Sunday, 13 December 2015

IAm16ICanRape by Kirtida Gautam

IAm16ICanRape by Kirtida Gautam is a perfect Suspense Novel.

suspense: the main character may become aware of danger only gradually. In a mystery, the reader is exposed to the same information as the detective, but in a suspense story, the reader is aware of things unknown to the protagonist. The reader sees the bad guy plant the bomb, and then suffers the suspense of wondering when or if it will explode.

Social Novel: In some way this novel is a social novel as it highlights the social issue rape and the whole scenario is setup around it.

Psychological Novel:  We can label this novel as a psychological novel as it deals with the psychology of not only the characters but also with the readers.

Cover: The cover of the book is intriguing and the animated picture gives us the idea about the issue.

Title: 'IAm16ICanRape' is the main highlight of the book. The author has justified her title in the novel by talking about a trend on twitter that deals with the various view points on rape.

Praise for the book: Many people have praised the book in the start which shows that the novel has already gone for the pre publish reviews.For instance:
" A well written psychological thriller! I got attracted to this book because of the sensitive topic, Rape, But as I started reading it, I realized how real and powerful the book is." - Shipra Chandra
Dedication: The book is dedicated to Nirbhaya, the woman who bravely told the tragic story of her worst nightmare to the world and awakened a nation from its slumber.

Reading Guide: The strange thing I noticed while turning the pages is the way the author has made a guideline chart for reading the chapters. The chapter starts from chapter 9 and then the chapter 1.

Plot: The plot is well knit and depicted smartly. It revolves around Aarush Kashyup who is accused of a rape and the whole story revolves around the point whether he has committed this grave sin or not.

Themes: There is a wide range of themes in this novel. The main theme is the theme of Rape. Subhangi is raped brutally and the consequences she faces after the rape is being delineated. Mostly, the mindset of people towards rape victims is very abnormal. they treat them as culprits. Instead of pointing the culprit, the girl is accused of roaming late night. This theme highlights the issue and the way the characters deal with it.

The other significant part is the theme of relationships and how they change after the certain act committed by the culprit. Aarush- Rudransh , Gayatri-Aarush, Ananya-Aarush, Mrigank- Aarush's relationships undergo a drastic change after the rape act.

Further, we can notice the theme of friendship. Subhangi and Tabrez's friendship is best highlighted in the novel. The way Tabrez takes a stand for the victim can make anyone motivated. This friendship is contrasted with the friendship of Shrini and Aarush.

The minor theme of love or attraction can be seen between Aarush and Pihu. They have genuine feelings for each other but the opinion of Pihu does'nt change about Aarush until she finds out something about him.

The mind game is the sub theme of the novel.The way Aarush plays with the characters confuses the readers as well.

Characterisation: Kirtida has beautifully scripted her characters. Some are round, some are flat while some are bit complicated characters and above all, Aarush Kashyap can be called as the masterpiece because his delineation sounds the toughest task of the author.

Stream of Consciousness :The author can easily deal with the minds of her characters because she herself is the psychologist and she can depict the thoughts easily. This novel somewhere depicts the different thoughts of the characters about a single thing, Rape.

Epistolary: The novelist has used diary entries in the character of Shrini which makes the novel slightly epistolary.

Point of View: The author has used names of characters instead of chapters. This way the readers can understand the point of views of the characters.

Language: The author has used simple, easy and lucid language. This makes the readers understand her thoughts easily but the scientific jargons makes the writing complex.

My Research: For the first time I did research on a certain novel and I don't regret on my research, infact it has helped me understand various concepts. Honestly speaking, The reading guideline sounded like an over confidence of the author. I thought it would make no sense but when I started reading this made some sense and I understood that the author somewhere wanted to show a flashback technique but ended up with these chapters. Anyhow, this proved out to be in her favor.
Further, after reading the characters, I noted down the nature of characters. For instance:
"Gayatri as kind hearted, emotional, dramatic, understanding. "

Then I made a note of certain scientific jargons and there meanings. Like:
"Transaction is a communication between two or more systems."
In the end the Psychological analyses makes some sense to the novel.

Conclusion: This is a perfect novel with correct blending of suspense, thriller, darkness, techniques,themes and a unique style of writing. To add more, the characterisation is pictographic and acts as a catalyst for the novel whereas the jargons, phsychological hypothesis makes it bit complex and terse. So, I suggest my readers to go through it.

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