The Shadow of the Dark Soul Paperback – 2015
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Even what we do on individual level too leaves an
impact on surrounding and its ripples can be traced.
Some incidents change the course of history and
propagate new ideas and motivate us to look for
solutions instead of whining.
“Shadow of the Dark Soul” by Sukhmani Gandhi is a
remarkable work based on Rape.
It highlights the fear and trauma that one may
experience by imagining & thinking about incidents like
16th December, 2012; Nirbhaya’s Case.
Though the central part deals with rape, the author has
aptly given space to other societal issues that needs
attention like child sexual abuse, same sex
relationships, Marital Rape, etc.
The ending is absolutely heart-warming and touching.
Loved the fact pointed in the end that irrespective of
what happened in past; we all have to start all over
Just paraphrasing them:
“In the end, all you need to do is liberate their souls,
make them feel pious, the way they were before …”
The story ends with optimism that good things do
happen on Earth; what one needs are eyes to discover
them that may often be ignored by mainstream media.
“Shadow of the Dark Soul” is an interesting read where
protagonist, Zayesha, is a journalist.
She is assigned with task of researching and writing an
article on Nirbhaya’s incident.
This research prompts her to look for solutions.
Her life takes a new turn when she visits “Shadow of
the Dark Soul”, SDS, which her neighbor, Mrs.
Chandelier attended and was associated with.
She is horrified to discover “The Rape Daughter” at
Later, she is surprised to discover her friend, Jiya
Why visiting “Shadow of the Dark Soul” causes
nightmares to Zayesha?
What is the mystery behind “Shadow of the Dark Soul”?
How incidents@ “Shadow of the Dark Soul” help
Zayesha to discover solutions she was looking for?Moments@ “Shadow of the Dark Soul”
“Born as a woman or a victim? If you really want to
give them a word; well I have one: SURVIVOR.”
“Marriage is an easy substitute for rape? What kind of
message is that?”
“If you get an opportunity to rape would you do it?”
“You are a boy and boys don’t cry. Why was it that
“One day humanity is going to vanish from our world
and I can see it happening.”
“It was as if I lived a protected life inside a bubble,…&
the bubble had burst.”
And the message with which it ends:
“HUMANITY IS WITHIN US. DON’T SEARCH IT IN
OTHER PEOPLE. JUST BE HUMAN”.
What novel misses out?
-the novel remains silent on Dowry,
-some grammatical errors & typos,
Though they may be ignored for it is one of the few
novels I have discovered that intends to find solutions.
Prologue itself is wonderful. It covers the points on the actual society's perspective on rape victims. Author cleverly touches on other issues like LGBT and some feminist opinions.
The narration is interesting, easy to follow. But, there are many spelling and grammar mistakes, which i didn't like about the book. Editing might have been better.
We are living a secured happy life with option to study and freedom to work and live life in our own way, we see the bubble burst when someone mentions about the rapes, sexual assaults on children/ women/men. This scares us to realize about the dangerous society we are living in. Mostly we try to deny these kind of incidents and run away from these problems. We need inner courage to accept the reality and think about the support that we can give to rape survivors. Rape survivors don't need sympathy and they dont want to be called as victims. They want the society to change their perspective of treating them.
The novel ends with the quote -
"Humanity is within us. Don't search for it in other people. Be Human."
Book is very small, so it is a quick read. I felt, there is something missing in the book - how Zayesha brings about the change herself and what actually the organization 'Shadow fo the dark soul' does to rape survivors is un clear. But, I appreciate the efforts of the debutant author my wholeheartedly.
My Rating: 3/5
Zayesha, a journalist, has been assigned to work on The Nirbhaya Case by her nagging boss. He has threatened her that if she fails to do it, she would be losing her job. Her mind has been subjected to a lot of mental torture- The Nirbhaya Case, her job, her family and her boyfriend, Armaan. She decides to jog and leaves her home for the park. She meets her neighbor who tells her about The Shadow of The Dark Soul. Her neighbor pesters her to visit the place for once. Her visit to the place changes her life altogether. What changes is the author talking about? Is Zayesha successful at saving her job?
Making a debut with such a ‘sensitive-topic’ novel is itself an achievement. I congratulate the author for the same.
The narration has been done in simple English and hence, it easily connects with the reader. Every chapter makes the reader ask innumerable questions to himself. The author has put down thoughts of many on paper. She has done a commendable job.
The Shadow of The Dark Soul is surely a page turner. It’s a must-read novel.
P.S: I really really loved the end.
I rate The Shadow of The Dark Soul with 4/5 stars.
In all, the book is an honest effort by an upcoming author. A must read. Cheers.
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