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Her Resurrection: A Survivor's Journey of Emancipation, Reclamation and Redemption

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What is it like to be an unwanted girl-child in India? What is it like to be sexually harassed at a tender age of five? After being tricked and forced into prostitution, can such a woman fight back to emancipate herself from the unyielding shackles of that life, and intermingle with the ‘society?’ Or would she get lost in the sands of time like the ephemeral existence of a ...more
Paperback, First, 260 pages
Published July 20th 2015 by Gargi Publishers
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Made me emotional.

A heart-wrenching book it was.

Maya is born in a orthodox family who are against girl child. It is difficult being in her position, unimaginable I would say.

She wants to break free from these negative people who don't want her but in an attempt to that, she is to be tested by fate many a times.

Somehow she gets away from all of it, but just to get trapped in something more perilous.

She is now in the hands of people who have no faces, no emotions and no hearts. Again and again,
Archit Ojha

A heart-melting tale!

The following handmade picture illustrating the shackles we place on the gender we worship, demonstrates the catastrophic life Maya had!

A village girl Maya finds herself born in a family that never wanted her. When she decides to get free from the shackles her own relatives created around her, she hopes to see and smile in a better future.

Contrary to her expectations, she lands up on the clutching hands and paws of a stone-hearted world. A world where everyone wears a ma
Mani Khanna
Aug 06, 2015 Mani Khanna rated it really liked it

In a small town of Maharashtra, begins the story of a girl born and brought up amidst domestic violence and her father hatred for being a girl, a burden. In the journey of fulfilling her dreams of pursuing higher education, she was gang raped. As if it was not enough, her father was killed and her mother was being jailed and she was left alone struggling on the roads of Mumbai with only her High School Mark-Sheet in her hand.

Life for Maya takes an entirely different turn when she was sittin
Aug 28, 2016 Joey rated it really liked it
Toni Morrison, considered as one of the best American writers, popped in my mind while reading it. Most of her works deal with slavery , discrimination against Blacks, both men and women. Most of them also have scenes about rape, inhumane treatment, degradation- something that breaks my heart and gets my dander up at the point I run into those parts.Like Toni Morrison's writing style, Soumyadeep Koley's in his debut is "stripped naked", audacious, full of beautiful and inspiring snippets and thu ...more
Meghant Parmar
Jul 04, 2015 Meghant Parmar rated it really liked it
There's only one star that matters. A universe conspires together to let that one star shine or be brittle. The lust to live or the fear of death. The inkling of survival yet medium far from sight. This is how a girl transpired into a woman. From the dusty lanes of a village to the streets of Mumbai she ruled hearts. So what made this girl; circumstances or will power? Who was behind her apathy? How will she look out for herself in a mad hungry frenzy? Will she be devoured or will she rise from ...more
Himani Gupta
Jul 07, 2015 Himani Gupta rated it really liked it
Books on the life of women always touch your heart and this book is also in the same category. Wonderful Narration which will never let you put down the book till you finish it. The latter part of the story gives you hope to fight with your problems

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Apoorva Bhattacharya
Jul 15, 2015 Apoorva Bhattacharya rated it it was amazing
Her Resurrection is one of the most beautiful and enchanting books I have come across so far...
Komal Priyani
Jul 04, 2015 Komal Priyani rated it really liked it
Congratulations Author for ur debut novel u totally nailed it..
To begin with, One needs a bulk of courage to write such a "sensitive" and "heart-tearing" story, We living in cacoons of our comfy lives are often tend to neglect the dark and crucial site of our society...This book is a sarcastic slap to the society, exposing the ignored realities of sex-trafficking, prostitution, and violence against women...
From Maya's bravery to her "so called burden alcoholic Father"...From Mrs.Rani's Unconditi
Priyanka Batra Harjai
Jul 16, 2015 Priyanka Batra Harjai rated it it was amazing
Women have always been projected as the ideal image of love, compassion, patience and endurance but to what limit? When this limit is crossed by the beats of the society, she reincarnates -she resurrects! This story is about ‘her resurrection’.

She - the pen portrait of the author epitomizes - womanhood. He has crafted her to bear all the atrocities and hardships that a female could face in her life time and all that a beastly male would impose on her. He provides her with the filthiest professi
Nehali Lalwani
Jul 15, 2015 Nehali Lalwani rated it really liked it

