A Little Bit of This and That

Review of Rose Gardens and Minefields – A Literary Bhelpuri; Vivek Pereira; Virgin Leaf Books 2010; Rs 95; pp 64

– Shana Susan Ninan

Yep, Vivek Pereira has whipped up a literary bhelpuri with his poems, short stories and essays. The author introduces his book to us with the lines, “The world we live in is full of beautiful rose gardens and dangerous minefields… In this book, rose gardens represent anything that is good, beautiful, pleasant, loveable and inspirational. Minefields, on the other hand, represent everything that is evil, ugly, destructive, demoralising and fearful.

And so his book shares with you thoughts and lines on life, love, dreams, wars, plight of women, terrorism and other problems. The first poem is about the economist Adam Smith trying to enter heaven. The poem on husbands is something we can all relate to! Vivek has also written a poem that can be sung in rap – quite interesting, actually.

His short stories are a pleasure to read – one has an undercover angel sent on a mission to Hell by God. The mission is to continue portraying Hell as the oft-pictured burning purgatory. But the angel finds it isn’t so, and decides to stick on there, without returning to Heaven. We can see an out of the ordinary take on corruption in the Heavensgate Scandal short story. In his work, the author believes that the fate of the Indian woman is in her hands itself, as she moves out from the kitchen to pursue independent careers.

Other topics covered are secularism, Maoist rebellions across India, terrorism, communalism and sports in the country. Vivek’s words are lucid and one reading is enough to get the gist of what he’s saying. In fact, he deals with topics that are commonplace and well-understood. The cover is a clutter-free one with soothing colours and fonts – something I love.

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Rating: 9.4/10 (32 votes cast)
A Little Bit of This and That, 9.4 out of 10 based on 32 ratings

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  1. August 22nd, 2012 | Manoj Gupta says:

    I’ve read “Rose Gardens and Minefields.” It’s an awesome book – Full of wonderful prose and incredible poetry. It’s a must read.

  2. August 24th, 2012 | DARYL DMELLO says:

    Review of Rose Gardens and Minefields – A Literary Bhelpuri; Vivek Pereira
    Vivek has done an excellent job by writing a book that is simple to understand by all.The short stories make it a book that you can pick up and read at any given time.High School students and college students too can read and relate to this book.I am definitely looking forward to vivek’s next literary adventure.
    For the effort put in and the simplicity of the book I score it a 10/10
    Keep it up vivek

  3. August 24th, 2012 | Merlyn Martin says:

    Sounds very interesing and very contemporary
    Although I have not yet read the book, the review certanly makes me want to read it as it appears to cover all the current, buring issues that are influencing our world today.

  4. August 24th, 2012 | Shaji says:

    Hi Vivek

    I’ve throughly enjoyed reading your book you could probably take-up writing as a profession and send to the newspaper on weekly basis if I could be of any help in promoting it in Hyderabad kindly do let me know


  5. November 2nd, 2012 | Naresh Modi says:

    I’ve read your work (Vivek’s) on websites like indolink.com and I’m a big fan of your writing. It’s simply awesome. I’ve not yet read your book but please let me know where I can get a copy of it? This review makes me eager to go & get a copy!

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