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Title: Skylines

Author: Neelam Saxena Chandra

Publisher: Author Press

ISBN: 9788172738914

My Review

Skylines…well, let me just take a break from the customary opening lines that I have been practicing from quite some time for writing book reviews. This time, I plan to take a contrasting approach. Please don’t be afraid as neither am I going to change the rules of the industry nor am I going to alter the norms followed by my fellow book reviewers. I just plan to re-approach my style of expressing and questioning the expectations of the readers from the book.

Book…before I formally start my review, I highlight the specific aspect of this compilation of thirteen power packed stories of womanhood. Identifying this work as a book or a compilation will not be justified towards the effort put in by the author by choosing this theme and giving it this pristine treatment. I quote – this is an introduction to womanhood – it is being a woman!

She being a grounded and self-made personality is the perfect crafter of the words and the fabricator of different shades of a woman. You all might be thinking, as to since time immemorial, the feminine gender has been given various and numerous introductions and countless names so what is so unusual about this kind of introduction to womanhood? Well, it is about the craft of storytelling technique. No powerful script is effective enough unless and until it is presented in an acceptable and impactful manner and Neelam Mam is one such undisputed craftsperson.

This is the second chance that I am publishing review for her works and I am all mesmerized. It is believed that in order to make an idea sell you yourself need to lay trust into it similarly if you need to transfer your message to your readers effectively; you need to understand it clearly. And, if it is about her – there is no room for any shortcomings. J

Though, at a personal level, I found the cover going to some other frequencies, other than the theme of the book but the stories are just perfect. She picks up women from around you, around me and around her, they are someone whom we spot in our daily lives, sometimes in our neighborhoods and sometimes within us and weaves thoughtful stories around them. They might be fictional or inspired from real life incidents but are not very much far from reality. The stark veracity of the situation is that she is ‘strong’ and ‘action-oriented’. She doesn’t waits for someone to come and change her fate rather she writes her own destiny and influences those who are connected with hers!

The best thing that I admire about Neelam mam is that she herself is a strong woman and this reflects in her characters as well. Skylines, which is her latest publication is no exception. Literally speaking, skylines is a faint line that comes up across horizon as a result of habitation. With this attempt, she describes different types of women and introduces the readers to womanhood with a unique approach.

I recommend this book to libraries, women clubs and identify it as a pick up book for gifting purpose without any age and gender restrictions. Hope you all enjoy reading this book, as I did.

About the Book

A woman is like a palette of colors. Just like the colors, she too displays a different tint and shade at different points of time. The colors you perceive are the ones you make her show. If you love her, she will adore you; if you give her wings, she will soar but if you hurt her, she may take time but will one day bounce back in retaliation.

‘Skylines’ is a collection of fourteen different stories which revolve around women – the buoyant teens, the chirpy youth or the matured ladies. Different encounters and circumstances in life make them either very tender, fragile or reactionaries and bigots. Do read on to understand these colors of life…

About the Author

Neelam Saxena Chandra is an engineer by profession and works with Indian Railways. She has two novels, one novella, four poetry books, one short story collection and four children’s story books to her credit, besides more than six hundered published stories / poems. Neelam has been awarded for her works by Gulzar ji in a poetry Contest organized by American Society, by Children Book Trust in 2009, and by Ministry of Railways (Premchand Puraskar). She also received the Rabindranath Tagore International Award for poetry. She was the lyricist for the song which won the Popular Choice Award in Folk Fusion category in Radio City Freedom Award.