If you wish to attain something, whole universe will help you in that process. No matter how much life gets tough, stand up, pick up all your broken pieces and move on as the best is yet to come. This is all I learnt from the tale Her Resurrection by Soumyadeep. I have seen people cribbing and crying over their fate all the time but while you read such stories you be thankful to the almighty for being gracious to us and lending us a beautiful life. I have read somewhere, to remain happy in life,
Ricky Nathaniel Willis
Jul 09, 2015 Ricky Nathaniel Willis rated it it was amazing
The novel is one of its kind. Writer's treatment of gender violence in India is ruthlessly realistic. In every line of it, his sensitivity and sympathy towards women's issues are unmistakable. Add to that his unparalleled literary skills with a fine command over English language and you get a refreshingly new piece from a debutant author who promises to chart out a new path in the realm of English novels of Indian authors. Notwithstanding the sluggishness of the pace of the story at times, this ...more
Deepali Gupta
Apr 15, 2017 Deepali Gupta rated it really liked it
this book is a gem - starting with the title it is so strong and so is the cover. I had goosebumps reading almost every other tragedy in the book. the language is strong and hard hitting leaving you with bile in your mouth. it is the story of Maya - her story which is ruined from the start- her house conditions - with his father being an alcoholic and mother being behind bars for a cause which wasn't really all her fault. is a heavy read - teaching us so much about hope and being strong. so many ...more
Mar 15, 2016 Vishal rated it really liked it
The author explores the underbelly and poverty pockets and it shows his mettle as a writer. The author’s has lent credible nuances and facets to Maya in depicting her dark existence. Her words come as striking and powerful at a time where numerous atrocities are committed on women, regarded not only as inferior but victims of constant verbal and physical assaults.
‘She puts her hand on her belly and whispers to the blowing wind.’ “I’ll not kill you. I have enough strength to be a single mother..i
Jul 24, 2015 Nishant rated it it was amazing
I just signed up to review this amazing book . At the first glance the cover tempted me to give this book a try and believe me , i have never been luckier , the prologue was enough to anchor me to the book till i completed it in a single sitting this friday !!! (whoah..)
(I rarely do so with novels... )
With the protagonist i smiled and cried . The author's strong and promising narrative powerfully depicted the affliction, the torture , this world had put her through . Yet after closing the book
Sunanda Bhadra
Oct 14, 2015 Sunanda Bhadra rated it it was amazing
Now my review and the critical appreciation of the novel “her resurrection ”

I. Cover Of The Book

a. Front Cover
The front cover of the book is very symbolic. It has a picture of a sombre face of a girl with patches of different colours on it like green, orange, brown, purple, yellow and red. Here, each colour is symbolic and has a meaning. All the colours are connected with the characters and the story of the novel.

Green – Here, the colour green suggests revitalization and rebirth.

Orange : The col
Deepali Jain
Aug 20, 2016 Deepali Jain rated it liked it
Book Review
Soumyadeep Koley’s “Her Resurrection: A Survivor’s Journey of emancipation, Reclamation and Redemption”

Good and bad are part and parcel of life. Everything is not good, and everything not bad. Things have shades of grey, so does people. So it’s in you how you grow with them and out of them. Any moment can bring tsunami in your tranquil world and any other moment can prove to be the last straw of hope in this bleak world. That’s how I would like to summarize this book. I won’t spoil t

Aug 06, 2016 Deepti rated it really liked it

There is a sense of hope in the title itself. ‘Her Resurrection’ by Soumyadeep Koley narrates the story of Maya, the girl-child who senses that she is a burden to her parents from the day she was born, but strives to break away from tradition when she decides to study and destroy her fetters.
At boarding school, Maya meets Audra, the Lithuanian girl, who becomes the first friend to “rearrange the broken pieces of her life”. Audra ignites Maya’s thirst for knowledge further, along with a desire to
b00k r3vi3ws
Nov 24, 2015 b00k r3vi3ws rated it really liked it
When the author approached me for a review of this book, I was not accepting any requests due to the back log on my review copies. But I so wanted to read the book because of its premise. The rate of crimes against women may be at the highest right now, and as a woman myself I find the situation around me quite depressing and demoralizing at times. This book felt like it could offer some hope. And so I accepted it.

Maya has only ever known violence and cruelty in her life. Born into a household w
Aug 21, 2015 Subir rated it it was amazing
The story of Maya is a heart wrenching,painful one...It seems to me women like Maya r born with pain,unhappiness etc...From the tender age of 5 to her age of youth Maya has been afflicted through this disease called rape,prostitution or sex trafficking which Maya has no fault...I think the society needs to grow up when it comes to the subject of women...Women r not for puppets or fun at the hands of men...In fact Women like Maya r treasures n diamonds in every household...Women like Maya r not o ...more
Neha Tannavi
Aug 28, 2016 Neha Tannavi rated it it was amazing
A fight against the orthodox patriarchal thinking of the society, striving hard to pursue one’s own dreams, being strong and determined even when life’s adversities knock you down hard, dying thousand deaths trying to make it alive in the world where no one actually cares to know who you are, Her Resurrection, by Somyadeep Koley, is a story of a survivor, a warrior in herself and an inspirational character, who even though had, plenty of reasons to die, yet she was alive pursuing the divine goal ...more
Aditi Bose
Genre: Literary Fiction

In One Line: Like a phoenix, Maya, the protagonist of this story, rose from the ashes every time she was doused in one.

