Before I narrate you my dream tale, you must know what my latest title talks about. ‘ENDURER A Rape Story’ is my debut novel about a lovely girl named Palak. Life was a fun fed roller coaster: New found love, drugs, cat-fights, patch ups, crushes, night hangouts, and unplanned trips. Like any girl, not in the wildest dream, Palak could imagine that after attending a Rave Party, she will wake up to the horror of finding herself raped.
In traumatic conditions and struggle between sanity and hallucinations, she is compelled by the circumstances to leave her world. Already fighting a war within, her stances takes a toll witnessing horrifying tales of women and girls. Little did she knew that this catastrophe was not enough for one lifetime, and a storm – was just cooling its heels.
Will she be able to carve her path while facing the rapists, her tyrant father, appearances of her passed away mother? Should Palak let her life to be decided by people, society, and taboos? Would justice return her life or revenge lend her peace?
A heart-rending story of a girl, whose beliefs and honor has been battered, stands up to make choices, rediscovering the meaning of life – that’s what is Endurer all about.
“What inspired you to start your literary career with such a sensitive topic?” Usually my conversation begins with this very question having slight alterations. The Nirbhaya case had a huge impact on my consciousness and left me with anger and frustration. Around the same time, one of my house staff’s acquaintance lost her two-year-old daughter to gruesome rape committed by a known member from the neighbourhood. The fact that the victim’s family did not report the incident to the police fearing the societal backlash they may have to face, made me realize that this is usual media noise and would fade away with the time.
The gruesome stories in the newspapers kept on pressurizing more emotions and when my frustration level point break off, I started writing. As an old experience, stories stay in mind for a long time. Therefore, I decided to craft a story line around the subject with an objective that reader gets in the sleeve of the victim and feel the agony. Also, show the mirror on how the society inflicts the trauma of judgement which further makes the victims suffer. Because of the taboos and the reactions of the family and known people, the victims get “secondary wounding” which is as harrowing as the first crime. All these concepts became the necessary elements of the novel and after research of more than three years, the result was “ENDURER A Rape Story”.
Despite lot of hurdles in the publishing process, the book is winning the hearts all over. The print media and online magazines have showered a lot of praise and positive reviews for the writing, idea and the concept.
This book is part of my campaign which is to spread the ideology that we must change our outlook and behaviour towards the treatment of victims. They should be empowered and to be called as “ENDURER” instead of abused victims. To spread this idea, I have visited many renowned universities to give lectures. A lot of sessions are being conducted in Cafes/Organization to spread the word.
All these efforts are well received by the community and organizations. Featuring of the book in “Top 10 Featured Books of the Year” by Literoma is like another supporting step to propagate the ideology. I feel excited and blessed that my idea is resonating well with the community.