Book Name – Gumrah
Author – Ira Trivedi
Publisher – Rupa Publications
Number of Pages – 199
Publishing Year – 2016
Edition – Paperback
‘… if we are not careful about who we trust, we could be used or even harmed.’—Chetan Bhagat, from the Foreword
Drawn from real-life events, and based on a popular tele-series Gumrah by Star India Pvt. Ltd this book holds tales revolving around adolescent crime, deceit, treachery and bad judgement. In ‘Soulmate’, a case of sibling rivalry leads to disastrous consequences, while in ‘Heartbreak’, the dark side of the nicest of people is exposed. ‘Naaz’ reveals how cultural differences can sometimes lead to danger and ‘Double MMS’ shows a college girl’s stabs at popularity going horribly awry.
Written by bestselling author Ira Trivedi, Gumrah: 11 Short Teen Crime Stories is a must-read, with every story revealing the consequences of wrong choices. Like the show, the message of the book, aimed especially at the younger generation, is: ‘Be aware, be prepared, be safe!’
11 crime stories of how the teenagers are swayed from the reality and succumbs to various pressure. They end up doing things which they would never do otherwise. Being a mother, I would recommend that every household should own this book and make sure that their children read this. Not that every teenagers will be good children but I am sure at least half of them will get influenced.
I have watched many episodes of Gumrah and hence I can authentically say that authoress has successful extracted the correct flavour of the stories. Needless to say about authoress’s mastery over the language. While reading the stories, I felt like I am watching a repeat telecast of the book.
A post script could have been added as an analysis of why each incident happened and how it could have been prevented. Just like how it was done in the series.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
About the author
Ira Trivedi is the bestselling author of four books, most recently of India in Love, a seminal work of non-fiction on India�s social revolution and sexual violence. Her first novel, What Would You Do to Save the World was published when she was eighteen to critical and commercial success. Ira is a contributor to Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and several others where her work on gender and culture has won several awards. She has been called one of India�s most important youth voices and she speaks regularly to media and forums in India and internationally. She recently won the UK media award for her story on bride trafficking and was honoured at the House of Lords in England.