Saturday, August 30, 2014

#BookReview: Under Delhi by Sorabh Pant

On the jacket:

With his hilarious flair and blatant voice, Sorabh Pant writes about a girl’s tribulations with the issues of sexual assault and rape in Delhi. As wise politicians and holymen will soon tell you, girls who are raped are merely “asking for it”. They wear skimpy clothes and eat fast food and chow mein, all of which add to their sexual vibes. Women need to take care of how they dress in public, and to do this they may need to ask a certain president’s son for fashion advice. After all, he is only too willing to offer it for free despite his busy schedule. And, of course, there is always the failsafe. Call your would-be rapist “bhaiya” and he will be filled with brotherly remorse, letting you go free. These are all that any woman in Delhi needs to do to avoid being raped. Or, they could just ignore the words of these wise men and kick men right in the family jewels. Angry with the issues of rape, Tanya Bisht decides to do just that, over and under Delhi.


Under Delhi is Tanya Bisht's story. Tanya is your regular girl who also breaks all stereotypes about girls in general and Delhi girls in particular. She works as a sales execitive with a builder's firm, which takes up most of her time. Yet, at night, she doubles up as a messiah for girls by bringing to justice those men who have wronged women but have been let off by the law. 

Pant is known for her wit. It's will not come as surprise to you that a topic which is not so serious is peppered with the author's wit and sarcasm, which only add up to the story's credibility. This is a man writing about a woman who is cruising the city to punish men who have wronged women. Geddit? It's not as easy for the writer as it may seem. And to top it, the book is crazy hilarious. 

I will refrain from getting into the story and it's details because this is one book I would recommend to all. You will crack up on this humorous take on a very serious issue.

Rating: ****.5/5

[This review is for Hachette India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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