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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Insensitive India

Written By : Shivam Singh
E-mail- kingshivamsingh@gmail.com

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Is rape all about inhuman aspects of certain individuals? Is it simply driven by lust? Or it has more to do with mental retardation? All these questions erupted four months ago, when a medical student was fatally raped by a gang of goons. They went unanswered for long but it seems they are plausibly answered today, by an equally spine chilling rape of a five year old girl. So was that driven by lust? Or humanity failed to distinguish a small child in eyes of that pervert?
What India as a whole has lost are emotions, sensitivity towards other’s pain. What made that rascal brutally assault the five year old kid was nothing but a larger manifestation of this insensitivity that actually all of us carry. For instance, if we see a guy dying on the road, in blood and gore we will respond by a few mumbles of sympathy and at the most a prayer for his soul to rest in peace for when he dies lying on the road in that awful condition. If we being among the genteel and educated class in India practice such kind of insensitivity then it’s obviously unwise to expect a rogue pervert to restrain from his satan like cruelty.
The same insensitivity was evident when ACP Bani Singh Ahlawat slapped the girl protester after being aggravated by the incessant protest. So what was the surprise for? We carry similar traits in our souls in different proportions; we are one amongst the insensitive civilization that India has lately developed.
Gandhi JI famously said “be the change you want to see in the world”. Its right to raise voice against the wrongs and it’s our right to protest against the same. But if this highly motivated and young generation of our beloved country wants something to actually change, then that has to come from within, if we abandon the smaller scars in our being, and begin to turn sensitive towards other’s pain then automatically the larger sins in this society will perish to null. So let’s not just raise our voice, let’s make our voice stronger by being more human in this country of Gods.