21 December, 2018

#BookReview :: Such is HER Life by Reecha Agarwal Goyal

You know her as a mother, daughter, sister, wife, daughter-in-law.

But seldom as a woman . . .

And maybe never as a human.
Get ready . . . it’s time to unlearn and learn.

A collection of musings that will have you reeling in a wave of emotion long after you are done reading, this powerhouse of work will make you smile, cry, go red in anger, nod your head in agreement and grasp the finer nuances of what it means to be her in today’s world.


‘Such is Her Life’ by Reecha Agarwal Goyal is a collection of musings by the author. The book covers snippets of experiences, of realities, of dreams and of needs.

It is the twenty first century and yet it is worse than being in the dark ages for as section of the population in this world. It is not just in our country that women are treated as second class citizen, but it happens around the world. But somewhere down the line, it is worse for the women in our country. From the moment a baby girl is conceived in the womb to moment they breathe their last, their lives are not their own. First hurdle lies whether they survive long enough to be born… a lot of the girls never even get to see the light of the day and breathe their last in the womb for no other reason than the fact that they were girls. IF they are lucky to be born, their lives are dictated by the males in their family and by this patriarchal society. The burden of honor, the burden of caring and the burden of carrying their crushed dreams are placed on them to make sure they do not get to spread their wings… Ever.

Ms.Reecha captures the many moments of trials and tribulations that have become a way of life for most women. A glimpse into an ordinary moment in a woman’s life can tell you a lot not only about her, but also the society that we live in. But hey, the book is not all gloom and doom. There are certain ‘soft’ moments captured in the book as well; for instance the verse about a girl missing her dad or a mother breastfeeding ; that kind of gives the resemblance of balance to the book. But if you feel that it was mostly doom and gloom – don’t blame the author.

However, the catch of the book lies in the fact that the author has actually managed to capture the strength of women in a very sneaky manner. Not everyone experiences everything that is written about in the book, but we all have had various moments of them and by the end of the book it makes you feel strong. If we can survive all these and still be able to recognize ourselves for who we truly are – there is nothing in the world that we cannot do. 

My favourite remains the very first verse of the book. “And a girl to take care of two…” as it resonates with me so much.

Review Copy received from Fingerprint Publishing

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