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#IAm16ICanRape!! No, I am not 16. I have celebrated my 24th birthday just 3 days ago. But still #IAm16ICanRape!! Yes! This is the title of an Advanced Review Copy (ARC) of the debut novel by Kirtida Gautam, which I am going to analyze here in this blog post.
Detailed Analysis of an ARC of #IAm16ICanRape - K I R T I D A G A U T A M
Book Cover of #IAm16ICanRape
Title and Cover
#IAm16ICanRape is the most attractive and catchy title. I got interested with a lot of curiosity due to the title of this book. The source of the book title reveals in the fourth chapter. I heard about the possible change in this title as #IAm16ICan. But I think that dropping the word ‘Rape' from the current title would not be a good idea. I can understand that the word ‘Rape' may sound negative and motivational to commit a rape, but after reading the whole book, I feel the title#IAm16ICanRape better and more impressive than supposed to be mysterious title #IAm16ICan. However, it's my personal opinion about the title. On the book cover, important dates related to rape are printed there in the watermark. A teenager boy's shadow can be noticed on the book cover. Title #IAm16ICanRape is printed with a hashtag so it seems like a trend. Green cover motivates to live a life.
The plot of #IAm16ICanRape runs through several cities like Bangalore, Ludhiana, Cochin, New Delhi, Pune, Gujarat and Kerala in India, Switzerland, and the USA.
Language and Writing Style
Editors use different text styles (font, italics and bold) in a proper way. Hindi and Gujarati words, phrases and slangs are highlighted with italic fonts, Italic fonts, and capital letters are used to stress on words and sentences. The author uses bold and abusive language at some scenes which is welcomed and must in the thrillers on such themes like sexuality and rape.
Subhangi's Quote from chapter 8.2 in #IAm16ICanRape
Reading help chart of #IAm16ICanRape
#IAm16ICanRape is not only a piece of beautiful writing but a fantastic editing. Patricia Smith and Neil D'Silva have done a commendable job as editors of the novel. I would mention some unique things of the book. The story of #IAm16ICanRape is narrated through different characters into 12 chapters containing subchapters, but the book doesn't start with Chapter 1. Yes! All the chapters are sequenced in a random order with help of the reading chart. The author acknowledges her detailed acknowledgment under the title of each chapter. The author narrates the story through each character's individual point of view.
- Aarush Kashyap: Aarush Kashyap is the central character in the novel. He is a 16 years old accused juvenile of rape.
- Rudransh Kashyap (RK-Ji): Aarush's grandfather Rudransh Kashyap's character is portrayed as "a man who can turn any hardship into an opportunity of a lifetime." The author portrays Rudransh's character in 2 different roles- Bob (Aarush's grandpa) and the RK-Ji; both of his characters are sketched gracefully. I would describe RK-Ji in his own words- "I am not the kind of person who trusts anyone. I gather data and do analysis."
- Ananya Mehta: Ananya is a wife of Mrigank and a mother of Aarush. She is one of my favorite characters because of her nature.
- Subhangi Tyagi: Author portrays Subhangi as a rape survivor. Yes! She is not a typical rape victim. I would say that Subhangi's character is inspiring for so many rape victims to forget the pain and live the life.
- Meghana Pathak: Author portrays Meghana in the role of a successful lawyer in support of juveniles.
Minor Characters: There are some minor characters like RewatiBhattacharya, Bharti Rajkotia, Navya Mehta, Subramaniyam Sir, Mamata Radhakrishanan, Dr. Samvedana D. Rao and Keshav Murthy.
Author Kirtida Gautam introduces stages of ‘Rape Trauma Syndrome’. I feel Meghana's interview realistic which is interviewed by Bharati. The idea of the story or case is introduced by Meghana in chapter 9.1. Readers get to know the contrast in thinking of Aarush and his mother Ananya. The author describes ‘Virginity complex' in an entertaining way and she remarks an important message- "Losing your virginity is not some kind of trophy. Don't focus on such stupid things; it would be fun only if there is no meaning in that. Sex in itself is nothing." The author explains the fact of the reproduction process in the philosophical words. Emotions of each and every character at particular moments are expressed fantastically which seem realistic.
In chapter 8.3, I remembered my childhood that how I was ordering my cousins to leave my maternal grandfather's bed to sleep; when Aarush orders Navya to leave their grandmother Gayatri's lap. I think authoress has done a commendable job by scribbling rape scene in non-vulgar words in chapter 3.4.
Author indirectly criticizes environment and dark reality of rehab centers, while describing the rules and regulations of rehab. Description of Preliminary hearing in the courtroom and other court scenes and interviews show author's knowledge about the constitution, law and legal system and media, journalism and journalists.
The author stands a beautiful example of a strong relationship between a father-in-law and a daughter-in-law which gives a positive message to society. Chapter 4.5 tells the result of pleasure-loving teenager's addiction towards pornography.
The author beautifully scribbles the emotions of a rape survivor Subhangi Tyagi in her heartwrenching note which make us aware of rape survivors' problems. She clears misconception of depression patients and motivates to visits psychiatrists for psychotherapy through the quotation "It's funny misconception in India that people see a psychiatrist only when they are mad." Author Kirtida Gautam introduces ‘Transactional Analysis of theDark Triad' in chapter 5.3.
