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Book Review: Aasha- the Inspiration

by Enakshi Johri
(Bangalore, India)

Name of the Book: Aasha- the Inspiration
Authors: Sandhya Bachche & Sweta Chakraborty
Rating: 3.5/5

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre.
“Aasha- the Inspiration” is a book dedicated to all the women who fall weak in the knees when life knocks them down. It elicits the events in the life of Jyoti and how those events made her stronger with time. Time is said to be the medicine for all the problems because it heals the pain. But the truth is that time only relieves the pain but does not eliminate it. Jyoti’s life was not an easy game right from the day she was born. Her life becomes ball and chain because of the obstacles that prevented her from achieving what she aimed for. The theme of the book is women empowerment and somewhere the plot targets the societal norms that are a hindrance in promoting the growth of women.

The story begins with Jyoti’s terrible childhood and describes the biased treatment meted out to her by her parents. With time, as Jyoti grows into an adult, she starts understanding thing in a better way and that is when her instinct forces her to take a stand for herself. The odds also turn in her favour when she gets an opportunity to go abroad for studying.

Welcome to the perilous world, where everyone is a beast, wearing a cloak of kindness and empathy. Grab this book to face the real truth about the society and get inspired to snatch success even from the jaws of death.

My Opinion:
What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.
~Robert Green Ingersoll

The saying fits best with the plot of this story. The characters are strong, the emotions are lucid. The narration is strong such that it helps the reader relate with the story better. The positive and the best part of this book is that it has the potential to touch the heart of the readers and even the not-so-avid readers can understand easily.

Coming to the technicalities of the book- the cover of the book is very plain; it could have been more creative. The title is self-explanatory. But the plot is about something we have heard and read before (that too several times). The events are sequential and have been narrated perfectly. The plot has necessary twists and turns.

The author has successfully highlighted the issues that hamper the growth and survival of women. We know that women go through the wars but is it right to continue being the suppressed? The novella has something more to say on this.

The font (style & size) is good. Proofreading and editing are not refined. There are paragraphs that are grammatically incorrect. Also, the blurb has mistakes and that does not leave a lasting first impression (for instance, in line number 3 there needs to be a comma before whose, in line number 5, the letter need not be in capitals). Other than this, the text also has numerous mistakes- for example- the title of Chapter 3 should have a dash instead of a semi- colon. There are tense mistakes, unnecessary pauses and repetition of ideas in the same paragraph.

Indeed, yes! All it takes is a strong soul and will power to fight and stand for oneself, fight against all odds and bring the house down.

Good effort by the author. Best wishes!

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