Book review | What The Pandemic Learned From Me by Anindita Das

 Author: Anindita Das

No. of pages: 111

Genre: Non-fiction

Published by: Evincepub Publishing

Published on: 14th June 2021 

Format: Paperback 

My rating: ★★★★☆

What’s the secret to saving your sanity during this pesky pandemic?

Can there even be one?

There’s a journey that all of us have undertaken in these testing times. A journey of self-realization and renewed assessment of our lives, marked by silly anecdotes and everyday truths. This book is a humorous mix of the author’s personal blunders and mind-boggling human behavior in general, strung together by a series of hilarious open letters.

It’s also an attempt to reaffirm the need for a good laugh to help deal with the doom and gloom that now surrounds our lives. Each letter picks up a relatable theme of our lockdown life – be it our obsession with baking banana bread or finding the fanciest holiday homes in Goa. What comes out, is a light and delightful offering that anyone living in this era shouldn’t miss.

The pandemic has been hard on all of us. Cramped inside our houses, with only our thoughts to run wild, we have missed up on many of our wishes, dreams, activities and what we usually know as "normality". But on the other hand, this not-normal lifestyle that spanned over months has sure taught all of us something or the other— be it a new skill, a new hobby, a new passion, or completely changed you into a whole different version of yourself. 

Author Anindita Das has given an ode to the pandemic through this short and crisp book. This book is fun, dorky and fuelled with puns and sarcasm. It's a passive dedication to the phenomenon that changed our lives forever. Written in forms of letters, being dedicated to a multitude of things that either built us or destroyed us, this book is the perfect antidote to our feelings for the virus. Ranging from dedications to the houseplants we promised to take care of, to the sad state of our wardrobes and kitchens, our savings and the tragedy called work-from-home, to the missed Goa plans, to even the Punjabi songs and the trends that somehow kept us alive— the author has mentioned it all.

I completed the book in one sitting, chuckling to myself a few times and going "haha... I went through the same thing." There are some delightful moments and ever relatable musings put forward in the book that is sure to amuse you.

The writing style is very fresh and unique. We being the generation that is growing up with the Internet lingo and social media apps, will immensely appreciate the author's take on all things millennial. Read this book with your evening cup of tea or coffee and just enjoy it. 

I received a copy of the book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.


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