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Bhumi: A Collection of Short Stories Kindle Edition
'The book was as charming as a refreshing song created during the first stirrings of dawn.' - Dr. Santosh Bakaya
'Bhumi is mother earth- fecund, warm, prolific, and possessing a raw vulnerability. What could be more suited to a book that recounts a woman's story!' - Kamalini Reena
'Well written, wonderfully creative and smart, this is definitely worth the money.' - Dr. Roshan Radhakrishnan
'Scarred, but triumphant and free. I'm staying tuned for what's next from Tina Sequeira.' - Niyati Tamaskar
'What a debut! I am completely blown over by Tina Sequeira's prose. It screams of an author adept in the art of writing and not a debut novel.' - Ell. P
'A riveting bouquet of short stories, "Bhumi" evokes a cascading phalanx of contrasting emotions.' - Venkataraman Ganesan
'The stories are real and leave you pensive and awestruck.' - Meha Sharma
'Very impressive one. It certainly made me a fan of the writer, and I look forward to reading more of her works.' - Angela Peixoto
'Her protagonists seem to see a path right through walls, braving boundaries of the mind to trace unique lines on their existential maps.' - Smeetha Bhoumik
'I believe the sensitivity comes from an inner place of the author who respects women around her and the woman inside her.' - Priya Bajpai
'A mosaic of stories around strong and intrepid protagonists, mostly women.' - Deepti Menon
'Truly fantastic contemporary short stories, many of them featuring outliers as protagonists.' - Nithya Rajagopal
'Tina creates fascinating characters who are all taken from real-life situations and weaves elegant stories with them.' - Tomichan Matheikal
'Well written, interesting and 100% relatable, these stories are also the perfect length.' - Shilpa Suraj
'It's hard to pick a favourite from this potpourri.' - Shivani Salil
'What I loved the most about the book is the meaningful and expressive phraseology used by the author throughout the book.' - Sitharaam Jayakumar
'A good balance between making the read enjoyable yet having a meaningful takeaway.' - Tanvi Sinha
'An honest reflection of our patriarchal social fabric that cares little for its women.' - Sonia Dogra
'Tina has magic in her hands to write such heart-touching tales!' - Dharani Kannan
'It has the subtle fragrance of Earth.' - Seema Taneja
'The book doesn't shy away from espousing the darker aspects of the protagonists. But perhaps that is what the author intended with the visceral emotions that the stories evoke.' - Lavanya Srinivasan
'The language is very well crafted. Neither too lucid nor too heavy. The characters are well elaborated and bring out a good amount of realness and rawness. Worthy of all attention.' - Anandarupa Chakrabarti
'A wonderful addition to our libraries!' - Radhika Pramod
'A bold portrayal of the present-day Indian woman and leaves a powerful message to let us live the way we are.' - Ruchi Nasa
'The stories in these pages may give you the impetus to try new things and take the steps you need to create your own daring moments in life or try new things.' - Deepa Gandhi
'Bhumi is just as the fresh green monsoon grass, the tiny new dew on the leaves of the season, the beautiful soothing smell of earth after rains!' -Vedica Saxena
'A well-researched collection of stories with varied characters, settings, and a strong narrative. Bhumi gets a thumbs-up!' - Rashi Roy
About the Author
- ASIN : B07RJH7ZKG
- Language : English
- File size : 1466 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 112 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #85,230 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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(From the story ‘Switch’)
‘Bhumi’ is an anthology by a bold young writer, Tina Sequeira, who has created a mosaic of stories around strong and intrepid protagonists, mostly women. Her narratives bring out the fact clearly that modern women are no damsels in distress, but are one step ahead always, finding solutions to life’s darkest problems. Understandably, the book was the winner of the Rashtriya Gaurav Award by the Government of Telangana. The foreword by the versatile and prolific writer, Ms. Santosh Bakaya, is yet another reason to look forward to these beautifully written stories.
Hope and resilience are the themes of many of the stories in this anthology, be it ‘Mirror, Mirror on the Wall’ or ‘Fat Chance’. Women who have been hurt or shamed also rise like the phoenix and batter down the walls that have tried to contain them, breaking out in glorious freedom. ‘Climax’ has one such protagonist who picks up the pieces of her life, while ‘Stark Illusions’ teaches the lesson of bouncing back when thrown against the direst of situations.
There are also those fearless women, like the Professor in ‘Juxtaposition’, Dinaz in ‘Pound of Flesh’ and the ‘Unbridled’ Ramona, all of whom go through the travails of life and emerge triumphant at the end of it.
Tina Sequeira’s writing style has a free and unfettered flow to it, like a river that meanders towards the sea. Some examples that are ever so beautiful are found in some of my favourite stories, like the ones below from ‘Grey’.
Like the radiant shade of the peacock’s feathers.
Or the thick feathery touch of the grasshopper.
Or moss snug closely to the bottom of the walls.
Or the olive border in Ammamma’s white-bodied sari.”
