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Army man found dead in Banjara Hills. Only witnesses – wife and servant. Unconfirmed reports of rape.Can the truth be revealed?Nari is a chronicle of sexual abuse told from the points of view of the victim and the perpetrator.It is set in present-day Hyderabad, when Ramya Tirthankar, the young wife of a retired army man, and their seventeen-year-old servant, Narayana – lovArmy man found dead in Banjara Hills. Only witnesses – wife and servant. Unconfirmed reports of rape.Can the truth be revealed?Nari is a chronicle of sexual abuse told from the points of view of the victim and the perpetrator.It is set in present-day Hyderabad, when Ramya Tirthankar, the young wife of a retired army man, and their seventeen-year-old servant, Narayana – lovingly called ‘Nari’ – accuse each other of rape.Layered and disturbingly lyrical, filled with shock, empathy and trauma, Nari uncovers questions related to human sexual behaviour, power play and how gender inequalities are built into our very genes....

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Nari: A Novel Reviews

  • Pankaj Goyal
    2019-05-23 08:59

    Nari by Sharath Komarraju is not simply a novel. While it is a piece of fiction, it shakes your thinking cap hard. Really hard! The book is based on the sensitive topic of rape and raises so many questions. What is rape? How can we define this heinous crime? Why do men rape women? Do women rape men? However, the book does not try to give answers. The author allows readers to make their own inferences. On the other hand, the book takes the readers to the main causes that lead to rape. This book forces us to open our eyes and see what is really there. In author’s own words, the narrative in this book takes the topic of rape out of the vacuum where it is usually viewed and places it as a sub-theme in the wider and vaster subject of how human beings view and have sex.The book has been divided into two sections to present two sides of a rape. The first section deals with the first person account of ‘a rape victim’ and the second with the first person narrative of ‘the perpetrator of the rape’. Both the sections are easy to read and relatable. The voices of both ‘the victim’ and ‘the perpetrator’ are different but clear. Writing the book in the form of two different but interconnected sections makes Nari an interesting read. The first section gives a close look at the rape victim and her thought process. And, in the second section, the author changes the angle of the camera on the entire situation by providing the perpetrator’s point of view. This, in turn, makes readers struggle to find what is right and what is wrong. Though the book revolves around two main characters, other characters have also been fleshed out well and play an important part in the plot. Writing fiction based on the sensitive topic of rape is really not an easy task. There will always be few raising eyebrows whatever you write. However, I think that Sharath has done this difficult task really well. In addition to dealing with the subject of rape, this book helps you to learn more about human sexual behaviour. At the same time, the book is not preachy at all. The book has a brilliantly woven story-line that entertains you. The book starts off perfectly and drops you directly in the midst of a well-constructed drama. The narration is refreshingly realistic and keeps your eyes glued to the pages. Writing is simple but it says so much. There are no graphic scenes in the book. I would also like to take a moment to applaud the author for the cover page. He could have gone with something prettier or something catchier. But he didn’t. Instead he used dual faces on the cover page which perfectly illustrates what he intended to convey in the book. On the whole, control of the pace and tempo of the narrative according to the demands of the scenes, and a shrewd understanding of human psychology by the author account for the beautifully written tale of Nari. Go for it! This book will change your views on rape. Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.The review was originally posted on:

  • Nivedita (thebooklovingnerd)
    2019-05-04 01:18

    This was a very disturbing book. As much as I loved the writing and the plot behind the story, I couldn't enjoy it. It had a lot of gory details, too much for my taste.

