Vidya Balan reviews : Unhooked by Munmun Ghosh

by Vidya Balan on May 10, 2013

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Author: Munmun Ghosh
Publisher: Mahaveer Publishers
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9788183520270
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IndiaBookStore is proud to present to a review of Munmun Ghosh’s Unhooked, reviewed by none other than Vidya Balan! The following is how Vidya Balan told it to the author herself. We thank Munmun Ghosh for sharing this piece of exclusive quote. 

 

"I loved UNHOOKED. The cover intrigued me, and once I started reading the book, I could not put it down. In a certain sense, I identified with the book, not just through my personal experiences, but with what I have watched of people around me, especially girls in the media and the metros, whom I interact with all the time. There’s so much pressure today on girls to have boyfriends. People look at you as if you are diseased if you don’t have one. And you are made to feel depressed on special days. I have gone through it too.  There are no brownie points for knowing your mind and waiting for what you believe you deserve, waiting for your dreams, both personal and professional, to be realised. People almost look down upon you if you are a virgin after a certain age, which is upsetting. What’s the hurry? There’s a lifetime to have sex and if you can wait and have it with someone you really like you’d enjoy it so much more. I think the pressure to be a couple, to change one’s single status pushes so many people into wrong relationships. And that’s the reason so many relationships are breaking today. 

I was single for a long time and was asked about it. I would say I enjoy being single. Also, maybe because I led a full professional life, I didn’t feel the pressure much. I have lots of single friends. One of my friends got married at 43 and lost her virginity, that’s how she chose it and while reading UNHOOKED, I felt as if I were reading her story. Also, if you want to have a romp every weekend, that too is fine. One must be free to choose."
 
Make sure you watch the video of Vidya Balan launching Unhooked and going gaga over the book.  However, if you need more than a push from Vidya Balan herself, these excerpts from Unhooked are sure to get you hooked! 
 
Excerpts from the book:
“The sharpness of a woman’s mind can sliver the male psyche. Hadn’t it, after all, been agreed long back that while men developed their minds and pursued the intellectual activities needed to run this world, women would round and polish their bodies and turn them over at nights into male hands for their physical gratification and later grow semen into babies inside their bodies?”
 
“The joy of recounting was infinitely greater than that of travelling.”
 
“Disappointment is so much easier to accept when it is private and not public.”    
 
“You never price your solitude as much as when you escape from wrong company.”  
 
“To confide one’s pain in another meant to be willing to deepen the bond with the other. It was a step towards attachment.” 
 
“In the absence of love, you need distractions.” 
 
“This was the last of the joys left to one at the end of a relationship, posing questions you were not brave enough to ask throughout. I could ask any question and get away with it now as I had nothing more to lose.” 
 
About the Author:
 
With a First Class Masters' degree in English Literature from Mumbai University, Munmun Ghosh worked as a full-time journalist for a range of publications from Stardust and MOVIE magazines to The Daily, The Economic Times, Mid-Day, and indya.com before turning to creative writing. Her first book Hushed Voices was published in 2007. Unhooked is her second work of fiction. A compulsive dealer in words, she edits for a living, and writes articles and fiction to explore, understand, share, and make a difference. She also conducts workshops in writing skills. Singing is her favorite stress-buster, and the sitar a commitment she loves to keep.

 

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