Like a big, gentle, and wise elephant.
Or the pearl inside a warm oyster shell.”
The above story reminds me of my own relationship with my grandmother, especially the wonderful quote, “You live life only once. Live it well. Be wild, but also wise.”
Another example is from ‘Crazy Courage’ where Saira who “carried the weather inside her, and made the most of her childhood days, wise enough to know that it would not last too long,” finally weathered the storm by living life on her own terms.
However, if you were to ask me which my favourite stories were, I would without hesitation pick the last story, ‘Bhumi’ and the story that kick starts the entire book ‘Amma’, both stories that prove that sometimes it takes time for love to blossom, but when it does, it is worth the wait. As is this book!
Author: Tina Sequeira
The title of the book ' Bhumi: A Collection of Short Stories ' is warming and eventful
The cover image of the book is the spiritual symbol flower\seed that represents creation from the void. It perfectly matches the title as Bhumi means Earth and Earth are often compared to Mother, while the mother gives birth and she is the reason for the creation other than the Supreme God. All these indicate patters of life and thus the title and the cover image are in sync.
Bhumi is a collection of 16 short stories. The stories are shorter in length but the stories are very strong in their souls. The best part of the book is that there is no gender bias. Both men and women are shown in an equal way. The taboo of mother in law or the daughter in law being cruel is nullified so beautifully in a story. Likewise, the love and affection of the grandmother are so well explained.
Few points that made me like the book personally are the very mention of Hyderabad that is my home and Kerala which is my soul home.
The characters in every story are so well written that it is hard to like only one character. I say this because every character is a reflection of the person next door or in our family.
Each of the sixteen short stories present in the book is unique in terms of narrative. With an engaging plot, the author has captured different walks of life and people's perceptions very nicely. The same is narrated in a fascinating manner.
Language & Grammar:
Simple yet effective language with uncomplicated vocabulary is found in the book. The inclusion of the glossary section at the end of every story for the non-English and local language words with their meanings is much appreciated.
My Final Verdict:
Very nice collection of realistic short stories!
Book Title: 4/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Inside the book: 4/5
Language & Grammar: 4/5
Final Rating: 4/5
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“Bhumi” explodes with a very touching and wistful story titled “Amma.” The travails and tribulations of a father in bringing up his daughter as a single parent is mitigated by the encouraging yet unseen presence of his deceased wife Swati. Her confident personality and vision goads her husband on in his endeavour to ensure that his daughter Priya gets the upbringing that is necessary. When Priya acknowledges the efforts of her father in a scintillatingly innovative manner, her father realises that it is Swati who has ultimately prevailed.
While it would not do any justice to both the reader as well as the author to reveal the gist of every story, I would like to touch upon a couple of my favourites. “Grey” in my personal opinion is one of the best stories in the book. The quaint setting of Angamaly, a municipality and the northernmost suburb of the city of Kochi in Kerala, India forms the backdrop for this moving story that has at its core and crux an 87-year-old affable woman, fondly known as “Ammamma” (maternal grandmother in Malayalam). Exuding unblemished and pure love towards her family in general and grandchildren in particular, Ammamma is also a strict disciplinarian dealing with nonsense in a ruthless and remorseless fashion. As she battles the insidious disease that is cancer, she knows that she does not have time on her hands. It is imperative that she have a talk with her grandchildren. A talk that is in effect a portal to unearthing secrets hidden hitherto, and a realm that encompasses within, a personality hitherto unimagined.
“Mirror Mirror On the Wall” is not just Meena’s battle with misogyny, male chauvinism and repulsive patriarchy. The story illustrates the dangers faced by every woman at the hands of a bruised ego lying within the deadly recesses of a scorned or a jilted lover. When an ambitious - and duskily curvaceous - Meena decides to call it quits in her relationship with Sunil, her maniacally obsessed lover just cannot get it. First resorting to relentless coaxing, he switches over to nagging coercion. When even revenge porn does not work…...
The brazen self-aggrandizement of Dr. Shikha Sharma in “Juxtaposition” is the wolf in sheep’s clothing in this fantastic collection. Ms. Sequeira cleverly explores the darker sides and selfish shades that pervades through the fabric of human emotion. A highflier in her chosen field of expertise, Dr. Sharma deftly manipulates people and emotions like a master puppeteer manipulating strings. Everything that she contrives has at its end, the advancement of her prosperity and purpose.
At a time when the whole of India is yet to come to grips with the heinous, dastardly and unspeakable crime committed on a young woman in Hathras, the question of protecting, preserving and pursuing the dignity of a woman has assumed paramount importance. We seem to be steadfast in our obstinacy that despite a thousand Nirbhayas we will continue to proceed unheeded in a manner reprehensible and in a fashion deplorable. Ms. Sequiera’s book serves as a timely reminder to usher in not just a paradigm shift in mindset but a very revolution in our thoughts, actions and deeds towards a woman and her self-respect, self-esteem and dignity.