Since the Nirbhaya incident, all I notice when I open up the newspaper is the rape cases reported in a day or proceedings related to some âpopularâ rape cases. No doubt, rapes have been happening in the country since ages but it caught attention of people in a couple of years because of the extent of inhumane activities happening around us.
While Indian government is still handicapped when it comes to preventing rapes without literally snatching away every right of a woman, there have been people who have tried to make a difference in their own unique way. It is great to see that such people exist.
Rapescars… is the second book written by Gaurav Sharma. Yes, he is the author who wrote a great book Love @ Air Force. It is time to find out howâs the new book.
About the book Rapescars…
Akriti, a young college girl, is raped and undergoes all the atrocities a woman in India undergoes after becoming the victim of such a heinous crime. She faces the âunaffectedâ eyes of police, a doctor who is too accustomed to deal with rape victims, a defence lawyer who would leave no stone unturned to give her a title of a âwhoreâ and the key player in the whole scenario â Society.
After undergoing the aftermath that comes after reporting a rape case, she wins the court case. But she refuses to accept imprisonment as a punishment for what was done to her. She chooses something else!
The story is about Akriti, how she underwent the tormenting incident and how she fights with it.
What kind of book Rapescars… is?
Letâs begin with the cover. Of course, I donât judge the book by its cover but that doesnât give me an excuse to ignore whatâs on the cover. The only thing I noticed on the cover is how careless the book publishing team has been. No doubt, we are more interested in reading whatâs inside the book. But thatâs not an excuse for committing a blunder like this. The newspaper report which fills up a large part of the bottom of the cover is flawed. Can you read the text below the headline? The publishing team couldnât even bring out enough time to at least convert the language of the text in news article to English.
It is time to talk about the story. The first part of the book isnât impressive. Although it completely shattered my will of reading this book, I went on and reached to the part where the woman was raped. Call me inhuman but yep! That part wasnât written well. I canât just stir the emotions in me just at the name of the ârapeâ. Remember how your soul shrieks when you hear about a rape incident? Maybe my expectations were too high, but I literally wanted to have that kind of emotion while reading this part of the book. It wasnât there. It was just plain words telling that the girl was raped. Pathetic.
There were places when the author contradicted his own statements. In one chapter, Akriti observes that the time goes too slow when something bad happens to you. In the very next chapter, Akriti says âThe only quality, time possesses is, it passes away with an invariable speed.âÂ Such kinds of things certainly leave a bad impression on the reader. They did on me.
Choice of words
In the first part of the book, I felt disgusted at the wrong choice of words by the author. At a place, he called that the police âmistreatedâ the rape victim. When you read the whole segment, you would definitely crave for some other word describing the incident. Tell me, if you donât! Such misses were there in several parts in the first half of the book.
I must say that at some places the author did choose some awesome words. Some lines in the book are written exceptionally well. Unfortunately, those were the only places where I felt that I was reading a Gaurav Sharma book (read â a good book).
The whole book has been written trying to bring out the fact that women are in fact strong and then in the end, the author carelessly chooses the word âweakâ to describe women. If you are a true man, you wonât exercise your masculine power over weak women, like a desecrator.
In half of the book, I felt like I was in a sermon where I was hearing statements on purity, strength of women, rapes, rapistâs mindset and so on… That nod which comes when you are in tune with the story never came to me. I felt like I was being lectured every time a statement like that occurred. And that happened often.
It was a simple story going on in a simple way. No new thought… Even the phrases, which discussed about the scene and incident, were something I had already heard. A lot many times.
I seriously hated the first half of the book. There was nothing that could hold me to the book except the fact that I was bound to read it as a part of my commitment to my readers and the Book Reviewing team. I had to push myself too hard to keep reading it.
The part after the court case did grab my interest. Although what happened in the story is something I would never agree upon, but as a reader, I prefer to review books with an open mind. Anything can happen.
I know the book is a âboldâ attempt by the author to bring out the serious issue our society is facing. But that wins it no points from my side. I picked up the book because of the âattemptâ. I canât call it awesome just because it talks of ârapesâ.
A Word about Back Cover
I seriously get astonished by the kind of attention that is paid to back cover. Come on! Most of the people pick up a book by reading whatâs in the back cover. I am sure if my readers read whatâs written on the back cover as an introduction to the book in the About the Book Rapescars… part, they would have left reading the review right then.
This is a sincere advice to any author or budding author who would read this review. Back cover is important. It must be something even better than the book. Donât work on it just as a formality. And never ever try to raise questions that you donât intend to answer in the book.
The first half of the book is close to unbearable. If you can bear it for a small sweet taste of reading a good story, read it.
My Ratings: 2/5
This book review is a part ofÂ The Readers CosmosÂ BookÂ ReviewÂ ProgramÂ