  • Sandy
    2019-05-07 01:03

    Rape - how the word itself perturbs us. We shudder when we read about it in the news, we cringe at the swine that would perform such a heinous act and we feel sorry for the victims for all of 30 seconds before moving on to the next blurb. Little do we think, what has the perpetrator endured through his life to act in such an inhumane way? Nari is a true eye opener on the subject. The author methodically inserts little flashback snippets of the main characters' lives that has played a part in them doing what they are in the present day.A tale told by two characters - a mirror image story, Nari makes your toes curl at some instances, while you might also laugh out loud reread a paragraph because it resonates with you so much, which is a sign of excellent writing. Nari also explores the unchartered territory of male rape, something that most think is an urban legend. I personally loved the analogy of 'if you're sad, and you're tickled, you'll still laugh but it doesn't change the fact that you're sad.'I quote the author, "If we do not understand our enemy, we cannot ever overcome him". This being said for rape and sexual abuse, the first step towards quashing it would be to fully comprehend what it is. A must read!

  • Veena Soujanya
    2019-05-06 07:09

    I have read many of Sharath's books and this is very different from his usual style. The novel is divided into two parts where each gives the testimony of the two surviving characters found in the crime spot of an army man's death. This book may be one of the brilliant works of Sharath but I personally couldn't relish because of the high sexual content. I was shocked and disturbed in few scenes (again it's me who is uncomfortable) which actually projects the brilliance of the writer as that was what his intention was.The excellence of the author is displayed when we could actually empathise with the individual characters when we are reading their testimonies. If in the first part we empathise with Ramya and hate Nari, our opinion changes in the second part and we get shocked with Ramya's behaviour and feel bad for Nari. The conviction with which the author projected both the characters is awesome. Unlike other novels where we know the culprit by the end of the story Sharath left the choice to our own perspective. Not revealing the truth again depicts the author's brilliance.One star less because of my unease with the sexual content.

  • Sameer
    2019-05-08 03:18

    Rape is too complex a subject to fathom and to derive causal relations. I always believed that rape is not just about sexual desire or just about male domination. Like any other crime, it has several motivations. In this novel, Sharath prods us to don a thinking hat about the issues surrounding rape and sexual abuse. He does this by presenting views of both perpetrator and victim separately and leaving the judgment to ourselves. Discussions such as this are vital to enhancing our knowledge about the concept. Because, as Sharath points out, it is not possible to eliminate rape as it is linked to sexuality and sexuality cannot be separated from us.

  • Richa Sharma
    2019-05-02 01:10

    This is such a disturbing book that I had to take breaks in between just to get away from all the details and situations for a while. Nari talks about rape and sexual abuse in a way I haven't read before. It discusses both the sides of the story and leaves the reader to make their own inferences ad draw their own conclusions. Well structured, easy going language but with heavy content. Read it on days when you aren't filled up to the brim with your own thoughts, frustrations or anxieties. However, it is a brilliant insight into this sensitive topic.

  • Jairam Mohan
    2019-04-28 04:22

    Anybody who wants to read a well written book which provides an entirely different perspective to rape as a crime must surely add this to their reading list. Detailed review put up at

  • Vikas Datta
    2019-05-03 01:02

    Very well-constructed - a sexual abuse whodunnit which have you thinking one and then the other... Changing his genre again, Mr Kommaraju has brought a taboo subject out very well...

  • Sindhuja
    2019-05-23 06:07

    disclaimer : this book was given to me free of cost by the author. The book reminds me of the narrative styles used in the sitcom called "the affair". The author has raised some valid questions but they are few and far between. This is not an easy ready. It has graphic description of abuse and assault. the author has done his research on the topic well but the book. doesn't feel like fiction. It is like reading a blog at times. And there are a lot of places where I disagree with author. read only if you must.

