Her Resurrection by Soumyadeep Koley

herName:  Her Resurrection

Author: Soumyadeep Koley

Publisher: Gargi Publishers

My rating: 

Cover: 5/5

Writing Style: 4/5

Presentation: 4/5

Preview:

Once before, I had spoken about a quote I came across on the note of being scarred for life…that exactly suggest the tone of this novel. It says “I just want to sleep. A coma would be nice. Or amnesia. Anything, just to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head, too?”.  Can a scar never heal can one never be born again?

Her Resurrection is one such book to me.

It is very rare that a sensitive topic like rape, survival and conquer can be construed in words. But what the Author here has done is indefinitely an attempt to undo the stereotyping.

Review: Before I go about my opinion on the book, its worthy to say that the Author’s choice of the cover is phenomenon. The cover is simple yet so intriguing. The vibrant colour combinations at the backdrop of white, eyes that has so much to say, lips sealed tight and the tears of dark pain. The cover has so little in it but so much to say.

This story is about a victim of all the ill fate of life, a victim of poverty, gang rape, hatred, abandonment and loneliness, but the tale is also about a survivor, a fighter a challenger and the conqueror of life. Maya, at an early age falls prey to the most wicked face of life, she is molested , gang-raped traded for money, forced into prostitution and drenched out of life. She is left to sulk on her on self..she is left alone. But this is not the end, she begins a journey of Emancipation, Reclamation and Redemption.

This fight is not just against the criminals, but against the stereotype thought, the shackled customs and the system that condemns the victim not the accused. Maya fights against her own past the dead in her.

An unusual genre, his attempt to see this pain through the eye of a victim and the effort to put words that only run tears when thought off has put the Author to a different level. Every word in the novel, brings in life. His efforts with words and the emotions very much goes to prove the Author’s background and the social involvement he works for. There were moments I felt the strength in the redemption but again there were moments when I wanted to tear up in the pain that Maya held in herself.

The plot is very neatly built. The unfolding of the events have been meticulously iterated giving the tale a persistent cliff hanging mood. There are elements of surprise and moments of closure both in the tale. Which again is a very rare quality in an Author.

What I loved:

This tale is an instrument of undoing the societal blind fold. The Author has walked far from the fiction. The Author’s choice of quotes and language that are rare in colloquial use was an icing to read.

What could have been better:

All though the tale was gripping and edging to the end, I believe there were a few lacuna. There remained a scope of maintaining a flow with disposal of justice; to me, there seemed a vague rush. Also the Author could have worked a bit more around building characters to the need of the plot.

I really appreciate the Authors stand at the end. It shows how much beyond words the tale meant.

All in All:

This tale gives one bitter taste of the boasting male-controlled society and the stereotypical mind frame. It drives one through a journey of survivor who chose to blend the scars in her life with bravery. Read to know the dreams of flight that Maya bore despite being robbed off the little wings she had. I would personally suggest this book to readers and non-readers of all age. Teenagers primarily, cos very few books in this genre can actually make them see the harsh reality and the endless strength to surface in life.

Overall rating: 4.8/5

Where Can You Buy This?: http://www.amazon.in/Her-Resurrection-Soumyadeep-Koley/dp/9384382086

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Hidden Husband by Shikha Kaul

hidden husbandName:  Hidden Husband

Author: Publisher: Gargi Publishers

My rating

Cover: 4.2/5

Writing Style: 4.5/5

Presentation: 4.2/5

Preview:  It’s very rare that a Book’s title and the cover both intrigues a reader. Shikha’s book very well did that to me. A sleek woman dressed to niche with a secret in hand and the title, Hidden Husband. What is it about the briefcase in the woman’s hand? God I wish I could open the case uncover the secret.. err but you guys can. Flip the pages and the tale shall unfurl!!

Review:

This story is a bucket of topics and genres. Not commonly seen is this rare combination of social issue, stigma, drama, love, romance and religion. The Author has very articulately interknitted the events in the story such that each bit falls on a different foot than other.

Aisha, the protagonist is a very chiselled character, high on moral yet wet in the corrupt gel. This typical Punjabi HR recruiter meets Raghav a very orthodox Bihari , a new candidate in one of her company’s interview days and the cupid sort of rings the bell. Love spreads blankets with hollow promises in between Aisha and Raghav. While this tale spins here, parallely the protagonist ends up meeting her school friend Sameer. Strings hit here too; Aisha was Sameer’s school time crush.

The Author ensures she discusses the essence of purity in relationships. Every marriage is revolt against something, every relationships have problems. But lies don’t sort them it only postpones the repercussions. This is what happened to this beautiful relation of Aisha and Raghav. Raghav’s lies to Aisha in the fear of hurting her love and losing her forever robbed him of his marriage.. he was left to the Hidden Husband. But this isn’t it. The tale has more. Way more!!

Talking about character sketch; the Author undoubtedly has an eye for details, she has clearly given a detailed thought about each of her characters in the tale the protagonist, the hero, Sameer who continued to linger an after image in my head after the book was done and Aisha’s confidante her bff!

Without giving you any more spoilers all I have to say is.. woa!! quite a ride

What I loved?: The Author has a very good grip on her language and commands an interesting talent of playing with words. Lucid I must say! I love the subtle irony she has reflected in her tale. The story is an amazing interplay of plots yet it manages to maintain its own essence with no spill over. Commendable!!

What could have been better?: The initial building of the story was slow, however from the middle the story gripped pace and my attention. I felt a certain rush in the end; since the end was a classic I was expecting a little more twinning.

All in All: The book is a joy ride for any reader. Will not restrict this read to any category because.. this one guys is not age barred or genre barred. But for romance seeker.. you must go for this one!!

