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  • Aadil Belim

"GenX Girlhood: A Glimpse into 'Little Artist' by Shina Kalra"


When it comes to literature, some books resonate deeply with our personal experiences, and then some serve as a window into the lives of others. "Little Artist" by Shina Kalra falls into the latter category, offering an insightful portrayal of the everyday struggles, joys, and mysteries of being a girl in the GenX era.

As suggested by a thoughtful publisher with whom I am working, I delved into the pages of "Little Artist" intending to connect with the lives of the girls around me. Through poetry and short stories, Shina Kalra paints an illustrative picture of the normal GenX girl, providing a clear understanding of the complexities and nuances that shape their experiences.

While not claiming to be extraordinary, this book stands out in its simplicity and relatability. Shina uses accessible language to express thoughts on love, dating, periods, family dynamics, and the enigma of in-laws. The narratives are woven together in a way that captures the essence of the ordinary yet profound moments that make up a girl's life.

I may not have found a direct connection to the stories and experiences within the book, as they might not align with my own life. However, the book serves a unique purpose - it provides a glimpse into a world that might be unfamiliar to some, fostering empathy and understanding.

"Little Artist" is an invitation to explore the inner workings of a girl's mind, to navigate the intricate web of emotions and experiences that shape her reality. It's a simple book that holds the potential to inspire reflection. If you find yourself wondering about the mysteries of life or trying to understand the experiences of a girl you know, this book offers a relatable and approachable perspective.

For those who are early readers or simply curious about the intricacies of girlhood, "Little Artist" is recommended. Who knows, it might even spark a desire to pen down your thoughts in a diary, and perhaps, like Shina, your reflections could find their way into the pages of a book.


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