Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Book Review- The Shadow of The Dark Soul by Sukhmani Gandhi


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Book Name: The Shadow of The Dark Soul

Authoress: Sukhmani Gandhi

Publisher: Cypher Publishers

Price: Rs. 95


Zayesha is a twenty something journalist working in Delhi. Sensitive and compassionate, she is a league apart from her contemporaries, who believes in the mantra of manufacturing or milking news. Cornered by her boss, she fights against time to work on the Nirbhaya case in order to save her job. Synchronicity plays a crucial, life-altering role in her life when a series of events make her question herself. During this phase, Zayesha comes across The Shadow of The Dark Soul, thanks to her next-door neighbor. Nothing stays the same afterwards as Zayesha is made to reassess everything. Will she manage to finish her report on time? How far eill she go to step from armchair activism in to the realities of life? Will she win in the end? The questions are many but the answers lie within The Shadow of The Dark Soul.

Story in a nutshell:

Zayesha, a journalist, has been assigned to work on The Nirbhaya Case by her nagging boss. He has threatened her that if she fails to do it, she would be losing her job. Her mind has been subjected to a lot of mental torture- The Nirbhaya Case, her job, her family and her boyfriend, Armaan. She decides to jog and leaves her home for the park. She meets her neighbor who tells her about The Shadow of The Dark Soul. Her neighbor pesters her to visit the place for once. Her visit to the place changes her life altogether. What changes is the author talking about? Is Zayesha successful at saving her job?

My Take:

Making a debut with such a ‘sensitive-topic’ novel is itself an achievement. I congratulate the author for the same.

The narration has been done in simple English and hence, it easily connects with the reader. Every chapter makes the reader ask innumerable questions to himself. The author has put down thoughts of many on paper. She has done a commendable job.

The Shadow of The Dark Soul is surely a page turner. It’s a must-read novel.

P.S: I really really loved the end.

I rate:

Cover: 3.5/5

Story: 4/5

I rate The Shadow of The Dark Soul with 4/5 stars.

You can book your copies online by clicking on this link.


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