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Book Review: Sunaina Ki Jadooi Sandal by Anuj Tikku

Sunaina Ki Jadooi Sandal is a new book by our regular writer Anuj Tikku. The title is Hindi and it means magical sandals of Sunaina. The novella is a short and fast read with around 50 pages, it aims to spread word about women magic and empowerment. The novel highlights as how a woman suffers silently in our society until she stands for herself.


In this novel, when Sunaina was three-months pregnant, she gets the news of her husband Manjeet’s death in a car accident while going to his factory in Ludhiana. Sunaina was from Pune. She had got into love marriage with Manjeet. Now after his death, there is no one to look after her in Amritsar, Punjab. Her brother-in-law Sukhwinder is a vile man. Her mother-in-law and Sukhwinder compel her to leave Punjab empty handed. She lands up in Pune and takes the job of teaching with Jeet Academy.

One odd day she finds her red sandals in abeyance, she had bought them for three thousand rupees. When she dons them, she feels powered up. Yes, those sandals are magical. Soon she saves one teacher from being raped by a cabbie. Her fame grows locally. While one day she dreams about her husband – she gets the hunch that Manjeet was murdered for greed. Who did that and why? She heads back to Punjab with one of her students. She takes the revenge from the culprits. That’s not the end of the novel. She fights the evils that torture and abuse women in the city. She fights and gets good fame. She rises many a fold in life. Will she be the same person after that magic power? What will be her fate if she loses the sandals? Sunaina’s life was no lesser than a fairytale. She used to read a lot of books where women do magical things but she never thought that one day she too will be in the same league.

Language of the book is lucid and the story moves at very fast pace, one can finish the book in Kindle in 4 to 5 hours. However, some typing errors disturb the reading consistency. Overall, it is a good and light book which can be read any day to while away the time.

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