Author: Kamini Kusum
Publication: Zorba Books
A woman in the Indian patriarchal society has to remain under the clutches of the male dominance. This is said to be her fate. Despite the fact that she will face repercussions in the course of her life, a woman keeps walking. This book encapsulates her bravery and determination.
This collection of tales about the lives and loves of five women traces their long, eventful journey. Meet Pooja, a teenager forced into the flesh trade but determined to escape and get justice. Shrawani who dreams of becoming a bureaucrat despite all the trials life throws her way. Avni who is torn between her childhood friend and her brand-new boyfriend. Harsha who is trapped in a loveless arranged marriage while still being haunted by thoughts of her forsaken lover. Geshna who falls head over heels for a high school sweetheart only to find her own life shrinking to accommodate his. These stories are about the odds stacked against these women in their paths to love and success, and their hope that the next turn that they make will be the one that leads them to the happiness they are longing for.
‘Secrets, Sins & Struggles’ by Kamini Kusum includes the journeys of five women who are representing the Indian Woman in all her aspects. The poignant account of their respective lives leaves the reader with many questions to ponder upon!
The life of Pooja inspires every young woman. She fought against all the odds and emerge victoriously. Her dark past does not hamper her progress. Rather, it is her grit and strong willpower that keeps her going. Geshna is an ambitious girl who loses her dreams as she is head over heels in love with her soulmate. This lopsided love leaves her shattered as the reality unveils. Yet the young girl makes it a point that there’s no end to our faith in ourselves. She starts afresh to prove that her mettle is more powerful than the cowardice and ego of a man. Shrawani is also symbolic of a woman who has to face repeated failures in the pursuit of her goal of becoming an IAS officer. As the love of her life, her sole weakness, appears before her each time she is nearing success, she has to face a boulder of failure. The fierce competition along with a miserable love life saddens her. But her dedication towards her dreams brings her the desired success. Harsha is an immature girl who indulges in adultery and cheats on her loving husband. Will Snehil accept her once the bitter truth unfolds before him? Avni is a small town girl who belongs to a conservative family. A blind faith in love brings her despair. Will she be able to avenge the wrong done to her?
The novel deals with the grave issues of the society in a sensible and interesting manner. The stories are wonderfully crafted. The coherence, the simplicity of the language, the austerity of the expressions makes for an enjoyable reading experience. The stories were simple in approach but the manner in which they are written tells us a lot about the skills of the author.
The title is completely in accordance with the content of the book as it highlights secret fantasies, illusions, undeterred struggles and sins of women. It portrays the predicament of a woman’s life and that how an unrelenting desire to overcome sadness can bring you happiness. The cover is simple and illustrates the women whom the book talks about. The blurb is written in an amazing manner.
I would like to appreciate the storytelling of the author that gifted us with such a nice book. The flow of the stories was good. Yet I would suggest the author come up with a more intriguing plotline because she possesses the skills to write an engaging story as well.
The one who loves to read fiction must go for this book to see the depths of a woman’s heart through the vivid imagination of the author.
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