Two Day Down

Book name: Two day down

Author: Dr. Nikita Lalwani

Number of pages: 192

Publishing House: Redgrab books & Anybook

Genre: Fiction with feminist notions

Description

The book has five stories with each ending in freedom.

First story

My story of stain: Naisha the protagonist looses her husband Elton whom she had married against the wishes of her Punjabi family. Later her mother, mother in law Hope and others find her ways to see other attractive men to settle her rest of the Life with but Naisha finds something different. She finds herself a lesbian and falls in love with her student’s aunt Sahana. Fate has its way and the latter meets with a terrible accident. One has to read this beautiful story to find out whether in the atrocious clutches of society they could find love for themselves.

Second story

My Story of PMsing

Heena a twenty seven year old girl struggling in the Television industry is looking for someone to settle with. She has a friend Shimoli who charmed men without any efforts. This somehow played a major role in putting her into depression alongwith her job where none acknowledged her efforts. At one point of time she feels that she cannot even feel pleasure while having sex and consults a gynaecologist. One has to read and find out whether she overcomes the numbness herself or with medication or was it at all a disease that she thought she was affected with.

Third story

My story of making Love

Who would ever think that a talented, beautiful and gorgeous girl like Aashima could have a cheating husband? In this story we come across the plight of a thirty eight year old woman who is a victim of Marital rape and is consistently under the impression of her trying to satisfy her husband. Is it the duty only of the wife to keep her husband attracted and carry on with the marriage? Does the so called stronger sex have nothing to contribute in a marriage?

Fourth story

My story of belief

Meera looses her love and husband Samar because of the latter’s sex addiction which was not her fault at all. She keeps on trying till his last breath to cure him of his ailment but all what she got in return was that on the day when he was being burnt she was asked to step aside as she was having periods. Isn’t it strange that the woman who stood by all thick and thin through Samar’s plight was debarred from lighting his pyre just because of a natural monthly phenomenon called Periods? Why do we follow this taboo and support it till date?

Fifth story

My story of pain

A beautifully crafted story of Haifa; tied between ethical cultural values which were too stringent to be followed and between her desires of loving herself through pole dance she enroutes herself to freedom with grace.

Review

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

The last time I questioned “Why?” was when I saw Lipstick under my Burkha and then today when I finished reading this book. Each and every character was so relatable that I couldn’t help but smile with a grin. An unputdownable book with realistic content and relatable thoughts. I recommend everyone to read this book and ponder as to how just are we to ourselves, our figure, our orgasm, our pleasures and our rights?

All the best to the author and congratulations for her work.

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Saroja

Book Name:Saroja

Author: Omi Singh

Number of pages:122

Publishing House: Invincible Publishers and Marketers

Genre: Fiction

Price: ₹180

Description

We traverse through the book into the life of a Hindu Brahmin girl Saroja from an Indian middle class family.

The book is divided into three parts:

Part I

She is from a small town of Barabanki and is the youngest daughter of Pandit Mishra and his wife Leela. In their attempt to have a son in their third time after their two kids Kailash, then a son of four years and a daughter Kanchan of two back then, they welcome Saroja in this world. Initially not everyone except their siblings and mother seemed satisfied and glad about her arrival but bone as time flew Saroja became everyone’s beloved Gudiya (doll in hindi).

Her father gradually got promoted from a hindi teacher to the principal of Barabanki branch of Pt. Dina Nath Malviya Hindi School and the family had to shift from Varanasi to Barabanki. They were given accomodation by the school and lived beside the Singh’s. Thakur Ramesh Singh( their neighbour and vice principal of the school) and his wife Mamta had a son Brijesh back then of two years.

Time flew and Brijesh and Saroja grew up together from school to college. When in college it was customary from both of them to go to Kintoor all the way and enjoy the Parijat tree and it’s presence.

It was one such day and a special one because it was Brijesh’s birthday when while returning he kisses Saroja to which she gets enraged and distances herself from him.

Later consequently she falls for Kabir Prajapati a Potter by profession with no such educational qualifications and from a lower caste. They make love and Saroja gets pregnant and elope with her lover. They stay in Bareilley and he opens a furniture shop( Name: Saroja Furniture) for his wife and new born daughter Ria.

Back at home nobody could believe Saroja ran away and everyone was pretty sad and helpless except Brijesh ( the readers have to find out why).

After several days passed by the family made an attempt to go to Agra but unfortunately they couldn’t make it and Kabir died in the accident.

Part II

She joins a publishing house in Delhi to support herself and Ria. Amitav Sanyal was the CEO and Kabir Mustafa its chief editor. She diligently works hard and achieves great success.

(The middle portion I leave the readers to find out)

Later after Amitav’s marriage to Saroja Mustafa feels hurt as it seems and leaves for no where only to be seen years later at Goa Literary Festival. In the last day Saroja gets semi molested by Mustafa under the tricky influence of her husband and she leaves.

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Part III

Saroja forms a bond with Zubin Saxena who gifts a book entitled on her name on her birthday with the first page written- “With love, yours Zubin.”

Rest I’ll leave to the readers to find out what all interesting aspects I’ve skipped by reading the book.

Review

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

If I had more stars in hand I would have surely given to this book. After a really long time I came across a book which is unputdownable (if the word exists).

