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Title: Her Resurrection

Subtitle: A Survivor’s Journey of Emancipation, Reclamation and redemption

Author: Soumyadeep Koley

Publisher: Gargi Publishers

ISBN: 9789384382087

Pages: 260 pp

My Review

Resurrection – what is resurrection? No, I am not demanding an explanation from you dear readers but am trying to hunt an answer with you all through this unique her resurrectionand yes, one of its kind of book review on my blog. Please, do not get baffled up; the subject is grave and the situation is nothing lesser!

Literally speaking, resurrection refers ‘to act of revival of the dead’; to put this in simple words, I rephrase it as – ‘an act where the acting person (body or spirit) which is deemed dead is put to use (repurposed) one more time for the betterment of the society with added qualities. Yes, the explanation would seem to be a bit spiritual but it has much deeper implications across society. Read on to find out how.

Women have always been projected as the ideal image of love, compassion, patience and endurance but to what limit? When this limit is crossed by the beats of the society, she reincarnates -she resurrects! This story is about ‘her resurrection’.

She – the pen portrait of the author epitomizes – womanhood. He has crafted her to bear all the atrocities and hardships that a female could face in her life time and all that a beastly male would impose on her. He provides her with the filthiest profession on the earth, that could be thought of and she accepts it as it comes. Yes, she takes them all – head on (as her crafter expects her to) but only to be resurrected – to a new found purpose with a new body housing new found qualities! Body, yes – the evil term that every single man proclaims to be his and leaves no stone unturned to feast upon it. She was also made one such commodity, one more time but this time, is destined a bit different. All credit and Kudos to artsy FIRST TIME author – Soumyadeep Koley. He has put in deep thought in gifting a beautiful and an apt title to his work and thus, my effort to build a thought-provoking background to the book review.

He is a woman’s rights activist and his dedication is well seeped into his writing skills. The depth of understanding and documenting them into a decent and well-crafted anecdote is worth praise. His writing skills are impeccable and word selection is beyond criticism. Using these skills, he succeeds to claim your hearts and you feel to be an active part of the scenes. You feel as you are taking a holy dip with every single tear drop you shed while reading (you will, I bet). If this is his debut work, I wonder, what all he has to offer to his readers in his subsequent projects!

He has smartly packaged womanhood, violence, crime, rape, misuse and a proposition in life of his protagonist. His story is about her journey of rising despite all odds. She might have decayed after being destroyed; she might have felt maligned after being molested but he chose – her resurrection – a revival from the rot. Maya – the protagonist, might have ended her life or got lost within the dark but she came back – only to be used again but not this time.

In my opinion, the author attempts to make us understand that the act of resurrection brings something meaningful to pain and even death, which wrack the human race. He motivates us to face life’s difficulties and be victorious by finding motive for looking towards harder things in our life. Read it, like a second chance, an opportunity to take up anything that we might have left undone.

Do not consider this book to be worthwhile only for the readers who could be tagged as ‘victims’ but for others as well because it is ‘us’, who do not let them move on with heads high up. This book will help us in rising above mortality and mentally as well through understanding life and its course, at large. He attempts to make us delve deeper into her life and impart a meaning to ours surpassing our limits of imagination. At some places, you might feel the story to be dragged and a bit predictable but a connection of continuity prevails till the last page.

With this work – Ms Jyoti Singh, the India’s daughter revives! The author dedicates this work to her for her revival to stand back in society and secure a space for her (long after she has gone). She might have died but has risen again (in the name of Maya) and will continue to live and motivate us, as we find our hope of resurrection in light of ‘her resurrection’.

Under the influence of the book, I request the readers not to abandon the society we live in but to improve it in whatever small ways, we can. The fact is that we need to be involved in a positive way by working against the ‘evil’ and promoting ‘equal justice’.

This review would not be complete without the mention of the cover designer – Mr. Ammol Karambe and the publisher – Mr. Pulkit Gupta. They have been working tirelessly to offer quality books published in meaningful covers. This comes as one more round of accolades. Keep going team!

About the Book

So begins Maya’s Story in the picturesque countryside of Maharashtra, where she grows up amidst cruelty and domestic violence, being an unwanted girl-child. Yet, like a lonesome beacon beset by sinister wilderness, she pursues her dreams of reaching the stars with her tiny wings. One night, a twist of fate triggers a series of incidents, when she loses everything she had – even her virginity.

Severely traumatized after her father’s death, her mother’s imprisonment, and her own gang-rape, Maya finds herself all alone in the streets of Mumbai, with wolves lurking around for raw flesh. She is weary, but not wary. She has no sense of the fate that awaits her. What follows, would change her life forever, as also yours, as her heart wrenching, yet inspiring story echoes through time.

‘Her Resurrection’ bravely paints an appalling picture of the society. Heartbreaking, hopeful and immensely healing at the same time, this emotional rollercoaster through dreams, tragedy and triumph is a moving tribute to womankind. Are you ready to embark on a transformational journey with Maya?

About the Author

Soumyadeep Koley is a writer, poet, women’s rights activist and photographer. After graduating with Honours degree in Chemistry from Scottish church College, Kolkata, he joined the global fight against violence on women. He has worked with Jason Jayology Jeremias, the Founder and Artistic director of Price of Silence, New York, which employs performing arts to bring the global struggle for women’s psychological counseling of domestic violence and rape survivors from India and abroad, through unique mystical and metaphysical techniques.

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