Ann Correa, born and brought up in a Mangalorean Roman Catholic community in Bangalore, shows the outer world a different life of the nuns that she witnessed. She shows the world a new picture of the nuns apart from the stereotypes we see around. Sh says nuns are way beyond just school teachers, music teachers, or strict principles. Unlike the preset notions that they are a group of frigids without any aesthetic sense or any sense of appreciation, Ann tells the tale of her aunt’s who liked to dress up and who were full of life. There are mentions of two controversial books by nuns who left the shrine, but there is no deeper elucidation on that front.
The demise of her great aunt-Akkai- is the major topic dealt in the book. Her quest for truth begins when she realizes that the reason behind her death is not that she was told.Ann, through the memoire lays bare the fact that her family and the church were wont to hide the reality. She is discouraged by her parents when she decides to include Akkai’s death in her memoire.
Basically the book is a reality check. Authoress has openly written a lot of facts but at some points it seemed that she succumbed to pressure. Her foray into Akkai’s death reaches nowhere in the end or so it shows. Editing of the book is average. At some points it is difficult to comprehend what the authoress actually meant, due to poor editing. The book is overpriced.
My Verdict:- foray into real life of nuns but I expected more.
This review is in return of a free book from the publisher