‘A GREY STORY’ BY SAUMYA MISRA: A REVIEW

Review

By

Tanvi Bijawat

As the name suggests the author, Saumya Misra, has tried to show the grey sides .. the darker sides of being a middle child. The story revolves around a teenage girl Surya. What is very important to me is that in a novel like this, a reader must connect with the protagonist to feel the pain and agony that it deals with. The teenage girl Surya, a middle child, is being unintentionally neglected and accused by her own family members, building walls of distances and feelings of rage in her little heart and mind.

The story ably speaks about the repercussions of such emotional traumas the protagonist goes through her entire life. The thrill elements incorporated in the story add life to the novel, skillfully attracting the readers, a series of accidents and murders also adding moments where you can feel goose bumps.

The narration within acts as the backbone to this novel, the plot coming across clearly in line with the cover page and name of the book, but the use of simple words and effective writing skills bring great life to the characters within. Such usage adds to the charm as people always connect with simple language and people of all grades can enjoy it.

What left me astonished was how well the author conveyed the thousands of emotions a teenager feels, at the same time keeping the story to just a little more than a hundred  pages. Many novels talk of the good within, but there is always a darker or grey side to every brighter arch, the only thing being here that the story lacked those shocking elements as it became predictable with each turning page, but generally thrillers get twisted with each new turn.

I do not hesitate in stating that ‘A GREY STORY is unlike any other novel and, if you as a reader want to read something ‘out of the box’, you must try this. Aside from the thrill, what keeps you wrapped and bonded with the novel is the feeling of that poor little child who had to suffer because she belonged to a large family, stating the fact very clearly why people love nuclear and compact familes more.

I will summarise by saying that ‘A GREY STORY’ is an emotional thriller which binds the reader through its simplicity and emotions.

 

Saumya Misra

The author was born into a family of journalists & writers hence writing come naturally to her. She was encouraged to refine her skills from a young age by her grandfather who was a highly reputed journalist and author of several hindi books. After finishing studies she became a journalist & worked at famous firms like The Indian Express & Times of India. She has now taken up her second passion which is her love for Nature and has launched a monthly magazine dedicated to environment, titled, ‘Tree Take’.

A Grey Story is the based around the life of Surya & her struggles which she faces for years living in a large family. Being the middle child she was neglected by her parents & bullied by her siblings. While she tried to help her mother in her daily chores from an early age & be her father’s favourite but somehow she always used to get scolded for her sibling’s ill deeds. Then some sudden accidents & deaths shook the family from its core & everything changed. To know more about it you need to read this book!

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Tanvi Bijawat 

I am Tanvi Bijawat, a journalism student. I did my schooling at Delhi Public School Varanasi. My hobbies start with writing and end with a platform where my writing gets an acceptance and appreciation. I aspire to become an author whose strength is the pen and emotions … my writing revolves more around youth

sOURCE :- http://tuckmagazine.com/2016/07/13/grey-story-saumya-misra-review/

Book Review : ‘A Grey Story (Read to Realize)’ by Saumya Misra

A Grey Story : (Read to Realize)’ is a tale of Surya and her family’s. The cover of the book contained a bloody hand, with a finger chopped off. Basically, starting from the time the Surya is an adolescent, we are introduced to the other family members. She has a rather laid back mother, who has her own things to do such as shopping, and lazing around. Her father is a busy man, but he always has a kind word for Surya. She has an elder sister and brother, and also a younger brother and sister to boot.
We are put through her adolescence, her teens through to her early 20s. Surya, being the middle child always gets caught in everything. If her elder siblings were up to something naughty or bad, she always was the scapegoat. Soon, her younger siblings were part of this anti-Surya group too. So, the wickedness continued. And her parents’ negligence too.
Her mother who was barely on her side, soon shifted to the other children’s side. Her father, though at first, was kind of on her side, soon shifted places too. Accidents and incident kept occurring. No sooner, does he recover from the fact that his son was killed in an ‘accident’, that he has to worry about his daughter, who is home soon, with threats of a divorce and an affair too.
The problem may seem like the entire family’s but Surya is always caught in the loophole. Her sister and brother-in-law also join in, the entire trouble making group.
Soon, the trouble seems to be lifting but there is a flirting accusation, thrown by her own sister. She says that it was Surya, who dared to flirt with her husband. Though, there is a person who continually meets with Surya’s sister and on one such meeting, which occurs rather oddly, Surya’s brother-in-law is in the house. Accusations, insinuations and words flow at this tone. And the family once again, is left mourning the death of Surya’s sister, her ‘friend’ and her husband.