Characterisation: It is Maya’s story all the way. And yes, she is truly Maya – the power by which the universe becomes manifest. How else can one who has gone through so much make it to where she reaches ultimately? Maybe it’s the ‘woman strength’? Or maybe this is the kind of courage that one develops after one is completely broken. Maya’s character has b
Kamal Paneru
Oct 10, 2015 Kamal Paneru rated it really liked it
Review Point: 4 out of 5
Author: Soumyadeep Koley
Publisher: Gargi Publishers
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9789384382087
Page Count: 260

Narration is done about the journey of Maya from childhood to her late twenties, failure to success, happiness to sorrow and patience to struggle. As being the part of village filled with narrow minded people, she faces adverse conditions since childhood. Her own family specially father shows disrespect for her. Time changes and she finds herself all alone and fight
Divya Ramnath Bandodkar
Sep 26, 2015 Divya Ramnath Bandodkar rated it really liked it
The story of Maya is not any ordinary story. It’s about her fight and her success. Childhood is the time when love and care play a major factor in any child’ upbringing. Maya is not that blessed child. Her father considers her to be a burden. She is not allowed to study. Her would-be father in law shows her some love and sends her to school. Her passion for acquiring knowledge does not leave her at peace. She wishes to go to college. It is when her father-in-law shows his real colors and calls o ...more
Harshit Pandey
Aug 31, 2016 Harshit Pandey rated it really liked it
The story of “her resurrection” is based on journey of Maya, which was full of struggles but she faced all her struggles with full courage. This Story is quite inspiring for me, not only for me. Whoever read this book, will surely get inspired from her character. We all face problems on our life, but we are not as courageous as Maya is defined in this Book.

From the very first page, I felt myself connected with character of Maya. Every chapter is written in the way that it’ll surely motivate the
Saheli Chatterjee
Aug 28, 2016 Saheli Chatterjee rated it it was amazing
Her resurrection by Soumyadeep Koley is a tight slap in strong words on the dual faced India. "

Cover and Title

The image of tainted woman's face with blood red tears is the cover of the novel. The cover is successfull in depicting the immense pain that our protagonist. Maya undergoes in the story.
The title is equally apt as the second half of the story deals with fighting the society and reclaiming back a normal life after a series of painful events kill Maya emotionally.

My views of the Plot

The p
Amita Sehrawat
Aug 21, 2016 Amita Sehrawat rated it really liked it
This review was first posted on - Amita's Pen

The Cover:
The cover page is very colourful and has done full justice to the plot. I would definitely pick it up at least once if I see it in a bookshelf.

About The Book:
It's unfortunate and sad for any part of the world to have a fact that 'we have to fight for the rights of a girl child'. It's actually sad to fight for rights of any child irrespective of it's gender. The book takes the reader to a depressing but real world of cruel fate and tearful
Krishnendra Sanyal
Sep 06, 2016 Krishnendra Sanyal rated it it was amazing
A rarest book of its kind, Her Resurrection by Shri Soumyadeep Koley is a tragic saga of Maya's life - who after having had a miserable childhood, happened to pass through horrible experiences of atrocities, rape, gangrape and even forced into prostitution. As a helpless girl, with none to stand by her, she could not resist assaults on her body by the miscreants who overpower her everytime. But all these could not destroy her inherent purity and courage of mind. Betrayal by her lover after her c ...more
Aditi Malhotra
Aug 10, 2016 Aditi Malhotra rated it really liked it
The book has been very aptly dedicated to Jyoti Singh and all the innumerable victims of sexual violence.
It takes you through the tragic journey of Maya,the protagonist of this highly moving and poignant tale.
The author has beautifully captured the ethos and pain of Maya tracing her journey from a young eight year child,a burden,as referred to by her father. From child sex abuse to the rape of a teenaged Maya.The hatred and ridicule of the Society which still considers women as the weaker sex to
Vaidehi Sharma
Aug 22, 2016 Vaidehi Sharma rated it really liked it
This book takes you through an unforgettable journey of Maya's life. A little girl who gas struggled a lot for every basic thing. Who has struggled to keep her head high.
As the blurb has described, story is set up in Maharashtra and revolves around Maya who is an unfortunate girl child. Being beaten by drunk father to being gang raped and forced into prostitution, she felt unwanted and was disrespected by near and dear ones.
Author pictures an innocent dream in eyes of the young girl as she dream
Rajesh Hajare
Jan 18, 2016 Rajesh Hajare rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: photographers, models, respected citizens of the society and prostitutes
Recommended to Rajesh by: Soumyadeep Koley

'Her Resurrection’ by Soumyadeep Koley is the fantastic thriller which enlightens so many unsaid and hidden dark truths of prostitutes’ life. Maya’s journey represents the life of so many unlucky prostitutes. The book tells the journey of common girl’s entry to exit in prostitution. This novel highlights the horrible fact that how emancipate life or even a thought
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Soumyadeep Koley is the author of ‘Her Resurrection – A Survivor’s Journey of Emancipation, Reclamation and Redemption.’ This debut novel won worldwide critical acclaim, due to its literary style and portrayal of society’s harsh realities. His paranormal thriller,’ The Hitchhiker,’ was awarded the Best Short Story of the Year 2016 by SalisOnline Literary Magazine. As a women’s rights activist, Sou ...more
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