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The Temple Bar Woman by Sujata Parashar – Book Review

The Temple Bar Woman

This is the second book sent by Writersmelon and I am so grateful, again. In fact, before I go ahead, I’d apologize for posting this review so late. I had a baby and so couldn’t do the needful within the given time frame. But, it’s better done than said. So, here I am with an honest and unbiased review of The Temple Bar Woman by Sujata Parashar.

Plot

Rakshit Singh, a young and upcoming politician, encounters a rebellious Rani aka Radha in an upscale brothel, Temple Bar. Intrigued by Rani’s personality, he wants to know more of her. Radha tells him that she was found by the brothel owner in a semi-conscious state and that she’s lost her memory. Distressed by her plight, Rakshit asks her to be the governess of his motherless daughter, Neer.

What Rakshit does not know is that Radha is using him to avenge herself against the man who destroyed her life. Fraught with danger, daring and deceit, this racy novel recounts a tale of love, loss, and loyalty in lives that are curiously entwined with one another.

Why You Should Read The Temple Bar Woman

The Temple Bar Woman is a woman centric book. It’s a story of Radhika who was raped, went to a brothel, and how she still reaches to become the Chief Minister of a state. Her struggle isn’t easy and reminds one of similar struggles even if they may not have suffered the same plight. How she struggles to survive in a male-dominated political world of scheming, unscrupulous men who stop at nothing will make you believe that with determination and willpower one can achieve anything.

The story is a bit predictable. I did feel that the book is a bit Bollywoodish and could sense the end (that feeling you get while watching a movie that in the end everything will be fine), yet I couldn’t put it down. With well-sketched characters the story makes for a thrilling read.

Radhika is a character which feels like picked from our lives. You will empathise with her, feel proud of her, and would wish that she achieves what she desires for. Radha’s life after she is used and left to die takes a turn for the worse to come. At one point I wanted her agony and sufferings to end and at the other I was amazed at how much more inner strength and willpower this woman has. The description of the brothel feels real and I could visualize it aptly.

I would not call it a light read owing to Radha’s sufferings and tumultuous life but The Temple Bar Woman is one book which fills you with immense hope and positiveness. No matter what happens, if you have the willpower and the strength to go, you will achieve the unachievable. You will make your mark.

I highly recommend The Temple Bar Woman. It is a simple book with a strong message.

About the author

This is Sujata Parashar’s 8th book. She had this story in mind since she began writing but it made to the print industry after the author got inspired by the Nirbhaya incident in 2012. The author feels strongly about crime against woman and hence gave birth to The Temple Bar Woman.

Sujata has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and was also given Karamaveer Chakra instituted by iCongo in 2016.

Rating: 4 stars

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Author: rashi mital

A mother and a travel enthusiast, I love speed and am proud of my driving skills. In my free time I love reading, writing, and sometimes doing nothing. I try to live every moment and believe in living young despite the age.

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