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Book Review: Shaming of Diya by Anuj Tikku

Shaming of Diya by Anuj Tikku is a work of fiction with an important message to the world which is acting blindly in the garb of Internet technology. Anuj Tikku has been a consistent author since some years, he’s written mostly contemporary adult books and his travel experience around the world. Before coming into authoring books and travel blogging, Anuj was a seasoned actor, with many commercial ads to his name, and also worked with stars like SRK.

This is a short book about revenge – that is taken through the power of Internet. As the title suggests, Diya is the character that remains in the backdrop like banter, however, Tanuj is the lead character. In this book, Diya’s ex-boyfriend somehow circulates a porn video on the Internet that goes viral. Diya, though is an actress of erotic industry, doesn’t like it. She files an FIR against Tanuj – her ex-boyfriend. He is taken into custody and prison. A legal battle begins.

In the prison, the author takes us to the grim and filthy reality of being a prisoner. How cops behave and torture with the people in custody is portrayed pragmatically. To make the book more interesting, Arnab Goswami’s case is also mentioned in snatches.

Broadly, the book sheds light on revenge porn. In the story, Tanuj deliberately shares the porn video of Diya to shame her in the public due to personal reasons. But the deeper themes tell that there is hardly any concrete law against this crime. It’s a cyber crime and law doesn’t take it too seriously. People often get away quite easily. The storyline drifts aimlessly for much time…but still readers get a new type of story and it’s quite bold with its façade. One needs to read the book completely to know the final fate of Tanuj. Will he be absolved or get some years in the prison with a hefty fine?

Anuj’s writing style is simple and much in accordance to the contemporary time and themes. New age people will not have difficulty understanding the book and its allied message. It is a different book – its title sounds bold yet slightly uncomfortable. Just like cinema, literature too is changing for better, so we should not be shouting objections to this book. Also, in most of the Anuj’s books, anecdotes from Bollywood run parallel to make the story absolutely riveting. Anuj is becoming a credible story teller – we hope he becomes a national bestseller with more titles to his name. Overall, it’s a good book for one-time read!


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