Thursday, 20 August 2015

Book Review: Hidden Husband by Shikha Kaul

Author: Shikha Kaul

Publisher: Gargi Publisher

Price: Rs. 195.


Aisha is trapped in her own secret which makes her life hell. Her love for Raghav is true. But hailing from two very different cultures is the basis of their continued friction. Aisha is a Punjabi girl from Gurgaon and Raghav, a Bihari from Ranchi. Raghav’s family will certainly not accept a girl from outside their community. And yet, he continues giving her false hopes through his efforts and promises.

And then they take a step which entangles her life further. Will she manage to come out of this quandary or must she continue to live in her self-created web? Explore her journey that makes her realize that atrocities being committed on women in the Indian society and the tough decisions she must take, keeping her most loved ones oblivious to everything happening in her life.


Aisha, a Punjabi girl, is the HR head of the company she works for. It is said that love does not arrive in your life with any prior notice. It does not care for caste/ religion. Similar things happen with Aisha too. Raghav, a Bihari boy, enters her life. In no time, they become good friends and ends up in falling in love with each other.

Aisha and Raghav are totally in love. Life, for them, is running smoothly until Aisha gets a marriage proposal. Aisha is in dilemma whether she should tell her parents about her relationship with Raghav. After numerous conflicts between heart and mind, heart wins and Aisha confesses her feelings for Raghav to her mother. Aisha’s parents want to meet Raghav and their meet is arranged. Raghav manages to please Aisha’s parents successfully. Now, another hurdle is placed on to their path- Raghav’s orthodox and strict parents.

Will Raghav’s parents accept Aisha, a Punjabi, as their daughter-in-law?

Will Aisha and Raghav’s relationship remain strong in this ordeal?

What are the secrets that Aisha is carrying with her?

Hidden Husband is a story of love, care, understanding and risks. It’s about lover’s helplessness. It’s about dreams and wishes of a married girl. It’s about a mother who lost her baby. It’s keeping your parents happy. It’s about loving a person who loves you unconditionally.

What did I like the most?

  • Sameer’s unconditional love for Aisha.
  • Aisha’s effort in keeping her relationship  with Raghav strong and intact.
  • Aisha and Piyali’s friendship.

What I did not like?

  • Raghav’s delay in announcing about his marriage to Aisha (I know, he had genuine reasons. But, somewhere deep inside, I feel that he should have acknowledged it. He should have put in more efforts in convincing his family.)
  • Aisha’s miscarriage.
  • Aisha and Raghav’s divorce (They were so much perfect for each other yet they could not be together. A universal truth is revealed here- we are slaves to our fate, not the masters!)

The author has done a commendable job. I congratulate her for her debut which is surely going to be a best seller. The plot, the characters is just perfect. The style of narration is also very good. It’s simple and I loved reading Hidden Husband.

I have a question for the author.

‘How is Aisha going to react when she is going to meet Raghav again?’
‘Can we expect a sequel to Hidden Husband?’

I rate:
Cover- 4.5/5
Story- 4/5
Characters- 4/5

My overall rating for Hidden Husband is 4/5.

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