Baruch Bookworm - Ticker: March 11, 2013 Article by Sara Lustberg
Paradoxically a Woman by T. Darshan addresses a variety of major issues modern young women confront on a daily basis.
The novel, nationally released by independent distributer iUniverse, has let loose this raw, seemingly unedited account of young adult life in New York City.
This fictional book possesses a tone similar to that of a science fiction or futuristic novel but with tangible principles.
The dilemmas of protagonist Karisma draws in the reader in a way that is not usually found in recently popular, sexually-driven foreign novels like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.
Darshan attacks issues normally found in Candice Bushnell novels, or worse a scandalous modern-day Nancy Drew series. To the surprise and benefit of the reader, however, Darshan takes a new spin on an old approach.
Paradoxically a Women advocates for the free spirit in all people, but like Darshan suggests, it is more than overt in young women today.
The novel tells the tale of Karisma, who is purposely abandoned on a subway platform by her mother at a young age. Darshan alludes to themes such as self-sufficiency, prophecies and overcoming adversity.
Karisma, who is initially confused by her mother’s disappearance and propositions, comes to terms with living her life as an unrestrained, intelligent and free woman with no barriers or limits.
After being abandoned by her mother and all she’s ever known, Karisma goes through life fighting for herself and her way of life.
Soon, though, she realizes she is experiencing every girl’s worst nightmare. At the climax of this novel, Karisma is convinced she has a stalker and when she finally confronts him, he claims he is a college recruiter from Princeton.
By the end of this relatively short novel, the reader may take on a whole new perspective about life and living for the day.
To the surprise of many readers, Paradoxically a Woman was not written by a female, but in fact a young adult male eager to share his perspective and theories on the female gender.
Darshan’s voice clearly encompasses his own personal theory about never succumbing to self-pity or the pity of others.
His own ideologies are present throughout his works, and he encourages women to never be victims of circumstance, particularly things that are out of their control.
On his personal website, Darshan says, “I don’t believe the complexity of the female identity has been done much justice in popular literature, and this is what largely inspired me to write Paradoxically a Woman.”
“I depict [Karisma] as an agent of her own creation,” says Darshan. “Many challenges arise to problematize this, but my novel insists that the female must be greater than the circumstances she finds herself in.”
Paradoxically a Woman can be purchased on T. Darshan’s personal website, and all proceeds are being pledged to an educational cause for the underprivileged youth of New York City.