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Happiness is a Collage

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This collection of fifteen stories leads the reader into a world that is at once Indian and universal. The stories explore love, life, loss, and relationships.

A painter derives inspiration from a long lost love. Every night after going to bed, a woman scours a vast desert for her missing husband. A young woman strides through two worlds. A son experiences the miracle of hi
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Published August 4th 2018
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Having read and enjoyed the author’s previous collection of short stories, A Tapestry of Tears, and her book about Catherine Dickens, wife of Charles Dickens, Outside the Magic Circle, I was thrilled when Gita contacted me about reading her new collection of short stories, published today.

As in the author’s previous collection, in these stories modern day India meets traditional India, sometimes coming into conflict, sometimes depicting an intriguing evolution. A few common themes emerge in the
Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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After having enjoyed Gita Reddy’s previous collection of short stories, A Tapestry of Tears, I was excited to find out she had a new one.

“Who am I?” “What am I?” “Why am I?”

The stories in Happiness is a Collage explore a variety of themes through the lens of Indian culture, including self, love, marriage, family, and more. Although there are many common themes amongst the stories, each was different and distinct. And despite having a different background from anyone in this book, it was incredib
Susan Hampson
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having read and loved the stories of A Tapestry of Tears it was natural for me to want to read the new collection of 15 stories in this new book. Each story has its own uniqueness, stories of cultures that collide as the world gets smaller with the advancement of technology and cheaper travel. Younger generations that are finding a voice to change the lives they are expected to accept without question.
Some of the stories are like looking through a mirror into a world that I know little about. A
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gita V Reddy’s great strength as a writer, it seems to me, is her ability to get to the heart of the matter in just a few expertly chosen words. There is nothing superfluous in her writing, no wasted words, no redundant descriptions. The prose is spare and clear and the narrative straightforward whilst not losing any depth. This latest collection shows her talents to the full. Fifteen well-crafted and perceptive stories of family, love, marriage and loss. Although firmly rooted in her native Ind ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book – Happiness is a Collage
Author -Gita V. Reddy

Happiness is a collage is a collection of frictions. Author, Gita V Reddy, has made much efforts to show the lives of common people in this book through short stories.This book consists of 15 chapters and each chapter deals with a unique dilemma that a common man faces in his everyday life.

The book brieffly explains about the different emotions that different relationships share. The book also talks about art and culture. It shows the dedication
Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
This is a collection of fifteen stories from India. While these are written with India as the back story, they are also relatable wherever you may be.

I always enjoy this author’s work. Always a nice change from my regular genre. These are stories we all experience in life. From love to loss and all that fall between.

My favorite story? Would be hard to say just one, as I really became fond of each. As I finished one, I thought that was my favorite. Then onto the next, and now it was a toss up.
Shrikanth Venne
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all thanks to the author for sending me a copy of the book in return of a honest review. This book is about short stories which are really beautiful and pleasurable to read. All the stories are different and unique in their own ways like the last chapter as well as the second last both the chapters are very good. And also authors way of writing the book like leaving the ends to the reader by giving a indefinite closure or open ended stories. This style of writing by the author is unique ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘Trust me, dear sister of my land, there is much to be gained from an ordered life.’

Indian author Gita V. Reddy lives in Hyderabad, India – the City of Pearls - is a postgraduate in Mathematics from Hyderabad Central University and joined State Bank of Hyderabad as a Probationary Officer in 1985. After twenty-six years of serving the bank in various managerial positions, she left the bank in 2011 to pursue full time writing. She is married to a physics professor, has a son doing research in neur
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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15 Stories, 15 explorations of love, life, loss, and relationships

This collection of stories that lead the reader into a world that is at once Indian and universal. A painter derives inspiration from a long-lost love. Every night after going to bed, a woman scours a vast desert for her missing husband. A young woman strides through two worlds. A son experiences the miracle of his father’s immense love. An actor’s wife struggles to keep her husband from
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gita Reddy's stories are characterised by a thoughtful delicacy, and this collection is no exception. These quietly told, often touching and occasionally mystical tales explore issues within Indian families, both in India and the west, and the conflicts involving in moving between the two; she also touches on the nature of art and its place in life.

The style is unobtrusive, carefully precise and at times even spare. She writes with a sure touch and with some telling imagery - for instance, "A Da
I don't like short stories. Give me a long series any day. But this book was marvelous! It is a collection of stories of women who have paths of their own and how they deal with cultural, spiritual, educational issues and mix that with those mores of American feminism and 'modern' ways of life and these stories seem nearly as truth, not fiction.

If there were more story for each told here I would be happy. Nearly any of these stories can be full novels, that I would love reading. I love the educa
Victoria Zigler
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
his is a well-written collection of stories, which provide a fascinating look in to Indian culture for those not familiar with it, while also just being enjoyable stories in general. As is always the case with collections of stories, there were some I liked more than others. They were all great stories in their own way though, so I was able to find something to like and enjoy about them all.

*NOTE: I was given a free advanced copy of this book by the author. This has in no way influenced my opini
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Gita V.Reddy is a writer of fiction for middlegraders and adults. She enjoys thinking up tales of different genres. She has written mysteries, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and even an animal tale for children.

She wrote and illustrated her first picture book for kids in August, 2015. She plans to write a few more because the experience was very satisfying.

Ms Reddy was born in India, is a po