Book Review of Endurer: A Rape Story

Title: Endurer: A Rape Story

Author: Kapil Raj

Genre: Fiction

Page Count: 216

Published : September, 2018

Publisher: Write India Publishers

Rating: 5/5

BOOK BLURB:

Life was a fun fed roller coaster: New found love, drugs, cat-fights, patch ups, crushes, night hangouts, and unplanned trips. Like any girl, not in the wildest dream, Palak could imagine that after attending a Rave Party, she will wake up to the horror of finding herself raped.

In traumatic conditions and struggle between sanity and hallucinations, she is compelled by the circumstances to leave her world. Already fighting a war within, her stances take a toll witnessing horrifying tales of women and girls. Little did she know that this catastrophe was not enough for one lifetime, and a storm – was just cooling its heels.

Will she be able to carve her path while facing the rapists, her tyrant father, appearances of her passed away mother? Should Palak let her life to be decided by people, society, and taboos? Would justice return her life or revenge lend her peace?

A heart-rending story of a girl, whose beliefs and honor has been battered, stands up to make choices, rediscovering the meaning of life.

MY VIEWS:

It is a story of young and beautiful Palak, who was living her life to the fullest. Friends, crushes, a newly found love, parties, trips she was living a life that every youngster craves for. But, her life is completely changed, when she wakes up in the morning, after attending a rave party, and finds herself raped. Hearing the word, is enough to send shivers down the spine, and bearing all that is far from one’s wildest imagination. This book is about Palak’s dealing with the aftermath of the trauma she endured. I won’t talk about the story much, because I want the readers to read this book by themselves.

The book is enthralling, poignant, and absolutely unputdownable. I read the book in one sitting only. The cover and the title are really compelling. The story is a complete package of friendship, betrayal and emotions. The characters are very Well-developed, making it an amazing read.

Reading this book made me realize about the crookedness of our society, and of a certain standard set upon women and girls. We have been told not to stay outside our homes at night, to wear clothes that cover whole of our bodies. Girls are always restricted from doing so many things, that are normal for boys to do. Why? Just because some men couldn’t control their libido when they see a woman, dressed as per her wish, or walking on a street at night, or maybe by just existing. This book got me thinking about a lot of things but mostly, why the victims of rape and assault are usually the one’s who have to hide, to remain anonymous, and the rapist roam freely? Why do the victims have to suffer for years before they get justice? And the worst part is people accuse the victims, saying maybe it’s their fault that they got raped, maybe they were inviting or provoking when they wore that short dress.
It’s about time we change that deviant rule of the society. It’s about time that instead of teaching our girls not to get raped, we teach boys not to rape.

At last, I just want to say that this book is a must-read for the youngsters. The story is really compelling and thought-provoking.

About the Author:

Kapil Raj is an author and a professional based at New Delhi, India. His writing reflects the understanding of the social functioning and human psychology.

With the heart of a philosopher, mind of a realist, and a deep-rooted non-conformist, he lives many lives, yet stealing the time for the most precious thing
which matters to him: crafting plots, playing with characters and weaving the stories with inscribed messages.

He actively runs a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram/realistespresso reflecting the other interests like photography and poetry.

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