Wednesday, April 15, 2020

#686 : The Rape Trial by Bidisha Goshal : Review

A rape these days has become just another headline grabbing incident which is forgotten just like other headlines in a couple of days. As the tittle suggest, this story begins with a rape trial which typically goes in favor of the predator and ends with the victim being punished. The protagonists - The young women who have suffered (or witnessed) from some form of sexual abuse take it up to themselves to deliver vigilante style justice until things take a bad turn as cops begin closing in on them.

With very strong characters and fantastic narration, the book was an almost delight to read technically. The writer portrayed the angst and general feeling of disappointment a woman feels when she reads or hears about yet another case of sexual abuse or rape. The language used is also quite simple and the writing is pretty fluid, crisp - the style I wish I was master at. One particular scene which stayed with me was the actual court room trial - that whole part felt surreal yet so vivid for me. The only peeve point which I had was with the length - the story however engaging it was, could have be slightly crisper which would have resulted in a lesser number of pages. I was quite apprehensive when about reading the book when the book landed as it was just big! A rarity in recent times. 

Some stories consume so much of my mental bandwidth that I really cannot pen down my thoughts immediately after reading it, without launching an in depth analysis of each and every pinch point and resolution. While that might be a good thing to read for people like me, it would probably end up undermining the writer's effort where in a potential (wannabe may be) reader would be prejudiced about the book. This was one such book after a long time since the subject of the book is close to my heart just like it would be for any other woman. 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

#685 : Love Marriage and Other Disasters by Shilpa Suraj : Character Interview

About the Book:

She believes in love, family and…squiggles!

Alisha Rana is not your typical single desi girl. For one, she is on the wrong side of 30.  For another, she is divorced. And last but definitely not least, she is still, gasp, a virgin!

Alisha doesn’t want much. But what she does want is that elusive thing all women search for – A man who gets her…but a man who gets her hot! She calls it “feeling the squiggle.”

Enter Dr. Vivaan Kapoor, cute, hot, squiggle-worthy. The younger brother of her cousin's prospective groom, he’s got the squiggle factor in spades. The only catch? He's never been married and is years younger than Alisha. Basically, completely off-limits.

And then there is Arjun. Widowed, older than her by the right number of years and a genuinely nice guy. He's Vivaan’s cousin and a so-called perfect match for Alisha. The problem is, Alisha’s squiggle-o-meter refuses to budge for him.

What will Alisha choose? A lifetime together with the 'right' man or a chance at happiness with the 'wrong' one?

Book Links:
About Shilpa Suraj:

Shilpa Suraj wears many hats - corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.
An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.

Shilpa on the Web:

A quick chat with Protagonist Alisha here!

When and where were you happiest?
I’m happiest at home, surrounded by my family. It’s my safe space where I am truly able to be myself.

What is the quality you most like in a person?
Honesty. A relationship or life built on lies isn’t worth anything.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing control over my own life or finding myself helpless at the hands of another.

What is your greatest regret?
Not standing up for myself and not walking out on my first marriage sooner.

What is your motto?
Don’t let the prejudices and preconceived notions of others dictate your choices.