01 April, 2017

The Princess of a Whorehouse by Mayank Sharma - [Book Review]

Mayank Sharma


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 fulfil 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.

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I picked this book for review as I am sensitive to the issues related to women and prostitution is one of them. By reading the blurb and title of the book, I expected it to be more about the life of prostitutes and how the lead role Aparajitha achieves her dreams with difficulties. But, this book is not that negative. The story focused on more positivity and hope than making it depressing and negative by discussing the problems in red light areas. This is really great about the author as the story inspires hope and confidence of women.

The story is in the perspectives of 2 people - Aparajita and her mom. The story shows Aparajita's mom's determination to give her daughter the freedom and education and it also shows her hope to make things better in future. It seemed like Aparajita is not only talented and clever but very lucky as she grabs the every opportunity that she gets and is supported by her father Raj at all stages. 

I won't say the story is unique or extraordinary but it is very inspiring and positive. The writing style is very casual without any difficult vocabulary. I appreciate the author for choosing a sensitive subject for his debut novel and I wish him the best in future.

Overall, this is a good read though it didn't impress me completely as it is very rosy and unrealistic. I would have loved to read more about Ramya on her feelings when Raj decides to marry her.  I also wanted to know the feelings of Aparajita when she has to ask her father to support her financially to become a pilot which is an expensive option for a middle-class family. I wondered if she thought about her father's burden before deciding on becoming a pilot. Even if she thought, I expected her to aid her father financially to achieve her dreams. My opinion might be wrong about Aparajita but the author didn't give me a chance to know more about her. 

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Ps: I have received a free review copy from the author through the book club and this is my honest opinion on the book.

About the author

Mayank Sharma is a computer engineering graduate with post-graduation in business management. He works with a leading technology multinational in Delhi. He has authored a number of articles and white papers on software technology and processes. For the first time in April 2014, his article was featured in Better Software magazine published in Florida, USA. Writing has become Mayank's greatest passion when he observed how it can trigger the winds of change. He is gradually transforming from a “left-brained” writer to a “right-brained” writer. Besides writing, he is passionate about sketching, painting, and making sculptures since childhood.

India is the fifth-largest economy in the world with the Gross Domestic Product growth at 7.1 percent. Contrary, India ranks 118 out of 157 countries in the happiness index. The fact seized Mayank’s attention towards social problems affecting social support, freedom of choices, and generosity, to name a few. Having travelled across continents and associated with people with diverse beliefs and values, he became more curious about the social riddles curtailing liberties across societies. He penned his debut novel, The Princess of a Whorehouse, when he came across some real life incidents that quivered his soul.

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  1. Agree with you that the story-line is inspiring and does not focus on the negative aspect of a prostitute's life.

  2. I too liked the subject of this novel!


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