  • Divya Sarma
    2019-04-30 09:03

    Nari is definitely an unforgettable book. It would not make my all time favorite book collection, but it is an honest work which I appreciate. The premise of the book is interesting. What exactly is rape? In popular discourse it is sexual assault of a woman by a man, but what if it is the other way around. The question is not exactly new, specially when anti-women's empowerment messages and anti-feminist sloganeering is getting a lot of mileage on social media. Which perhaps explains my discomfort with the book. While I credit the author with honestly examining something which he is concerned about, this is exactly the kind of book which can feed the frenzy of people who, without understanding feminism, are out to target it. I am not saying the author is anti-feminist, just that the book can be twisted to read as one. The book is interesting in the way it constitutes power in multiple identities. Rape is the central crime of the narrative and the perpetrator and victim are reversed by the individual narrators, but each takes pains to point out how they are powerless in the situation. It is indeed worthy to note that Komarraju is talking of rape, as sexual coercion which is not limited only to physical force. Neither of the victim narratives speak of torn clothes or physical coercion and threats, but each of them speaks being forced into sexual acts, which are unwelcome to them, but also at some level, they still enjoy. He chooses to highlight the point that even if the victim is sexually aroused, and enjoys the act, coercion means rape. The central narrative device of two people speaking of the events which led up to a particular crime or series of crimes is interesting, but it also means both narrators are locked in a victim narrative. At times you want to get to know them better, to know what they are besides what has happened to them. There are many interesting bits the author throws to us, but does not pursue. For instance, Ramya seems surprisingly sexually liberated in a very positive sense. She asserts her right to sexual satisfaction. She has no qualms about enjoying sexual pleasures. Where did this sexual liberation spring from. Her early home life speaks of incestuous sexual abuse as well as different levels of betrayals in relationships. Is the sexual assertiveness simply a veneer for some deep rooted trauma and psychological issues. If that is what the author is suggesting, then it is a sheer waste of an interesting heroine. Similarly with Nari. Ramya's initial impression of him is always colored by the fact that he is the 'other', rural, not educated and lower class and she has an instinctive fear about him. It is also the fear which most upper class women have about male house servants. It is rather ironic that later, when she is describing him as her rapist, and actually describing the rape, she almost talks of him as the gentleman rapist, someone who is mindful of her pleasure, something which the other rapist in her life, he own husband, is not bothered with. Nari's own past is quite interesting, not the sexual adventures with the land lords wife, but his home, his relationships with his mother, father, step mother and sisters are all touched upon. His interactions in the school with the librarian is also interesting. But it is all very brief and not elaborated on. Also what is the socio-economic mileu which this story is happening in. It is evidently upper class, but Nari seems to be going to a very posh school which exposes him to classics and has a library and a full time qualified librarian. No matter how rich Ramya and her husband are, it seems strange that they would spend so much on a school for a house servant.What then really is elaborated is the sexual encounters which Ramya and Nari have. I am no prude but I do feel that some of the book could have explored other aspects of the people involved in the sexual act, rather than the act itself. Also, while it is acceptable that Ramya's first language is English and she describes events in a specific way and in fact thinks in English, Nari is not comfortable with English. The part which is from his point of view (supposedly translated) as well as his dialogues in Ramya's narrative dont hint at this discomfort with English. I am not for using Hindi or Telugu words in between but somehow the translation seems too smooth and all through it seems like Nari is thinking in English only. I may have found a lot of fault with the book, but the fact that I am sufficiently engaged with it to even think of these faults is a testimony to the books quality. THis is definitely a book worth spending time on.

