Hidden Husband… by Shikha Kaul – Book Review


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Title : Hidden Husband
Author : Shikha Kaul
Pages : 239
Publisher : Gargi Publication
Genre : Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 4/5
Blurb : 4/5
Plot : 4/5
Story-line : 3/5
Writing Style : 4/5
Presentation : 4/5
Overall : 4/5

OVERVIEW:

Aisha is trapped in her own secret which makes her life hell. Her love for Raghav is true. But hailing from two very different cultures is the basis of their continued friction. Aisha is a Punjabi girl from Gurgaon and Raghav a Bihari from Ranchi. Raghav’s family will certainly not accept a girl from outside their community. And yet, he continues giving her false hopes through his efforts and promises. And then they take a step which entangles her life further. Will she manage to come out of this quandary or must she continue to live in her self-created web? Explore her journey that makes her realise the atrocities being committed on women in the Indian society and the tough decisions she must take, keeping her most loved ones oblivious to everything happening in her life. About the author Shikha Khanduja Kaul is an Indian author who was born in Amritsar, Punjab. Her family moved to Gurgaon in 1992 and she has seen the city grow from a small town to being the Millennium City of India. She completed her schooling from Gurgaon and later graduated with Honours in Physics from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HR) from Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning. A mother to a beautiful daughter and a wife to the handsomest husband, a daughter to loving parents and a daughter-in-law to the most caring parents-in-law, she works in the Staffing Industry and is passionate about penning her thoughts and creating stories out of thin air. She loves to dance and spend time with her little princess. In short, she can be described as a complete woman who ensures she goes to bed with a content smile every day; someone who manages her 24 hours, balancing both her personal and professional lives, perfectly.

BEAUTY:

  • Book Cover.
  • Writing Style.
  • Plot.
  • Epilogue.

BEAST:

  • Storyline.
  • Raghav’s View.

REVIEW:

‘It was 12:13 pm’. Some novels are truly hard hitting with their climax; the same is with Hidden Husband. Shikha Kaul with her debut novel had made it very clear that she’s here to stay for long. Hidden Husband is a kind of novel that makes you smile, cry, fathom back to some memories of your life and then leave you thinking about the book.

The story starts with Aisha’s life; a regular working woman coping up with fast life and different relationships. The story maintains a great pace at the beginning, just to create the world of Aisha in reader’s mind and then the author introduces Raghav. With the introduction of Raghav, the story picks up a steady pace and that stays till the very end.

Aisha and Raghav start to work in the same company at different posts and eventually fall in love. But as we all know that in our society, falling in love isn’t everything, family matters the most. Aisha somehow manages to prepare her family but the problem was with Raghav’s family. They tried everything but then, decided to marry each other but kept their relation hidden from the society. Aisha thought that at last everything would be fine but there were still some secrets of Raghav that were waiting to get disclosed in front of Aisha. Hidden Husband discloses the ugliest face of society in a very sober manner.

Writing style of the author is pretty good. I loved the way she maintained the flow of the story. Some of the parts of the book were out of the box; the interview of God, Raghav’s way of handling the situations that were actually out of everyone’s hand, Aisha’s thought process and the best one was the epilogue.

Now the drawbacks. I found the character of Raghav exceptionally good but his part was actually very less in the story. The storyline of the book is not something exceptionally good but the concept had the potential.

Overall, I would say that Hidden Husband deserves to be read and kudos to the debut author for her promising start in the industry. Hope to see you rise soon.

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