I appreciate Ananya's objective answers to her daughter Navya on a sensational topic like rape. I personally think that parents should discuss on such unsaid topics like physical/sexual changes in the human body, physical relationships, benefits and side effects of this with their children in a good manner in a familiar environment to spread awareness and avoid misconceptions about sensational topics in teenage mind. I feel lucky that my parents never been silent on such topics, so we both brothers may discuss fearlessly on such matters in a family.
I liked session 14 in which psychiatrist Dr. S. D. Rao reads Rudransh'smind. I like Rudransh's comment on an irony in India's judicial system and his message to the society about how to deal with forgiveness and punishment- "a society needs to know when to forgive, but it also need to know when to punish. Forgiveness is not always a virtue. Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any better." He tells the difference between juveniles' judicial system of India and other countries. He believes that "Society is not supposed to be formed on legal values, but on moral values." The author remarks the horrible fact of prisoners' harassment and sexual assault by other prisoners in jail. She comments on forged birth certificates of prisoners to prove them juvenile, however, the scene is stretched.
I like an interview of a rape survivor Subhangi Tyagi to journalist Saurish Acharya. Subhangi fantastically describes the society's stand with rape victims by the analogy where she compares an orange and an apple. She says "it might seem that rape is a feminist issue. It is not. It is a battle for masculine which females are forced to fight against." She tells the difference between the rape and the sex in her answer to Saurish"Rape is not sex. Sex is an act in which there are always two people involved. Rape is not." I think Subhangi's interview in chapter 8.2 is not less than any scripture of motivation for rape survivors and rape victims (both are not same so do not get confused) to look towards life positively. In chapter 8.3, the author gives a glimpse of Imago Theory of Attraction. I thoroughly enjoyed the card game 270, chapter 8.4 shivered me with thrill and goosebumps.
I think Taz's comment "she is not scared of animals anymore. Now she fears only humans" about his best friend Subhangi's change after a rape is a slap on society and us, the so-called responsible people of India must feel shame on ourselves for such condition. Chapter 10.4 is really touching and sensitive. I truly choked while reading this chapter.
I won't share climax here' but, I truly support Rudransh's demand of juvenile law amendment because "If a person is adult enough to commit a rape, the person is adult enough to take the punishment, period." At least "Punishment has to be in proportion to the crime."
So many one liners and quotations are used there in the novel. I would like to note some of them.
- "Suicide is for cowards. Suicide is a permanent solution for a temporary problem."
- "Humans experience their lives at six levels- physical, emotional, professional, social, creational, and spiritual."
- "There are these three ego states- child ego states (psychopath), adult ego states (narcissist), and parent ego state (Machiavellian)."
- "Don't plant a seed just a day before you need the fruit."
- "In a functional family, a mother should love her child and a father should love the mother."
- "God cannot help those who don't help themselves."
- "People become artists in hours of grief."
There are some typing errors like read, roster and Khandha instead of red, rooster and kandha on page numbers 3, 119 and 313 respectively. Few Hindi words and sentences are not translated into English. Narrator's name (Gayatri) is missing as a title of chapter 11.3. Few chapters are stretched for no reason, but this point may be sort out in final copy or next edition of the novel #IAm16ICan.
©Rajesh D. Hajare
"#IAm16ICanRape is not only the typical novel but it is like a tonic and doses of philosophy on unspoken and sensitive subject like rape. The novel does not only give you big philosophical doses but make you and society answerless with a lot of serious questions. Rape victims and rape survivors must read this novel because this book will not only inspire them to live a life with a positive attitude, but the #IAm16ICan will work like any scripture of motivation for them. #IAm16ICanRape is a perfect psychological thriller and a perfect page turner with so many twists and suspense till the end.
I would recommend the novel #IAm16ICanRape or #IAm16ICan as a reference book for the study or research of rape, juvenile psychology behind rapes and criminal minds, general psychology of human being, information about psychotherapies, the judicial system, and amendment of law.
I would rate 4.25 out of 5 Stars to #IAm16ICanRape
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#IAm16ICan in a glance
Title: #IAm16ICanRape (ARC-Advanced Review Copy)
Subtitle: The War Against Rape Culture
Author: Kirtida Gautam
Editors: Patricia Smith and Neil D'Silva
Cover designing: Manoj Vijayan
Publication: Self Published by Kirtida Gautam
Copyright: ©2015 Kirtida Desai & Mrityunjay Gautam
Series: Yin Yang Series
Price: INR 450/-
ISBN 13- 978-81-931360-2-7
Pages: xxvi+592 (including cover)
Reviewer: Rajesh D. Hajare (RDH)
My Rating: 4.25/5 (Good)
TO DESTROY GREAT EVIL
GOOD HAS TO SHED TEARS OF BLOOD
Rudransh Kashyap is a self-made billionaire and man of high moral fiber. His life is shattered when he returns home one day to find that his prodigy, his 16-year-old grandson, Aarush, has been arrested and accused of a brutal gang rape. It is easy to say, "Kill the Rapist" but what if the accused is your child?
This case takes an unprecedented turn when Aarush's identity is made public on social media. Rudransh finds himself living a nightmare as he fights against tremendous odds to get justice for Aarush, to save him and to bring him back home… But what if the unthinkable is true? Can Rudransh save his grandson, or will he end up fighting a different battle altogether?
Author Kirtida Gautam
Kirtida Gautam is a clinical psychologist turned screenplay writer whocompleed her education from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, India. Her passion for psychology and writing inspired her into writing psychological thrillers. While the readers are reading this introduction, the next thriller is in the making…
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