  • Sonali Dabade
    2019-04-25 06:12

    Nari came out before the Hastinapur series, but I’m reading it now, well after I have read The Rise of Hastinapur and appreciated how adept Sharath Komarraju is at putting word after word and weaving a story with panache. From Nari to his latest book, Sharath Komarraju has evolved in his writing tremendously.Nari is well-written, but it has a sense of disconnect between some of the scenes being portrayed, and there is too much mention of sexual escapades in it, to my liking (Hence the 4 stars. Would have been 5 otherwise). As I started the book, I thought that maybe books like these need the explicitness to spread awareness, and by the end of the book, I was convinced. The book gives out, in no unclear terms, the long standing and ignored fact that men can be victims of rape as much as women. We need to take it seriously that not all men are hounds and not all women are angels.Nari has some hard-hitting revelations in the first few pages. You begin to hate the character but as the story unfolds and facts are revealed, you begin to second-guess your earlier opinions. It very plainly puts forward the fact that when one is used to being mistreated, it shows how they get used to being thrown around, and how it becomes a part of their life. You start feeling sorry for them, and also maybe condone some of their actions. In the midst of all this, Sharath Komarraju has woven the story so well, filled the characters so well, that about 60 pages into the story, and you’ll find yourself not trusting any character’s actions/reactions. You find yourself searching for a backstory to their different shades.The best part of the book, according to me, is how every character is unpredictable in whatever he/she does. And it all comes back to the same thing: You do not know how to feel towards a character; any character. It’s like you have a love-hate relationship with every one of them. The moment you expect one of them to do something, they change course and do something completely unexpected. And that’s what brings the thrill – What happens next? What will he do? Will she stand up to him? Will he escape her? Just tell me more!Komarraju has the ability to incite disgust in a reader’s heart at the repulsive actions of a character. It is a measure of how much you begin to sympathize or empathize with one that you start praying for the other to just keel over and drop dead.“Once a person becomes an intimate part of your life, I don’t think it is possible to ever let them go. They leave a part of themselves with you for safekeeping. I think, even those you think you hate – or especially the ones you hate.”It is parts of the book like this that make you smile in understanding. You know exactly what the author is trying to say. And for me, those are points in the book when I realize that despite what I don’t like about it, I do like it after all. Unpredictable, just like the characters in the book!Halfway through the second half of the book, I realized how the author has cleverly woven two different points of view and builds the suspense in the mind of the reader: Who is telling the truth? It was then that I slapped my head in slowly spreading understanding.Nari reminds us that there can be multiple points of view towards anything in the world. It shows two testimonies, each most likely to happen in some context or the other in the world. But it touches on sensitive topics and the insensitive statements that so many so-called learned men have made about women being raped across the country and how it is woman’s tendency to dress provocatively invites men to commit such crimes.The disturbing thing about the portrayal is that a mother-child relationship is abused by the people involved. How can rape follow a realization of someone being one’s mother, or someone being one’s son?All in all, Nari is a thought-provoking story that has been molded into two different stories, each involving the same protagonists. It is a little too explicit in mentioning rape, for my liking. But in this age, like the author puts it, maybe it is for the good to be out in the open, because we need to understand the why and the how, rather than merely condemning it outright.Review also posted at: https://themelodramaticbookworm.wordp...

  • Uday Kanth
    2019-04-26 07:13

    By this point, I'm quite sold on Sharath's prowess as a writer but I did go into this book with a little apprehension, as the topic of rape is such a sensitive one that there are an awful lot of things that could go wrong in the conception. But I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the way he handled the topic and the story overall. Probably a first of its type in Indian fiction, this book has two characters accuse each other of rape. The first part is told from the woman's perspective while the second is from the man's (teen, to be precise). What you realize once you get to the second part is that what you are reading is only an account by the narrator and might not be the 'actual truth'. And this is where the true triumph of the book lies. When you have unreliable narrators and each of them are describing contradictory stuff, your brain is on wheels trying to figure out what is the truth and what might have been fabricated. And you deduce a lot from just not what has been said, but from what has been withheld as well. In that sense, I think, Sharath successfully lays this intricate puzzle for us to solve. And he never gives us the solution, expecting us to come up with our own inferences instead. The reader is essentially left at liberty to choose whatever he wants to believe. A note has to be made on the characterization too which is very nuanced and realistic. People behave in ways they would in real life and there's simply a lot of intellect on display here. There's no heedless beating around the bush, and the conversations are mostly very cerebral. By the end you realize that everyone had their own motives, even the minute side-characters, for behaving in the way they did. There's a lot of back and forth narration, but thankfully the pace never gets compromised. I was on my toes most of the times. All in all, this is a book that you'd want to read to experience the finer details behind rape that most people don't talk about. What are the motivations? Is it always about power? Or is there something else? How much do gender roles tie in? And how will the society react to the prospect of a woman being the perpetrator of rape? All very interesting questions to ponder over.

