Book review of Bitter Chocolate: Child Sexual Abuse in India. Pinki Virani. Penguin Books, , pp., ISBN (pb). Page Book Review. Bitter Chocolate: Child Sexual Abuse in India. Pinki Virani. Penguin Books, , pp., ISBN (pb). Few topics share the seeming. writes about Pinki Virani's first of its kind book on CSA in. India – Bitter Chocolate. The book is brutally honest and graphic, bold, heart rending in places and gut.
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A book that challenges our notions of family honour and morality Sometime, somewhere, the conspiracy of silence around Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in Indian homes had to be shattered. This path-breaking book'the first of its kind in the country and subcontinent'attempts to give that. Start by marking “Bitter Chocolate: Child Sexual Abuse In India” as Want to Read: A book that challenges our notions of family honour and morality. Sometime, somewhere, the conspiracy of silence around Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in Indian homes had to be shattered. Page 1. Bitter. Chocolate. Lesley Lokko. Page 2. 1. Port-au-Prince, Haiti On a hot, sultry afternoon in May when the breeze had stopped and the air was.
Aruna's Story: Want to Read saving…. Customers who bought this item also bought. Full Name Comment goes here. Other editions. The book, with every page, unsettles your unperturbed idea of the ideal Indian society and family. The author has done a great job, by writing a book about an i Just completed reading, and I'm shattered.
Virani would have had to face while completing the manuscript. The one thing that I learnt and now know forever after reading the book is that a child can be molested almost anywhere and everywhere. Even in houses that are well to do, specially those that have servants in them to take care of the children. And that sickens me to the core. A flawed model of masculinity, the paternal voice of authority, the outdated bullshit excuse of religion and culture, lack of accountability for the various rings of child prostitution in India and a system of silence surrounding bad acts in the country enable Child Sexual Abuse to thrive today.
Nothing will change while these aspects remain. Oct 30, Ronit rated it really liked it. Very sobering and challenging book with a lot of helpful information. Mar 04, Susan rated it liked it. I found this at a library book sale.
India is incredibly behind in reporting child sexual abuse and punishing the perpetrators. Spine chilling accounts of child sexual abuse in India at every chapter. This book may make you cry and very very angry.
You feel a rage inside you to know the light under which such cases are handled making the life hell for the victim and the accused remains unharmed be it an outsider or own family member. Though the laws have now became more stringent and less ambiguous in nature, the book pointed out the prevention of the problem before cure and this is only possible wherein our families can Spine chilling accounts of child sexual abuse in India at every chapter.
Though the laws have now became more stringent and less ambiguous in nature, the book pointed out the prevention of the problem before cure and this is only possible wherein our families can provide their children an ecosystem to open up about such encounters without fearing of consequences. Where families do not swipe such cases underneath the carpet thinking this will spoil "ghar ki izzat" in a girl child's case and pay less heed since this has nothing to do with "ghar ki izzat" in a boy child's case.
People should be aware that such cases though shocking to know are not uncommon and can snatch away the childhood out of an inncocent soul. Sep 25, Sayeeda Pearl rated it really liked it. Just completed reading, and I'm shattered.
Damning disclosures are extremely painful, and leave you numb and sleepless especially if you are a parent. Alarming and disturbing statistics,which point to the vulnerability of young lives living amidst a sick society. Silence ,denial, and minimizing it ,make it happen again and again.
The author has done a great job, by writing a book about an i Just completed reading, and I'm shattered.
The author has done a great job, by writing a book about an issue like CSA,which is need of the hour. The book clearly exposes the limitations of our legal system, and the redresal process correctly termed as secondary victimization. It's a tough read, but we can't runaway from what's happening around, we can't allow emergence of a scarred generation.
I would recommend this book as a must read for all parents, teachers and whoever deal with children. Give full stars for bringing out the dark skeletons out of our sick society. Jun 04, Puja Gupta rated it liked it Shelves: So much of researched and reported child sex abuse in India and so much yet to be unveiled! Shocking though but it portrays that the world is so full of sick people. Subjects who undergoes this trauma are usually unaware what they are going through and beings kids no one believes them, because children are always fantasizing.
And when over-sure adults over rules their children's complaints, the child goes mute. And by mute i mean mute forever the child is never the same. They still know someth So much of researched and reported child sex abuse in India and so much yet to be unveiled!
They still know something wrong had happened but they don't know exactly what it was.
Their lives change, change completely. The child grows, blossoms but with the question mark within. If adult rapes can go unreported, child abuse stands no competition. Save your child's childhood today to save their tomorrow.
Oct 23, Nupur Jain rated it it was amazing. Some books move you to the deepest core. These books are not to be celebrated, but remembered for the right reasons. Bitter Chocolate shall be recalled every time I hear, suspect, witness, read a case of child abuse - physical, verbal, sexual. This is a painful, hard to believe read. Yet, it will keep you glued if CSA is a subject that disturbs you.
