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Canvas of Dreams

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Riya seems to have lost everything—the man she loves to another woman, her husband to death and her soul to fear.

An unexpected meeting with her first love, Ryan, stirs up long repressed feelings but also allows her to move out of the long shadow of the past. Unburdened, she feels free to pursue her dream of opening an art gallery and the handsome and intriguing artist Reha
ebook, 113 pages
Published June 12th 2013 by Indireads
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Deepti Gollapudi
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Riya is not just another fictitious female character. She is every bit of you, me and any other woman you might come across in today's world. Her dreams are as real as yours, her emotions as intense as yours and her life as down-to-earth as yours.

Handsome, intelligent, ambitious and sensitive,Ryan is the perfect dream guy any woman would want to share her life with.

The moment I lay my hands on the book I instantly knew that I wouldn't be able to drop it until I finished reading it. The book, t
Sreenath Rao A
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jaya Siva Murty’s novel ‘Canvas of Dreams’ is about Riya and her search for true love in life. Riya has to deal with her recurring dreams, rather nightmares about her troubled marriage, an eccentric & highly qualified artist Rehaan and her ex-boyfriend Ryan for whom she still has warm feelings in her heart. Amidst all this she finds solace in two things; Art, which she is passionate about and Shweta, her best friend. Riya’s emotional journey and how she finds love finally forms the crux of the s ...more
Shreya Tagra
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The story flows with the natural taste of drama and events. Well grounded emotions, practical feelings and dilemmas, hunting your own shadow across timelines of past and future.... the story has got some day-to-day life emotions neatly knitted. Though, at a few places, it seemed over-board but subsequently the chasm is well sealed with some true emotions of ego, self-respect, hatred. I specially liked the way negative emotions of a person are portrayed amidst his/her fancies and not-so-perfect l ...more
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Got hooked on to and finished it in a single read ! Very interesting fiction I read after a long time . The details in the book transported me to Riya's world effortlessly. I personally feel the strength of this book is the flow of the story. Jaya has worked it out brilliantly with perfect blend of emotions and creates the curiosity for the reader. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it ! All the best Jaya! Way to go ! :)
Jazz Singh
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
i enjoyed reading this one. its so regular - the misunderstandings,
little hurts, the uncertainty. it's all been captured beautifully. liked her insecurity about the other babe in his's just so real.

Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Note : A Review of this book is up @ Readers' Muse

Our protagonist Riya, is an art curator who has pretty much nothing in her life to cling on to except her art. She lost the man of her dreams to another woman and lost her husband to death. Her lost love renters her life only to make her an emotional wreck again. Amidst this emotional spin Riya meets fellow artist Rehaan. What follows is a predictable plot with an ending of “Happily ever after”.

For a debutant, the writer seems to have good clarit
Sundari Venkatraman
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have been meaning to read this book for a long time and finally managed to open Canvas of Dreams by Jaya Siva Murty last night. I could not shut down my phone until I finished reading at 2.45 am. It was completely un-put-downable!

I like the way the author has weaved the plot around dreams – nightmares actually. Riya has bad dreams every night. The 32-year-old has lost her husband Siddharth of barely a couple of years. She is an art curator who goes to Singapore on work. Most unexpectedly, she
Shweta Ganesh Kumar
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jaya Siva Murthy’s Canvas of Dreams is a heartwarming story of a woman fleeing her nightmarish past while trying to build the life she once dreamt of. Ria runs into the love of her life, her ex-boyfriend Ryan at Singapore, where she has gone for a business trip. She knows that she still loves him but she cannot act on her feelings as Ryan is married and has a family. Back in Mumbai, Ria is helped by her best friend Shweta to attempt to confront her past, the reason for her recurring nightmares. ...more
Sumeetha Manikandan
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jaya Murty's Canvas of Dreams is a beautiful poignant story of Riya, an artist and a widow. On a business trip to Singapore, she bumps into Ryan, her ex boyfriend and childhood sweetheart who dumped her without any explanation and got married. Trying to avoid him unsuccessfully. Riya is bewildered to find her heart still paining for him.

Back in India, she puts her effort into converting her late husband's home into an art gallery. Here she meets Rehaan, an artist who works along with her. Her pa
Yamini Vijendran
Jul 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Life is a canvas on which love splashes many a color. Some colors make you happy, some dull, and some you wish you hadn't seen at all. The canvas keeps changing until that one perfect color comes up and fills your full life with its radiance. Canvas of Dreams is the story of one such life, of the lead lady, who has seen colors of betrayal, abuse and apathy in her life. She has been strong enough to carry herself through all this, but deep within her there lies a longing for the color of love. Wi ...more
Vinay Leo
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it
It is a simple love story with not many twists, and one that seems very probable. A light read which can be finished in a few hours, so I feel it would be best for a journey. It is interesting enough to keep our attention even though we do have an idea where the plot is headed. Jaya’s language also makes it easy for the reader, as it is simple and lucid. We see some fun philosophical comparisons in the novella too, which manage to make us smile. All in all, a good effort. 3.5 stars
Neeshi Nyay
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a mix of a review and a live reaction to me reading the book cause well…

1) Delightful book that I wished was longer, if only for more character development, to know more about Riya and her beaus.