  • Pavan Kumar
    2019-05-07 05:57

    Sharath Kommaraju's novel 'Nari' is a bold exploration of a topic we Indians still shy away from. The premise of the novel is sexual expression and sexual exploitation and the overlap between the two. Narayan or Nari is a young boy from a small village who is taken to the city to work as house help by Captain Tirthankar, a retired army officer. At Captain’s house he meets his wife Ramya who is a psychologist and works from her own office. A few months later Captain is found dead at home and Nari is arrested for his murder.The novel is told from the perspectives of Ramya and Nari. The multiple narratives of the event force the reader to consider the situation from different perspectives and makes one wonder if things are ever as simple as they are presented to be. The author seems to convey that every sexual interaction involves some manipulation, either of our own desires or that of our partners. The story makes us question our notions of where sexual expression ends and exploitation begins.Ramya as a character is very well sketched. She is a woman caught between the abuses of her past and present and her own desires and dreams. She is a well educated, working modern woman who seems to know how to fend for herself. At the same time she is emotionally vulnerable and this leaves her open to exploitation. She is manipulative as this is the only means she has of getting what she wants. She is a complex character and her portrayal makes the reader empathize with her.Narayan or Nari is a simple boy from a village who comes to the city hoping to send some money back to his family and if possible get an education. He is a young man torn between his dreams and his desires. He is trying to make sense of what happened to him in his past, what he wants for himself and what society expects him to do as a man. Nari’s portrayal makes the reader empathize with him and the predicament he finds himself in.I enjoyed reading the book. Sharath is doing what a writer should do, asking tough questions, showing us both sides of the coin, not giving any easy answers and asking his readers to go figure it out for themselves. We need more writers like Sharath Kommaraju and we need more books like 'Nari'.

  • Srija
    2019-05-13 07:23

    This book was often too painful to read. And I admit, I wouldn't even have picked this book up if I hadn't seen 'Hyderabad' in the blurb (which, by the way, doesn't affect the narrative in any way). For me, books are an escape, and reading about the same things that I read about in the newspapers everyday is not my idea of a good pastime. (view spoiler)[Who is lying? And who is telling the truth? Why do our bodies enjoy something that our mind clearly doesn't?I'm still intrigued about the story. I want to know which one of them was telling the truth. We all can agree on one thing though: The Captain was a horrible man, and though his death was un-lawful, it was nothing short of what he deserved. (hide spoiler)]As uncomfortable as I was while I was reading it, it was unputdownable. The author did not pass a moral judgment on rape and its victims through this book. Nor did he try to deliver any particular message. What I do think he succeeded in doing was to make us think about the grey areas that lie in the news reports that we tend to overlook while watching or reading the news. It delivers the story in a manner that doesn't manipulate the reader into a conclusion on the subject of what it is. It leaves that for us to ponder upon.In the AFTERWORD, the author says:It is commonly agreed that unless the woman gives explicit consent, any advances by a man would amount to sexual harassment. And yet in all the social scripts that govern our sexual behaviour, the woman is meant to say no, play hard to get, give the man something to chase. The whole narrative of the man wooing and charming the woman into liking him is deeply ingrained in our psyches.Are the two messages contradictory? Undoubtedly.I've never read anything truer that that. I probably will never read another book which has a similar blurb ever again, but at some level, I know that picking this book up was a good call.

