The Princess of a Whorehouse by Mayank Sharma – Book Review

The Princess of a Whorehouse: The Story of a Swamp Lotus

BY: MAYANK SHARMA

Synopsis:

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 fulfill 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.

Book Review:

The Princess of a Whorehouse is the story of Ramya and her daughter Aparajita.

Ramya lost her husband in an accident and was pushed into flesh trade by her husband’s friend, Anjum. She was too young to understand what was happening to her. Mislead by her blind trust in Anjum, she lands into the quagmire of  the sex trade. Cheated by her husband’s friend, who she thinks will help her in getting a job, eventually, she ends up in a brothel along with her daughter. But amongst all the tragedies of life, Ramya dreams of a better future for her daughter and decides never to let her into the trade. What happens next is the story. The story follows the journey of Aparijita as she goes through the many ups and downs of life.

The novel is a nice and intriguing read and the author has managed well to create an interesting plot. However, I personally felt that the author was in a hurry to finish the book which lead to an end product that demanded more. The plot is very nice and started well with some interesting depiction of Delhi, but later on everything started to be covered quickly, in a hurry.

Though there are quite a few interesting characters in the book but I felt they could have been developed better. The language and narration style is good and easy to follow which made the book an easy read. The narration has two points of view. The first half of the book is narrated by Ramya whereas the second part is being narrated by Aparajita.

Aparajita has come out as a very likable and strong character.

Overall The Princess of a Whorehouse promises a good and quick read and restores our faith on, “The good wins over evil”.  Though it could have been a bit more detailed so hook the readers. Recommended to those who love reading social drama.

** I received a review copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. **

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