If you are looking for a light book which is a breezy read and at the same time offers a meaningful insight into life, 34 Bubblegums and Candies can be a good choice. It is the début novel of author Preeti Shenoy and has been well received by readers of all ages. Preeti Shenoy is an author and artist who currently resides in Bangalore with her husband and two children. Her academic degrees as well as her interests are multifarious. She has an internationally recognized degree in portraiture from the United Kingdom and does pencil portraits. She has previously written for The Times of India and Readers' Digest and was involved in a variety of jobs. She is interested in reading, travelling, art, blogging, photography and basketball. She loves nature and animals but what she loves the most is spending time with her family She has also taught Math and English to underprivileged children. 34 Bubblegums and Candies was published by Srishti Publishers on 11th January, 2008. It was a national bestseller.
The novel is a collection of short stories, rather anecdotes, which determined the course of the author's life. With the use of bubblegum and candy analogy, each chapter of the book alludes to different facets of life which we fail to take notice of. Some of the stories have interesting titles like Feeling Needed, Mail Exchange and the Stranger, Please Hug Me I'm Just Like You, My Special Friend and Age Miracles and each story offers a fun outlook to some very serious issues of life without trivializing them in any way. Each story ends with a note that encourages the readers to learn important lessons from some of the most simple things of life. Some of the stories in the book are exhaustive versions of pieces featured in Shenoy's blog. If you want to shop for this novel online, you can check out Junglee.com to get information about the shopping portals which sell this books online. You can take your pick from there.
The novel compares life to bubblegums and candies. Sometimes a bubblegum has to be chewed so that you can extract whatever you possibly can from it and at times the bubble might burst, leaving behind a sticky mess. Sometimes the candy has to be savoured slowly and the bubblegum must be relished. A hard boiled candy might, at times, accidentally slip down and you must tolerate the pain while it goes down your food pipe. Like your uncertain experiences with bubblegums and candies, life, too, is uncertain and unpredictable. There is no instruction manual that will guide you through the course of life but if you bravely face the challenges and surprises which life springs on you, you can actually design a 'do it yourself' kit to deal with life and its upheavals.
Each story in the book has a valuable message for the readers and one of highlights of this book is, the author does not tell the readers how to think and what to do. Instead, the onus lies with the readers to debate and find out the correct course of action to deal with different situations. Further, the situations outlined in the book do not necessarily have happy endings but they offer important life lessons. The book running into 146 pages is written in English. Its ISBN 10 code is 8188575682 and ISBN 13 code is 9788188575688.