  • Gourav Salanke
    2019-05-04 04:18

    My reactions varied throughout the period as I was reading the book. At first, I was curious after having read the synopsis. The synopsis tells, this is an account of an incident, from both the victim and the perpetrator's point of view. The curiosity was raised since the accusition involved rape charges. It would have been interesting to know how the perpetrator defends this act. Especially, as the offense was so serious in nature.By the time I finished reading the accuser's testimony, I rather felt unfortunate that the author has chosen, what I could have termed, a very safe plotline and reasoning behind the crime. I had almost lost my interest and initial curiosity about the author's take on perpetrator's point of view. However, I am glad I continued, as almost immediately in the second testimony, I realized the brilliance in the choice of the author. This is when the book was unputdownable. I would not get into plot details further as it will create spoilers. However, I will take a risk and say that the author has structured entire story very thoughtfully and when you finish it, you are left to draw your own conclusion and make your own verdict. The last section which has testimonies of other people, who are associated with the case, makes the whole story all the way more interesting. I feel the interrogator's comments for each of that testimony, would help you make your own verdict stronger.Afterword of the book, is like a cherry on the top, where the author reveals his motive to choose this story for his telling. It adds a new dimension to your reading of this story.I feel a very intriguing courtroom drama film can be made out of this story. Would wait eagerly for it. Or rather I am feeling inspired to write one on my own.PS: Another brilliance of the author lies in the choice of the title. Why don't you read to find why I feel so. This book has put Sharath in my "read all books of this author" list.

  • Sirpy Arul
    2019-05-03 09:06

    Nari is the 5th book by Sharath. Having known his works earlier, and greatly appreciative of his writing prowess and characterization, I was mildly let down. The entire plot is outlined in the blurb itself; but the meat of the book lay in the why rather than the how.And that is where I found severe flaws. The theme, similar to the Rashomon effect, has been done to death by books and movies; in fact the original Rashomon story line followed an exact same theme of a rape, from the view of 4 protagonists. So with respect to the plot and the idea behind the book, I personally found nothing novel. It was more like an Indianization of the entire theory, which again has been done in several movies as well.The second portion of the theme, involving a study of the sexual aspect of Indian life was disturbing yet profound. I usually skip such scenes in books since they really have zero writing value. Here, I found it fine to read it in the bigger picture and could understand the reason behind the author detailing it. However, it was way too graphic and being a part of a testimony, I doubt that somebody would be this detailed. At times, it often descends into the author breaking the fourth wall and wondering out loud his thoughts on the whole idea of rape and sexual abuse.The bad parts apart, the writing is brilliant and Sharath's forte of fleshing out characters comes out clearly. The language and prose is simply brilliant.To sum up, a better plot with a better set of situations (too little to chew on) would have elevated this book to a different level. At its core, it remains a study of people, slightly superficial and contrived but layered in excellent prose.

  • Hasita Krishna
    2019-05-06 01:56

    Nari is not a book for the faint hearted, and that is surprising because it is not a horror novel. It is a commentary on people and how most of us, when confronted by an impossible situation, would happily choose to turn their backs to it and look the other way. Like the recently released Talvar (a movie on an actual double murder), this book is a reflection of how we in India think of our domestic help. They usually come from underprivileged backgrounds, with hopes of making it big, and are usually the first people blamed in case of a domestic crime.What I really liked about the book is that the author doesn't take sides- he lets us decide who is the victim and who the perpetrator. Whatever I have written in the above paragraph is solely my perception- and this is what makes the book so special- you are allowed to come to your own conclusions. His account of rape is what it would look like if it were reported by a neutral media house. I would put it high up there, in the ranks of We Need To Talk About Kevin- an honest commentary on what is wrong with us and the society at large.My complaints- Nari's side of the story is condensed and a little elaboration would have added to his character, made him feel real to me. It already does, but needs a bit more fine tuning to be completely convincing. It messed with my head for a very long time, and I am still deciding if that's a good thing or a bad one. Having read quite a bit of his work, I can confidently say that this is one of his best books. He really has an eye for observing people, and I'd look forward to reading more in this genre.

