Sometimes setbacks and bitter experiences which a person may not have expected make him discover some unknown and hidden strengths in him,leaving him stronger and steelier in determination.
- Secrets, Sins and Struggles
In recent times, short stories have started gaining new color in a way that would appeal to people. However, never had I imagined that the same short stories can be used to send a message to the society. The book that I’m going to share with the world is: Secrets, Sins and Struggles: The journey of five women, by Kamini Kusum.
Author: Kamini Kusum
Publisher: Zorba Books
Category: Fiction-Short Stories
Description of Secrets, Sins & Struggles:
The book is an amalgamation of strength and the struggles of five very distinct and powerful women, who attain the adjective “powerful” with their determination and their spirit to overcome any odds to reach the final destination.
The story speaks of ladies who had to undergo tough transformations to realize their dreams and aspirations.
Each story is unique and the plot is special as it outlines the problems of new generation women. The fight has taken a whole new meaning and the term “equality” has gained a new definition.
Through small yet powerful stories the author has made an effort to spread the thought and share the courage of these strong ladies.
My thoughts on Secrets, Sins and Struggles:
I have to divide my thoughts based on the stories involved and eventually come to the overall conclusion.
First, the story of a rape victim named Pooja:
The story made my blood turn into ice. Never had I expected an author to start a book with the strongest and the most horrifying story that a person can ever experience. However, Kamini Kusum has made that effort and it just pushed the expectation of the book with the powerful writing in its very initial pages.
The story narration is beautiful and there are moments when I thought, maybe the author should have expressed Pooja’s thoughts and the emotional cycle that she had to go through.
Second: The story of a sweet corporate lady, Geshna.
Of all the stories in the book, this is my most favorite. This is the journey of a girl who crushes her dreams for the sake of a man who wouldn’t give a second thought about her.
The beauty of this story lies not within the initial build up. It is after the fall that the story makes an impact. It shows how a woman can burn in the flames and still rise from the ashes like a phoenix!
Third: The story of a girl with high ambitions, Shrawani.
This is a story that is awe-inspiring. The writing here was that great compared to the other stories. There could be more to it rather than the guy distracting the ambitious girl and later cheating her. I was a little disappointed as the expectation had reached the peak by now.
Fourth: The story of an idiot girl who throws away the greatest gift offered by life to her, Harsha.
This story is the only one which makes one feel that maybe all men are not that bad. It is not always the fault of a man for the sufferings of a woman. Sometimes women are foolish enough to not see the greatest treasure offered by life and go out in search of fool’s gold.
The reason I liked this story was it is unique.
It is simple to understand and writing is so beautiful that the perspectives of each character are well put through.
Last but not the least:
Soul Sister’s are forever: The story of Avni and Saumya.
Many times we forget that our well-wishers are not exactly stupid enough to point the wrong direction. They do it for a specific purpose. However, situation and experience play an important role in how judge it.
Some people try to act clever but they forget that there is someone smarter watching and keeping tabs on everybody’s activities.
Also this is the only story where revenge plays a part. Maybe taking revenge is wrong, however, the satisfaction it provides is something only the ones who have done it will feel. I’m not advocating revenge here, however, sometimes I guess it’s okay.
So overall the book was a great read and I would like to rate it 3.5/5 stars!
I would also like to thank and simultaneously apologize to the Author and Anuj for the amazing book and delayed review respectively.