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Book Review: Eyes Shine and Hearts Smile

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By: Vivek Bhat

“Eyes Shine and Hearts Smile” is a cruise ride where Author Neha takes us on a journey of heartily short stories. Cruising slowly over the tides of myriad emotions like love, friendship, self pride, conceit, desire each story ends on a rhythmical note.

The book presents the satisfied quench of author by penning down her thoughts while keeping the readers hooked by delivering the message to their heart. The book indeed makes the eyes shine and the hearts smile. The author has picked pearls from the monotony of the worlds placing them in a manner that they never fail to beam the glittering light in reader’s mind. For readers of all age groups, I believe the book is apt and must read. It contains fourteen short stories.

We are all God’s child. He has intentionally given us a heart to love others and the author follows the natural order by starting the book with a love story. When the reader boards the cruise at the very inception, it ripples the heart with a love story followed by a sharp sail through the wave of pragmatic and realistic thinking endorsing hard work over destiny. “Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstances, and the strong men believe in the law of cause and effect,” the author writes while quoting “Ralph Waldo Emerson”. As the cruise proceeds, it rips apart the male chauvinistic ego and the reader feels the essence of pivotal coexistence required in interdependent human race.

“Let’s connect with our priceless connections, our friends with whom everything was imperfectly perfect.” Author tried to play violin using the strings of reader’s heart in her next story which has a concern of withering human connections and the need to protect them. At the very half, the book offers special stories related to women empowerment where the reader can derive an inspiration to rise, educate, stand, fall and stand again. The author being a woman herself knows the struggle of women from close quarters as she tries to put forth the solutions to the feminine what-to-do and how-to-do questions.

Unlike other story books, “Eyes Shine and Hearts Smile” offers a conversation between mother-son duo displaying over-flowing innocent curiosity. The author pours “self love” and “no matter what your age is, follow your passion” in readers cup in the next story. Then there follows a story about two individuals showing how respect and love binds them in a bond.

India is the country full of super heroes who laid their lives by putting everything in line when there was a question of country’s security and sovereignty. The journey of the cruise ends at an emotive destination remunerating the valour of real heroes aka soldiers.

Published on July 5th, 2021

Available at Amazon and notionpress.com

Neha B is a computer science engineer who lives in Bangalore and these days she is busy in scribing smiles and filling hearts through her writing.

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