An acid attack is, in my opinion, one of the most heinous and damaging crimes against women.
When I first visited Sheroes Hangout Cafe at Agra and met the acid attack survivors, it changed me forever.
I wrote about that first experience – an article I share regularly even now.
This year, too, I’ve written two articles on the subject. The timing for both is particularly interesting (Christmas is a festival extremely close to my heart! Not to mention that the two articles are coming out so close to each other. Together, it’s surely a sign, isn’t it?) because the purpose for both are vastly different.
One is a book review on acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi’s new memoir Being Reshma, published by Women’s Web.
Second is a special feature on the theme of ‘Shape of You’ to be published in the upcoming issue of UnBound Emagazine. The stigmas and stereotypes around physical appearances and beauty affect me deeply and is just one the many issues I write about every chance I get!
This book impacted me deeply, and I am glad I got the chance to read it. (That, Women’s Web picked me to review this particular book is another sign, me thinks!) It isn’t a book to be read lightly or one that you could read and simply put away.
Here’s a short extract from the book review featured on Women’s Web:
The book is an extremely personal narrative of Reshma’s growing up years. The conversational tone helps keep it light and friendly – as if you’re chatting with her over the phone or messenger. I gather this is the outcome of her comfort level and interactions with Tania Singh, her co-writer for this book. Full kudos to both Reshma and Tania for keeping the tone conversational and informal on a subject that is this tragic and unnerving.