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Reviewed in India on 26 April 2015
The opening lines of the book caught my attention ("The rapist sighed and leaned back on his chair. There were far too many applications today.Everyone was asking for it, even babies...... The rapist believed in meritocracy, people getting exactly what they deserved.) And from then on there was no dearth of satire or sarcasm as Sowmya puts a mirror to the hypocrisy that is gripping our society. The dystopian setting is unnervingly familiar which makes you wonder at times if the genre is realism. The book is all the more piercing because the characters don't have names, they are referred to only with their principal identity. The Rapist,The Moral Police, the Dupatta Regulator, The Second Daughter are all characters that have been constructed to the requisite depth despite being nameless. The simple, nonchalant style of narration is rather evocative as she subtly glides across existing truisms like "The girl was tall, fair and had absolutely no interests on her own" and "She was so efficient that the president did not think of her as a female anymore". The President's special maternity discounts for becoming pregnant within six months of marriage , the rapist's mother's anxiety in the make-up room were a few of the places at which I had to take my eye off the book because I had to pause to laugh. Many people seem unsatisfied about the ending, but it couldn't have been sketched in any other way. A very creative setting, an engaging plot- I only wish the book was longer.
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