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About the Author
Mayank Sharma is a 'left-brained' professional with over twenty years of global experience in leading multinational companies. His interest in writing intensified when one of his articles was featured in the May 2014 edition of Better Software magazine published in Florida, USA.
As Mayank travelled across continents and associated with people with diverse beliefs and values, he became more curious about the social riddles that curtailed liberties across civilizations.
He is transforming into a 'right-brained' writer with his debut book, The Princess of a Whorehouse. Besides writing, he is passionate about painting and making sculptures.
Mayank lives in the National Capital Region of Delhi with his wife, Sonali, daughter, Myra, and son, Aarav.
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Author: Mayank Sharma
Published by: Notionpress, Inc.
Aparajita is a tenacious go-getter. Her name means unconquerable in Sanskrit, and she lives up to its meaning.
Just like any other ambitious girl, she desires to fulfil her dreams and become an independent individual. Far and wide, the shadow of her melancholy past chases her passage. The fact that her widowed mother is a former sex worker irks the community. Nonetheless, she is not ashamed to reveal her mother's past.
Will she lose hope, or will she defy an enigma that is centuries old? Will she ever conquer the hearts of a prestige-obsessed community?
See the world through Aparajita's prism in a tale stirred by some real life events.
In a nutshell, The Princess of a WhoreHouse, written by Mayank Sharma and published by Notionpress, is a good example of a great idea done with 'playing safe' treatment.
The Princess of a WhoreHouse is Aparajita's story; her childhood, teenage and adult-life, everything is covered in just 102 pages. Sounds good? Well, not really.
1. Deals with some 'community' issues, like the life of sex workers, how outsiders often trick people living in an underdeveloped regions of India, et cetera.
1. The language needs improvement. No, it's not weak or bad. It needs improvement.
2. The dialogues could be sharper.
3. The story felt rushed, halfway through.
The cover is magnificent and goes a little bit with the story - 3/5
The blurb doesn't give the story away much, which is good - 3.5/5
The premise is OKAY - 3/5
The presentation could be better - 2/5
Overall, The Princess of a WhoreHouse gets a 2.7/5 from me.
It's an OKAY-ish read.
People like Noori and Anjum prey on the helplessness of women, mostly uneducated they trust these scum and fall into the pit of flesh trade. Ramya is one such woman who is a widow and has no means of earning her livelihood. Once struck in a whorehouse she finds a friend in Priya who then helps her to better her life. They are eventually rescued and she ends up marrying Raj, not before some trouble.
The story then follows the path of their daughter, Aprajita. The little girl has been a witness to her mother’s struggle. The two of them find love and support from Raj and Aparajita blossoms into a young successful girl. The book is her story and the lessons as a society we must learn.
The book has good, simple language and easily conveys its message of providing an equal opportunity to all women especially those oppressed and obsessed. The story is easy to read and the author does not use titillation or parade the gory details making it a clean read.
In spite of the many NGO’s and aids working to free the women from such oppression. Most of the women are just like slaves with no money, no papers or access to any help. It is virtually impossible for them to escape the brothels and pimps who hold them. The title itself is justified by the author when I spoke to him about it here. The book talks about the sensitive issue of women who are marginalised, abused, sold as prostitutes. The story makes us think about the suffering of women and our double standards towards them.
Kudos to the author for writing and talking about this topic.
The book is a quick read. Events flow one into the other. It is very obvious that the social issue of how children of sex workers are treated was what Mayank Sharma wanted to focus on and the story does that. It focuses on the life of Aparajita from her childhood to her happily ever after. It documents the problems she has first getting admission to a good school to colleagues accepting her. She is as the synopsis says a go getter and she is not ashamed of the fact that her mother has been forced into prostitution.
The story feels like a mixture of Cinderella and Pretty woman, but the characters are a tad unbelievable. It is difficult to imagine a 12 or 13 year old kid, who has been born in a remote tribal area and then spends a couple years being tutored with other children from the brothels, saying things like, “Life sucks when the stereotypes like you look at a million year old yardstick to decide what we deserved. Again and again you position us in your hierarchy based on prejudiced notions of a restrained society”
As far as the story goes, it is pretty good till the end. Then it disappoints. It could have definitely been handled much better. As they say, it not just the end of the story that is important, it is the settling down that comes after that that gives your reader true satisfaction.
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