Friday, August 6, 2021

"AAVISHKA" by Cindy Ann D'Silva - Book Review

Book Name : AAVISHKA

Author : Cindy Ann D'Silva

Genre : Fiction

Today I am sharing a review of a book which is written by a close friend and a co blogger.  I had the opportunity to review her first book and must say she has an art of grabbing readers attention. This is her second book and I am glad that I read it. So here is a review, but before that let me introduce you to the author.


Cindy Ann D'Sliva is a blogger, influencer, content writer and a belly dance instructor. Prior to this , she had a full time job and sang with a band and choir in Kuwait, where she was born and bred. You can find more of her writing on her Lifestyle blog


"Marriages are made in heaven"- Well what does this really means? It means there is a divine power that ultimately plans or decides who should marry whom, outside of the control of the people in the marriage. You cannot foretell who will marry whom ; Two people may love each other very much but may end up not marrying each other and two people who do not even know each other may marry each other in the end. This is the irony of life and this is what this book " AAVISHKA" reminds us of. If we talk about India in particular the very nature of marriage which is still highly constrained by patriarchal socio-cultural norms and tends to be determined by families rather than the individuals who enter into the marriage. 

Have you ever thought why women stay in a unhappy marriages? What really holds them back? Every woman has their own reasons but do you think any reason can be greater than their self respect? All these questions may not have straight answers but this book does provoke you to think on these lines. This is a work of fiction but based on a true story.


"The title of the book is named after "AAVISHKA" the protagonist of this story. She is a happy young woman who is independent and loves her family to the death. She immensely respects her parents and despite them being broad minded, she decides to get into an arranged marriage. At the young age she marries Atharv who is a successful restaurateur. But soon after she finds herself living a life that she had never expected. The marriage has become a mystery for her that made her anxious and took many many years to unfold. Her mysterious husband had a secret that slowly unravel. What ups and downs she faces and how she deals with it is for you to read. 


Once you start reading you simply can't put it down. It has that griping factor and the characters are quite relatable that makes it an interesting read. The ending was satisfying and that's the biggest reason I would like to recommend this book. One thing I can say that author has managed to hook the reader's attention till the end , that made me finish the book in one sitting.

This story raises many questions. Why do women suffer in unhappy marriages? Why can't they break all the barriers? What really stops them? Is it societal pressure or the fear of non acceptance? Or due to financial instability? The reasons can be many. But women should not suffer. They should stand up for their rights. But what if they still see a hope. What if they are still in love with that person? Marriages are complicated. But the author of this book Cindy has dealt with it beautifully with a positive ending. And gave us the hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. At the end of the story author has given a valuable lesson that " never judge a person as you never know what they are actually going through, you may strike the wrong cord that can make things worse for them". Read Aavishka's story how marriage changed her as a person and how she handled it.


Book Format: kindle edition (e book)

Pages: 36

Price : 59 INR

Available on Amazon and Pothi

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Monday, August 2, 2021

सुख और दुःख तो लगे ही रहते है- Poetry

 दुनिया में सुख और दुःख तो लगे ही रहते है,

कभी खुशियों से भरे पल है, तो कभी दुखो से मन्न बेहाल है,

लेकिन हमें किसे अपना बनाना है , यह तो सब हम पर ही निर्भर है,

कभी सोचा न था ज़िन्दगी हम पर इतनी मेहरबान होगी, की खुशियाँ संभाले न संभाली जाएँगी,

कभी सोचा न था दुखो के पल काले बादलो की तरह खुशियों पर छा जायेंगे,

कभी सोचा न था हिम्मत से डट कर इन काले बदलो को पीछे छोड़ आएंगे,

लेकिन यह हिम्मत जो अपनों से पाई है उसे अपनों के लिए ही उपयोग में लाएंगे,

अपनों की खुशिया सब से ज़ादा मायने रखती है , इसलिए हर मुश्किल को पार कर जायेंगे,

इस दुनिया में आये है तो कुछ कमाल दिखाकर ही जायेंगे,

क्योंकि दुनिया में सुख और दुःख तो लगे ही रहते है

बस किसे अपना बनाना है यह हम पर ही निर्भर है!