- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Vitasta Publishing (20 October 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9386473151
- ISBN-13: 978-9386473158
- Package Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.2 x 1.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,30,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Betrayed: Tale of a Rogue Surgeon Paperback – 20 Oct 2017
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About the Author
Satbir Chadha is the author of the highly acclaimed book, For God Loves Foolish People, a book of memoirs, for which she has been awarded this year’s prize for prose, Gadya Gyaneshwari by Reuel International Prize for Literature. She is also a poet with a presence in several anthologies, national and international, including, Contemporary Major Indian Women Poets published by The Poetry Society Of India and Kew, published by Pangasinan Historical And Cultural Commission (PHCC), Philippines. Her short story finds place in Silhouette 1&2 And Other Fiction. Her compilation of short stories is due to be in bookstores by the end of the year.
Born and brought up in Nainital, she studied at Sophia College, Bombay. She is married to a businessman and lives in Delhi with her family.
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Author : Satbir Chadha
PRICE : Rs 250
pp: 193 Year
Author of the highly acclaimed book of memoirs, For God loves foolish people, Satbir Chadha has come up with another glittering gem of literature: BETRAYED: A TALE OF A ROGUE SURGEON , which reminds one of Robin Cook’s medical thrillers.
In this 193 page novel, beautifully published by Vitasta Publishers , Delhi , we are witness to the trials and tribulations of Mohini , a young widow , hailing from the Punjab of undivided India , who , after the death of her devoted husband ,Satnam escapes the sexual overtures of her brothers- in – law , and reaches the safe haven of her childhood friend Anjana , and her supportive husband , Kartar , in faraway Abbottabad .
Here she begins a new life - getting a total makeover - the convent education crafting her into a confident , young lady with a deadly determination and fierce discipline , later to become a doctor and eventually a conscientious IAS officer. Mohini is now Kumari Mohan .
Anita , a girl with medical ambitions , who holds the symbols of the medical syringe and white coat close to her heart but gives them up for the paint brush
filling her canvases with the colors of life. Her syringe morphs into a paintbrush , now.
"We were classmates , teammates, ' behind the hedge mates', and went on to study science in college. Then i split . Not with Amit , but with science ." p 1
The initially heart-warming story of these love birds- Amit and Anita , goes through the ebb and flow of life , reaching an unbelievable denouement, and not everything is hunky-dory .
Then there is Dr Meena Madhok , a very ambitious doctor , dreaming big dreams . Other creepy characters make cameo appearances
, impacting lives in big ways by some hair- raising , clandestine activities where lucre ,ambition , betrayal , foreign trips , unwanted babies and secret financiers
play a very important role.
As we read on, aghast , skeletons, ugly and horrifying , keep tumbling down from the cupboard.
The story of Mohini and Reena runs parallel to form an intriguing tapestry , the author keeps churning out new characters dexterously ,
and masterfully links them to every other character. The result is an immensely interesting story , masterfully told .
Although i have the urge to go on and on , let me put a full stop here .
Now it is the readers turn to pick the threads from where i have left. Here is wishing you happy reading of an extraordinary book.
Parallel to their life, Mohini a strong woman runs from her home after her husband does and to escape sexual molestation by her own brothers-in-law. She takes the train to her childhood friend's place who take care of her. She is sent to complete her studies and becomes a Doctor. Further inspired by the power of Collector, she gives exams for IAS and clears it. She adopts her friends' new born girl as she finds herself lonely. She grows up into a confident young lady whose looks attracts people. Destiny makes her join Amit's hospital and she involves in the promoting the activities of the hospital. Anita, Amit's wife becomes alcoholic and is sent to a Rehabilitation Center which is run by Famous Spiritual Leader in Beas, Amritsar. This story gives you a rough image as to how Medical Field has turned worse.
Cover - 5/5
Title - 5/5
Plot - 5/5
Characterisation - 5/5
Phrases - 5/5
Overall Ratings - 5/5
A very well – researched book, with a riveting plot and finely etched characters, the book is indeed a gripping read, where two stories run parallel with an effortless ease. The story of the young idealistic doctor Amit Biswas and his simple , doting artist wife , Anita , who had been ‘together for ever and ever’, sharing the same bathtub, pram and the crib, even the milk bottle .
Sometime after marriage, Anita is dumbfounded by the incidents unfolding around her, as her husband who, had at one time, wanted to heal the world, falls victim to the power of lucre, and their anguished daughter Rattna , wonders , what had happened to her ‘darling mother ; the soft , snuggling , hugging, peaceful , whispering warm lady .”[p 88]
Actually, the revelation of the ignoble underbelly of the noble medical profession, had made her mother turn away from the brush, and find solace in liquor.
“Rattna noticed that her mother almost never touched the easel any more , and if she did , she drew only syringes – some big , some small , some crooked even , but hardly much else ; and she sat before her board , staring at the centre , where there was nothing .”pp 90-91
The second story is that of a young, devastated widow, Mohini from the Punjab of undivided India, who flees from the brazen sexual overtures of her brothers-in- law into a completely different world, where she manages to carve a comfortable niche for herself.
In a bizarre turn of events, the two stories merge, and what follows makes an absolutely engrossing read. The reader reads on, awe-struck, as one medical malpractice after another, unfolds in all its horrifying ramifications and one is not prepared for the jaw- dropping denouement which hits one with all the force of a hammer.
Written in a very lucid style, this book is indeed a page – turner, spine – chilling and gripping till the end.
Published by Vitasta publishers, Delhi, the book is crisply edited, and the cover of the book, tempts you into buying and reading the book immediately.
Highly recommended for lovers of good literature and those passionate about thrillers.
Book: Betrayed: Tale of a Rogue Surgeon
Author: Satbir Chadha
Publisher: Vitasta, Delhi
price: Rs. 250
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