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Aruna's Stories

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  124 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A remarkable work of investigative reporting and non-fiction writing in the tradition of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood Journalist Pinki Virani recreates the real-life tragedy of Aruna Shanbaug, who was attacked with a dog chain and brutally raped in the very hospital where she was a nurse, and abandoned by her family thereafter. Brain-dead for sight, speech and movement, y ...more
Unknown Binding, 256 pages
Published March 30th 2003 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 1998)
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Mar 12, 2013 Abanti rated it really liked it
a spine chilling incident narrated with such detail , it makes your blood bubble and leaves a scathing impression behind with you. Vivid and heart wrenching, an extremely sharp and thought provoking book.
Oct 18, 2013 Yatikesh rated it really liked it
Had read this book some years ago and I still remember the anger and utter disgust, I felt after reading this book, at the treatment meted out to this woman. Pinki Virani is a journalist who has seen, first hand, the miserable life that Aruna has lived for almost four decades. Sometimes, writers tend to spice up the real life events in their books to make the story more interesting to the readers. But Pinki Virani has been brutally honest. After reading the book, I myself was firmly determined t ...more
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Dec 27, 2014 Ruchita Gupte rated it it was amazing
this book is must be read by everyone. the story of Aruna tought us many things
that story frame a question that are womens are sequre on thier work places?????
Vishnu Vardhan
Feb 23, 2014 Vishnu Vardhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A truly remarkable book about survival of the human spirit. A true story of Aruna Shaunbaug, a nurse, who was attacked viciously with a dog chain and brutally raped by a sweeper working in the same hospital. Brain-dead for sight, speech and movement, yet alive to pain, hunger and terror, left to die by her family members. She has since been in this state for 37 years, taken care of by the doctors and nurses in the hospital. Her lawyer's plea for euthanasia was rejected. She is an example of how ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Shweta rated it really liked it
A Heart rending tale!
Samir Dhond
May 28, 2009 Samir Dhond rated it liked it
I read this book long time back. I had heard about this person from my mother and from a doctor friend. I have also heard that she is still there locked up in one room. I picked this book many years ago because the funds from the sale of this book were being given for her welfare. The book is a piece of investigative journalism and is well written. Some of the chapters seem a little melodrmatic. Read it if you like to read on investigative journalism related topics.
Jun 12, 2007 Keya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The True Account of a Rape and its Aftermath.

This is the one about Aruna Shanbhag, a nurse at the KEM hospital in Bombay, and the story of how things just got left to wither away and die - evidence, family support, sympathy, even Aruna.
spine-chilling and disgusting and shameful with more and more truths that surface as I am reading.
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Dec 17, 2008 Kuldip S Attalia rated it it was amazing
Based on a True Life of a Young Indian Girl.
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