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Book Review: Mistress of Honour written by Bhaavna Arora







Bhaavna Arora’s debut book – The Deliberate Sinner was the best seller and now she is back with her next writing, “Mistress of Honour”. Bhaavna’s book is inspired by real stories from the armed forces. Bhavvna has used her father’s and uncles’ knowledge and experience of army to perfect use.

I was hooked on to Mistress of Honour as soon as I started reading it. Over two generations, the main story spans. Potnis, a captain in the Indian Army, meets Pansy during Operation Blue star tragedy in the Golden Temple, India. Their passionate romance leads them to the altar and blossoms into a beautiful girl child, Rihana. Through many wars and little peace time, their daughter Rihana herself grows up to be a young woman ready to be swept off her feet by Advik, a school-mate who gradually conquers her heart first and then the skies as an Indian Air Force Pilot. They eventually fall in love with each other and get married. Rihana was a very lovely welcome to their abode and immediately their story started resembling a happily ever after. Will they be able to continue their sweet relationship forever? Will Rihana remain a mistress to Advik at all or will she be able to become Advik’s first love, replacing his love for the nation?

In a nutshell, the book also contains a poignant tale of love in its heart! It plays the turmoil of women waiting for their loved ones to return from war. It talks about the sanctity of love and courage.

So many heart touching emotions have been put up extremely well by Bhaavna in Mistress of Honour. Definitely, you can also feel your gut wrenching at the sheer brutality of the wars. It is thought provoking that so many lives are ruined in warfare that leads to nothing good at the end of the day.

Drawback: I think that Bhaavna has a soft corner for female characters, that’s why she has concentrate more to the passion, emotion, depression and feelings of Pansy and Rihana rather than others. She should equally focus on the other characters in her story.

The way, she has portrayed the story in words, is not so much catchy to me. The language of the literature might be better specially in the case of the author’s use of diction.

Overall, the book creates for an interesting and gripping read and I therefore recommend it to all the book lovers. I also look forward to read the author’s next one.

Would I recommend it to someone? “Absolutely”.

By: Subrata Ghosh 

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