Book Review: My Jiffies

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Title: MyJiffies - Narration of Moments, Unadulterated and Unpackaged
Author: Priyanka Sharma Kaintura
Genre: Fiction, Memoirs
Pages: 252
Publisher: Notion Press

Rating: 4.2/5

My Jiffies is not your regular book or novel. It is a collection of random experiences and thoughts, and some 'bite-sized' narrations. The book is divided into sections like Orations, Eclogues, Stories, Monologues and Dialogues, each topic conveying a warm, touching message.

Just to give you an idea, the Eclogues section, for example, is a collection of short poems reflecting the emotions of love, sometimes despair. The Dialogue section are short anecdotes with dialogues, of course. The Stories section are little takes in different stages of life and other narratives out of which The Nine Shades of Durga is my favorite. Women of different caliber are explained in these stories in a short but distinct way. Basically, the entire book is based on human emotions, not too deep or sentimental but manages to keep you warm and fuzzy after reading it.

There are some lines that struck a chord with me. Like the one from The Fort. "The freedom of being lost is gone." , denotes how protected and safe we want to feel and are no longer ready to break our barriers. There's another one from When I Died. "I only wanted to know what these people remembered me as."  Kind of makes one want to be at their best and try to do good as much as one can, right? Another set of lines that I loved,

"Those were the days when we used to hide
In such a way that we were found
Those were the days when we did not play to win
Those were the days when we truly knew how to play"

Sigh! Yeah, it takes me back to what I was and what I have become now. And no matter who or what I blame it on, the fact remains that I have changed, not necessarily for the better. Perhaps, it happens to many of us, we forget to smile, stop and smell the roses. These small notations clearly reach in and tug at the strings of the heart. It makes me want to weep with the hurt, and sometimes, reach out to help.

Nevertheless, I believe that this little book of observations is definitely something that one needs to experience. A recommended read for sure.

Read the author's interview here.

*** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***


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