Colours of Life

A Colurful Magic

Fiction - Cultural
159 Pages
Reviewed on 10/20/2021
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Author Biography

A retired General Manager from Coal India, Alumni of IIT/ISM, Dhanbad, NITIE, Mumbai, Law College, Betul (MP) and has done short term course on Science of Happiness of Berkley University, USA through edX, Geneva, Md Taslim hails from a small town Supaul in Bihar, India, which lies on the border of Nepal.

He believes life is a beautiful gift, wherein all the experiences we encounter make it even more beautiful and astounding. Good, bad, ugly, and beautiful is part of this life, a collage of life.

Life is a beautiful journey. It is like sugar in a cup of tea or coffee. Sweetness is nothing but an individual's choice

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite

Colours of Life: A Colurful Magic, by Md Taslim, is an inspiring, aesthetic work of fiction that encourages readers to celebrate life in all its colors. The author is comprehensive and perceptive when discussing the myriad aspects of life, from simple pleasures to deep pain. Using an eclectic cast of characters, each vignette stands on its own as a gem of wisdom. When combined, it creates a work of the human experience that we can all relate to. A kaleidoscope of emotions is portrayed here, from love to sadness, joy, and hope. If you like writing that helps transform the way you think about things and offers new ways to see the world, this book was made for you.

Taslim shows in a poetic way how you can view life's ups and downs by posing questions through the narrative like what you believe, what is truth, what you value, the importance of memories, avoiding revenge, etc. The simple yet profound ideas can help readers see life differently, no matter who you are. I like the discussion on the soul remaining young, even as the body ages. The author's style comes across as insightful and wise, almost as if he is offering proverbs or advice from a sage. There is a good balance here of positive and negative, just as there is in life. The ideas presented here are those we may have heard before but can never hear often enough, like having humanity instead of ego, doing good for others, avoid cheating others, give more, be patient, understanding, etc. This would make an excellent choice for a book club, classroom discussion, or gift for someone who needs direction. If you're looking for a therapeutic book on the human experience that entertains as well as enlightens, be sure to put Colours of Life: A Colurful Magic by Md Taslim at the top of your reading list.

Pikasho Deka

Colours of Life is an amalgamation of stories that explore the varying facets of human nature through a series of loosely interconnected tales set in India. The book was written by Md. Taslim. Through his diverse set of stories, Taslim covers a wide spectrum of topics related to the human experience such as love, lust, regret, loss, redemption, and much more. Taslim paints a tapestry with vivid colors that showcases the different cultures, religions, and classes living together across India. The author draws a lot from his personal experiences that add depth and elevate the authenticity of the tales. From experiencing love in Banaras as a university student to working a blue-collar job in a coal mining company and facing unpredictable workers, each story has something unique to say.

Colours of Life is an absorbing collection of stories that explore the human condition with thought-provoking and insightful ideas. Author Md. Taslim writes concisely, using utilitarian prose to convey his insights and philosophies. There is a lot of social commentary and meta-narrative prevalent in the stories that feel particularly relevant in today's climate. The personal touch of the author makes the tales all the more intimate. Although the narrative plays with some heavy topics, at no point does it feel heavy-handed or preachy. Taslim incorporates his themes and ideas into his stories to make the narrative a breeze to read. Colours of Life is a book about humanity in its various forms. If you love slice-of-life stories, I highly recommend it.

Joanne Ang

Colours of Life is a collection of short stories written by Md Taslim. Just as the title suggests, Colours of Life shows the bittersweet moments of life, the true colors of how people perceive life as strange yet exciting. Colours of Life broaches the topics of love, betrayal, wealth, and death, just to name a few. This book gives an insight into the many facets and stages of life, which allows readers to reflect on their own personal lives, experiences, and memories from the stories etched in the pages. Each tale brings out a new revelation of life’s mysterious ways, along with God’s ways.

Colours of Life by Md Taslim is a unique way of questioning and discussing life matters. It ranges from the whys and the hows to the acceptance of circumstances as they are. Colours of Life also touched on the wonders of God, like a strong mast that one can hold on to even during the heaviest of storms. I thought that the incorporation of spiritual belief into the life questions was very fitting. I really enjoyed reading the scenes set in beautiful India, which created vibrant imagery in my mind. It also shows that no matter where you are in the world, these questions will follow. Furthermore, I thought that each story’s length was nicely paced. None of them was overly long or overly short. I would recommend Colours of Life to those who have a wandering soul and are searching for meaning in life.

Vincent Dublado

Colours of Life: A Colurful Magic by Md Taslim is a story treat for fiction lovers who do not have the luxury of time for long reads. True to the opening statement in its preface, this book offers remarkable insight on appreciating life’s simple moments. Thirteen well-crafted stories make up this collection, taking readers into diverse slices of life with characters that are trying to come to grips with solid and abstract realities. The story opens with Banaras, about a blogger who reminisces about the old days with a beautiful female friend. Then there is the story of a school teacher who becomes a Member of Parliament despite not having any political connections. Then you learn about the value of victory and hard work in the story District Badminton Tournament.

The abovementioned stories are the ones that struck me the most in this collection. Colours of Life is a treasure trove for anyone who loves a set of memorable short fiction. Md Taslim has a way of writing that evokes profound thoughts and emotions. His characters are locked in their thoughts, and they articulate their perceptions in moments of epiphany, transcendence, and nostalgia. My recommendation is for you to read the entire book chronologically in order to feel the meditative and soothing effect of Taslim’s prose. His stories are relatable, powerful, and enriched by his familiarity with the beautiful journey called life. As he puts it: “Sweetness is nothing but an individual’s choice.”

Natalie Soine

Colours of Life by Md Taslim is about this beautiful life that we all enjoy, filled with riddles and puzzles for us to solve to survive. We have the option to enjoy life or be miserable but we all share the same fate. We all live, and we will all eventually die. What happens in between is up to us to decide. We all enjoy pleasure and suffer pain, experiences that live in our memories and shape us a people. The relationship between love and wealth comes into question during difficult times. Everything that we do and say has an impact on those around us and we must consider those that are less fortunate while taking care of our loved ones at the same time. Together, each one of us forms part of a whole, and many times we may share the same beliefs and values but when we do not then it’s up to us to be respectful of other people and their choices.

Colours of Life will make a significant impact on the reader’s thoughts and actions. The interesting array of characters and their personalities show us what life really is about. The theme of caring and empathy is developed through the various stories. Scenes and characters are described well so the reader can understand the message that Md Taslim conveys. I love the concept of this book, encouraging people to consider their enjoyment of life and what is important to all of us and those around us. The ideas and concepts are interesting and informative.