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Thursday, March 12, 2020

A Slice of Calicut Halwa by Dr. K. N. Raghavan
My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars
Published by - Zorba Books
Genre - Fiction
Publishing year - 2019
Language - English
ISBN - 978-81-944234-0-9
Pages - 203



My Review - 

Women played the role of daughter, sister, mother, wife, daughter-in-law, and even Goddess. But our society treats them as weak and sensitive. One who can't make her own decisions or capable enough to manage her finances even after marriage; is a standard thought process of men. People dominate women from a younger age, they saw how parents treat differently to a boy and a girl. The liberty of playing outside and talking to boys had gone when teenage days start, girls, forced to do household chores when her brother do whatever pleases to him. 

A Slice of Calicut Halwa is such a story of a girl named Reema. Due to her dark complexion, she soon understands that there is only one way to make her family proud by studying hard. She excels in school and college, but soon she becomes the prey of a goon Desmond Lopez. He is a law student and constantly harass Reema in public. The repeated abuse breaks her spirit, but with the help of her friend Jyoti and her mother Devi, she gets rid of him. 

She got admission in medical college and soon get married to Praveen. Like every girl, she has dreams, but they all smashed when she got to know Praveen's authenticity. She bears the physical abuse and name-calling. Her only way to get rid of these situations is to gain financial independence. She became a known surgeon, but her life gets more miserable. The past comes back to haunt her this time with more intensity. When no one came to her rescue, she decides to take the matter in her hands for the very first time. Will she be able to get rid of Desmond? Will she ever be able to find love in her life? 

Dr. K. N. Raghavan has written an artistic story portraying homosexuality and physical abuse endured by women. We live in the 21st century still, the women didn't get the respect and the value they deserve. Reema's mother and elder brother Rajesh blames her when they know about Desmond; by saying that she invokes him. 

Reema's husband never bothers to pay attention to her wishes. He pretends to be an ideal spouse in front of others. No woman should give a man another chance; if he abuses her. No matter what society says because those people will never understand the trauma a victim goes through. From a younger age, the mother told her daughters to obey her husbands and in-laws wishes, that she has to please them, and make sacrifices. She has to bear all the responsibility of marriage. 

If a husband beats you, it is your fault. If a man has an affair, it is because you are unable to satisfy him. This is the reality of Indian society. People always find faults in women. No one dares to speak about the brutal ways of men, not even their mothers. Praveen's mother had some doubts about his son's sexuality, but she never talked to him; instead, she finds a girl to marry him. Another dark side of people's personalities. 

This story is phenomenal. I appreciate the author's efforts to wrote a women-centric story representing the pain and sacrifices she made. I recommend this book to adult readers only. 

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