Posts Tagged ‘#rape’

Endurer

November 20, 2018

Book : Endurer

Author: Kapil Raj

Rating: 4 / 5

Synopsis 

“The beam of sunlight crossed the room along with the dust dancing in. It could do nothing but allow the particles to contaminate the ray and make it impure, just like me.” 

Life was a fun fed roller coaster: New found love, drugs, cat-fights, patch ups, crushes, night hangouts, and unplanned trips. Like any girl, not in the wildest dream, Palak could imagine that after attending a Rave Party, she will wake up to the horror of finding herself raped. 

In traumatic conditions and struggle between sanity and hallucinations, she is compelled by the circumstances to leave her world. Already fighting a war within, her stances takes a toll witnessing horrifying tales of women and girls. Little did she knew that this catastrophe was not enough for one lifetime, and a storm – was just cooling its heels. 

Will she be able to carve her path while facing the rapists, her tyrant father, appearances of her passed away mother? Should Palak let her life to be decided by people, society, and taboos? Would justice return her life or revenge lend her peace? 

A heart-rending story of a girl, whose beliefs and honor has been battered, stands up to make choices, rediscovering the meaning of life. 

Review

Thanks to the author for the review copy 

The main character of the story is Palak, a college student. The story starts off with her bday,her gang of friends include Tanya, Ankita, Uday, Arav, and Jahan decide to bunk class to celebrate. An unfortunate encounter leads them to meet Rohin. Rohin introduces them to the world of drugs and Palak tries it for the first time.When Uday informs the gang that there is a rave party (a party where there is alcohol and drugs) happening, they decide to go and enjoy. Even though Palak isn’t quite sold out on the idea, she decides to go have fun for a night.The night changes her whole life, she gets raped and no memory of what happened to her.

Who raped Palak?
Why can’t she remember anything?
Will the rapist get their due?
Read to find out


I loved the cover art, it is beautiful. The language is simple and narration was medium paced. It talks about the impact rape causes in the life of a girl, how it just destroys her world. The rapist’s reasons irritated me, somehow everything is the girl’s fault. She decided to go out late at night, she wore less clothes, it was obvious that the girl was begging for it . They simply couldn’t resist 😐😐😐

Initially it was little slow, and I kind of suspected each and every guy she came across. I think it would have made more of an impact if I didn’t know what was going to happen. I also guessed who was responsible for the rape, though i  didn’t connect all the dots. I didn’t like the tagline of the book, I just feel that A rape story was uncalled for in the title,i felt it was insensitive

I loved the characters of Sethani and Meethi. Their backstories were horrifying and felt too real. The story does have its share of friendship, love,betrayal,loss and grief.Palak’s life before did make me nostalgic of my college days, though there were no parties and alcohol and drugs involved. 


   

Hungry Gods 

September 18, 2018

Book : Hungry Gods

Author: Richa Lakhera

Rating: 4/5

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Synopsis

Beaten and brutally raped, her body is never found. However, the killers make one mistake. They leave a witness, a witness who has nothing to live for except revenge. And when he crosses the boundaries of time to make the guilty pay, a whole lot of dark characters come to light. There is Valentine, the superstar brand ambassador who sells anything for a price; there is Medici, a pharmaceutical company fraudulently manufacturing banned drugs; there is the perverted and sinister minded Dr. Ranga, and there is Este, the prostitute whose dark secret will blow up a daughter’s sanity. So, is there another murder waiting to happen? Will Police Inspector Dorab Silva be able to connect the clues to prevent another crime? Will these gods of greed be exposed? And yes, you will be surprised by who you will find there, finally. Deeply unsettling, Hungry Gods takes a hard look at greed for wealth and power. 

Review

Thanks to Kulpreet Yadav for providing me with the review copy

The main thing that attracted me to this book was the cover and the title. The title of Hungry Gods with a pic of Theyyam was too enticing to refuse. I still can’t relate the story to both though.

The book starts off with a flashback of the narrator to 1993, when he had to watch his mother getting raped and the only thing he could do was run away from there. Then we come to the present where Dinesh Thackeray, a famous director is writing a script for Healers, a movie produced by the Medici, a pharmaceutical company. In the next chapter we meet Neville Valentine, the superstar who is acting in Healers and later Ranganathan, the legal head and finally Este, the prostitute. One by one when people start disappearing,  that is when the police inspector, Silva comes into picture

Who is murdering people ?

Will Silva be able to capture the killer?

Read to find out

The starting few chapters are filled with violence, drugs, BDSM, pedophiles and what not. It was pretty unexpected and I was too confused. Later it got interesting, and yeah the ending was unexpected, I didn’t suspect the killer at all. The plot was a cliché, but  I did enjoy the book after I got over the starting. It talks about the superstars who are brand ambassadors for products. Do they care about the physical effects of the products or do they blindly go after the money that is offered ?

A very dark thriller, recommended for people who love them

About the author

Ten years of entertainment journalism. A lifetime of manoranjan junkie. Richa believes that you should accept your most demented thoughts fears and fantasies.
Born in Dehradun. Richa did her Masters in Chemistry from Miranda House, before she studied Journalism. Special Correspondent and TV Anchor Richa is currently Associate Editor, entertainment in a prominent news channel. She has extensively covered Hindi Cinema, Bollywood, Fashion and Art in several prominent national news channels and reported from Delhi to Dubai

She has produced, anchored and reported for shows like Night Out, Bollywood Quiz show idbi sawaal india ka, Glamour Show,Filmy Friday, Cinema India, Cinema ke Sikander, Raat Baki.

Richa is a fine artist. She stays in Delhi with her husband and daughter