LOVE IS SELFLESS, RELATIONSHIPS ARE DEMANDING - SIYA IN EXILE
'Siya in Exile' is novel inspired by real-life incidents weaved into fiction. The storyline reflects the current state of society that one the one hand talks about gender equality and on the other hand it stereotypes working women. 'Siya in Exile' sensitively dives into the lives of working women and their place in their family and society. Women with ambitions and career are often seen in a bad light. Women who support their families financially end up broken and degraded by their loved ones for their career.
'Siya in Exile' questions the double standards of Society on terms like a Whore, Slut, Adultery, Infidelity and continuous Character Assassination by their colleagues and society. #MeToo Campain hit India badly, in many cases we saw how victims were shamed publicly for not speaking up in time and not standing up to their harasser right then. This book also talks about why a few women overlook to speak and stand up in time. Even Educated and Bold women who are capable of changing the lives of others, at times fail to work on their own relationships due to different pressures, mostly psychological.
In our society where the ideal couple is compared to Ram and Sita. Where husband may not be a Ram, but all the wives are expected to be as sacrificing and compromising as Devi Sita. What, when that man turns out to be a Ravana and tortures his wife, why it is so easily acceptable for people around including that woman? Why is she expected to keep quiet and act happy in front of the society? Why should she be targeted if she voices her unhappiness? Why shouldn't a Sita, break free from this imposed exile full of compromises and live her life with dignity?
The protagonist in this novel, Siya Raizada is an inspiration in every manner for people around her. She is a saviour for the needy and weak, the irony is that Siya herself is a victim of domestic violence and marital rape. Her conditioning at times, pull her back while her progressive approach inspires her to fight back.
Sita in Satyuga suffered when a man pointed a finger at her character and Lord Rama, the Maryada Purushottam left her to suffer again in an extended exile at a time when she was pregnant and needed him the most. In Kalyuga, Siya has someone by her side to help her choose and change her destiny. Will the exile of this Siya get over??
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Vineeta Asthana has boldly brought in front the stark reality of Indian society and through her novel, she states how even the most progressive ladies are pulled apart and have to battle hard for a decent life at home. Commendable work!
Siya In Exile is a courageous novel — for, at its heart, it questions the double standards of the society. We see the incredible force with which 'Siya in Kalyug' is trying to get out of the imposed exile and live her life with dignity.
Siya in Exile by Vineeta Asthana is such a steamroller in the scenario of the day, where women folk are most unsung of. The novel portrays how a victimized wife who had been in an atmosphere where it was difficult for her to breathe, demolishes off the glass sculpture of her so-called perfect life and empowers herself to bring out her strongest self.
Siya in Exile' picks up and presents one of the most critical and contemporary issues women face. A mirror to today's times, the book, while taking us through Siya's life, will be an inspirational read, touching lives of many such women.
Hope it inspires our generation of women to take charge of life.
All the very best!
It is a very sincere attempt to give a voice to millions of women across nations who are in one way or the other Siyas in their lives. Siya in Exile exposes the hollowness of pseudo gender equality and trauma of educated women finding their place in the home, society and the world.
Siya in exile is a very realistic narrative which reflects the angst of the contemporary woman. It grips the reader and compels one to think and ponder about oneself and the society in general. The book shakes one to the core and has tried to lift the inertia to keep submitting to others. The author has raised the issue of gender discrimination in a well-thought manner.
Women’s rights! Unfortunately, those who need it, ignore it to save their marriages. Where Ramayana and The Scarlet Letter only narrate, Siya in Exile resolves !!
Two thumbs way up!
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