The Princess of a Whorehouse: The Story of a Swamp Lotus by Mayank Sharma


There are times when you feel that the day to day issues that we come across are the biggest. That’s when these stories make you feel that life is much complicated than our everyday challenges. Every women who is a mother wants the best for her child, may she be a sex worker or she may be the CEO of an organization.

Blurb –

Aparajita is a tenacious go-getter. Her name means unconquerable in Sanskrit, and she lives up to its meaning.

Just like any other ambitious girl, she desires to fulfil her dreams and become an independent individual. Far and wide, the shadow of her melancholy past chases her passage. The fact that her widowed mother is a former sex worker irks the community. Nonetheless, she is not ashamed to reveal her mother’s past.

Will she lose hope, or will she defy an enigma that is centuries-old? Will she ever conquer the hearts of a prestige-obsessed community?

See the world through Aparajita’s prism in a tale stirred by some real life events.

My review –

This book is about Ramya and her daughter Aparajita. Ramya lost her husband in an accident. She was sold by her husband’s friend, Anjum, into flesh trade. She was too young to understand the world and gets carried away and totally trusts Anjum. Anjum talks about new life for her in New Delhi, but what she really encounters at Delhi was very different. It was nowhere close to what she was told.

Ramya gets married to raj, who is an NGO worker for her daughter who is very talent and wants to study. She was determined to do anything to keep her daughter away from flesh business and wants to give her the best of education.

I like the way the author has written the story, it’s really captivating and engrossing. However, I did find that somewhere down the way the story starts to get predictable.

I also felt that though the author has made a good attempt to highlight the issue of sex workers coming back to the society and trying to lead a normal life, but I felt that there are other element that could have been looked into. For example, why is the police not doing anything in these cases, even though it gets reported?

In the second half, I loved the letter written by Aparajita to her stepfather.

After reading this book, I just feel that as a woman, you should be careful with the best of friends or even relatives. You should be able to stand up for yourself and should be emotionally and financially strong.

Author has done a great job in addressing these issues which women of the current Indian society are facing. This problem is not just in the rural areas but also in urban India. A great quick read that does make you think about the current issues.

I would recommend this to all, especially all the Indian women.


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