Title: The Curse of Damini
Author: Debajani Mohanty
Publisher: Partridge (Penguin Random House)
How long it took me to read: 9 Hours (continuous)
About: The world seemed not enough for free spirited Renuka, when she married the highly educated Shashank hailing from the mightiest Zamindars of Bengal. However, soon her life turned upside down when a neighbor revealed her of their sinister past.
It’s a mysterious supernatural curse cast on their family almost a century back. Generation by generation, Damini’s enraged curse had passed on, declining their family clan from hundreds to a handful few. Who would be Damini’s next victim? And why innocent lives are at a stake for a crime committed by an ancestor a hundred years back? Renuka would not settle until she finds an answer and in her quest she struggles to eradicate all the evils that come in her way. Would she ever win a battle against an unseen enemy? Would the wrong done to Damini be ever avenged?
Set against the nostalgic era of 1940s, the story narrates the arduous journey of Renuka Pal, the protagonist, from a rash teen age freedom fighter to the seasoned writer of the 21st century India. In this thrilling saga of death, betrayal and power plays the narrative would cover a large chunk of twentieth century history. The passing of time, historical events and the changing country is so well-woven to the story that one would hardly differentiate between fact and fiction.
My Thoughts: The Curse of Damini is a fabulous book. I am left speechless to describe how well this book has been written. I started reading this book without much idea what it would be about. I was rather afraid when I picked up the book fearing what the story will unfold to. Suspense is what keeps the reader going further into the book and it is written so beautifully, that the reader sure will become a part of Renuka (the main character’s) life.
This book is definitely not a light read, however, grown-ups who are aware of the society around would appreciate the book.The book keeps you hooked and it is for you to interpret and uncover the answers.
My Favourite parts in the book: I love how strong the main character, Renuka is. She deserved every bit of a strong companion that Shashank is.
What is the basis of horror for women and women only?
The conclusion is Rape.
While a murderer destroys the physical frame of the victim, a rapist degrades and defiles the soul of a helpless female. For centuries, rape has been used as a device to demoralize women. Men think that sex gives them power over women, that they can break a will by violating a body. Just like in a war where a soldier attacks a civilian instead of an enemy combatant, women remain easy targets – the prime aim being the demoralization of the enemy, ending family ties.
Going to stay on my Bookshelf? Yes, The book sure gets a special spot on my bookshelf.
This is one of the best books I’ve read in 2015 and a book that actually pulled me out of my reading slump. Definitely a favourite now and highly recommended.
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