Sunday, 29 May 2016

Book Review: Dare To Defy The Destiny

Book: Dare To Defy The Destiny
Author: Roma Gupta Sinha
Genre: Short Stories [Non Fiction]
Format: Kindle Edition
Price: 200 INR
Pages: 75

My Rating: 4/5

My Review: 

"Dare To Defy The Destiny" is a collection of 26 short real life stories of Indian women, trapped in unavoidable, difficult circumstances. In some stories, the protagonist dare to defy the destiny and emerge as a winner despite her brutal surroundings compelling her to accept her fate. In some stories, the protagonist is clueless about how to escape the acerbic circumstances and chose to bear everything silently.

The author, Roma urges the readers to be the "Face of Change" and not to tolerate any situation or circumstance that threatens to take away her happiness and self-respect. In the stories where the woman is unable to defy the destiny, the author voices her helplessness and enlightens the reader to not suffer in silence.

Out of the 26 stories, I would like to mention some of my favorites that left a long lasting impact on me:

End of roads sometimes masks a new beginning: This is the story of a school teacher married to a psychopath who hurts and torments her every now and then. It is how she starts a new life and says no to the everyday torture.

Dare to defy the destiny: This is a very inspiring story of a speech therapist who dares to defy the destiny.

Failed Marriages: Should they be given a second chance? Though this is an open ended story where the author asks the reader what she should have done in a similar situation, this story deeply pained me. The narration was so heart touching that you can feel the suffering of the wife who discovers about her husband's extramarital affair and her husband keeps on denying it.

Justified? You're not a woman if you can't bear a child: This is another painful story of a woman who feels like a reproductive machine. Just because she cannot bear a child, she is subjected to every inhumane treatment.

Only if everyone loved everyone else, the world would be such a beautiful place: This is a very touching and heart warming story about a mother in law who loves her daughter in law like her own daughter after her son's demise.

Role Reversals: Behind every successful woman, there is a man too: This is my most favorite story of the collection because it made me feel so good. It is the story of a supportive husband who plays the role of both mom and dad for his daughters so that his wife can fulfill her dream.

Salary Saga: What if a wife earns more than her husband: This story is about a woman whose husband starts creating conflicts in their lives and ultimately gives her a divorce letter, when she is promoted to a higher designation.

The author has poured her heart and soul in narrating these 26 stories. Most of the stories contain poetic lines at the beginning of it. Overall, it is a wonderful collection of real life stories of Indian women that should be read by everyone.

I would have given the book a 5 out 5 because of the author's sheer honesty in voicing these stories and portraying the emotions of the women, but the only thing the book lacked is editing. Since there are some editing mistakes, I am rating it 4 out of 5 and wishing Roma all the best in her future endeavors.

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  1. An interesting review of Roma's book. Will sure read it and post mine.

  2. Thankyou so dear Purba and I am so glad you found the stories worthy, my dear..It indeed is truly motivating <3 :) Much Love!

  3. seems an interesting one.
    Won't miss my copy of it.
    Thanks for the review Purba..

  4. Sounds like a heart-gripping collection of stories, will put it in my to-read list - Excellent review dear :)

  5. A great review as always, Purba. Precise and neat... :-) All the best to Roma for her debut publication... :-)

  6. A great review dear.... my best wishes for Ms. Roma! <3

  7. Very interesting review sweets... have to get down to reading Roma's book myself... :-)

    1. Would be a pleasure hearing from you about my maiden venture dear Archana :)


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