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#BookReview: The Autobiography Of A Sex Worker By Nalini Jameela
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#BookReview: The Autobiography Of A Sex Worker By Nalini Jameela

Yay or Nay: If you like straight forward and to the point with no bullshit around books, definitely yay. Maybe that’s why I personally liked reading this book. ? Read along to know why you should read the ‘Autobiography of a Sex Worker’.

Review: With a new obsession on reading auto-bio/biographies, I picked this book by chance from a library. The reason to read this was the curiosity to know how women end up getting into sex work. Expecting a sad story and an overwhelming expression of the same. But I was quite stunned by the brash, direct and no beating ‘around the bush’ story Nalini narrates. Frankly I loved every bit of it.

#BookReview: The Autobiography Of A Sex Worker By Nalini Jameela
It broke my illusions and perceptions on various levels about sex workers. Nalini’s voice is strong, opinionated and makes you sit up and listen. She is a victim but doesn’t ask for sympathy instead asks for understanding and respect. Isn’t it how it’s supposed to be too, that you lend an understanding ear than a judgment over it. The narration is more conversational, taking you through various incidents in her life, which feels like was a better way to tell her story.

I would recommend people to read this book, especially the ones who feel they can understand or sympathize with sex workers.

My takeaway: Everyone deserves respect and understanding foremost because they are human beings. Don’t judge someone, because of what they do. You may not know the reason behind why they decided the path for themselves. Also how about giving sex workers some respect and understanding instead of disgust or sympathies. More so give them the rights they deserve and the education to give an opportunity at a better life..

It’s women who strut around thinking of themselves as progressive who often behave the worst.

– Nalini Jameela

Book Details: Publishing year:2007 | Publisher: Westland | Genre: Autobiography

Added Note:

Recently I saw a video on the children of sex workers, how they never get better opportunities because of their background. The parents work really hard to get their kids get a good life, but the society never lets them. Why should the child of a sex worker become a sex worker too eventually? Why can’t she be a scientist or a teacher or anyone she wants to be.

I applaud Kranti organization for the amazing work they do, bringing together estranged kids. Kranti empowers them all, which is heartwarming to know the children have a chance at life. Also absolutely adore these kids in the video and their confidence.

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6 Comments

  • Rashi Mital

    Thanks for the review. In fact, m so glad to have stumbled upon this post. I was reading a lot about sex workers lately, for a story m working on, and had completely forgotten about this book. Once m finished reading the current one, m digging into this. 😛 Cheers!

  • SoulMom

    I’m glad I chose to visit this post else I would have missed this wonderfully made BBC video. What an amazing opportunity for these girls for a fresh start to life. So touched by what they had to say –
    ‘Safest place for me’, ‘I’m successful cos I have let go of my anger’, ‘my background can never be my weakness’, ‘my past is my strength’….such powerful words of maturity. I’m going to mark this book in my to-reads.

  • Rashi Mital

    I have read this post again today and I must say it has again, made me realize soo many things which we, coming from a normal background and good upbringing take for granted and give no importance to. I didn’t watch the video last time. But, when I watched it today, I was stunned with the strength, will-power, and the zeal to live these girls are filled with. How easily they talk about their past and feel happy about it, despite it being the dark phase of life, many of us would never even want to hear about. We look small in front of them, for we are always cribbing for every small lesson life catches us unaware with, every regret we still hold refusing to move on in life. These girls are much much higher than us in respect and status. So glad to have watched this video. Thanks much, Akshata. 🙂

    P.S.- I like the way you review books. Can I take some tips? 😉

    • akshata

      True. Often we forget what we have is something someone really badly needs and yet we fail to be happy. Thank you, it felt like you felt everything that I felt writing this. <3

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