Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Blog Tour / Book Musings - The Princess of a Whorehouse by Mayank Sharma


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THE PRINCESS OF A WHOREHOUSE: THE STORY OF A 
SWAMP LOTUS
by
Mayank Sharma



Blurb

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.

My Musings :

First,the book name caught my attention followed by the blurb. The book cover is apt because it just gives the feeling of trapped women and light at the end of the journey. That's what I was able to understand at a glance. I didn't know how much the story would be similar to the cover until I was half way through the book.

We see lots of social problems in our day to day life and we usually gloss over them. We don't think deeply on it. So I was surprised that the author has attempted to make the readers think on the life of sex workers. Kudos to the author for his pluck!

The  beginning of the book reminded me of Crime Patrol series on Sony. I love watching it and this kind of felt like the beginning of a case file. I was happy that the ending wasn't as bad as they tend to be in it. The narration was in the points of view of both Ramya and Aparajita. The first half deals with the hard facts of life while the second half is full of positive vibes. 

While the writing was simple, there were situations where I felt the langauge used was appropriate. It kind of fell flat. Though the book had me engrossed, there were places where the story didn't flow smoothly. There were jumps and jerks and this made me lose my place while reading. I felt the author could have dealt with the subject in more depth. There were few plot holes which had me questioning the characters and the story.

It was a very good attempt on a sensitive issue and the fast paced story has piqued my interest in the author's writing. I just wish it had dealt in more depth! The author has romanticized the plot a bit and this has lost the issue's seriousness in my view. Overall, it was a good book on making the readers think on the sex market.

I received a copy for reviewing purposes.

My rating : 3.5/5

My reread factor : 3/5

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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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4 comments:

  1. Yes definitely a sensitive issue.

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  2. A well-formed review on a sensitive book

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  3. Thanks for reading my book, Floryie. I appreciate your review.

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