Authors: Kirtida Gautam
Writing Style: 3.5/5
You don’t have to be a seasoned criminal to commit a heinous crime. The cover is simple and very subtly yet conformingly depicts the psych of the accused in this tale.
Rape! it just isn’t the wrath of today’s generation, it’s a concern. Every time the primetime show casts one such incident and the nation is out there with candles in hand protesting against the unjust. One hardly ever realizes that the darkest tranquility is right below the radiance. This tale, unlike any other tale on this social issue is a differently narrated. It does not give one the insight of the incident but imperceptibly gives you a glimpse of the psychology of every individual allied to the incident.
Review: There isn’t a protagonist in this tale, like most of the other tales, there isn’t a hero or a villain. The pseudo-protagonist of this tale is the readers mind and his vision towards a tale revolving around such sensitive genre. A 16 summer old kid, grandson of a fairly well off grandparents, born with a silver spoon in the mouth. Spoilt and adamant this 16 year old Aarush, does the unthinkable. His family falls apart. Life is done and dusted for him. He is accused of rape.
Its worth mentioning that the Author has an excellent sense of backdrop depiction. Given the time and the situation in the country, this story will be a breakthrough. This tale is not about a crime rather it’s about the aftermath of it. Life went standstill when this incident unfurled its bruises caused not just to the victim but the culprit, his family and all others related. It’s a read in the minds of too many characters giving the reader a walk through a small trail class of psychology.
It was an abounding situation when the righteous grandfather who once blindly trusted his grandson was ready to battle against the unjust, even if that would incriminate his grandson. The concocted tale of truth defying, pinching and reality hitting issue will definitely leave an after taste in your mind. One that will force you to think and think in every possible way. There are flows of mixed emotions but not one that will give the reader a kick. Rather these emotions will sometime but for sure once in the read will make you confront the reality you chose to ignore. Aarush was guilty, he realised he begged for forgiveness but he wasn’t let go. Some damages are truly irreparable. The grandfather had regret of failure to raise a good man, h would have to take this pain and guilt to his grave.
What I liked the most:
This tale is a beautiful journal of quotes that will run in you mind for long. The fact that the Author managed to reflect this tale in different views is commendable. I appreciate her in-depth knowledge of human psychology that is very creatively put through in words. The most surprising element in this tale was it seemed like a motion picture to me, just that the picture was in fragments. Rest apart ,Well done!
Things that could have been better:
Too many jargons is quite a turn off for most of the readers. I would say the Author could have toyed a little with the language. For indie readers this may be quite a tough read. There were places in the story where there were some sudden lacuna, however it helped to maintain the pace.
All in all: A well maintained pace and a well tamed story line. This piece will be a good long run in the literary world!
Overall rating: 3.8/5
Where can you buy it? http://www.amazon.in/IAm16ICanRape-Kirtida-Gautam-ebook/dp/B00XWVMWI2
BTW is kindle edition!