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A Morsel of Different Shades

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Sumitra Ghosal came all the way from Bankura in West Bengal to join the education service in the recently formed Bundeli State. During the period from 1956 to 1990, spanning more than three decades, she got shunted around small towns and semi-rural areas. The book is woven around her experiences on women teachers’ lives. She found, for some teachers, cruel circumstances ...more
Paperback, First, 190 pages
Published November 2017 by CinnamonTeal Publishing
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Aparna Prabhu
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sumitra, a spinster by choice is a dedicated teacher posted in the rural belt of Bundelkhand region. She wishes to contribute towards the education of village girls.

Her fellow colleague Reshma, having a personality in stark contrast of that of the former, can go to any extent to rise to the higher levels of hierarchy.

Circumstances had transpired Sneha to befriend Reshma, who soon became her partner in her nefarious activities.

Helen Smith, the principal of a girls school goes missing after
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
A Morsel of different Shades spans a period of three decades from 1956 to 1990. The story is about Sumi (Sumitra) who travels along the length and breadth of Madhya Pradesh as a government school teacher and later as a Headmistress. The story covers her journey and her experiences during her tenure in the various schools.

Author S K Sanyal has given local flavor by using local folk poems to describe an instance or importance of a festival. His knowledge of local folklore can be seen through his
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
'A morsel of different shades' a very intriguing and attractive title. The cover page of the book gives it a very old time and earthy feel. I loved the cover which seemed very congrous with the content of the story.
The story is a bout the journey of Sumitra Ghoshal who is a teacher by profession and very forthright and honest in her job. The story takes us through her professional journey through the various transfer in the state of Madhya Desh .
The things I liked in the story
A very
Sundari Venkatraman
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I became curious when I saw the title A MORSEL OF DIFFERENT SHADES and that’s why I picked up the book. I must say that it’s unusual. It does fit well with the story.
The story is told from the protagonist Sumitra’s angle. She’s a spinster who’s dedicated to being a teacher; keen that girls from villages should be educated. It’s all about her journey from one school to another and her interaction with Reshma, her colleague; Sneha; Helen Smith, a school principal and many others.
During her
Amar Naik
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book nicely portrays through the character Sumi (Sumitra) how women have carved out a niche for themselves in rural India along with the cultures/traditions dominant in different areas of Madhya Pradesh. Sumi an urban brought up character is rebellious but committed to her job. Her journey as a teacher/headmistress has lot of eye openers about the society practices followed in general which people living in urban society never experience. teacher thinking is reflected when the analogy of ...more
Inderpreet Uppal
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A Morsel of Different Shades is the story of Sumitra, a teacher and her experiences across her career. It reads like a memoir with stories and incidents, characters and their anecdotes making it an interesting read.

A Morsel of Different Shades is a relaxing read but the various stories and characters delight the reader. It’s like a look into the past, the years after independence when India and Indians were still trying to find themselves.

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It told a story of the simple times, the old
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