Book Review: The New Face of Grief

Book: The New Face of Grief

Author: Katie Rössler

Genre: Contemporary, Self-Help, Non-fiction

Review Copy: Reedsy Discovery

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Recommended: Must Read!

The New Face of Grief is a relevant book because grief is omnipresent in human life. Through the global pandemic, grief is a prevailing emotion. This work aims to help us not to make grief omnipotent in our life.

The author, Katie Rössler, highlights important concepts that we relegate to the background. Grief is not always about death, illness, and separation. Grief abounds in more sub-categories than we realize and accept. For example, a change of location, getting married, or changing jobs may cause grief and it is not just a passing emotion. At the onset, she sets the pace, “The reality, dear reader, is that the journey of grief cannot be rushed.”

The book is full of wisdom, neatly laid down in concise chapters. Initially, I felt the author unnecessarily seemed to justify writing this book because of her personal traumatic experiences. Once you get past that there are real grief stories, too. You find a comprehensive yet deep inquiry into everything within and beyond grief. It touches on ignored topics like humor as a tool to tackle grief, or when grief becomes a family matter.

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Who will speak?

Last year, I blocked a few people on social media and exited WhatsApp groups due to differences in opinions. Well, not exactly that because different thoughts are enlightening, but due to trolling. Harsh words, bigotry, and bias were the hallmark of these discussions.

Needless to say, even these people must be relieved to have me exit from the group because now no one could challenge their point of view. We all love to believe we are right and our ideology is the best. Fair enough, but then why troll and abuse diverse ideologies. At that point in time, I wrote Trolled into Silence.

Over time, the situation has only worsened. Polarization in almost aspects of life has manifested in crude ways. It is a global phenomenon. Innocent banter and sarcasm is also frowned upon because everyone is oversensitive. Cherry on the top is fear of repercussions of speaking out.

Fear is more potent than any discomfort, rage, sadness, or astonishment you feel in the face of trolling. Fear enlists ultimate silence. Fear paralyzes. There are people who still speak out but sane voices are drowned in a cacophony of sorts. Even the gentlest are tricked into foul discourses and whataboutery.

Each day there is a new debate, and as the arrow next to Trending points up, so do voices and words escalate only to deflate with not an iota of difference in the order of things.

The following lines are an inner voice that urge to continue sharing thoughts and words. However, who is listening? Will it make a difference? Do we have the courage to speak up? I don’t know because the repercussions can be harsh and damning. So, I leave with just words for the brave for I am not practicing what I preach.

Suppress them not
Let them ebb and flow
Opinions, notions, emotions
Break the shackles
That bind you to silence
With anchored inhibitions;
In thoughts, voices, words
Our world is made, unmade
In never-ending cycles
A constant alchemy of change.

Musing under the moonlight

Musing under the moonlight
Streaming through glass doors
I wonder if the Moon beings, too
Meditate on our blue-green orb
Does it work for them and how
As we spin on the axis of flaws?
Distant flashes alluring, magical
Seeking, finding solace in ignorance
Across obscure transcendence
Such is the destiny of all born

Book Release: Spookoween

Features a winning story by me – Shyamli. It is my latest creative effort and a story with various interpretations. Definitely my current favorite 🙂


is a compilation of 20 spooky winning short stories selected from a collection of 97 submissions received from all over the world for the Spookoween contest organized by WriteFluence in September-October 2021. Here’s a spine-chilling book full of stories that won’t let you sleep.


Aneesha Shewani, Arya Jash, Geeta Nair, Hepi Anesti, John Barber,
Mandeep kaur, Niladri Shekhar Mitra, Philip Stenström, Ramya V., Rapti Mukherjee, RC Wallfisch, Ryan de Vas Gunasekera, Sheerin Shahab, Sneha Acharekar, Steve Wade, Thuy Phuong Le, Vaijayanti Panchal, Vandana Nadar, Vandita Shukla and Will Sandkvist

Spookoween is now available for purchase in the paperback format on and Flipkart; and available to download on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

The paperback is also internationally available for purchase on worldwide.

Here’s a glimpse of the book on Kindle:

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Results: Spookoween

Its a hatrick! Won the third competition in which I had submitted a horror story! Once again one of the top 3 entries. Privileged to be part of another forthcoming published anthology by WriteFluence. @writefluence


We are extremely pleased to announce the winners of the Spookoween contest.

Mentioned below are all the winning writers and stories that have qualified to be published in our next publication.


Top 3: Wilbur Watts, Aneesha Shewani and Shanaya A.V.

Our sincere gratitude to all the writers, participants and our respected jury members who made this contest a success!

Congratulations everyone!

