Writing Style: 3.5/5
Crumpled Voices 2 – Innocence Lost is a collection of short-stories written by different writers on the burning issue of child abuse. Child abuse does not mean only physical but also a psychological abuse. The 17 stories from this book are based on various kind of child abuse. Be it child marriage, child labour, physical exploitation, mental torture and more.
Reading anthologies is quite fun and his fun doubles up when they are written by different authors. Crumpled Voices-2 is same kind of work of fiction. There are 17 stories and as they are written by different writers few of them have got uniqueness in it and few of them are reread.
Here is the list of the stories I liked.
The Lost and Found Self-respect is a story which depicts child abuse and very beautiful relationship of husband and wife with lots of trust and understanding. Writer has put all the emotions together very precisely and she has succeeded in creating a wonderful piece.
The White Lily is a story which would bring tears to eyes if you are really soft at heart. This is the second work I have read of the writer and once again she has made me fall in love with her writing style. The helplessness one feels when exploited by near ones is presented perfectly by writer.
The Shadow is powerful story of an abused girl who later on grows up to be mother of a daughter whom she saves from the same devil. Heart-touching story which will leave its impact on your mind.
The Guinea Pig is a story which gonna make you horrified at the use of small children in scientific experiments.
The Loud Silence is heart wrenching story of a prostitute who unwillingly sells her body. She wants small happiness from her life but god has planned something else for her.
Just a lucky day… or not? Is also a good one but its end could be more specified. The story revolves around belief of karma. As you sow so shall you reap.
Left to be estranged is magnificent story with the issue which many of us have faced at some point in our life and the importance of elder siblings.
That Shade of Vermillion is a story which will make you cry and tremble in your chair. The horrible tradition of child marriage and use of girl for benefits is described in this story.
Other works are also good and noticeable yet above mentioned stories are more effective as per my opinion. good stories are not made of just good vocabulary but it also needs to have a different story-line.
My overall rating for this work is 3.5/5.
Paperback: 145 pages
Publisher: Gargi Publications.