Author – Mridula
Book – Still Loved Still Missed
Previous Works – Debut Novel
““Still loved…Still missed! The myriad hues of souls” is a collection of 14 short stories and a poem. These stories span characters and emotional states with canny details that touch the depths of your soul. Picturing the complexities of love, misery and mystery, the stories try to gnaw your heart like never before.
What does a flower teach us we often fail to see?
“The belly is an ungrateful wretch.” Is it true?
Once Tasha obtains a treasure in her garden, what happens next?
Ever wondered about the sparseness and illusions in life?
Does death put an end to true love?
Have all the ascetics won over their emotions?
With the power of simple language, this book transports the readers to a world scarcely thought of in our bustling lives. The allegories maintain an intense rhythm of life prompting the readers to perceive things from a unique angle.
“A whole bookful to make you think, cry, think again and move on.” ”
Still Loved Still Missed by Mridula is a short story collection of about 75 pages. The book also features a poem called Love under the Lavender Tree.
The stories are based on abstract topics and really touching. They explore various aspects of human emotions which are illustrated on people, plants and animals. Some of the stories are wholesome and some heartbreaking.
The book also speaks tales about the practicality of reality. How actions speak louder and so much more. Adding little amounts of life lessons to it.
The stories like the Passing, Hunger and The Sepal were my favorite ones from the book, solely because they were hard to digest and still raw and beautiful.
There are 15 stories in the book, which is a surprising number to be squeezed into such a small book. I’m glad I picked the book for a read, because the author Mridula has done a great job at bringing forth the cold yet warm nature of life.
Despite the short span of each story, they were wonderfully presented, well enough for me to be able to connect with the stories (and feel devastated if the end wasn’t in their favor). The best part was the author did not focus on the comfort of the reader. This is a good example of a book where the writer indulges in the act for the sake of writing and that is another reason why I feel the stories turned out to be good.
The book sports a simple and elegant cover displaying the title. There is a note before the title, which goes, “The Myriad Hues of Souls” which indeed is quite appropriate for the content
Ratings – 4 stars out of 5
The stories are beautiful and the only complain that readers will have is the book ends too fast and you end up wanting more.
If the author wishes to write more stories, I will be absolutely willing to read them.
Reviewed by – Banaja Prakashini
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About the author
Mridula enjoys reading and writing short stories on subtle feelings. She was bestowed with the Most Popular Writer Award by the short story publisher Your Story Club in 2012. She is a nemophilist (A haunter of the woods) and possesses a doctorate in agricultural sciences. She works as a government official and lives with her family in Kerala. She can be reached at the email- email@example.com
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