All winners will receive an email and a publishing contract from WriteFluence within30 business days. The contract has to be digitally completed with the required information withinfivedays of receipt, failing which the position will be given to the next writer in the shortlist. Our book editing and production process will begin only after all contracts are digitally signed.

Happy WriteFluencing!

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Book Release: A Lie On Her Lips


A Lie On Her Lips is a compilation of the winning stories from the LGBTQ Romance / Betrayal short story contest organized by WriteFluence in July-August 2021. The book consists of short stories selected from 173 submissions that had been received from all over the world for the contest and the stories are based on the theme of betrayal.

Authors in this book:

Aneesha Shewani, Bhavna Jagnani, Emma Wells, Nilanjana Chakraborty, Nupur Gupta, Pamela Joy Baguisi, Patrichia D’cruze, Philip Stenström, Prajakta Hebbar, Raghav Prashant Sundar, Ramya V., Sharika Nair, Shreeya Harshini, Steve Wade, Suveera Bellary Kusnur, Tiffany Nguyen, Vaishali Chandorkar Chitale, Priya Nayak-Gole, Sharda Mishra, Charu Gandhi, Divya Venkateswaran, Alipi Das, Arya Jash, Rohan Swamy, Sneha Acharekar and Dakshata Kudanekar

A Lie On Her Lips is now available for purchase in the paperback format on NotionPress, and Flipkart; and available to download on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

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In a world without wars
The children are not
Separated from homes
Escaping buried destinies
In shell-shocked rubbles
Clinging to rickety boats
With tattered hopes
To be washed ashore
Swept into the sand
As twisted deadwood
To be long forgotten
By the ailing world
Only to be lamented
In the gnawing pain
Of those who cared
But were powerless
To control the bloodlust
Of men sans conscience

Trolled into Silence

These words keep ringing in my mind. There is so much going around us but we are afraid to speak up.

Blue Pen Strokes

Trolled into Silence

Screaming into the void
Like lunatics caged, gagged
Muzzled emotions, numbed
Trolled for spoken words
Sounds buried in the head
Sane voices, now long dead
Victim to resounding fear!

How to silence the howls
Raging, trapped in the mind
Injustice bellows, how to find
Respite, refuge from wounds
Growing like sepsis, unheeded
Gasping for breathe, unheard
Mauled into total surrender.

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Let them glow

In my childhood, one of the most fascinating sights for me at night were fireflies or jugnu. We lived in a small city, with lush greenery. Verdant hedges were inhabited by butterflies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, reptiles, including sun-basking chameleons, and a million critters like centipede. These dense, dark bushes would glow with fireflies and the night would fill with crickets chirping in harmony.

As is usually done to amuse children, we were shown how to capture fireflies in match boxes. Of course, they stopped glowing in captivity. For me, this has been a resounding motif that speaks about not interfering with the nature of things.

Our human temperament demands us to be in control and be masters of everything we find attractive, charming, and beautiful. However, wisdom lies in letting go.

We cannot own and master everything. We cannot and should not attempt to capture every fascinating thought, concept, object, or being. We cannot always work against destiny. Sometimes we have to trust the process. Most importantly, we have to leave Nature, and the fireflies, alone. The dragon flies, too, for they are not tiny helicopters to capture and play with!

The following lines are inspired by these musings and fond longing for fireflies.

Firefly storms convey
Sheer brilliance of
Powerful strobes
Coloring musky nights
A million sparkles
Glimmers of hope
Let them dance, float
Don’t touch them yet
Don’t stop the trail
Just let them glow
Let them lead the way

Results: LGBTQ Romance/Betrayal Short Story Contest

My short story is on it’s way to becoming part of a published anthology!


We are pleased to announce the winners of this contest a couple days early!

Mentioned below are all the winning writers and stories that have qualified to be published in our next publication.


Top 3:Antoinette Fritckz,Aneesha Shewani, Mutovz Waltzer

NameTitle Of Your Story
Aishiki BandyopadhyayA Different Shade Of Love
Aneesha ShewaniThe Last Song
Antoinette FritckzSummer Showers
Anukriti KotwalConditioned To Love You
Bhavna JagnaniThe Holy Grail
Charu GandhiAn Apposite Story
Dikshita ParasarAm I Not A Human Too?
Ektaa RupaniSerendipity
Emma WellsThe Edge Of Nine
Ishita ChattopadhyayStairs To Heaven: A Love No One Could Destroy
Jahanvi PandyaPrayers And Hopes Of The Royals
Kevin K. McvalleyDear Janelle, Yours Truly Molly
Lakshmi HaridasLost And Found
MaitreyeeBloom As You Are
Manami MandalCherry
Mutovz WaltzerEight Rainbows
Nandana VinodPluto
Napoleon FinnleyThe Fountain
Nilanjana ChakrabortyNikita…

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