Short stories by Chinmayee Sahu - Book review

Book Review: Five Petals by Chinmayee Gayatree Sahu

Almost every human being is a story-teller. During the days of yore, people gathered around the fire and exchanged stories, later dining tables replaced the fire and discussions became a reason to bond over interesting anecdotes. Recently, WhatsApp Groups have turned into a destination to exchange stories.

Everyone has a story to tell. What sets an author apart from a storyteller is the way they narrate a story.


In June 2020, popular Blogging Community, BlogChatter gave wings to the dreams of 63 authors through the BlogChatter Ebook carnival. Chinmayee Gayatree Sahu ‘s book, Five Petals was one of these gems.

Chinmayee Gayatree Sahu 's book, Five Petals
Five Petals is blogger, Chinmayee Gayatree Sahu’s first book – definitely NOT her last :).

The Stories:

Life: A Roller Coaster Ride!

Life is a journey that has a generous share of happiness, sadness, trials and tribulations. This story revolves around the life of three characters and their journey through college, married life and professional achievements. It’s a story that tells the reader that change is the only constant and support by friends and family goes a long way in making a person happy.

Quarantined with family

The lockdown helped to change the perception, attitude and behaviour of many people in our society. Many used this time to reconnect with their family. Spending quality time with family became a popular mantra. This story revolves around one such family where the matriarchal figure found herself stuck at home with her husband and kids. It’s a story of the journey of a marriage.

Dream or Nightmare

Living alone for a boy or girl is still a taboo in many families. When a boy finally breaks the shackles of family pressure and lives alone, bouts of loneliness creep in. The void is filled by a beautiful damsel in distress. This story is about discovering love at the most unlikely places. It tells the reader that some stories have fairytale endings and others turn into folklore.

Neetu & Aja

Grandparents are supposed to be fun and summer times are those times when kids look forward to visiting their grandparents. What happens if a love-hate relationship develops between a grandfather and granddaughter? This story is take on why elders behave the way they do.

Beyond Borders

We always admire old couples who share a great bond despite the many years that have passed in between. This story is a cross-border love saga narrated by the male protagonist for the benefit of the readers.

What I loved about the book?

It’s priced at an affordable INR 49 on Amazon and thus it could rise as a favourite among the price-sensitive readers. The book deals with different emotions like betrayal, humour, adventure, expectation and trust. Each story allows the reader to explore the depths of human relationships. The relatability of the characters makes it a good read.

Downside of the book:

Relatability of characters always runs a danger of cliche and stereotypes, that’s where the author’s skill of spinning a narrative comes in. Showing rather than telling works with the audience better and so does trusting the audience’s intellect. This is Chinmayee’s first book. DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter believes that Chinmayee has got all it takes to be an author of relevance. She has just entered the evolutionary process of metamorphosing into an author.

DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter Verdict: 4/5

Readers who love to explore different aspects of relationships through stories will love Chinmayee Sahu’s Five Petals


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Quick Snapshot:

  • Book Name: Five Petals
  • Author: Chinmayee Gayatree Sahu 
  • Reviewed By: Mayura Amarkant (DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter)
  • Publisher: BlogChatter Ebook Carnival
  • Pages and format: 35 pages, ebook
  • Price: INR 49
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Short Stories
  • Rating: 4/5

Check out the book, read it and share your views in the comment section below. 

Penned by:

Mayura Amarkant

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Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter takes no responsibility of the content quality, endorsements or information put out by Chinmayee, BlogChatter or its associates. We have published the above review because we bought the book, read it and loved the writing. DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter urges readers to take their buying/ reading decision independently after doing their own due-diligence. 


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