Friday, 25 September 2015

The Bridal Pyre - Nainam Dahati Pavakah by Avantika Debnath



"Girls need to adjust a little after marriage." Said her mother. And she obeyed her mother's words. She gave up on her dreams... her hopes... her happiness... her self-respect... her father's dignity... her mother's honor... and herself. But she couldn't give up on her child. The child whom she never saw, named, or held close to her heart...The child whom she couldn't give birth to. She obeyed her mother's words but then.... Her own motherhood was taken away from her. She blew the conch shell and declared a war. She stood against all, the husband, the society, the law of the land and the leaders of the people. The local goons....politicians ...corrupt police officers and lawyers...irresponsible judges...the opportunist media...the futile judicial system...wasted legal system...no one could stop her. She feared none. She could not be broken or be burnt....And they said even the holy Ganga would refuse to immerse her... She was no more a body with a soul. She was a soul with a body. And the soul doesn't get torn, doesn't get drowned, and doesn't get burnt. She sat on her pyre and set it ablaze....The Bridal Pyre....but, Nainam Dahati Pawakah



BOOK REVIEW:I got this book from the author in exchange for honest review.
The story revolves around the protagonist,Meera .The character of Meera seems to be like real.I could feel it. Meera is a compound of various strong women I have come across in life.
When you read the book, you being an educated Indian woman will identify with her. But how she handles the challenges thrown at her by life is what makes her extraordinary. 

Right from the childhood ,girls are mistreated and not give right type of education to stand on their own feet. To compete with boys.

The story throws light on some important topic found in our society culture, about cruelty towards women,t hide their pain,to make adjustments,remain dumb and vulnerable.

LIKES:- The best part of the book was the flow of the story which will force you not to leave the book till you finish it. I am totally impressed with the imagination and writing style of the Author and waiting to read more from her.
I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR :- 
Avantika Debnath is a writer at heart and dancer at soul but to earn a living she works as an HR professional in a multinational company. She hails from the City of Joy: Kolkata, West Bengal and stays in the City of Nizams: Hyderabad, Telengana. She has done her Bachelor’s from Calcutta University with Major in English and has an MBA degree from The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI).

Being into human resources, Avantika’s profession has given her the opportunity to meet a number of people on a daily basis. By the virtue of the nature of her work, she gets an insight into various angles of their lives.

These are the people she meets and their lives which Avantika intends to immortalize through her writings. Her protagonists are not anything larger than the ordinary, but their actions and choices make them worth of being sung as heroes.

Having written widely in various websites, and print media, and being a regular contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul series, it was Avantika’s dream to be a novelist someday. And today she presents to you her debut novel: The Bridal Pyre – Nainam Dahati Pawakah.

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