34 Bubblegums and Candies by Preeti Shenoy is her debutante non fiction book. I have read her fiction novels like Life is What You Make It, It Happens For a Reason, It’s All In the Planets and they all have been fantastic. I have read her blogs as well and wanted to know her better, so I thought of buying her first book. This book is a collection of blog posts and some stories that are related to author’s life. This book is dedicated to her late father who has been her inspiration. It took me just one hour to complete this book and I was moved by the thoughts of the author. This book gave me a better perspective to look at her.
The cover of the book surely matches the title of the book as it says 34 bubblegums and candies. The author compares this with her husband and her children. The way she beautifully expressed her personal life experiences is just amazing. I just couldn’t top admiring the thoughts of the author.
The very first chapter is dedicated to her father whom she calls her best friend. The way she simply narrates the story binds the readers together. At the end of this short story, we surely shed tears and that remorseful feeling in our eyes in the form of new tears makes it poignant.
Some of the chapters talk about the hilarious experiences of the author and also the people she is linked to and admires them. From these, we come to know that her anecdotes were from her own life, her experiences with her father, mother, children and even her dear husband. They have been beautifully expressed.
The style of writing is simple. No fancy words are used as the main purpose of the author is to convey her thoughts. The descriptions and anecdotes are simple perfect. There are certain quotes used by the author which are loved by the readers. I am glad that I picked up this book.
About the book
34 Bubblegums And Candies is a collection of short, real-life incidents that have inspired the author in the course of her life. Using the analogy of bubblegums and candies, the title alludes to the various facets of life that go by unnoticed. Humorous and engaging, the book takes you through 34 real-life incidents covering a variety of characters.
Some of the short stories are titled Please Hug Me I’m Just Like You, Sylvester Stallone Doesn’t Open Up Easily, Radiators And Drains, My Special Friend, Age Miracles, Feeling Needed, Mail Exchange and The Stranger. in Please Hug Me I’m Just Like You, you travel into a home where children who are HIV positive are cared for. 34 Bubblegums And Candies gives you a fun outlook at some of life’s more complicated issues without trivializing them.
The funny and touching stories end with notes that encourage the reader to look at the lessons you can learn from some of the simplest things in life. Like the author’s other works, the book uses simple vocabulary, presented in an engaging pace. 34 Bubblegums And Candies was published in 2008 and is available in paperback.
- 34 Bubblegums And Candies includes longer versions of some of the stories featured on the author’s blog.
- The 146-page book is a light read that will entertain you and make you laugh at the simple but humorous aspects of everyday life in India.
About the Author
Preeti Shenoy is an author and an artist based at Banglore, India. Her first book ’34 Bubblegums and Candies’, a creative non-fiction made it to the national best-seller list. Her interests are as multifarious and diverse as her several academic degrees. She also specialises in pencil portraits and holds an internationally recognised qualification from UK in portraiture. She has held a number of varied jobs in the past. She has also written for different publications life Readers Digest and Times of India, as well as taught English and Math to underprivileged children in India. She loves art, reading, travelling, photography, nature, animals, blogging and basketball and most of all, spending time with her spouse and two children.
P.S. Also Read the review of her latest book Its All In The Planets