A Canopy of Carnations by Radhika Venkat | Book Review

A collection of short stories written straight from the heart, this canopy is sure to trigger mixed emotions of joy, nostalgia, sorrow, gratitude, and understanding deep within the reader’s soul. It traces everyday incidents in the lives of ordinary people, touches upon circumstances that make people extraordinary and kindles sentiments that most people can relate to. It takes you through a journey to witness incidents that uncover when

•A college student is curious about her classmate’s withdrawn nature

•A woman has to come to terms with the loss of her partner

•A woman decides it is time to make amendments in her thoughts

•The secret alliance between two people becomes public

•A woman realizes someone is trying to ruin her life by digging up her past

•A young man almost reconnects with his college mate after many years

•A young girl craves to meet her father

•An inquisitive housewife gets an insight into the life of the lady next door

•An innovative, young husband is faced with an inevitable divorce plea from his wife

Stories that will keep you enthralled with suspense, emotion, and drama till the last page . . .. and linger in your thoughts.


Radhika Venkat


Clever Fox Publishing 

Release date:

October 29th 2020

No. of Pages:

Paperback, 94 Pages

The stories in this compilation are all very raw and honest. Some stories are sad and some are more on the brighter side, but all the stories are very compelling, and I just couldn't put the book down. There are 10 intriguing stories in this book. The stories are beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. One can expect either an unexpected twist, a smile, a tear, or anger at the end of every story.

The detailing of people and the surroundings make you feel a part of the story, the characters that will stay with you forever. You get a brief view into another's world, and while sometimes you wish there was more, more often than not it's just the right amount.

Each story is very character driven which I loved. It was interesting getting into their heads especially when faced with something as monumental as loss and subsequent grief. I loved the diversity of the stories and the different perspectives that are presented. Some of them touched me and others showed me incidents and events from another person's point of view that I may not have considered.

I would suggest not to read them all at once, take your time and savor the moment and enjoy them, that's what a good short story is all about. I carried the book with me while traveling a month back and I really enjoyed reading thoroughly. These stories have something for everyone with a wide array of settings, characters, and subjects. If you’re into short stories, too, I highly recommend checking this one out. It won’t let you down!


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