Overall rating: 4.2/5

Where Can You Buy This?: http://www.amazon.in/Hidden-Husband-Shikha-Kaul/dp/9384382078

Ananya: A Bittersweet Journey by Shilpa Gupta

ANANYAName:  Ananya: A Bittersweet Journey

Author: Shilpa Gupta

Publisher:  Rupa Publications India

My rating

Cover: 2/5

Writing Style: 3/5

Presentation: 3/5

Preview:

A teenager, an IIT aspirant well-grounded in morale and a brilliant student. But something goes wrong, she falls prey to the age temptation. Life gets to a standstill, there is emotional breakdown and wreckage in life. This tale unfurls a deep sense of belongingness that every child in the tender age need and the fact that the lack of it pushes the child to the extreme. It was indeed beautifully written and it reached out into the depths of my soul. My heart just poured out as I read the last few pages of the book. Such a tiny book to stir such great emotions in me.

It’s such a quick read, but man does this book pack an emotional punch. The characters really come to life.

REVIEW: This story is about Ananya who despite being an achiever is twitched in the teenage crisis. She falls in love with her best friend’s brother. Although he was just toying with her, she fell head over heal in love with him. She got pregnant. She knew it was a social taboo. The guy was in absolute denial. She broke down. Destiny faded right there, dreams crushed and she went into depression.

This story is about how family and friends revive life into the a girl who has lost it all. Hoping against hope one day Ananya will understand and evolve from what has happened her family strongly stands by her. Her journey of rediscovering the need to understand what love is when despite the world beats against is not just a herculean trip but a trip of bitter reality.

This tale teaches the fact that at times the absence of parent in the tender age of teens pushes them to find love beyond family and that’s what happened with Ananya.

The story runs in multiple angles yet retains the essence of one thread tale.

This tale is a narration of a memoir of a wounded daughter. Although the novel focuses on the story Ananya, there wasn’t a moment when too many characters in the tale took away the spark. The Author has beautifully managed to weigh each character in balance ensuring everyone has a reason to stay in the tale. There were indeed dramatic deviations from fact, yet it held a great read!

The story flowed well and there was a good balance between reality and expectation of de-stereotyping.

What I Liked about it?

The Author did a fantastic job of introducing the readers to the character of the leads, the families and friends all that definitely resonated with the readers. This novel was very much about understanding a teenage crisis and how important it is for parents and guardians to no more treat a teenager like a glass doll but confront them with the reality of life and the bitterness beneath the journey so called.  The Author’s language is very communicative. It acts as a learner’s guide to parents and yet maintains a character of subtle in read.

What could have been better?

I didn’t really find a loop hole in the tale; beside the fact that the end seemed a little abrupt. I was expecting a detailed climax since the positives just started building up in my thought.

All in all:  After reading this book, I will recommend this book to teenagers and parents with teenage kids. This tale reflects where today’s generation stands in terms of relationships and crisis it comes. This book attempts to break the stereotype of closing self in the black box and repent it breaks through into the idea of evolving from the wrongs once done. A good read for readers across genre. A thorough suggestion or this to be a part of school library specially for those who are hitting the age of breaking the enclosures.

Overall rating: 3.8/5

Where Can You Buy This?: http://www.amazon.in/Ananya-Bittersweet-Journey-Shilpa-Gupta/dp/8129135140

 

3 @ a Time by Diptendu Sekhar Chakraborty

three at a time

Name:  3 @ a Time

Author: Diptendu Sekhar Chakraborty

Publisher: Omji Publishing House Pvt. Ltd

My rating

Cover: 2/5

Writing Style: 3.5/5

Presentation: 3.5/5

Preview: A rapid campus spice. Love, drama, heartbreak, social making, friendship, ego and the list goes on. This tale is a tour of a complete campus atmosphere. If you are a pass out its definitely a walk down the silly past but if you are yet to go into the college shoes..you will see the multifaceted life that any campus calls you in. FYI not very impressed with the cover!! Could have been better.

Review: Deepankar, no different than any other college fame boy enters into a world of arduous truth. LOVE! The protagonist of this tale is one of those typical dude of the college who attracts the lovely ladies. The Author’s narration is in first person and ensures that the readers hold a connect to the tale. The tale expresses very flamboint diverse personalities of each character. The protagonist with his no end to life YOLO attitude wins over three girls. Oh wait or is it four??? There is a mystery lady too. But that’s for the readers to uncover. The tale revolves around how one deals with the college fiasco and walks with the utmost pride despite know the deep grave one creates for self. And trust me everyone has one. This tale is meant for a light side coffee table mood. Not really the ‘emotional syapa’ kinds. The pace is uncertain but is apt for a cozy Sunday afternoon read.

The tone of the tale is very fresh and youth centric therefore a sure draw to the college goers. The Author has also commendably maintained a very subtle humour that quite often will catch you off guard.

There is slight positive communal angle in the story that sort of gives a bright angle to the tale. The Author has very tangently but articulately described the most celebrated  Dahi Handi festival of Maharashtra and the strength in the unity of one not just to build a human pyramid but the factor of trust when it comes to bond with a member of other community.

What I loved: This tale is a reflection of college life. A fun to read; quick to be done tale. The language is lucid and quite communicative.

What could have been better: There’s a tiny min need to polish use of language to give it a more mature head. There is also a scope of maintaining the pace in the tale. There are grammatical errors and editing issues but am sure all well pointed can be taken care of in the next edition.

All in All: The Attempt is commendable. I appreciate the nitty-gritties that the Author has taken care of in the tale not making the story a monotonous read. Do not expect a stereotype love story this one is a little over the other side of a real love story

Overall rating: 3.2/5

Where Can You Buy This?: http://www.amazon.in/3-Time-Diptendu-Sekhar-Chakraborty/dp/9384028363