Short Story Anthology

Women Around Us by Hanadi Falki

Women Around Us by Hanadi Falki

ISBN: 9789353213985                                                                      Review by Shwetha H S

            Hanadi Falki is a writer of Indian origin. ‘Women Around Us’ is the first book of the series ‘Life Around Us.’ Through this series, the author is trying to show our societal life that we are not able to relate to because of having our heads constantly in social media. Through ‘Women Around Us’ Falki tells us stories of women who can be anybody we know.

Her Dream talks to you about child marriage and education of girls. No More Please is about body shamming, peer pressure and parental pressure among students. While Not Fair Enough is about our obsession with the fair complexion, Hello Again is about the harassment, both mental and physical, and stalkers. Never Too Late tells you about the husband and wife relationships straining because of the in-laws. It’s Not Love shows the true colours of domestic violence towards women. Stand By Me is the story of motherhood.

Of all the stories, I liked It’s Not Love. I loved the way it started. I thought at least one-story talks about the bad women. It’s not like all women are good and angelic. Yes, of course, other stories have female villains, but those are the secondary characters. So, I had high hopes from this story, but again, in this story too someone else was the villain. Not disappointed, but if author says that she is writing about women around us, I expected all kinds of women; stupid, villainous, intelligent, nerdy, etc. However, some of the female protagonists of a few stories are not your typical ones. So, happy to read them.

Women Around Us is a one-time read. If you are stuck in traffic and want to read to kill time, then go for this book.