How can one not pick up a book titled "Sharing Lipstick"?! The title perfectly encapsulates the essence of the book. It stands for what I, and many other women, stand for - sisterhood!
For the past couple of years in my life, I have interacted with women across the length and breadth of our country. I have heard their stories. Their issues, challenges and victories are a part of the woman that I am today. Every story has made me realize that we are all struggling in some or the other way. But, having that one empathetic hand can make a whole lot of difference in how we keep moving on. I have experienced the power of this sisterhood myself. This is exactly why this book hit home. It seems like an extension of me and my life's experiences.
"Sharing Lipstick", published and curated by Women's Web, is a collection of 25 stories penned by 21 powerful writers. These stories are not just stories but a reflection of the lives of several women we know. You will feel a gamut of emotions as you navigate from page to page. Anger, pain, melancholy, hope, love, frustration, joy, inspiration, vulnerability, triumph - the women in the stories go through it all, just like the women around us. Each story has a different flavour and syntax to it which ensures that the book does not feel monotonous at any point. I felt that the placement of the stories was also done with a lot of thought as there is a certain graph in the readers' experience. In an anthology of this nature, this must have been a challenge considering the distinct writing style of each author. Brownie points to the editor for ensuring a seamless transition from one story to another. It's also interesting that the theme addresses important societal issues without pushing you to answer questions. Instead, it says - "Come! Let's sit and talk and listen." This is a refreshing undertone which lends the book its uniqueness and keeps the reader on an easy footing through grim proceedings as well. I lapped it all up at one go!
To put it simply - there is something in this book for everyone. I am definitely inspired to share my lipstick more often :)