Book review of "Bhumi", an anthology by Tina Sequeira
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Book review of “Bhumi”, an anthology by Tina Sequeira

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One thing that has helped me stay sane in the last few months is reading. So, I would be sharing some book reviews of Indian writers (few known names) during this campaign. This is an attempt to support our fellow writer friends, as I feel this is the least we can and should do. So, here comes my first post in the series – Book review of “Bhumi”, an anthology by Tina Sequeira.

 

Book review of “Bhumi”, an anthology by Tina Sequeira

 

Title of the book: Bhumi
Author: Tina Sequeira
Pages: 108
Format: Kindle e-book
Genre: Short Stories
Rating: 5/5
About the Author:

Tina Sequeira is a gifted wordsmith, a marketer by profession and moonlighting writer. She is a multiple award winning author, a few notable ones are the Rashtriya Gaurav Award (2019) in association with the Government of Telangana for her book, Bhumi, The Orange Flower Award (2017) by Women’s Web, Literoma Nari Samman Award (2020), and GrandQueens Leadership Award (2020) by Lions Clubs International. Tina has published over twenty short stories and poems in anthologies and international literary journals. She is also the founder of ‘Write Away,’ a creative writing workshop. She blogs at TheTinaEdit and is quite active on her social media handles @thetinaedit.

 

About the book:

In one liner, if I have to sum up this book, it would be – “Bhumi celebrates the spirits of womanhood”. This is an anthology of 16 short stories revolving around the women in our society. This book is about you and me, as you would find a glimpse of yourself or your mom or sister, friend or colleague, aunt or neighbor next door, anywhere in these stories. Hence, every tale is relatable and will make you laugh and cry. Tina has portrayed the challenges every woman faces, her struggles, dreams, and desires.

The protagonists in every story are from different walks of life, varied age groups and with a unique perspective. Each of them is strong, fierce, unapologetic with a vision and dream and a hope to fulfill her dream. What I like the most in the book and what makes it relatable is that it is about the real women with whom you can connect, understand her pain and happiness, her victories and failures.

Book review of “Bhumi”

Summary:

Tina has highlighted various common issues that women face everyday. Be it late marriage, rape, infanticide, body shaming, prostitution, being judged, gender discrimination, blackmailing, physical- assault, etc. Despite these sensitive topics that are prevalent in our society, Tina managed to do justice with each of them and crafted the stories with care. There is no gender bias in the book and the author did not shoo away from portraying men and women in the same light (bad too) so you would find both pink and gray shades of women in the book. There is no unnecessary glorification of women.

The book cover is elegant and classy and the title could not be any better. “Bhumi” means Earth and isn’t womanhood is like Mother Earth – Inclusive? The characters are compelling and strong. You cannot choose a favorite one for sure as you would love some and also hate some. The narration is beautiful and the language is simple and fast paced. An engaging plot, different story line, unpretentious writing makes Bhumi an engrossing read. There is no monotony as every story is based on a different issue and you cannot expect till the end what’s coming. Sometimes, the last line turns the complete story upside down like in “Stark Illusions”.

Bhumi can be finished in one or two sittings but I took my sweet time and let the essence of every tale sink in before I laid my eyes on the next one. These tales will make you pause, ponder, and question so grab your copy now and enjoy. And you never know you may get an answer to one of your problems along with the courage and inspiration to take that first step!

Its difficult to pick one favorite tale from this amazing collection of stories but still a few that will remain for me for a long time would be Amma, Grey, Crazy Courage, Fat Chance, and Juxtaposition. One story that has my heart is Amma.

I congratulate Tina for penning this brilliant book and sharing some eclectic stories with us. More power to her pen.

Availability:

Overall, an entertaining and intriguing book. Bhumi is available on Amazon as an e-book, priced at Rs. 150/- and Free on Kindle Unlimited. You can find your copy here.

You can read more book reviews by me here.

 

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surbhi prapanna
October 1, 2020 6:28 pm

So sorry for you loss Vartika and I agree that this pandemic has affected our mental health badly. I m also feeling same and waiting to things get better, so can visit my parents in India. Tina is such a wonderful writer and I had heard a lot about this book. After reading your review, feeling Inspired to read it. Will try to read it for sure.

Swarnali Nath
October 2, 2020 6:40 am

The book is a must read for all women. From every corner of the world. I have bought the book and will read very soon. The theme and the stories are very powerful. Nice review Vartika.

Jyoti Jha
Jyoti Jha
October 2, 2020 7:54 am

I have just recently finished reading this wonderful book and I couldn’t agree more on every word you have penned about it. The book does celebrate the essence of womanhood in various ways. The story ‘Amma’ is my favorite too.

sonia dogra
October 2, 2020 6:26 pm

I loved Bhumi. Tina had done a wonderful job.
My compliments to you Vartika for encouraging upcoming authors and talking about their books. The community needs so much of this love.

Archana
October 2, 2020 10:00 pm

Sounds very interesting, would definitely love to give it a read, and when it come about the author Tina I have read her many articles on social media, must say that Tina has the power of turning tales into magic that one can’t escape to fallen in love her writing. Book name Bhumi itself so appealing! Great review Vartika!’

Harjeet Kaur
October 3, 2020 2:35 pm

Reading your blog after a long time.Very crisp review..Tina really writes engrossing stories.Hope you and your beautiful girls are all doing fine.

Noor Anand Chawla
Noor Anand Chawla
October 3, 2020 8:33 pm

I was not aware that Tina had published a book but the theme is certainly very intriguing. Thanks for the review, you have made me want to read it too.

Gurjeet Chhabra
Gurjeet Chhabra
October 5, 2020 8:35 am

I love reading short stories, I am so eager to read this book which has all shade of womanhood plus stating all the issues.

Amritha Srinath
October 8, 2020 6:41 am

Wow Vartika, I love anthologies and taking a look at your review, I have already brought the book. I really love it when the author is non-biased and shares a story that’s worth remembering. If you love short stories and anthologies, you must check Of Swans and Songs by Rohini Paranjape. I love that book and you can read the review in my blog.

And extremely sorry for your loss!

Debidutta Mohanty
Debidutta Mohanty
October 9, 2020 9:02 pm

That’s a very crisp, honest review that you have shared, Vartika. I have been longing to read this book for a while now and after reading your review it’s more intriguing now.

Tina
October 11, 2020 2:22 pm

Vartika, it is such an honour that you have chosen to start the #MyFriendAlexa campaign with Bhumi. Thank you for such a beautiful review of the book. I couldn’t ask for more. I completely agree on supporting fellow Indian authors, and we have such similar themes for the campaign with aligned goals. So happy to hear. Please do take care during the pandemic. I know it must be hard not seeing your folks in these times, and worrying about them. Hugs. #TinaReads

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