Title: Unbroken: The Untold Story
Author: Indrani Mukerjea
Publisher: Harper-Collins Publishers India
No of Pages: 373
Price: INR 599
Link for Purchase: https://www.amazon.in/Unbroken-Indrani-Mukerjea/dp/9356994102
The book gives us a very good picture of the author’s early life and her struggles. She was abused and ill-treated, and her own family toyed with her emotions and betrayed her. The author comes across as a strong independent woman who is bold enough to live life on her own terms. She has fought her way through to the top and in the process sacrificed a lot to achieve what she wanted.
She was forced into giving away her children to her parents and not allowed to take them with her. She seems to have been a brilliant student all along and was a topper in both school and college. There have been numerous men in her life starting from Vish, her childhood sweetheart.
From what we read in the book none of them have stood by her side though I felt Sanjeev and Siddarth did try. She seems to have been an uncanny businesswoman with a tough head on her shoulders which is essential to make it big in the business world. The headhunting firm that she set up single-handedly was a phenomenal success.
The author has had the courage and gumption to stand with the prison inmates on a matter of considerable seriousness. As a result of her actions, some major reforms were introduced in the prison where she was incarcerated.
As far as the book itself is concerned there are several parts to it. These take us back and forth in time describing the events from the time the author was arrested, and her past separately. I liked this style of writing a lot though I have seen it in several books. The book’s language is easy and engaging. Not much has been said about the murder charge itself. This, as the author points out is because of legal restrictions. The matter is sub judice. The language used in the book is impeccable in style and clarity. As we move through the pages the book becomes quite unputdownable.
Having said that, there are a few negatives I would like to mention. The author has a tendency to paint too many characters with a tainted brush. She blames others for too many things. In many places, what we read becomes difficult to believe because of this one reason. One of these things is the failure of the company INX Media which was started by her husband with the help of a friend. There are several other places where we are given a dark picture of the people involved.
Despite that, I would like to conclude by saying that there is a ring of truth in most of the things mentioned in this book.
Conclusion: This book is worth a read. We get a good picture of the author’s side of the story. Do read it.
Rating: I will go with a 4/5 for Indrani Mukerjea’s book Unbroken: The Untold Story.
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