Voices of the silent creek Paperback – 2015
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Author: Vikkas Arun Pareek
Format : ebook
Storyline of the book is very Strong. After the 2012 Nirbhaya incident, this topic has caught attention of many writers and Vikkas Arun Pareek is one of them.
But there is one thing which differentiate Vikkas from others here, he is not trying to start a fight with his writing. In his own words:
“This book will not change the world. It will not even change a community, a city and I do not mind that. If along with all the voices a voice is added and collectively sent to the society to improve itself, set a benchmark and then achieve it or at least try to achieve it. If it even helps or changes one person life, my goals and efforts to write this book will be met.”
This is really unique. I have seen many authors who are championing the cause and claiming that there writing will definitely change the thinking of Society. I salute Vikkas to be honest and humble.
Story revolves around the lives of four women who are attached to a common thread and suffer and fight against the atrocities of the Society to ultimately emerge champions.
Bhano, Shanti, Mano and Arti: they represent different sections of society, they represent different thoughts of society. They all suffer in their own way. Shanti loses her life but in the end Bhano, Mano and Arti are able to get justice and start a new life. A happy ending.
I am not touching on the story deliberately as I want each of you to read it and experience it yourself without knowing what is going to happen next.
All in all a very Strong Novel. It gives us an insight in what is happening on the other side of Grass.
Few points of improvement are:
1. Language: I have noticed and discussed it earlier too. No harm in writing in English by translating your thoughts but then one must read enough before writing scenes like Sexual Harassment. The quality of writing takes a hit if we don’t use write words and phrases. If we just translate word to word the meaning is lost, the impact is lost. Here is where editing helps.
2. Editing: This book has been edited as claimed in the beginning. But editing proves to be the weakest link of the book. The language, words, grammar, phrases, description of scenes all deserve a lot of editing.
I suggest the author to get the editing done again and republish it. The book has a scope to be best seller.
Narrated in third person, the story of Shanti will surely touch your hearts. Escapes of Shanti and Bhano's life are well narrated. There are very few books which give you the feel that the characters and the incidents are for real. I must say this book fits well in that category. Every incident is perfectly timed. The flow of story has been consistent throughout the book. Not even for a fraction of a second will the reader feel lost.
Characters- Shanti, Bhano and Arti have been portrayed to be very strong. We need women like them in today's world. I feel very proud of each of them. They are different from each other but each of them have qualities that will make you feel that we should be like them. As far as the male characters are concerned, you will feel utmost hatred.
This book must not lie in those unattended bookshelves. It needs to be out in the world so that every person reads Shanti's story and no Shanti ever suffers again. A must read. I wouldn't mind reading it n number of times.
I rate 'Voices of Silent Creek' with 4/5 stars.
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