Tikli and Laxmi Bomb (Hindi)
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Truth be told , I received this book as a review copy and wrapped it up in a single sitting .
Tikli & Laxmi Bomb is the third book by author Aditya Kriplani begins with the Laxmi , who's in her 40s , as the lead sexworker in S.V.Road , Mumbai who's considered as a veteran in her profession . She wear loose shirt and skirt , drink Old Monk , write hindi songs and is a victim of Patriarchy However one day Mhatre , Laxmi's boss , hop in with Putul . Putul is portrayed as a young Bangladeshi prostitute , rebellious in nature and daring enough to do act as her heart say , wears high heels and maintain long polished nails .After Putul's entry in the dark world , events turned into a manner that Putul and Laxmi ended up forming an independent system of sexworkers which comes out as a competition with the one they're associated with .
Name of the Book ' Tikli & Laxmi Bomb ' is adopted from its protagonists . Putul , 'cause of his rebillious nature got the name ' Tikli ' ~ a firecracker that constantly goes boon , boon , boon and 'Laxmi Bomb ' is named after Laxmi ,'cause she's like a big bomb which in case blast could envelope astronomical damage .
Beside Main Protagonist , Author has also added side characters which makes the read more crispy . A.T. ~ Local Security of Mathre's Girls Squad , is a dark-skinned Maharashtrian boy who could have easily passed of Maharashtrian version of Enrique Iglesias and owns an autorickshaw with a disco ball hanging from the ceiling of the vehicle . Mangatram , owner of chai-coffee-cigrettewala who used to sell all of the items as mentioned in his shop's name and later turned out to be a free-publicity-fellow of Tikli & Laxmi Gang .Tsamchoe & Sharanya are also prostitutes who devote their loyalty to Tikli & Laxmi .Mathre , Morey and Shindey are portrayed as the evil throughout the reading , through which author consistently try to amplify the message that there exist men who try to control the lives of women .
Fav. Moment :
# Tikli's Ideology is the backbone of the plot .
# Tikli's gelling with Laxmi .
# When Laxmi runs out of Police Station and stumble into A.C.P .
# Tikli's masterplan to establish their own kingdom .
# Lack of depth in Character's descriptions .
# How could Laxmi who felt the weight of her body run so long ?
So Tikli & Laxmi Bomb is a Masala and fun read .
I've always felt this but it's important to say it ... Aditya Kripalani is an artiste with words; one of the best storytellers I have ever come across. His uncanny ability to put into language the deepest thoughts, urges and instincts of female protagonists is a quality that never fails to surprise and amaze me. Characterisation, plot, story, all are brought out so beautifully in his wonderfully realistic reflection of Mumbai as we love it, hate it, and know it. Can't help but come back to his books again and again. This one too is definitely a must not miss!
Quote for this Book :- The Only Thing that the society has done for them(sex workers) is to label them as "prohibited".
My Views :-
In our Country, where every news is made a breaking news, where law & orders are pure myth and scamp are for channel TRP's than why the dark side of our so called "modern" society has not been exposed yet ??
In this male-chauvinist society where women are forced to become salves of this insane patriarchy, in these ongoing situations this book is a sarcastic slap to all those narrow-minds who think that women aren't important part of this society.
This book keeps revolving around Tikli & Laxmi and their gang who are sex workers by profession...From Tikli's sparking & bold trait to Laxmi's flare-up trait,From Mhatre's evil aspect to Shinde's greediness, From Those peanut farts to those non-bearable snores,From Sharanya's - Tsamchoe's supportiveness to Mangatram & Manda's creepiness , From the Revolution to the sacrifices...this is a thought-provoking read.
Wow & Oops Of The Book :-
👭 Language :-It was a commendable attempt on the authors part to experiment three different languages on a same project but somewhere this mixture was a bit clumsy.
👭 Content :- Many have written women-centric books in the past but the thought & aim of this book was quite unique & fresh but somewhere i felt the execution was bit off track as episodes were irrelevantly repeated (Like that farting-snorring one,old monk-peanuts one,existence lines all).
Overall , This book unveils the opaque side of sex workers life thus, raising a series of questions in my mind that is Why these sex workers are criticised and not the people who feast upon them & Why their existence is invisible to our "smart-phonic" society ??
Rating :- 3.5/5
Komal Priyani ❤️
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