Author: Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
Publisher: Oberon Books
Released: September 1st, 2015
Genre: Plays, Women
Characters: Min, Balbir, Elvis, …
Synopsis (Goodreads) :
A mother and daughter’s illusions are shattered when they head to the local Sikh Temple, as they’re immersed in a world of desperate aspiration and dangerous deals. Behzti (Dishonour) touched such a nerve in a Sikh community during its UK production that the playwright was forced into hiding because of death threats.
My Review :
I must say that a play is not really my cup of tea. But I gotta pick this up for my literature class. When I started reading this book, I’ve already had this one perspective in my head which is from a feminist perspective (I just gotta too). It sounded a bit forceful but I kinda glad I did. However, not everything in this play was about feminism. There were other issues like culture, society and family relationship. I found the whole play was interesting enough and it carried a very important message.
Plot wise, I like the plot twist. I think the climax was crazy, it was unbelievable and really just blew you away. Very unexpected, I must say and as sick as the truth revealed at the climax, I kinda like it because of the surprising element that it carried and the seriousness of the issue that was happening in the society that was full of religious people and strong believe in their culture and faith. I’m just a really big fan of the plot twist, well delivered.
Characters wise, they were all surprisingly stood out as different individual, as in they were all very strong.Not once any of the characters was overshadowed by another character. They were given a fair chance to stand out and really given unique characteristics and personality. Their voices were strong as well. Mr. Sandhu is the evil one in the play but I kinda like the dynamic of his character. If I was given the chance to watch the play, I’d be very excited to see his change of personality and expression and how he carries himself on the stage. It’s going to be very fascinating.
Overall, I think it was a well written play. The message was strong and I think the author succeeded to accomplish what she intended to achieve through this play. If you are into some thought provoking reads, I’d definitely recommend this book.
Rating : 3.5 /5 stars