  • Ritambhara Dixit
    2019-05-01 06:11

    Nari is a fascinating account of a trial, the book is put out in the form of testimonies, and you get to understand both sides of the coin. However, more than a murder mystery, Nari delves into the topic of rape, cause and effect et al. It has the POVs of both, the victim and the perpetrator, without actually identifying who is who. This becomes a great narrative as the story of rape is interwoven with threads of past, which further help tighten the narrative and maintain brevity. One might think that it being a book that deals with the topic of rape would be heavy, it is not and makes for a great unputdownable read. The beauty of the book lies in the fact that all the characters are flawed, which makes them realistic and believable, and helps you understand the emotions better. The book does not conform to the societal code of wrong and right and leaves it upon the reader to take the final call. Kudos to the author for the sensitive and logical take on the controversial topic of rape and the fine portrayal.

  • Sanjana
    2019-05-12 07:58

    A creative try in the genre of murder mystery!Nari is exceptionally bold and has the accuracy in the tone of the two narrators throughout the book. The book has thrown newly insights in the matters of rape, rapists and sexual behaviours. The voices of both the protagonists in the book was very well intensified. This book answers to most of your thriving questions on rape and sexual behaviours.The author lets the reader to play the role of the police. When you read it, you can actually imagine yourself to be in the shoes of the police investigation team to decide the happenings and the outcomes. A creative try in the genre of murder mystery. A Bold Writing!Each and every line in the chapter has the power to make or break the heart. In that sense, the protagonist, the writing, the plot, the setting can last there with you for a lifetime or more. A must-read for all the age group. This book is beyond age, gender and all that you find in the resume of yours. You read it as a human being and you become one of such.

  • Arjun Shetty
    2019-05-18 03:00

    Leaves you wondering what really happened (in a good way!)Sharath spins a gripping tale that deals with social issues in a subtle manner. The open ending to the story told from the point of view of two different characters does make the reader ponder over what really happened. The pace is maintained throughout the book. Even when the same events are retold through the point of view of the other character, Sharath ensures that there is not a single dull moment in the storytelling. Note that some of the sexual scenes might appear to be a tad too graphic to some readers.The characters are fleshed out in near perfect fashion. The reader is taken through a see-saw journey where his/her feelings about a particular character keep changing as various events and back stories unfold. As the novel progresses, the reader’s feelings for a particular character might vary over love, hate, pity, disgust, sympathy and finally perhaps an acceptance that everyone is just a shade of grey.

  • Lakshmi Sreekumar
    2019-05-20 07:19

    My first half into the book, Ramya's side of the story that is, I was in sympathy with the character partially ignoring the fact that Nari's view point would be waiting for me. It made me think, is there only a fine line between consent and rape? what exactly would one call as rape? If, in the act of what is otherwise an intentional, forceful and unwilling sexual "attack", the "victim" begins to enjoy and savor the process, is it still considered rape? It was one of the most disturbing reads I've had till date. I recalled asking myself similar questions upon reading Tehmima Durrani's "My feudal Lord". Overall, an interesting read with the quintessential Rashomon approach. Definitely, not for the weak hearted. The only glitch I felt was, the author could have provided more background of the protagonists/antagonists because only then can one relate to the characters and try to understand the nature of the being. The devil is in the detail.

  • Aravind M (Honest reviews and promoter)
    2019-05-18 04:18

    My my my.. what a roller coaster of a ride reading this book . Tremendous expectations for the book. I felt you have done a great job of writing this one.The writing was simplistic in nature but explicit for few pages. The Indian audience are prudish lot and I would suggest you could try to adhere to their views and wishes..But on a serious note, the issues raised in the book was so intricate , it was whiff of fresh breeze. It was watching the same movie/same characters in different realities . It was like a communicative negotiation done from page 1 through their voices. Although the ending could have been tad better since I always feel the author's mindset needs to be explored rather than the readers. I agree that it was your decision to leave it to readers and.I completely understand where you are coming from..

