Book Review- Such is HER Life
Such is HER Life is written by Reecha Agarwal Goyal and published by FiNGERPRINT!
You know her as a
But seldom as a
And maybe never as a
Get ready…it’s time to unlearn and learn.
A collection of musings that will have you reeling in a wave of emotion long after you are done reading, this powerhouse of work will make you smile, cry, go red in anger, nod your head in agreement, and grasp the finer nuances of what it means to be her in today’s world.
You can love it or hate it but you cannot ignore it, this stands true for Such is Her Life. Reecha has done justice with her debut book. Through her writings, she has showcased problems faced by women in different strata of society. She has touched various social evils like dowry system, female feticide, skin colour, gender discrimination, rape, marital rape etc.
Honestly, the book will leave you with a depressing feeling. I understand things are tough for women, but if one book contains all the gloominess, it becomes bit unjustified. I wish that the book was more positive and filled one with hope. Things are changing, women are creating a mark. Though I agree, that in many places, things are not that rosy. Few of the lines written by the author are hard-hitting.
Living (or perhaps, dying) with
everyday, was such an agony.
Suddenly, one fine day, all those
Memories got eroded and her life,
Became wonderfully blissful.
Alzeimer’s came to her rescue.
The above lines are so touching, it fills you with tears. Through these lines, one can feel the pain, the woman has gone through. The struggle, hurt, pain all is beautifully showcased. Reecha definitely has her way with the words. This is not one of the standalone lines, one can find more like these.
“Mom, you know nothing,” said the teenager.
Later in the night, she tore
Her old certificates that recognized her
As the university topper.
A woman spends her life bearing all the pain, believing that her kids will be there for her. She calls it quits, when the offsprings, humiliate her or let her down. But then I believe that this stands true for men also, we cannot exactly bring gender in between. The simple statement also reflects the identity crisis, which a woman faces.
These are not only a few, but the book is filled with many more such punches, which will make the reader contemplate and can feel the pain of being a woman.
If you want to have a peep in the female world, then definitely this book is for you.
But if you are an optimist, who believes that the conditions have changed then this book might put you off.