23 January, 2016

Shadow of the dark soul by Sukhmani Gandhi - Book Review

Book Details:

Title: Shadow of the dark soul

Author: Sukhmani Gandhi

Publishers: Cypher publishers

No of Pages: 80

Source: A free review copy from the author


The Shadow Of The Dark Soul is the story of Zayesha who is a twenty-something journalist working in Delhi. Sensitive and compassionate she is a league apart from her contemporaries, who believe in the mantra of manufacturing or milking news. Cornered by her boss, she fights against time to work on the Nirbhaya case in order to save her job. Synchronicity plays a crucial, life- altering role in her life when a series of events make her question herself. During this phase, Zayesha comes across The Shadow of The Dark Soul, thanks to her next door neighbor. Nothing stays the same afterwards as Zayesha is made to reassess everything. Will she manage to finish her report on the Nirbhaya case on time? How far will she go to step from armchair activism into the realities of life? Will she win in the end? The questions are many, but the answers lie within The Shadow of the Dark Soul, the maiden novel of Sukhmani Gandhi, a budding Delhi based writer.

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My Review:

The story is about Zayesha, a journalist doing a research for 'Nirbhaya' case. The novel covers the series of events during her research on the case and number of questions that come to her mind after she gets associated to a team 'Shadow of the dark soul' which is formed for the benefit of rape survivors.

Prologue itself is wonderful. It covers the points on the actual society's perspective on rape victims. Author cleverly touches on other issues like LGBT and some feminist opinions.

The narration is interesting, easy to follow. But, there are many spelling and grammar mistakes, which i didn't like about the book. Editing might have been better.

We are living a secured happy life with option to study and freedom to work and live life in our own way, we see the bubble burst when someone mentions about the rapes, sexual assaults on children/ women/men. This scares us to realize about the dangerous society we are living in. Mostly we try to deny these kind of incidents and run away from these problems. We need inner courage to accept the reality and think about the support that we can give to rape survivors. Rape survivors don't need sympathy and they dont want to be called as victims. They want the society to change their perspective of treating them.

The novel ends with the quote -

"Humanity is within us. Don't search for it in other people. Be Human."
Book is very small, so it is a quick read. I felt, there is something missing in the book - how Zayesha brings about the change herself and what actually the organization 'Shadow fo the dark soul' does to rape survivors is un clear. But, I appreciate the efforts of the debutant author my wholeheartedly.

My Rating: 3/5

Until next time,

PS: Received the free copy from author in exchange of honest review and this is my unbiased opinion on the book.

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