“Boys Don’t Cry”, a new book by bestselling author Meghna Pant, takes readers behind the closed doors of a ‘made in hell’ modern India marriage. Based on a true story, the book, published by Penguin Random House India (PRHI), will hit the stands on January 17. Touted to be a thriller with a difference, it is an engaging story of crime and abuse.
“It’s a true-life story with a clincher of an ending that every woman deserves. It’s a rule book that guides girls on matters of the heart and head. It’s a peek into the closed doors of a modern Indian marriage of the kind of husband no man should become. It’s a conversation on mental health that every family should have,” Pant told PTI.
“… Do bless it with your love. Do it for me. Do it for the 200 million abused women in our country. And, mostly, do it for yourself, to understand how we can find beauty in tragedy,” she added.
Pant, the author of eight books — including “The Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Good News”, “Feminist Rani”, “The Trouble with Women” and “Happy Birthday” — said it took her “eight years” to gather the courage to write the story of this upcoming book.
According to the publishers, the story revolves around the protagonist Maneka Pataudi, who is arrested as the prime suspect for the murder of her ex-husband and reveals a chilling tale of marital abuse and neglect.
“But is her confession the truth or a lie? Is she telling the story as a victim or a perpetrator? And, is it better for women to kill for love or be killed for it? Based on a true story (mostly), ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is a page-turner and quickly pulls in the reader,” said the publishers in its description of the book.
“Boys Don’t Cry”, priced at Rs 250, is presently available for pre-order online.
About the Author: Meghna Pant is an award-winning author, journalist, feminist, and speaker. Her books-The Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Good News, How to Get Published in India, Feminist Rani, The Trouble with Women, Happy Birthday, and One and a Half Wife-have been published to commercial and critical acclaim.
Pant has been felicitated with various honours and her works have been shortlisted for distinguished contribution to literature, gender issues, and journalism. She has won the Bharat Nirman Award, Laadli Media Award, FICCI Young Achiever’s Award, The Lifestyle Journalist Women Achievers’ Award, FON South Asia Short Story Award, Muse India Young Writer Award, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Frank O’Connor International Award, and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
Pant has been invited as a speaker for the nation’s biggest literary festivals and conferences and has appeared as a panelist on primetime news and international channels to discuss gender issues. She has written articles for and been quoted in leading national and international media. She has worked as a business news anchor for Times Now, NDTV, and Bloomberg-UTV in New York and Mumbai. Pant currently lives in Mumbai with her husband and two daughters.
Article Source: Economictimes