Thursday, 27 April 2017

Book Review : The Princess of a Whore House by Mayank Sharma

Book: The Princess of a Whore House

Author: Mayank Sharma

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Notion Press

Pages: 98

Price: 149


Blurb:

Aparajita is a tenacious go-getter. Her name means unconquerable in Sanskrit, and she lives up to its meaning.
Just like any other ambitious girl, she desires to fulfill her dreams and become an independent individual. Far and wide, the shadow of her melancholy past chases her passage. The fact that her widowed mother is a former sex worker irks the community. Nonetheless, she is not ashamed to reveal her mother's past.
Will she lose hope, or will she defy an enigma that is centuries-old? Will she ever conquer the hearts of a prestige-obsessed community?
See the world through Aparajita's prism in a tale stirred by some real life events.


Review:

The story is a short account of a lady’s life written in not so powerful voice, containing a very touchy and important subject. I was really intrigued by the blurb and the cover to read this piece as they sound really promising. One thing I was anxious about was the length of the book. When you have an important subject in mind it is important to blend the ideas well.

The length of the book doesn’t always relate with the quality of the book but more descriptions, elaborations surely help the reader to connect with the book well. Now here the book was so fast paced that it wasn’t easy to love and adore characters. There weren’t much though but all those who were there couldn’t leave an everlasting impact.

I loved how the story is woven around a simple aspect, education, but in broader terms. I liked all the advancements in the tale from the very start. The flashback telling about Ramya’s side of story. But in the midst of all the good that was happening I was missing the basic pain that a prostitute faces when she is stuck in a surrounding like that.

There is no happiness without a realization of pain. That was the main thing missing from the story, a bit of pain.

Now as we move ahead in the tale there are more characters that show Aprajita the path of success. The story moved in the same way as it moved in the first half.

Even the ending was bland. There was no place where I could have laughed or felt like crying from the bottom of my heart. It was like a mechanical show of an overly sensitive topic.

If we talk about the writing style then the author managed to pass the average line. The narration was a little bit off track. The dialogues were fine, keeping in mind the short tale we were inspecting. It was a nice short story.


Eye-catchers:
  •  “Life invariably provides every individual a cause to discover prudence amidst disquiet.”
  • "..our fears would disappear when we accept the truth and confront our challenges with integrity.”



About the author:

Mayank Sharma is a ‘left-brained’ professional with over twenty years of global experience in leading multinational companies. His interest in writing intensified when one of his articles was featured in the May 2014 edition of Better Software magazine published in Florida, USA.
As Mayank travelled across continents and associated with people with diverse beliefs and values, he became more curious about the social riddles that curtailed liberties across civilizations. 

He is transforming into a 'right-brained' writer with his debut book, The Princess of a Whorehouse. Besides writing, he is passionate about painting and making sculptures. 

Mayank lives in the National Capital Region of Delhi with his wife, Sonali, daughter, Myra, and son, Aarav. 


Connect with the author:

Twitter: @mayanks5572


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