“Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it. In a way empathy is predicated upon hope.”- Cornel West
Author: Mayank Sharma
No of pages: 98
Publisher: Notion Press
About the book:
Ramesh works in a coal mine and one day he is trapped in a mine blast and dies. The world of Ramya, his wife suddenly crashes. Married at a young age and uneducated Ramya now has to fend for herself and her daughter Aparajita. A harsh twist of fate lands Ramya to become a sex worker. Ramya wants a good future for her daughter and wishes to give her a better life. Ramya has accepted her fate but no way she is going to compromise on her daughter’s future. Though Aparajita is a good student she faces many troubles right from inception like getting admission in a school due to the stigma of her mother’s work. Aparajita continues to fight against the society norms never afraid to tell the truth of her mother’s occupation.
The story largely follows the journey of Aparijita as she goes through the many ups and downs of life. Will Aparijita get the acceptance in the society? Will she be able to fulfill her aspirations? Will our society welcome Ramya?
What really attracted me to read this one was the title of the book. While the theme and the plot of the story is good I was unable to connect with any of the characters. This is more of a plot driven book with character building largely missing. The overlaying themes that the author touched upon was what I largely appreciated. Like it points out how in many parts of India girls are forced to marry early and leave their studies which leaves them quite vulnerable and unable to get any proper job. Further their vulnerability often forces them to be duped and they end up in harsh conditions like prostitution. Another major theme the author has touched upon was how as a society we are swallow and judge people based on their occupation and the lack of acceptance that we manifest.
I received a copy from Tales Pensive for an honest review and opinion.