The book, with every page, unsettles your unperturbed idea of the ideal Indian society and family. To give a final word - this book moved me to tears. Also a recommendation to anyone brave enough to hold a mirror to our patriarchal, chauvinist, biased society.
Jun 08, Abhaga rated it liked it. A little dated. I feel 15 years later, there is a lot more awareness about the issue.
But reading the book made me wonder how can a parent keep their child safe unless they just be with them all the time! It is scary. Also the author does not seem very fond of gay and bisexual people. Also the tone gets very self-righteous at times.
The book also contains at least one instance of "Be rest assured". View all 3 comments. Sep 03, Bhavita rated it liked it. Stunningly disturbing reality! We all know it's happening everywhere, everyday but still we live a life of denial. The book brings out the stories of child abuse, incest in a simple narrative but with spine chilling effect. Being a lawyer, i have read quite a few testimonies of young victims and the book has done justice to all such other young survivors by not indulging into sensationalism or exaggeration.
An eye-opener! Jan 29, Hrishikesh Joshi rated it really liked it. The fact that the language of this book lacks eloquence is eclipsed by its content. The book exposes the morbid underbelly of our society-- that of child sexual abuse. The stories narrated are harrowing and ghastly and the appalling statistics provided might shake your faith in humanity.
This book is a must read for anyone who is a parent, or who intends to become a parent, or whose loved one has suffered the trauma of abuse in childhood, or whether someone is a victim themselves. Mar 26, Samir Dhond rated it really liked it. This is a piece of investigative journalism.
Shocking, chilling. I mean, so much of child abuse takes places in India and I feel that it goes unnoticed even today. As we speak, there are children being abused. This book is a must read for everyone so that it helps us keep our eyes and ears open. For all you know, we might be able to save some chidlren from abuse going forward. Jan 17, Saranga rated it liked it. Pinki virani's book on child abuse is dark and an eye-opener.
Through a series of events, she relates how often the person least suspected is the culprit like a close relation. How often such incidents go untold due to the shame and fear. It is time that such monsters are brought out and punished.
Jul 30, Surabhi Mahajan Mehra rated it really liked it. This book leaves you with a void. The number of people who have survived abuse and their stories make for a heart wrenching read. Some of the stories are so disturbing that I had to stop reading it for a while and regain composure. Aug 08, Gargy Sarkar rated it it was amazing.
Stunningly disturbing book! This is a non-fiction book about child rapes in India. The series of incidents across the country is absolutely shocking, and questions you the existence of humanity. A must-read to know what is going on around us. Aug 28, Rohit Raj rated it really liked it.
The shocking truth of our society, Pinki Virani has brought out the myth which prevails in our society regarding morality and family values. Even own house is unsafe for a child!!!! Every parent must read this and should teach their child what to do in these circumstances Jul 30, Dipika rated it really liked it. Really an eye opener and bitter truth about sexual abuse in India.
Sep 04, Ash rated it really liked it. Book reviews- ummburpoops. Aug 14, Smriti Agarwal rated it liked it. My review is no different from what others have already written - Painful to read, but still a must-read for all parents.
It definitely was an eye opener for me. Apr 20, Alan rated it really liked it. Any book that brings the mindlessness and depravity of child abuse to the fore is essential reading - not only to understand the horror, but to help the victims we know. Apr 03, Carey Ueland added it. Jul 29, Yashasree rated it liked it. Jan 27, Supriya rated it it was amazing. Just listening to the news and got reminded of this book!
What a pity and what a fabulous book to put out the topic of abuse! Exam Warriors by Narendra Modi is an inspiring book for the youth. Written in a fun and interactive style, with illustrations, activities and yoga exercises, A book that challenges our notions of family honour and morality Sometime, somewhere, the conspiracy of silence around Child Sexual Abuse CSA in Indian homes had to be shattered. This path-breaking book'the first of its kind in the country and subcontinent'attempts to give that sexually abused child a powerful voice.
It provides damning disclosures about men, and some women, in middle and upper-class families who sexually abuse their children, then silence them into submission. Based on studies, reports and investigation, this book reveals that a minimum of twenty per cent of girls and boys under the age of sixteen are regularly being sexually abused; half of them in their own homes, by adults who have the child's trust.
In Bitter Chocolate, journalist and best-selling author Pinki Virani travels across the country to record the testimonies of the police, doctors, child psychologists, mental health professionals, social workers, lawyers and the traumatized victims themselves. The book opens with an account'brave and devoid of self-pity'of the author's own experience.
Going beyond blaming, Pinki Virani then proceeds with her insightful analysis of the issue in three notebooks. The first spells out what constitutes CSA, why and how this happens, its devastating after-effects which haunt the victims as they grow into adulthood.
The second notebook describes these effects through two real-life stories of women who were betrayed as children by men of their family.