Silently Violent Debut !!!
Voices of the Silent Creek
Vikkas Arun Pareek
Vikkas Arun Pareek
Goodreads Rating : 4/5
BOOK REVIEW :
First of all congratulations to author on such an amazing debut & applause for Hemant Kumar for an awe-inspire sketch on front cover . 'Voices of the Silent Creek ' is a well written bitter truth of position of Women in rural India . Plot is set in countryside of Rajasthan & revolves around Shanti , daughter of a poor farmer who was married to the son of a Sarpanch where she was brutally assaulted . Shanti's husband was in love with some other , so usually never reside with her . With time passed , Bhano , Shanti's sister , also came across the futility of patriarchy . Beside it another story that runs in parallel is that of Arti who was in love with her professor . And events turned into a manner that both the stories collide and let the reader glued to very end .
Author has beautifully bolted the characters in the plot . Shanti , main protagonist for most part of the story , is portrayed as the princess of her family but marriage change her life forever . Bhano is embedded as a lady of strong will who stood for what she belived in . Bheem Singh , Shanti's father-in-law is described as a typical uneducated filth for whom getting the heir is important forgetting the basic moral values . Parshuram , Bheem Singh's elder son , is true blood of his father and is shown physically assaulting women .Mano Bhabi , Parshuram's Wife , who lost 3 babies has mood swings which sometimes made her shanti's hope and other time becomes reason of another scar . Krishna , Bheem Singh's youngest son , is against all gruesome incidents but also a coward for not having guts to go against his family .
Arti is portrayed as an intelligent girl belonging to a well placed family from Delhi and fell in love with Amol , son a kind businessman .
With this story author has tried to highlight the social evils existing in many villages in India where Women are beaten and people commit barbaric acts just for the fake prestige of family . Author had also depicted how Police officials behave in biased manner as per the financial status .
But I found some incidents hard to digest like : If Bhanu's story was aired on Tv , but still the culprits got bail . After , what happend to Arti and her family , Bheem singh was also out on bail .
So ' Voices of the Silent Creek ' is a fun read pulling social evils in the reader's mind .