Book Title: Malana Cream
Author: Shalini Singh
Format: Paper Back
Total Number of Pages: 160
Publisher: HALF BAKED BEANS
Publishing Date: 14 April 2018
Feminism remains misunderstood. Many women think that it culminates at sexual freedom while many end up using gender for favors even as men become increasingly embarrassed, confused, and covert misogynists. There are uncomfortable issues – little girls need much more to aspire for than being an Item girl (desire me) or a Cinderella (woo me) or a Daddy’s girl (protect me), intimidated men need not veer towards beards and over-sized vehicles and shoes to compensate for the intimidation, and chivalry need not be the biggest casualty of über-feminism. The inter-space between genders remains rigid, and the LGBTQIA community in the shadows . A frank, street dialogue on feminism and liberalism is missing; everybody’s shooting in the dark. Hence, this book.
The cover of the book is beautiful. The title is really interesting and arises the curiosity among readers as to what is the meaning of Malana cream. The story revolves around Ranveer Singh alpha male and Rito and there journey in the hill top. The book is combination liberalism, feminism, drama, fiction, backpacking, motorcycling, Himalayas, Buddhism. The characters are well developed, balanced and come across as normal human beings. Language of the book is lucid and written in a simple way to comprehend for any kind of reader. Slow at first resulting in the interest wavering at times. However, after the initial few pages the story slowly gained momentum and from thereon it became truly interesting and absorbing. Narration and characterization is done well.The author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story.
A simple story with a strong message conveyed with ease and brilliance.
Overall Rating 3.5 Star
About the Author
Shalini Singh is an educator based at New Delhi. Born into an über-conservative rural community, and exposed to a liberal urban education, she balances two contradictory social dynamics, as also between work and family with two college-going kids. Though she writes extensively on professional issues, this is her first work of fiction, under her pen name.