First of all, I would like to thank the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The first thing which attracts the readers is the enchanting book cover, adorned with magenta colour and the palm of Buddha. This book cover can attract even a non-reader. After reading the blurb and genre, I was quite skeptical about this book but to my surprise, it turned out to be one of best non-fiction books of this year. Let’s check what this book offers!
The writer of this book, Kris Advaya, is from the Yugoslavia. Struggling with the terrible past of losing a close friend and army abuses, he made his way into the world of spirituality and chastity. To explore more of it and to learn traditional Ayurveda massage, he came to Pune, India. His journey in India started in Mumbai and it is worth reading.
After journeying for hours in the train, bus and rickshaw, he finally reached Arun, an experienced Ayurveda therapist. Kris lived in the adjoined rented room provided by Arun.
Everything was going fine until one day, Kris saw Radha, a beautiful sex worker from the infamous brothel of Pune. Kris didn’t know that she is a sex worker and he instantly fell in love with her. Kris started visiting the brothel and slowly he made his way into the heart of Radha. The person who had been a celibate for years lost his determination and fell for Radha. He also got to know about her terrible past and how she is bound to the brothel where no one listens to her and no one considers her as human.
In between, you will get to know more about Arun and his Ayurveda clinic through the eyes of Kris. In search of peace, he also visits various spiritual centres which turn out to be totally opposite to his expectation.
On the other side, he wants to marry Radha but this is not an easy task where Radha is among the ‘best girls’ in the brothel and pimps never want to lose such girls. Kris already started to make a plan for their future and how his family going to react. In short, he wanted to marry Radha at any cost.
Kris’s appeal went to the brothel owner Sunil, who gave him a task (not to mention it was illegal) in lieu of releasing Radha.
The story takes a turn here where Kris has to decide what he needs to do next. Should he forget Radha and move on with his life? Should he take the risk and make Radha his wife? Should he trust a pimp? How are they going to be one?
Kris’s journey is spread from Mumbai, Pune, southern part of India and Sri Lanka. To see these countries and cities through the eyes of the writer is totally amusing yet hard to swallow. With this, the author has also narrated the plight of these poor girls and how rooted this illegal business is.
The author has a unique writing skill. He has excellently used satire at many places and with the same excellence, he has described other events. The narration will keep you absorbed until the end. The language is simple and can be understood easily.
This book will give you a shock, make you smile and cry. Being a girl I was literally devastated reading Radha’s plight. The love story of Kris and Radha is totally heart touching. Seeing the Indian cities through the eyes of the author is very interesting. There are various sexual explicit contents in this book; hence I would not recommend this book to those who are not comfortable with this. Overall, this book is an amazing digest of a description of Indian cities, a blooming love story and struggle of lovers in an unusual love story. If you want to read something out of the box and unique, I strongly recommend this book.
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