Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review: Nazaqat by Sasha H Singhal

There have been a lot of instance where some stories have left you amazed and a deep impact on your mind. While some have appalled the reader's taste and made them think why such books are written. Author Sasha H Singhal in her book "Nazaqat" narrates a story which is up for a test by the readers. So will it be able to survive the test? Let's find out. 

A prostitute turned entrepreneur, who hires a ghost writer to make a biography. A murder that she was accused for and her vision to legalize prostitution completely in India. A parallel conspiracy that threatens her life and her vision. A forgotten tale of mermaid, that must be told. Time is ticking and history would be altered. What would be the fate of Nazaqat? Will she succeed in her vision or she would end up as a victim?  

First look at the title and the cover image and a reader is convinced that it's a woman oriented story. There is a touch of delicacy and an added flavor to the title. The girl on the cover page along with the chandelier just adds to the curiosity of the reader. The blurb is unusually lengthy but talks about a woman and her life. It could have been cut down a bit in order to add more zing to the complete presentation. 

The story is of Naazani Singh Shekhawat and her tirades of past and future. She is in a deep mess as she has been accused of a murder. Plus she wants to legalize prostitution in India. She hires a writer and decides to reveal all about her through the means of a book. The writer too is interested in her story. So what does Naazani has to tell about her past? How much is she going to suffer in her present? Will she come out clean or be a victim of the system? What happens when the past and the future collide with each other. That's what the story is all about. 

The story is one roller coaster ride of your life. It'll take you to the top of a mountain and then bring back to the earth the very next instant. The brilliant narration accompanied with the thrill, the drama and the uniqueness of the story line is a complete package for the reader. The poems are marvelous and the touch of subtle yet convincing narration makes it all the more exciting for the readers eyes. The concept behind the whole story and the surprises unfurling throughout spices up the entire book. 

The downside of the book is it's hurried end. The end could have been tamed and been maintained in the same flow as the whole story.  

It's a very creative presentation on the part of the writer. Many social issues have been covered with the help of this book. There are laughs, there are cries, there's joy and there are sorrows. It's a lesson in a way for many. The amazing script along with powerful characters makes it a money worth experience for the readers. 


4 OUT OF 5

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