Title: The Curse of that Night....She lived forever
About Rochak Bhatnagar (From the book) –
Rochak’s first novel, Love Happens only Once, published in
2011 became a national bestseller within a couple of months.
Rochak’s second novel, One Life, One Love, a sequel to Love Happens only Once, too, shot up the
Rochak Bhatnagar is an engineer by
profession but writing romantic fiction and crime thriller is his passion.
Rochak did his schooling from Amity International School Delhi, going on to
Gautam Budh Technical University, Lucknow.
Inspired by the events around his
environs, his stories are realistic with a hidden message for the readers.
Currently residing in New Delhi, he
loves to pen down his thoughts and interact with his fans whenever free.
Cover Price: Rs. 140.00
Something about the book (from the book’s cover):
Five years since his father passed
away, he is left with none but just one aim in life... ‘Make Money’- Abhijeet Raichand, the highest paid
lawyer in Delhi.
Raichand, a bookie and a drug dealer. He too has a single aim... ‘Make
Money’, by killing Abhijeet Raichand ,
his elder brother.
He loved her, but she loved him
even more – Malvika Singh, Abhijeet’s
secretary turned fiancée.
He wanted his sister to get the
best of education- Darsh, an orphan.
One night...One sinful crime...A
lifetime of curse...
When it all changed...Life took a
When...She was brutally....RAPED....
If you have been a regular on my
blog then I’m sure you are aware how I feel about issues related to women. Very
strongly, if I may say so, hence when along came a book with a message about ‘Rape’, I couldn’t let that go unread, could
I don’t know about others but
whenever I visit Delhi a chill runs down my spine. It’s not that rapes and
other atrocities with women don’t happen in any other part of my country, but
Delhi just gives me Goosebumps. Even Guwahati which is where my parents are
settled now is not safe for women; Bangalore where I work is also a place where
I have heard horrible stories about mishaps with women; Pune where my sister
lives is another city with scary reminisces of horrific crimes against women .
So basically no place in India can be considered safe but whenever I land in
Delhi I feel very anxious. But I shouldn’t right? It’s the capital of my
country and I have beautiful memories of visiting it as a child. So why am I
Perhaps it’s due to the cases I
read about in papers, which again I must add are not exclusive to Delhi. Somewhere
the horrific fates of Priyadarshani Mattoo, Jessica Lal and the very recent
Nirbhaya have affected my reaction towards this great city which I know is not
fair. It makes me aware of the low tolerance level of men and the things they
can do if shunned. But I won’t be wrong to say that this fear is the same for
millions of women across this country and their families.
Today women’s safety is a burning issue and every individual with a
steady head on their shoulders must be affected by the horrific cases happening
around us. So I guess the same was for Rochak, he surely must have been affected
by this malignant disease called Rape plaguing our society and perhaps that’s why
he wrote this story. And kudos to him for that!
The tale of an innocent women being
raped and the fight to seek justice for her, that’s Rochak’s book for me. The
interpersonal relationships and bonds between the characters is another aspect
of this wonderful book. The dilemmas of choosing right and wrong, the fear of
facing the society, the police, the judiciary and the journey towards justice,
that’s The Curse of that Night for
you. But the best part for me is the way an important issue has been
of fiction and information!
Rochak in this book not only tells
you a tale but also talks about various nuances of laws that every citizen must
know. Well atleast I hope so for it seems to be researched.
Another facet of the book that
scored for me was that the author attempted to give every character substance and
not leave some as mere caricatures. How far he was successful? Well I’d say
considerably. It’s not easy to do that, and while he could have done better
(there’s always room for improvement right), what you get to read is not bad at
There are some places in the book
where I felt something was amiss but that’s only towards the beginning. The
culmination was good and made it a good read.
The very fact that Rochak wrote a
book to influence young readers about this important issue made him get all the
right ticks in my review card. While he could have written some bubblegum
romantic fiction, he chose a serious topic. Now that’s what writers should do. Thanks
Rochak and we surely need more writers like you. When young minds read and
decipher the message in these stories perhaps a part of our problems will be
solved. So please give The Curse of that
Night a chance. Read it, if not for anything else then for the message it