This book is a ‘must-read’ for everyone, but especially for young adults in India. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. Ria Sharma writes from the heart and this makes for storytelling at its best; but this is far more than a simple story. It’s a story of the worst of humanity and our country – the patriarchy, the lack of implementation of the law, the subjugation of women, the biases in society. It’s a story of the best of humanity and our country – the generosity of people, the unflagging spirit, the ‘can do’ attitude of our youth, the strength of Ria and the survivors. Yes, you see Ria transform from a ‘Delhi brat’ to a brave woman of substance, but more than that, you are given the opportunity to follow her journey of how she overcame her self-doubt, anxiety and fears to do what she knew was right, to stand up for those who needed it. Then there are the ‘survivors’, I like to think of them as victors. Strong women, who because of their strength were attacked in the most horrific way possible. Each one of them dealt with adversity with humour, pragmatism, and with the help of Ria’s organization faced the stigma head on. It made me chuckle, cry, go ‘wow’ but I kept wanting to turn the page. The graphic account of the burns ward will stay with me a long time; I don’t think I’ll have the guts to ever visit one. Overall though it inspires and makes you question your prejudices. My only complaint is that it left me wanting more, I hope in few years there will be another book that continues where it left off, because in spite of the accolades and awards, I know her journey is far from over.
Amazing, true to life story, I loved this book, if you start reading you will never leave it till you finish it...Interesting for all ages especially those children, adults and the elderly who want reality more than fiction.. An enlightening , inspirational book 📚A must for every Reader ..💕💕💕📚📚📚
First of all, the book deserves an A plus for vocabulary. It's gonna teach you so many good words. Secondly and most importantly, I realised that I'm 'LACHRYMOSE', just as the author claims to be. Because o cried when I read the forward, I was weeping when I read the book and my tears wouldn't stop even at the acknowledgements. It's amazing how we live in this monstrous society but manage to ignore the monstrosities it holds. And it's commendable how people like Ria Sharma are so driven that they would go so far as to dedicate their lives to get rid of these monstrosities. Like Shahrukh Khan has already said, 'This book teaches us that no matter who you are, you can always help another in need" and if that doesn't sum up the book, I don't know what can. I am gonna go all out and say that every Indian and every millennial in this world should read this book.
This book is not a book enlisting accomplishments. This book is all about a struggle. A realistic struggle where you don't get all the fancy divine helps. The thing I liked the most was how the author never once tries to put herself as a Messiah or something instead she always tells of her shortcomings which really inspires everyone that you don't really need to be a sage to do great deeds. Everyone can. The book details the apathy of Indian society and Indian hospitals in acid attack cases and it really moved me to see how much effort had to be put in for what was rightly theirs. This one, though it was the author's journey, turned out to be the best motivational book I read this year. Also I want to add that the writer has really great writing skills. The writing is so fluid and so engaging that you can effortlessly read for hours, get moved, smile, get horrified and calmed. Everyone should read this once to know that when you are determined nothing, i repeat NOTHING is impossible.
💕Make Love Not Scars By Ria Sharma💕 It's comparatively harder to write a review of a book you loved than the book you didn't liked at all, because when something is too close to your heart we fall short of words to describe it and the same has happened with this one. . It's intricate, strong and amazingly woven non-fiction by the author. Ria Sharma has inspired me in alot of ways, what she has done needs courage+++ and more all, when she shares her own story and the story of her NGO MNLS along with the brave girls and women who decided to fight back the injustice and stand of themselves. It has a very beautiful cover and I don't think it could have a more better one. The best part of the book was the language and narration, the author very amazingly avoided exaggeration and was always real throughout the book. . The real life pictures are something which gives a closer look into the content and this is a must read for all kind of people, highly recommended. I loved it to the core. . Rating: 4🌟
Book review 36: . Make love not scars by Ria Sharma . Foreword : Whoa!! How much the 'just' 27 year old author has selflessly done for our society to promote the awareness and rehabilitation of acid attack victims at such a young age is indeed mind blowing. Hats off @ria13sharma . About the book: This book starts with the life story of Ria Sharma, her younger days, a bit about her family and goes on to mention how she went on to take up a degree in fashion design and while brainstorming for her final year project the author chances upon acid attack survivors in India , how she is intrigued and interested in doing her bit for them which essentially marks the birth of an ngo by the same name. . .
Most of the book deals with the trials and tribulations the young author undergoes to set up a rehabilitation system for acid attack survivors , right from dealing with hospitals for their treatment, to getting them their legal rights to gathering funds, to making them comfortable in their skin (pun unintended) , to counselling them, to making them live their dreams and further going that extra step to make them self employed and lead a respectable life ahead. . . Takeaway : While the focus in our country is on rape, domestic abuse etc there is not much being said or done for the acid attack cases. Considering that, kudos to Ria for opening our eyes to the complete horror that their story is. This book has indeed broadened my perspective to this social cause. It brings tears to my eyes how bravely these girls have withstood their test in time and stand bold and courageous to face the world while the rest of us complain of a measly headache or some such . How trivial, our daily complaints. Do read this book folks, if you haven't already !!
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What an amazing book. From start to end it is full of emotions, sacrifice, struggle, fight, heart break, dhoka and many more feelings. The book revolve around acid attack survivalist and their fight for their rights and life. The book will hooked you up throughout. I literally had goosebumps while reading each n every case mentioned in the book. You can literally imagine and feel the pain of the survivalists when they had faced the acid attack and even after that. You can easily understand the pressure author has while writing this and also her own struggle from life threatening calls. The author deserve huge applause for such a beautiful work. Congratulations and all the very best for future work.
I normally do not read a book that is heavily loaded with huge paragraphs and descriptions. I must say that this one was a pleasant exception. The author has addressed serious issues with exquisite prose laced with a subtle sense of humour that is rich as well as thoroughly engaging. She has an admirable quality to laugh at herself as is clearly evident from her prose. Writers in this language, who are in too much of a hurry to become "Authors", are well-advised to read this before going to the printers with their craft. I would like to read more of her and wish her the very best.