1. FROM TIHAR TO DASNA
Honestly, let me confess that when I picked up this book, I was scared and had hundreds of inhibitions before reading it. “What would be there? Would there be pictures of hands protruding out of the jail bars, or people being tortured (as we all think)? Would they be disturbing? Would I be able to sleep at night? Should I just leave it?” Etc.
But after reading the first page of this book, ‘From Tihar to Dasna’ I felt just the opposite, actually something which I am yet to figure out. Because for a person like me who is just not interested in reading in the first place, and has taken up a genre which she has no clue about, ‘jail stories’, would atleast be able to complete it, as it’s so easy to understand and hence very well written. The first page mentioned the achievements and success stories of how this initiative of Tinka Tinka has been successful in giving new rays of hope to those depressed lives and giving them new ways of living, behind those bars. This gave me a sense of relaxation that it would surely not be the way I was expecting it to be and also, somewhere, pride, even without doing anything, probably because I was happy to be a part of this country where insensitivity has still not fully taken over and humanity still exists.
#tinkatinka #vartikananda #prisonreforms #humanrights #tinkatinkatihar #tinkatinkadasna
2. THE ENTRY POINT
As the book proceeds further, it gets us a step closer to the realities of the term ‘jail’. The whole background is very well conveyed to its crux in the last few lines–
“ the idea behind this book besides bringing hope into the lives of the inmates there, is also to implore to the media and judiciary to understand that it is circumstances which have played havoc with their lives.”
As this book brings us nearer ( even emotionally) toward this book, it teaches us compassion and acceptance not as an emotions, but also as an urgent need of the hour of main stream society.
3. THE WINDOW
This section of the book, speaks the truth, the introduction of ‘the reality’. The facts, quotes and statistics dig out some myths, some honest confessions. This article portrays how the role of media has been successful in showing the two flip sides of its coin– one where they have been the facilitator of these initiatives and wielded for holistic benefit of the public and the second, where they have just selfishly worked for themselves.
I once read it in a business article by one of the leading online recruitment company, “that why do so many MBA students still roam jobless after all that they could have done, MBA?” Later this company called the top 10 MBA colleges for placements and to our surprise only 2 colleges reverted. Now probably you would have understood where the problem lies.
Hence, the blotted judiciary system and the mentality of the people, flashing off their degrees do not poses any certification for humanity and would never let these people be a part of the society even after release. After all, there are always two kinds people, one inside the jail, and one outside, now whom to look up to?
4. THE RAINBOWS
This section, how the title sounds, takes a slightly different approach to the article, but some where you would connect and feel this was is the best way it could have been.
This section primarily talks about five segments, clearly defining the divisions of the book. I should call it very systematic and gracious on part of the author, for keeping the readers well aware if what’s next. I haven’t seen many writers revealing the system of the plot before, but I appreciate the confidence and hence this move makes me even more interested in knowing so special in those 5 segments. This section also tells us about the tales of how the lives of these inmates have changed so far, and even if we are aware of a few, we just know what the media has protracted from outside. (remember my previous review about the selfish role of media for personal gains).
I personally feel, as much I have gauged, that this book is not about these 5 members or all the inmates, but speaks about an attitude, a way of life, how these people have transformed themselves, how we have no right to judge good or bad and at least not punish the already punished, further. This book might teach us some lessons or open our eyes, but would surely break some hardcore myths about jail, the first being that “the inmates just don’t stay, they live here.”
Review By – Vaishnavi Kanungula