Book – The Mysterious Widows of Mehboobpura
Author – Anuradha Kunte Singh
Publisher – Notion Press
Pages – 196
“They said the Rakshasas died a long time back, Then who are these at Mehboobpura…”
The Mysterious Widows of Mehboobpura is a fast paced thrilling read which addresses an issue which is equally deadly and rampant in some parts of the country. The Author being an Army man’s wife herself, has done a brilliant job at reflecting the adventure, the need to stand up for social cause, determination and courage that runs in an Army man’s family, in her writing. Although I wish the characters were a bit more polished, they still possessed intriguing personality and could be easily connected with. Same was the case with narration. It was engaging but a little honing is required. The sequence of events leading up to the main scene were quite well plotted and portrayed. The back story of the characters were as gripping as the story itself.
I liked the mastery with which the Author has described the little and beautiful details of Army life. The pain, the pleasure, the longing, the royalty of attitude and approach and the disciplined life style, the chance to explore and the skill of making every place a home.
I liked the plot and the way it discusses about the illegal and lethal activities practiced by people under coercion, poverty, exploitation, illiteracy, helplessness and corruption and undue political influence in fueling offences like sexual, mental and physical abuse, trafficking and smuggling. I don’t want to giveaway the mystery in the plot so I’m keeping certain points vague.
And to know how exciting this story is, you can read the Author’s interview in my next post.
It was indeed a very enthralling read. Must read !
Rating – 🌟🌟🌟.5/5