Saumya Misra

As some time passes, but Surya is still the target. This time, from her brother and his friends. He is part of a gang, all of which are troubling Surya. Abuse and not just the vocal kind, comes troubling her. During the kite flying festival, there is another mishap.

The entire concept revolves around Surya and her family being against her. The bloody hand is a stark reminder of what is to happen. Though it remains a fairly predictable story, the point of the story was Surya and how she is neglected. She was abused and teased, in the start and then it moves on to more and more accusations. Does she survive the whole rigmarole? Will her life improve? What happened to the entire family and why? Will the mystery of how the accidents and incidents clear?

sOURCE :- http://srutis.blogspot.in/2016/03/book-review-grey-story-read-to-realize.html

BookReview ; A Grey Story by Saumya Misra

A GREY STORY traces the life of Surya through her adolescence, from early teens to early twenties. Born into a large family, she is neglected by her parents unintentionally and abused by her siblings intentionally. As happens with most middle children, Surya is made a scapegoat and often targeted for faults committed by others. She is made to put up with a lot. Then, suddenly, accidents and deaths start occurring in the family. The story is a reality check on the serious impact of such callousness on the human brain and the destruction it can cause once driven beyond tolerance. It also reveals the disadvantages of large families, where parents are unable to devote ample time to each child, thus inadvertently causing at least one of them to suffer dejection. A Grey Story shocks one into realising the serious psychological impact negligent upbringing can leave on children that can even drive them to crime.
 
A Grey Story is the second novel of Lucknowite Saumya Misra. The author was born into a family of journalists & writers hence writing come naturally to her. She was encouraged to refine her skills from a young age by her grandfather who was a highly reputed journalist and author of several hindi books. After finishing studies she became a journalist & worked at famous firms like The Indian Express & Times of India. She has now taken up her second passion which is her love for Nature and has launched a monthly magazine dedicated to environment, titled, ‘Tree Take’.
A Grey Story is the based around the life of Surya & her struggles which she faces for years living in a large family. Being the middle child she was neglected by her parents & bullied by her siblings. While she tried to help her mother in her daily chores from an early age & be her father’s favourite but somehow she always used to get scolded for her sibling’s ill deeds. Then some sudden accidents & deaths shook the family from its core & everything changed. To know more about it you need to read this book!
I loved this psychological thriller story given how much the author conveyed in just 134 pages. The language is easy yet gripping, all the characters have been described quite well, also the fact that it focuses the disadvantage of having large families is commendable. I would’ve preferred some other cover though but in all everyone should give it a try.
Source :- http://itsgoingtobeobvious.blogspot.in/2016/05/bookreview-grey-story-by-saumya-misra.html

A Grey Story

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Publisher:  Frog Books

Verdict: ☆☆☆☆ A small book but engrossing tale that will make you finish the book in one sitting. The narration is very interesting and series of events will give goose bumps. A must read book.