  • Raji Amarnath
    2019-05-10 01:15

    Sexual abuse and rape perceptions have never been presented in a mind inflicting manner, rather never have i come across. While reading, it triggered hidden and painful emotions from the past, which every gal is likely to have encountered. Child sexual abuse is a common practice which people never come to accept but has been happening widely though. And the toughest part is that, most of the time it is too late until the children come to know that they are being abused. Even in the case of a domestic rape, the first taught thing is to keep quiet as it might lead to a lot of scandal if everyone comes to know. And personal confusions with respect to if it was actually a rape or not, leads the victim to suffer pain and embarrassment of the soul. Nari is an exceptionally well written piece, presenting all the notions in the cleanest form.

  • Sneha Nanavati
    2019-05-14 02:21

    This is not a light read. At least it wasn't for me. The book deals with the crime of rape. The topic isn't new but the rawness with which is was written, is extremely bold. As always, Sharath's writing was simple and unambiguous. The characters aren't cliche. And the book provides an interesting study into the minds of the parties involved with rape and other deviant sexual behavior. With the first person narrative of the victim and perpetrator, it speaks volumes for the depth of imaginativeness Sharath possesses. He successfully weaves a not-so-conventional story on the mindset, motivation and characteristics of individuals involved in the crime. Anybody who wants to read a well written book which provides an entirely different perspective to rape as a crime should give this one a try.

  • Nishtha
    2019-05-06 03:17

    Rape and sexual harassment has always been a touchy topic in almost every community. In his book Nari, Sharath tries to explore the complicated emotional ripples and its consequences. The story is gripping (halfway through you feel like you're in the middle of Gone Girl, but it is in some ways better than that), Sharath's story telling style, as always, flows beautifully. The writer has distinctly grown from his first fiction novel. It is a wonderful read, an important angle about abuse and power-play, and a refreshing new aspect that should be explored and discussed in drawing rooms. The only negative I can think of is that I would've preferred the writer's stand in the form of a less vague ending.Don't miss it!

  • Aparna Sreedhara
    2019-05-03 03:59

    This isn't just an other fiction novel you may read which just has a plot and reaches a logical conclusion in the end. NARI makes you sit on the edge of the chair, to put on your thinking caps, and actually wonder what is the real truth. The author nicely related two sides of the same accusation of rape, and lets you arrive at your own conclusions. Rape in India generally is referred to where the female is the victim, but this novel give justice to other sex, and brings out the different perceptions, the cause for rape, and also deeply introspects the question of rape as means of wielding power. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and this proves Sharath Komarraju's brilliant ability to write on social issues by means of fiction. Hoping he writes more such books :)

  • Samdisha Malhotra
    2019-05-19 04:07

    A very well written novel. A twisted one of course, like his other novels. You feel intrigued to know what comes next. Written in 2 parts it surely gives the insight of the characters well and you will find yourself in the middle of a story which deals with so many emotions. A very sensitive topic of course; could have taken a wrong turn, if it was not written carefully. But we are taking about Sharath Kommarraju here, you can trust this man. At some other time, with some other novel, I would have found the ending abrupt; but this one ended like it was supposed to end like this. It does not leave you feeling incomplete.

  • Chaitanya
    2019-05-23 00:55

    This is my first read of Sharath's work and am really suprised at what i read. The book is about sexual assault, which we see too often on tv and sometimes through the people around us. It is very disturbing story of a crime involving sexual assault in home. The two versions are good, but i liked the story told by Nari more.

  • Shiva Narayana
    2019-05-18 00:58

    Wow, what a book. It requires a lot of emotion and research to write about the taboo topic of rape. It raises many questions though. What is even more interesting is, Sharath did not take sides. He just wrote the as-is story. A hot thriller for a movie maker may be ;-)

  • Raavi
    2019-05-19 09:08

    A bold, impressive and well written piece of art. Boggles the mind and makes you think. Must read.