Hello my dear readers!

As we move towards the close of 2016, I am back with another review. And soon, I will be back with more stuff!

The book I am to review here is titled Secrets, Sins & Struggles – The journeys of five women – by Kamini Kusum. 

The cover:

The cover is really something that could garner your attention. With images of women spread across it surely is apt for its stories which have strong female leads. Some strong women who emerge out of dire situations.
The blurb

Secrets, Sins and Struggles is a collection of short tales. It is about the lives of five women, tracing their long, eventful journeys that are anything but linear.

Meet Pooja, a teenager forced into the flesh trade but determined to escape and get justice.

Shrawani who dreams of becoming a bureaucrat despite all the trials life throws her way.

Avni who is torn between her childhood friend and her brand new boyfriend.

Harsha who is trapped in a loveless marriage while still being daunted by thoughts of her forsaken lover.

Geshna who falls head over heels for a high school sweetheart only to find her own life shrinking to accommodate his.

These stories are about the odds stacked against women in their path to love and success.

They are also about hope that the next turn will lead to the happiness and success they all long for.

About the author:

Kamini Kusum is a management professional working in an MNC. In her eleven years of professional experience, she has worked in top IT companies such as TCS & HCL. She is a movie buff, while writing is her passion. She lives in Delhi with her husband and two daughters.

My review:

The essence of short stories lies in the different genres and emotions that each story has. The different stories in this book, show various situations and the different ways each woman faces and overcomes.

The stories are very interesting and they do keep you intrigued to know how the story would end. It keeps us thinking, what is in store for the main character whose story we are reading. The characters grow not just physically but even emotionally, making them all very humane. 

The only trouble as a reader was the flow of the stories. Sometimes they seemed too rushed up. Too many things happen too fast and the narrative seems to be hastening towards the end/climax of the story. But that too I think is because these are short stories. It’s indeed difficult to make the story move ahead within constraints.

My rating: 3.5/5 

I would recommend it to you if you enjoy short stories. Short stories which let you have a glimpse of the intricacies of the Indian society and the troubles and turmoils women of India go through in most parts of the country. The language and narration was well written. The author certainly deserves praise for writing about the issues and the plight of women everywhere. Do read it if you like short stories! Check out on Amazon.

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OK folks, so I hope to be back soon with something more!

Lots of love and best wishes.