Once the scale of this pandemic began to hit home, I am sure we all expected that a lot many books will be written and movies will be made in the years to come. It’s not everyday we live through a pandemic, do we? So thinking this, I picked up “Kaleidoscope of Cheer and Hope” by Manjulika Pramod.
The blurb goes like this –
This book is born in one of the most unprecedented times of history and it clearly aims to picture reality, create awareness, spread cheer, and convey that we are together in this pandemic. It thrives on authentic illustrations and vivid commentary on some of the most important events of the lockdown. The book promises visual meditation and helps in positive grieving.
The act of making personal notes and capturing the current situation into meaningful drawings gave birth to “Kaleidoscope of Cheer and Hope”. In these times of uncertainty and anxiety, the author felt a dire need to emphasize the importance of taking care of one’s mental health, social distancing, maintaining personal hygiene, expressing gratitude, and manifesting hope for humanity, and thus, she created a world for herself and others. Art turned out to be a powerful tool in this positive campaign.
For years, words and creations have been used as a response to uncertainty and catastrophe. The current scenario is no different. Hope this book helps you to introspect, emote, question, and preserve these unexpected times in more than one way.
These are unprecedented times not only for the current generation but for generations from the past and the future as well. The world hasn’t seen a pandemic of this kind in decades.
The cover of the book perfectly portrays what to expect. There are 50 different illustrations of life during the lockdown with interesting titbits thrown in about the way life went haywire.
Manjulika perfectly portrays the times we are in through her stories of everyday life from the time the world went into lockdown in March to June. From having more time for family than ever before to working from home in the new normal, from hearing stories of people struggling to put food on the table to hearing about acts of kindness from so many people not the least the essential workers, this is a book we all can associate with.
I quite like the way she has portrayed each situation with beautiful illustrations which bring the book to life. It also shows that she has a keen eye for different art forms like Warli Art, Gond Art among others.
While its difficult to remain positive in these difficult times, I like how she stayed positive and optimistic as best as she could throughout the crisis. I guess that’s what we all can do considering that these days wouldn’t be there forever and this too shall eventually pass.
While not a negative, it would have been great if Manjulika could have included a few more titbits about how people in different parts of the world were handling the lockdown period.
All in all, if you are looking for something to cheer you up in these times of distress and despair and also make you think about what all we have gone through this year, do pick up this one from here.
Rating – 4/5
About the Author
Expressive Soul. Travel Junkie. Hobby Artist. Compulsive Foodie!
Manjulika Pramod is a 1985 born, electronics and communications engineer, wife of a business consultant, happily hitched to her creative pursuits. Four years ago, she gave up her job as a telecom engineer to play a second innings as a travel blogger and freelance writer. She has travelled to 31 countries and 22 states of India.
Her travel writings have appeared in esteemed newspapers, online publications and inflight magazines. Her first story was published in ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul-Indian College Students’. She is absolutely passionate about her blog, PENDOWN. In an alternate world, she would love to be a street art curator.