2) So many questions, (view spoiler)

3) LOVE the drink/food refe
Swathi Shenoy
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Riya is an art curator, who goes to Singapore on work. Unexpectedly, she meets Ryan, the love of her life, whom she had lost to another woman years ago. Riya finds that she still has feelings for Ryan and things seem to fall back in place instantly. But before they could go further, reality hits her and she makes an escape; again!

The story is woven around Riya's dreams or rather nightmares. Since the death of her abusive husband, for which she holds herself responsible, these nightmares continue
Inderpreet Uppal
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Canvas of dreams talks about love, art, and finding one’s true self through the strength of love. I really liked the premise of the novella that life is like a canvas and we paint it with our actions and decisions. The author has tried to bring together the yearning of love and the fire to channel it towards the goals in a person’s life.
Riya is still pinning for her first love, don’t we all know how strong and all permeating it can be? She tries to let go of her feeling for Ryan but all she succ
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A tale of a woman's journey of self discovery and passion. Jaya Siva Murty has created a very strong character in Riya. Written in first person, from Riya's point of view. A reader will find herself growing as the protagonist unravels herself as the story progresses.

Riya is influenced by three men in her life. Ryan, Siddharth and Rehaan. Each of the men, help her in the path of self discovery. Ryan. , her childhood love- who left her and went away without any explanation. Siddharth who married
Arpita Dash
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
Some books have the tendency to take you to their fictional world, you can picture the happenings, compare with the reality and in the end that books leave an imprint in our mind. I cherish those books the most and Canvas of dreams is one of them. Different tints of dreams is emphasized in this book; some are nightmares, some are the protagonist’s confusion that she is seeing in her dreams and some past trauma that keep tormenting her.

You can find Riya within you; she has tasted the essence of l
Adiana Ray
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it

Riya is a successful art curator and she has worked very hard to be where she is today, battling a bad marriage and memories of Ryan, her childhood sweetheart. Ryan; the man who promised himself to her, and then walked away.

On a work related trip to Singapore a decade later, she bumps into Ryan again and all her carefully planned life is thrown for a toss as Ryan still has the power to send her heart and senses reeling just by being in the room beside her. No mat
Nikita Jhanglani
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
There are some stories that seem very predictable when you read the blurb. But when you finish reading the book, you are left an altogether different impression.
Canvas of Dreams is one such book. My only reason to pick this one up was to see how differently the author dealt with a plot that sounded so typical. Turns out, it only sounded typical!
CoD is an interesting story, definitely not as predictable as I thought it would be. Jaya has taken up a canvas in the form of blank pages and on it, she
Biswanath Banerjee
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
So she –the artist met him after a gap of ten long years-in an alien soil-far away from their motherland.
They first met in their adolescence-and felt the first addiction of tender love at their teens. Love flowed like a wild stream until a large boulder obstructed the free flow!
He went to study a foreign university.
God played villain with her-a storm separated them to two different paths.
She got married-an arranged marriage. But when there is no trust-building a relation is like building a castl
Gayathri Manikandan
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Canvas of Dreams is the story of Riya and the men in her life. Who stays, who stirs her up, what happens to her passion for Art unfolds with a lucid narration. For a debutant Author, the overall quality is commendable.The idea of using dreams to bring out the latent thoughts of Riya is interesting. I loved that the story was painted on the canvas of Art. I enjoyed understanding the kind of work a Curator does.
On the flip side, Ryan's side of story remained hazy till the end. At the end, I parti
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
It is a very loving and sweet story and is inspiring at the same time. I loved reading it and enjoyed every page of it. The character of Riya is very similar to any simple Indian woman whose life is controlled by others. Though she didn’t love her husband and he gives her nothing but pain, Riya does not utter a word of it to either of the families. She even does not tell anyone of all this of the fear that it will taint his image. The book is both a sweet love story and the journey of the woman ...more
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story has been written very well and the characters are very real. The English is simple and the flow is good. The supporting characters also have an important role to play. I liked the way the author has moved from first person to third person without affecting the flow of the story. The book is actually a beautiful story painted in words. An excellent work for a debutant author.
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