Book Review: Six Degrees – Game Of Blogs

Blogging was not something I had ever planned to do, let alone do it so passionately. I have learnt so many things about blogging and come across communities that understand what we do and how important our blogs are to us. One such community in India is Blogadda and they decided to come up with an interesting campaign that brought together bloggers to create stories with a given set of characters. The whole point behind this campaign was to promote blogging,encourage the creativity of Indian bloggers and present it to the world in the form of a book. The outcome of this campaign was the 6 Degrees – Game Of Blog which is a collection of 3 stories from 3 different teams that had won the challenge.

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The character’s that were given to each team to create stories around were:

  • Shekhar Dutta – Stay home Dad, freelance writer, Hindu, Stays in Mumbai. French beard, bald, average height, fair, thin specs, lean, wears t-shirt & track pants generally, ever smiling.
  • Tara Dutta – Shekhar’s wife, Media professional , career oriented woman. Fair, short hair, tall, prim & proper dressed, wear formals & high heels.
  • Roohi Dutta – 9 years girl, Shekhar and Tara’s daughter.Fair, healthy, notorious, 2 ponytail, wear frill frocks.
  • Jennifer Joseph –  Photographer, Christian, Stays in Kochi. Dusky, average height, tattoo on right hand, wears casual shorts and tees, lots of accessories, always carries a camera.
  • Cyrus Daruwala – A law student, Stays in Delhi. Tall,  extremely fair, big specs, curly hair, stern face, beard on the  chin.

The three stories that won the contest were The Awakening, Entangled Lived and Missing- A Journey Within.  The Awakening by Team By Lines is a science fiction and a good one at that. I am not really a sci-fi fan but this story did seem believable to me and the details made sense. It was not the usual run of the mill story where aliens kill humans, instead it had a logical yet different angle to it. I would definitely give credit to the team for trying a different genre with characters that don’t seem to fit in, atleast at the first glance but they created a plot where none of the the characters seem out of place in the story

The next story, Entangled Lives by Team Potliwale Baba is a murder mystery and my favorite out of the three. I think writing a murder mystery is one of the toughest things to do because you have to create doubt on each and every character but be smart enough to have an interesting ending. The team behind the story was really successful in keeping the reader hooked to the plot  till the very last line.

The last story in the book is Missing- A Journey Within by Team Tete-a-Ten is another mystery based plot but instead of murder, in this story Roohi goes missing. The authors decided to add a lot of twist and turns to this plot which did make it a good story but they went overboard at some parts so it got a little bit too confusing here and there. Overall though, I really liked it and it was a good read.

The USP of this book is the fact that the characters, their nature, the physical appearance and basically every other factors used for character development has already been defined and the teams had to think of stories around them. Usually it is the plot that defines the characters but it was a very unique experience to read how one set of character can be visualised in so many different plots and scenarios. I was worried that being a team campaign, there might be inconsistencies in the writing style but I have no such complain after reading the book. Reading this book was a really interesting experience and I would definitely urge you to pick up a copy of the same.

Degrees is India’s first book published through collaborative blogging, written completely by bloggers for the Game of Blogs activity at BlogAdda. Know more about Game of Blogs here. You can buy 6 Degrees: Game of Blogs if you liked the review. 🙂

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  • Thank you so much for the lovely words dear 🙂 Glad you liked the story.

    Love
    Team ‘By Lines’ (The Awakening)

    • Thank you for your amazing work on the story…it was a pleasure reading the book 🙂