I decided to post this because I was extremely disgusted with what transpired yesterday and because I do not believe in letting myself be bullied.
Earlier, in this week, I received a copy of the book “Lovestruck” by Prasupta Roy to read and review. I received the copy through a fellow reviewer. I had never heard of the book, “Lovestruck” or the author Prasupta Roy before that.
When I read the book, there were several points about the book that I disliked. The first one was that the entire book was riddled with bad grammar. So much so, that I was actually cringing in dismay whenever I came across a wrongly composed sentence, which happened ever so often in the story.
Secondly, at one point in the story, the protagonist’s husband asks her for a divorce and informs her that he is getting married to another woman next month. He also tells her that his fiancée wants him to get divorced before he marries again!
Whenever I review a book, I always try to find something positive to write about it. But at the same time, I cannot post a review falsely praising a book.
Accordingly, I posted an honest review stating my opinion on the book. The review was posted on my blog and Goodreads.
A short time after posting the review on Goodreads, I started getting trolled by a “gentleman” named Somnath Mazumdar who accused me of having a personal bias against the author. He also accused me of having entered into a deal for posting such a review and called me a “sick character”.
Excuse me if I sound ignorant, but I had never heard of Prasupta Roy till date. Is she such an eminent author that a rival author will enter into a deal with me for posting a negative review about her book?
Mr. Somnath Mazumdar did not stop trolling me there. He demanded to know my qualifications for reviewing the book and then finally ended by calling me a “fool.”
Again excuse me if I sound ignorant, but is there a certificate or a diploma that one should obtain before reviewing a book? If yes, then kindly let me know.
I will end my post here by simply raising this question: when an author publishes her book and anyone is entitled to read it, is a book reviewer not entitled to post her opinion on the book without getting bullied and trolled online?