Author: Shikha Kaul
Publisher: Gargi Publishers
Have you ever played ‘hide n seek’? Yes, I am sure; you must have played this notorious game numerous times in your childhood days. What a fun-filled activity it was! Ironically, ‘hiding’ in itself is not at all such an easy task to perform and if it is about something (or say someone) very dear to you and near your heart, it becomes all the way more difficult to hide it from the world out there. Every pore of our body work in tandem to shout out – It’s mine but alas!
Here comes the daring darling of the times – Shikha Kaul, the author of the one of the latest publication from Gargi Publishers – Hidden Husband. She offers a plot wherein the protagonist gets married but is not able to enjoy her new life with her husband and the destiny forces her to keep her husband – hidden! No, she has not committed anything wrong that bars her from performing her duties as a wife nor has his husband cheated upon her and they both have not crossed their limits of acceptable social normal either but still the truth is hidden beneath the sheets…
This is a gripping story with a realistic plot written with easily imaginable scenarios and developments. She has taken a balanced approach is mixing all the elements of writing industry in her story and has succeeded decently otherwise; this could have turned out something else. Her hold in releasing the thoughts and sharing the path with the characters makes her an author to be eyed upon. As she herself is motivated to write for long, I bet she would have more good stuff to soothe the readers’ senses.
She has portrayed strong characters with influential turn of events which make you think (as responsible social beings) if our existence is worth the social environ, that we have crafted around us, in the name of being – ‘CULTURAL’. Though, Aisha is well educated, self dependent and good earning and she even falls for an educated boy from a well-to-do family but then, such are the colors of our colorful cultures that they wipe out all the colors of joy from the life of a newly – committed couple. Which culture outlines the language of hearts filled with love? Why is listening to heart considered contrasting to obeying your family? Read this story to find out if there love blossoms in the social torrents or it wilts with the sobs.
The development of the story is commendable. How she introduces the readers to the protagonist; then lets us enter her life and her schedule afterwards. She smartly chose to dissect the book (say story) into parts and this gives us time to let the advancements seep in and then switch from one phase to another. Though, I personally felt that the pace went a bit slow towards the second half but then, she catches up with it and towards the end, she is all charged up again to provide you a much-needed lift or should I say – a kick.
The title of the story is very much suitable and alluring enough to catch up the eyeballs. The book cover might look a mis-match in the start but as you delve into the pages, you will get to learn about the significance of having this one.
All in all, it is an interesting read! This work is recommended for self-made ladies and ambitious girls who would love to carve their own niche in society.
About the Book
Aisha is trapped in her own secret which makes her feel 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 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 the atrocities being committed on women in the Indian society and the tough decisions she must take, keeping her most loves one oblivious to everything happening in her life.
About the Author
Shikha Khanduja Kaul is an Indian author who was born in Amritsar, Punjab. Her family moved to Gurgaon in 1992 and she has seen the city grow from a small town to being the Millennium City of India. She completed her schooling from GUrgain and later graduated with Honors in Physics from Sri Venkateshwara College, Delhi University. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HR) from Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning.
She found her passion for writing not too long ago. Her debut fiction novel is a love-story with a touch of the realities prevailing in the Indian society that form the foundation of the biases against women for centuries. She hopes to come up at least one novel every year for as many years as she can. With the plethora of ideas that the author in her is eager to offer, she wishes her readers ‘Happy Reading’.
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