Author : Juhi Jaisinghani
Genre : Short Stories
Publisher: Notion Press
Pages : 123
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is what the author Juhi Jaisinghani believes in. When everybody is talking about the uncertainties happening during the lockdown 2020, she tries to show you another side of it.
A software engineer losing his job with no clue about his passion, a couple trying to revamp their almost broken marriage, a police officer on the verge of forgetting his old dream, a girl cheated on by the love of her life still looking out for love, a couple about to get married with everything planned, an orphan guy desiring solace, a girl waiting for her childhood sweetheart, a high-profile journalist considering love for granted, an airhostess in hope of the biggest opportunity of her life, a struggling actor almost always making the wrong choices and regretting about it―life indeed gave them lemons they would be able to make lemonade of, or they would give up against time.
I’ve always been a fan of short stories especially the ones with some life lessons. Unlocking The Lockdown Stories is a collection of 10 short stories which will make you face the different impacts corona had on our lives.
” I did take a lot of time to realize that life should not be lived as per any plan. Life should be explored as it comes. Whenever your heart says let us do it, it is the right time for you whether you feel ready or not.”
During the time of corona, we all have faced uncertainties whether it’s in terms of our lives or our passion. But one thing we got in plenty was time. The time to introspect ourselves and bring out the best in us. The author has written the stories based on the topics which the world was/is facing during the testing times of corona.
The stories are of people who have found a new hope, a new life during the times of pandemic. The stories focuses on different emotions of – grief, happiness, family drama friendships, pain, freedom,etc. Each story forces you to ponder on your thoughts, feelings, emotions as you go through it. My favorites were – “Lost & Found” and “Unfolding a Dream”.
Though the topics chosen were very apt but the stories weren’t well crafted. They missed the element of curiosity. The climax of the story was predictable and had no surprise element to keep me hooked.Though some of the stories really made me think but the others were dull . The language is easy and simple and it’s recommended for those who would like to read about how corona has impacted lives.