About The Author: Born into a family of journalists and writers in Lucknow, the author, Saumya, took to the pen like fish takes to water even before she was formally enrolled into school. Her adolescent scribbling was identified as a future potential by her grandfather, Mr Vijay Kumar Misra, who was himself a highly reputed journalist and author of several Hindi books, and he encouraged her to play with her imagination. While studying at St. Agnes’ Loreto Day School, Saumya regularly contributed short stories, poems and articles to school magazines, various newspapers and even to the All India Radio’s Youth Programme. She completed her Intermediate from the Loreto Convent and then graduated in Economics, Political Science and English from the prestigious Awadh Girls’ Degree College. Throughout her college period, she actively participated in all extra-curricular activities, including sports, dramatics, painting, debate, but writing remained her first love and passion. She then did post-graduation in Foreign Affairs with Proficiency in French language from the Lucknow University and then Management in Travel and Tourism from the one and only IITTM, Gwalior. But, fate had already decided that she would enter a field most suited to her interests and she became a journalist, working with groups like ‘The Indian Express’ and ‘The Times Of India’. She has now taken up her second passion – love for Nature – and has launched a monthly magazine dedicated to environment, titled, ‘Tree Take’.’A Grey Story’ in her second novel after ‘A Life Less Lived’, which was a social Thriller.

 About the book: A GREY STORY traces the life of Surya through her adolescence, from early teens to early twenties. Born into a large family, she is neglected by her parents unintentionally and abused by her siblings intentionally. As happens with most middle children, Surya is made a scapegoat and often targeted for faults committed by others. She is made to put up with a lot. Then, suddenly, accidents and deaths start occurring in the family. The story is a reality check on the serious impact of such callousness on the human brain and the destruction it can cause once driven beyond tolerance. It also reveals the disadvantages of large families, where parents are unable to devote ample time to each child, thus inadvertently causing at least one of them to suffer dejection. A Grey Story shocks one into realising the serious psychological impact negligent upbringing can leave on children that can even drive them to crime.

 

Review:  The cover of the book is scary but perfectly matches with the title and concept. The blurb really creates an urge among the reader to read this book. The concept is interesting and takes you to the life of a young girl Surya.  The series of events, Murder in the house will give goose bumps to the readers but the narration is so interesting that one cannot put the book down until one finish it completely. One can easily connect with the character Surya and her emotion turmoil. It was a Psychological thriller which will hold the reader. The language is simple and easy to understand. The emotional trauma which the main protagonist faced in her life was nicely described by the Author. The end was also simple and good. One can predict that ending could be like this only. Overall a nice read. One who wants to read something new can go and grab this book…

Source :- https://booksmylifeblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/a-grey-story/

A Grey Story by Saumya Misra – Book Review

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February 29, 2016   Book Reviews

A Grey Story

BY: SAUMYA MISRA

Synopsis:

A GREY STORY traces the life of Surya through her adolescence, from early teens to early twenties. Born into a large family, she is neglected by her parents unintentionally and abused by her siblings intentionally. As happens with most middle children, Surya is made a scapegoat and often targeted for faults committed by others. She is made to put up with a lot. Then, suddenly, accidents and deaths start occurring in the family. The story is a reality check on the serious impact of such callousness on the human brain and the destruction it can cause once driven beyond tolerance. It also reveals the disadvantages of large families, where parents are unable to devote ample time to each child, thus inadvertently causing at least one of them to suffer dejection. A Grey Story shocks one into realising the serious psychological impact negligent upbringing can leave on children that can even drive them to crime.

Book Review:

This is a story of Surya and the emotional and psychological turmoil she goes all through her life. The story unveils the repercussions of such emotional trauma. I feel that the plot is the backbone of any story but in this case, the story was very evident from the blurb and the cover image that left nothing to be discovered in the book. I could easily predict the story even before starting reading it. However, I hoped the treatment and narration to be interesting enough to hold my interest. But the author failed in this department also and the story seemed very flat. I could not connect with the characters especially Surya.

In such stories, it is very important for the reader to connect with the protagonist to feel the agony and pain that it undergoes. But somehow, in this case the characters could not make any impact on me and the narration was very plain and simple without any sudden twists and turns. Everything was very predictable so the thrill and excitement that one feels while reading a psychological thriller was missing in “A Grey Story”. The language was easy to follow and the pace of the book was fast. A quick and average kind of read.

Source :-  http://mybookshelf.in/book-reviews/a-grey-story-by-saumya-misra-book-review/