Book Review- The Woman That I Am
The Woman That I Am – An Anthology Celebrating Womanhood is like a bouquet of flowers with several shades and variety that blend in perfectly to give you a charming ensemble.
Conceived and compiled by Rashi Roy and Manas Mukul it brings thirty writers under one roof, which in itself is proof enough of the diversity the book has to offer. Rashi Roy, who was an HR Professional, is now a multi-lingual blogger, author and You Tuber. She dons multiple hats with much elan. Manas Mukul, previously a Business Consultant has been blogging for ten years and is passionate about theatre. The experience of the duo who successfully pulled off two blog hops earlier this year is reflected in the book which is structured and threaded well.
- The book is a collection of poetry and prose- fictional, non-fictional and poetic. It is bilingual with contributions in English and in Hindi. For a poetry lover like me, the poems are definitely one up but prose is a good match too.
- Both the compilers Rashi and Manas have penned powerful pieces of poetry. While Rashi sounds fiery and assured, Manas offers to encompass the universe in his representation of a woman.
- POETRY- From the irony that stands out in Mayuri’s rhythmic piece to the profundity offered by Namratha Varadharajan’s dewy words; Nidhi Rawal’s unapologetic acceptance of womanhood; Pragun’s placid depiction of a woman; Srishti’s affirmation of self-belief or Srivalli’s seamless flow of words; Ujjwal’s candidness to Surbhi’s call to awaken the power within- poetry is definitely the favoured one in this anthology. And it’s hard to choose one!
- PROSE- Deepika Sharma’s story, I- Am a Woman is such an inclusive piece of writing that is sure to warm the cockles of your heart. Deepti Sharma offers both prose and poetry together and both splendidly penned. You wouldn’t want to miss her contribution. Jyoti holds a mirror to society while Noor pens an ordinary story of an ordinary woman in a most extraordinary way. Priyanka Nair is the woman on fire in this anthology and how you love her for saying all that she does. ‘Sanity in Sanitary Pad’ – Does that make you curious? Well, you need to check out this honest prose piece by Meera V. Swarnali’s ‘All of Me’ and Supriti’s ‘I Make Her the Woman’ make for beautiful reads.
- HINDI- There are only four contributions in Hindi by Deepika Mishra, Pooja Priyamvada, Ramandeep and Sangya and all of them truly stand out in this collection. Pooja Priyamvada’s dedication to her father leaves you teary-eyed while Sangya Nagpal holds your attention with her style and content both.
Did I miss something?
Just a few more writings in Hindi would have been a double treat and a concluding note at the end, the icing on the cake!
Finally, womanhood joins all the dots and each piece stands as a reflection of the other, while maintaining its individual identity. That is the beauty of The Woman That I Am. An absolutely enjoyable collection that completes your reading experience. You may download the book from the Blogchatter library by clicking on the link given below.
The Woman That I Am by Rashi Roy and Manas Mukul