The Fragrance of Rose: Beauty. Dignity. Ambition by Chirajit Paul


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Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction

About this book:

Rinita Bose is an ordinary middle class girl with extraordinary beauty and unmatched aspirations. While chasing her dreams, she comes face to face with harsh realities. That’s how she learns the valuable lesson – what most men really want. In a twist of fate, she picks up enmity with a powerful man and flees the city. She switches careers and hides her identity behind the garb of Rose to make a place in Bollywood. She earns money, fame, adulation and success. But love eludes her. She witnesses the darkness of life in a drunkard father, a lecherous boss, a scheming producer and a friend who wants to take advantage. But then there are those that she can rely on in the worst of situations, her friends from childhood who stand by her through thick and thin. Those who don’t judge her; just love her unconditionally. Will Rinita be able to find the love she craves for? Or will she be mercilessly crushed for The Fragrance of Rose.


It is hard being a woman in today’s world. That’s basically the whole theme this book revolves around. The downward spiral of Rinita’s life from a young beautiful and lively girl to a woman who has been objectified and betrayed at every point in life. What makes the book interesting is that not once did she fall weak.
Character: Every character in this book has been written so realistically. Chaitali and Rinita’s friendship despite their opposite personalities is shown. Then there is Arindam, Mahesh, Hemant and Souvik. I liked all of them despite them being small side characters. Priyanshu and Abhishek, however, were not equally well built and considering their importance in the story, they should have been.
Plot: The plot takes us to different lives that Rinita lives, from a high school girl to a news anchor, a labour manager, an actress and the struggle that she has to deal with in the meanwhile. Each twist in the story brought up the entertainment quotient though some scenes were quite cliche. Also, I did not like how the book ends abruptly with a vague ending. I don’t like loose ends.
Writing and Narrative: The narrative is intriguing and the writing style keeps you hooked but it does need refinement while considering the sensual scenes. The dialogues were well-written and were apparently the most entertaining part of the book.
Emotional connect and Theme: The theme of this book is an important one. With sexism and exploitation everywhere in today’s world, it is important to highlight this issue.Not every one is as strong as Rinita . I did connect with Rinita’s character but I also hated how Mahesh didn’t matter to her for the most part of the book. There was an unspoken dislike for how he worried about her while it should have been the opposite. So, that bothered me.
Overall, it was good for a one time read.


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