Here’s my take on Secrets, Sin and Struggles by Kamini Kusum
This collection of tales about the lives and loves of five women traces their long, eventful journeys. Meet Pooja, a teenager forced into the flesh trade but determined to escape and get justice. Shrawani who dreams of becoming a bureaucrat despite all the trials life throws her way. Avni who is torn between her childhood friend and her brand-new boyfriend. Harsha who is trapped in a loveless arranged marriage while still being haunted by thoughts of her forsaken lover. Geshna who falls head over heels for a high school sweetheart only to find her own life shrinking to accommodate his. These stories are about the odds stacked against these women in their paths to love and success, and their hope that the next turn that they make will be the one that leads them to the happiness they are longing for.
Secrets, Sins and Struggles by Kamini Kusum, honestly speaking, came as a delightful surprise to me. As I started reading the book, the writing style had me glued to it.
As the blurb signals, this is a book written with a motive of putting forth the sensitive and widely spoken issue of ‘feminism’ around the world; and the author has succeeded in it gracefully. The cover of the book is well designed, and gives you a good idea of what lies inside those pages.
The narration style is crisp, the dialogues are well written, and the stories are well crafted–well studied as well. Each story depicts a different character, lifestyle and struggle of the protagonist. The word: HOPE, plays a key role in all the stories, and the author has justified the efforts pretty well.
Coming to the part of what-could-have-been-better, it is the pace of the stories. There were some situations that were stretched a little more than needed, and could’ve been reworked on the description part as well. Apart from that, there’s not anything that would irk a reader.
4/5 stars from my side.
The editing of the book is up to the mark, and adds a glare to the work. My favorite story of them all is ‘Brothel to assembly’.
As I said, this book came as a delightful read to me, I would definitely recommend it to the readers for a simplistically refreshing yet motivating and impactful read.