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Book review: “Parenting & a Slice of Everything” by Anupriya Gupta


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Book Review: "Parenting & A Slice Of Everything" by Anupriya Gupta

“Parenting & a Slice of Everything” by Anupriya Gupta is a collection of 26 fictional short stories that bring forth a galore of characters, incidents and emotions directly or remotely related to the parenting life-cycle and its tyranny on life and relationships.

 

About the Book:

“Parenting & a Slice of Everything” follows the life of two sisters, Smita and Amrita. Smita is fiercely driven, rising up the corporate ladder and the idea of “starting a family” as Indian aunties call it is far from her mind. Amrita is a mom to a toddler with another baby on the way and is trying to manage a job, in-laws and her own growing family. Through the life of these two sisters, the book explores various facets of parenting, relationships, families and societal norms in India.

 

About the Author:

A mom by day & a reader/writer by night, Anupriya Gupta believes in the magical power of stories and story-telling. Her blog www.mommytincture.com is an account of her experiences as a mother/daughter/woman/human being, all churned together.

 

My Thoughts on the Book:

Anupriya Gupta has a gift with creating and fleshing out characters. I found both the protagonists Smita and Amrita immensely relateable. It almost felt like I was Smita at some point in my life and now I am Amrita. The author has also described each scene with just the right amount of detailing without making it too long winding, so that you almost feel the tension as if you are standing right there.

 

As a writer myself, I am really in awe of how seamlessly Anupriya has weaved a different issue into each chapter, yet seamlessly maintained an overall storyline. Through simple stories, she has raised thought-provoking questions about issues such as the right time to have a baby, one baby or two, gender biases in our society, the mother-in-law daughter-in-law relationship, the hair-raising toddlerhood phase, the extravagance of weddings in India. She has even touched upon divorce, custody battles and death.

 

However this does tend to make the book heavy reading. Though it is just about 140 pages, do not expect this to be a light and breezy read. There are several heavy subjects covered and often after a chapter, I felt like sitting back and reflecting on what I had just read and relating it to my own life experiences. Though this too is a win for the author.

 

Availability:

The book is available on Amazon at: “Parenting & a Slice of Everything”

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Comments
  1. Tosha said on August 21, 2018 7:35 pm:

    This sounds like a great read! I enjoy reading realistic family books and about Mamas sounds good!