Book Review: Her Resurrection by Soumyadeep Koley

HER resurrection

Author: Soumyadeep Koley

Publisher: Gargi Publishers

About the Author:

Soumyadeep Koley is a writer, poet, women’s rights activist and a photographer. He holds Honors degree in Chemistry, from the reputed Scottish Church College (Kolkata). He has worked with Jason Jayology Jeremias, the Founder and Artistic Director of Price of Silence, which employs performing arts to bring the global struggle for women’s rights to life. The author can be reached at:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/unitedforwomen

Blurb  of the book: 

So begins Maya’s story in the picturesque countryside of Maharashtra, where she grows up amidst cruelty and domestic violence, being an unwanted girl-child. Yet, like a lonesome beacon beset by sinister wilderness, she pursues her dreams of reaching the stars with her tiny wings. One night, a twist of fate triggers a series of incidents, when she loses everything she had—even her virginity.

Severely traumatized after her father’s death, her mother’s imprisonment, and her own gang-rape, Maya finds herself all alone in the streets of Mumbai, with wolves lurking around for raw flesh. She’s weary, but not wary. She has no sense of the fate that awaits her. What follows, would change her life forever, as also yours, as her heart wrenching, yet inspiring story echoes through time.

‘Her Resurrection’ bravely paints an appalling picture of the society. Heartbreaking, hopeful and immensely healing at the same time, this emotional rollercoaster through dreams, tragedy and triumph is a moving tribute to womankind. Are you ready to embark on a transformational journey with Maya?

My Verdict:

I had a great time reading Her resurrection by Soumya. It’s always a pleasure to read an inspirational tale.

In a country like India, where on one side idols of Maa Ambe, Durga & saraswati are offered the greatest respect among all the God and Goddesses, we consider our own daughter, wife, and a mother as a burden of a family. Here in the novel HER resurrection, Soumya has tried his best to show the darker side of the Indian Society. How a lady in her teenage is forced to get into the filth of prostitution. How the discrimination is done to a girl while she wants to grow and live her life like a free bird. To dive into the roller coaster ride of Maya’s life kindly buy HER resurrection and know her story. She surely deserves to be heard and read!

Positive Points:

1) I would like to appreciate author’s command over English Language. Many times, while reading I felt that the particular words at some places were keenly used by the author to portray the scenes in the best possible manner.

2) The characters were well defined: Mostly all the characters were described well. You could actually feel their conversations while reading the book. Special Mention – character of Maya, her mother, father, Audra, Praveen,  Siddharth and Sadia.

3) As a debut novelist, Soumyadeep took a gigantic amount of risk by selecting this genre where I’m sure, he might have faced many hurdles while researching and scribbling down the story. As a male it is a tough job to inscribe a story as a female and vice versa. But Author has done a commendable job with her Resurrection.

4) This story never got predictable for me. And at times even if it did, the description kept me glued to the book. Author tried to show many facets in the single story that again is done wonderfully. Rape, Prostitution, Helplessness, discrimination, aspirations, mindset of the people around us, no matter where you live Jaipur, Mumbai or some rural area women doesn’t acquire their places even if they deserve every bit of it. Brilliantly Portrayed!

5) Cover of book is the first thing you notice when you get to read a book. Cover of Her Resurrection is surely one of the best covers from Gargi Publishers.

Negative Points:

At places, I personally felt that particular description was stretched without reason. It can be modified in a next version for sure, as extra detailing can kill the mood of the reader.

Conclusion:

If you wish to attain something, whole universe will help you in that process. No matter how much life gets tough, stand up, pick up all your broken pieces and move on as the best is yet to come. This is all I learnt from the tale Her Resurrection by Soumyadeep. I have seen people cribbing and crying over their fate all the time but while you read such stories you be thankful to the almighty for being gracious to us and lending us a beautiful life. I have read somewhere, to remain happy in life, count what you have rather than counting on your worries and miseries. This tale inspired me a lot and at the end, I could proudly utter, I am a woman and I’m proud of it.

Thank you for writing such an inspirational tale Souymadeep. You have made each women proud of themselves.  Women does so much for men, for their family, for their society but their love and sacrifices are always taken for granted. I wish! I wish someday the scenario would change and women will get all sort of respect and acceptance they deserve to get.

Ratings: 4 out of 5

Thank you Pulkit Gupta (Owner at Gargi Publishers) for sending me the copy of Her Resurrection in exchange of a honest review.

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