Book Review – The Cockatiel Confessions and Other Collected Works by Lavanya Srinivasan

Name of the book – The Cockatiel Confessions and Other Collected Works

Author – Lavanya Srinivasan

Genre – Collection of Short Stories

About the book:

The author Lavanya has opened the doors to her mind full of humor, sci-fi, fantasy and adventurous stories. This book is a collection of such stories.

My review:

Short stories have one good and one bad aspect. But both these points lead to one point – They are small stories and end soon. Some like it short. I don’t. I like it when a story is long and I can understand about each character. Hence it was new to me to review such a book. The stories range between different styles and hence as a writer I appreciate the effort put in. It takes a lot of time as a writer to switch between different genres and write every day for one whole month.

The pace of the book:

The pace is super fast. Yes, every story can be finished within a 5-10 minute reading for an average reader. Some stories do take more time as genres keep changing and you may not know much about that genre.

The writing style:

The writing style is very good. It takes a lot of effort to portray your message to the crowd through a whole book, Imagine doing it in a few pages. Yes, that’s a lot of effort. Also, I liked the variety and humour. There’s a lot of it in the entirety of the book.

Few Stories that I loved:

The Blue Moon – A story set in the future always enthralls me.

Orient Express – The best story in this book. A MUST READ !

Sunrise and Shadows – Again, a story set in the future gets my attention. The second best story!

Confessions of a Cockatiel – This is very humorous and funny!

The Switch –  A basic concept with a twist. A pleasant twist and will definitely relate with couples living together.

Ganpati Bappa Morya – A surprising twist to a religious tale.


My final assessment:

There are many stories which I loved. There are few like The Darkest Hour of the Night and Hulohot which I didn’t kind of like. This is because the level of the other stories were so high that these two stories didn’t live up to the mark according to me.

Overall, with such a variety, it’s a book which everyone will love to read. You’ll surely find one story that will stick to your heart.

You can download the eBook by CLICKING HERE

Book Review – “Live Laugh Love” by Venice Rowe

Name of the book – Live Laugh Love – bytes

Author – Venice Rowe

Genre – Collection of Short Stories

About the book:

A book with 15 short stories that are written about love, life and laughter. As a person, at some point of time, you definitely went through a string of emotions. The author has mentioned such moments and shown the beauty of growing in life.

My review:

Stories where you wander off in your mind palace thinking of moments is my kind of a book. Here, the author has mentioned events, emotions and situations where you need to define if it’s worth an attempt, if it’s worth being your true self or fake it out or to try or give up. These situations are what almost everyone goes through at some point of time. Hence this brings in a lot of introspection for the reader.

The pace of the book:

The pace is slow. Yes, every story has a message and a deep meaning. As a reader, after almost every chapter, I used to introspect about what I have done in life at that moment and what could have been done to be better. Hence every chapter takes some time where the reader deep dives into his/her mind and relives those moments.

The writing style:

The writing style is very basic. I liked the simple use of words and also how the author has displayed her messages to the audience. Mind you, when you talk about situations in life, you need to be careful as you cannot direct anyone to do something. All you can do is show the way and it’s up to them if they want to walk on that path or keep following what they were doing initially.

What I liked in the Plot:

Live: The author mentions chapters on failing first in order to succeed and also to understand and accept your own self. I loved them the most.

Laugh: The author mentioned different types of walkers which is hilarious and also about the inheritance from her grandfather which has never stopped troubling her and finally her version of the famous song by Phoebe (from F.R.I.E.N.D.S) i.e. Smelly Cat.

Love: The emotions we go through in love is not just limited with our partner. It can also be with friends and every other relationship. How letting go is important and how friendship changes over the course of time.

My final assessment:

I loved the author’s way of segregating these emotions we go through in life. One only improvement I really wish in this book would be if she could have mentioned more instances about herself in the Life section. Every other story had something which the author shared from her life and it really brought a lot of perspective. Overall, a fantastic read.

You can download the eBook by CLICKING HERE

Dog, Yogi, Banyan Tree – Book Review 

Dog, Yogi, Banyan Tree!


Often, we meet so many people in life.

We go through so many situations.

There’s so much of learning and experience from those situations.


What do we do of all that?

There’s just two things to be done;

1) Keep those experiences to yourself

2) Share it with the world so they can grow.

The Author, Rajan Sankaran through his book “Dog, Yogi, Banyan Tree” has mentioned all of the stages of his life where the people/animals/trees gave him a learning and a purpose.

I believe the main purpose of life is how it’s pictured in the movie “Lucy”. It says that we have to pass on what has been learned to the next generation. Good or bad, whatever it is, sharing what was learned is considered as the most important purpose of our existence.

In the book there are 28 short stories which lays down like a map of the life of Rajan. He has mentioned how his parents left an impact on his upbringing. There’s stories about his professional career right from how the seed was sown to how the tree blossomed and he succeeded. There are stories where he has got a learning from a dog and also a cat.

In short, I too could relate a lot from reading these stories. I have met few people in my life. It is because of what I learned from them is what I am today. Like one guy who could not speak English properly was made fun of every day for almost 1 year in college. But he took it in stride. Today, it’s a bit better than what it was years back and he has grown into a good businessman. I feel proud looking at his positivity and never say never attitude. That’s what sometimes helps me take a call on a situation in front of me.

While I can write in detail about all these stories, it would not do any justice to you readers. It’s best that you read it yourself. Yes, you will definitely relate to few or most of the stories.

If you feel you need more stories and more learning, do visit which is the page the author has setup as a community where everyone can come ahead and share their stories where they had an experience or a learning.