I happened to order 34 Bubblegums and Candies from Flipkart the other day and finished reading it within a span of 2 hours. A light read, 34 Bubblegums and Candies, is a non-fiction book written by Preeti Shenoy, the author of Life is What You Make It, and is essentially a collection of 34 anecdotes/experiences from the author’s life, a lot of which are humorous yet thought provoking. Savor the extract from the book:
The Plot of 34 Bubblegums and Candies
“Life is a bit like bubblegum and candies. Sometimes you have to keep on chewing so that you extract whatever you can out of it. Sometimes the bubble you blow bursts unexpectedly and you are left with a sticky mess. Sometimes you just have to lick it slowly and relish it. Sometimes you have to bite it to savour it. Sometimes you greedily bite off more than you can chew. Sometimes a hard boiled sugar candy slips down inadvertently and you bear the pain as it makes its way down the food pipe.
At rare times when you manage to strike just the right balance, a feeling of contentment reigns supreme. Life does not come with an instruction manual, but you can still convert it to a ‘Do it yourself’ kit! It throws you surprises. At times it trips you and you figure out that the best way to deal with it, is to just lie there and laugh, before bouncing right back. 34 Bubblegums and Candies is a collection of 34 real life incidents.”
The Good and Not So Good Bit on 34 Bubblegums and Candies
A little thought provoking, 34 Bubblegums and Candies pushes to the edge of the answer without really giving you the solution and that’s what I liked best about it. Rather than giving a solution, it forces you to look at different viewpoints and lets you explore the real meaning of it.
That said and done, it’s the kind of book that feels a little short and you’re then left with the feeling of wanting more, just a little bit more like a good dessert you’ve just finished. Nothing bad in that, just that maybe a little bit more would have been better!
Final Verdict on 34 Bubblegums and Candies
34 Bubblegums and Candies is a must buy and a must read and I completely agree with the author when she says, “These could happen to anybody and you will probably recognize yourself in them. Some are humorous; some moving, some thought provoking but each one brings out the trials and tribulations of a successful journey called life. 34 bubble gums and candies is one book that will tempt you, making you want to taste it, chew it, relish it. So what are you going to pick today— a bubblegum or a candy?”
The best part is that 34 Bubblegums and Candies doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. It’s priced at Rs 100 but I bought mine from Flipkart which is offering a 35% Discount on 34 Bubblegums and Candies. Click Here to get your copy for only Rs 65!