. Will their friendship stand tall amidst the situations they are in? The author could have introduced an additional character to make the story engaging and unpredictable. I give this story a four-star rating.
My Top 5:
1. SCARLET’S ROSE by Aashi Dahiya
2. SAVIOUR by Apurva Joshi
3. CAMARADERIE by Anmol Singh & Sanjana Radhakrishnan
4. THE NEWFOUND SECOND SELF by Varina Rasquinha
5. THE PURSUIT by Prakash Guru
What I liked?
The plots, the characters, the twists, and the writing style of all the individual authors.
Why should one read this book?
It’s very rare to read an anthology on friendship. To me, this book is a wonderful collection of stories on friendship, a fresh and breezy read.
Do you have a friend who will stand by you even if the entire world is against you? Gift this book to that one single pearl of your life.
To this bouquet of friendship, I give a five-star rating. To be honest, I selected the best stories out of the numerous entries we received, and that’s the reason to give the book a five-star rating. Maybe, I will wait for the reviews to flow in to crosscheck if I am right or not.
Writing Style: 4/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Title: Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time
Author: Saravana Kumar Murugan (Editor), Aashi Dahiya, Apurva Joshi, Shubham Sinha, Dr. Disha Bhatt, Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra, Anmol Singh, Sanjana Radhakrishnan, Varina Rasquinha, Prakash Guru, Elora Rath, Nikita Tak, Anisha Mohata, Anirban Nanda, Mahesh Sowani, Tapobrata Kumar, Prachi Agasti, Prachi Sharma, Kajal Lalwani, Kiran Lalwani, Nidhi, Akash Shrivastav, Adyasha Panda, Kalyani Yadav, Rishabh Patel, Abhipsa Mohanty, Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury, Debasish Mishra.
Publisher: Shades Publications
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 200 INR
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