This book reminded me of my favourite Hindi Novel by Premchand- Nirmala. For me Saroja is a modern day Nirmala who unlike the latter does not die in the end put continues to live with a ray of hope. She breaks down when things her not in her favour but she doesn’t sit and sob. She gets up putting a strong front and keeps on fighting till the end. Her journey from Saroja Mishra, Saroja Parjapati, Saroja Sanyal to only Saroja (with no future of Saroja Saxena) fills one with inspiration and respect for the protagonist.

Apart from these we see how caste system still plays a major role in our society and how two people no matter how much in love they’re or how happy they’re can have several problems to deal with if they do not belong to the same caste. We come across male ego hurt especially when a man is tending to be diagnosed with infertility. Though science has developed so much and we proclaim ourselves to be advanced we see that till date whenever it comes to sex or child birth the taboo of the female being (I abstain from using the word weaker sex) responsible still looms.

Out of everything that happens in the book my favourite parts are those when the family and siblings stay beside her from a mosquito bite to her major losses of death, betrayal and ordeals.

I personally loved the book and would recommend everyone to give a read. The language is very simple with no unnecessary fancy ornamentation making the story very much relatable.

All the best to the author and congratulations for this beautiful piece of art

Now my dear friends you all have to read the book to find out about why the tree has such a beautiful tree in its cover – is it just for a pretty look or does it hold any significance?

Kavya Amritawali

When was the last time you read a Hindi poem collection?

Well I read when I was in my high school. Three years past that and today I read Kavya Amritawali by Gulab Chand Sharma and it turned out to be amazing.

The central tone of the 42 poems collection is feminist and motivational with a quintessential essence of correctional ideas one needs to implement in our society.

My favorite poem among all of them was poem number 37 Garibi ki koi jati nahin hoti and the first poem Birhan ki khoj is a masterpiece among the 42. I expected a little from shiksha ka star where a teacher was compared to an uncouth politician but I didn’t figure out why was it so!

The poem Guru ka mahatv and Hay Ram were really philosophical and one would have to ponder as to who is Raavn today in the Kalyug.

Rest I leave my friends to read and discover and find out which is their favorite poem in this collection. All the best to the poet.

I lost my Soul- Ved Nishad

The first observation which struck me straight was the permutation of the name of the author (VED) and the name of the protagonist of the book (DEV). It seems as if it’s more of a unnamed autobiography rather than a fictional romance.

Throughout my reading I felt pity for the protagonist; something always seems looming around his life. The smallest intricate details have been tried to do justice with- from circles around Nalban to the erotically kissing couple at Times Square.

The two contrasting girls ( Bidisha and Anindini) have emerged themselves but with a lot of effort by the story line. The narrative asserts typical Bengali time and again referring to the heroine’s (both) characters and appearances but seemed to fail to satisfy me because me a Bengali I’ve different standards for a Bengali girl other than the ones mentioned in the story.

Without any tone of sarcasm I would like to assert that this story can be a really good Bollywood movie.

At certain places there were grammatical errors I couldn’t figure out whether it was an actual error or a printing mistake but certainly they were so few in number one can easily overlook.

Lastly a nice light read with plenty of efforts put by the author.

Would love to read his next book and wishing him all the best.

Reminiscence – Devika Das

Poetry is when an emotion has found thought and the thought has found words.

Reminiscence by Devika Das is a collection of 25 poems published by Blue Rose Publishers.

My favourite among all of them was ‘Blind window ‘ ( pg 29).

The poems are written in a very easy language with no crisp and fancy words with any lay man being able to relate to it. I learnt it is the poet’s first attempt to writing a poetry collection and she did her job well. Her efforts are well twined with the concepts of everyday that she put into the work.

Some remarks about the book:

The first poem ‘For those at Kargil ‘ reminded me of the poem ‘The eve of Waterloo’ which I had studied in my high school way back some three years ago.

On the other hand the poem ‘ New year ‘ in page 21 seemed less like a poem and more like a new year greeting card straight from some gift shop.

‘ Animal kingdom ‘ is a poem pretty apt for a child just starting to learn about animals.

‘Oh no! Exams again ‘ is very much relatable but could have been more if it would have emphasized on the frustration one goes through during exams.

‘ Farewell ‘ is a lovely poem which makes one feel for the yesteryear’s days.

The one which actually steals the show making the reader inspired and motivated is on page 7 named “Isn’t it true”.

The rest I’ll leave to my dear followers to read and decide which poem they like the best. Do let me know and let us wish the author Congratulations for her first poetry work and All the best for her future.

8 Down Saharanpur Passenger Review

Bella’s rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Written by Saurabh Kumar this is a pretty good book of short stories of 7 stories. My favourite among the seven is the third story – ‘ Parchayian aur Khamoshi’ (shadows and silence) and the sixth story – ‘ Shappit’ (cursed).

The fifth story Youdhya(warrior) reminded me of a glimpse of the Ramayana when Hanuman meets Lord Rama while on the other hand Shappit reminded me of the famous zombie movie Apocalypse. Parchayian aur Khamoshi touched my heart and was the best written out of all the seven. In this particular story every movement was so clearly defined that one can feel it being done to himself/herself. The clear description of the sounds and the looks give it a cinematic effect.

The main story the fourth in the list after which the book’s title is kept was well written in the beginning but I expected a bit more from the main story and same goes with the first one Aankh k badle aankh (eye for an eye) but what interested me the most in the first one is the use of mercury to murder someone.

Rest I’ll leave for my readers to read and find out what’s engaging in the book and what’s something that I missed but caught your attention.