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Book Review: The Secrets of Manhood
The Secrets of Manhood by Virag Dhulia is a book about issues of men. It addresses the issues concerning men with an absolutely new perspective. It is successful in highlighting the completely ignored aspects of men's issues by the society.

The author has designed the presentation of the book in the form of a collection of short stories which carefully take the reader through the journey of hitherto uncharted subject of misandry. The Secrets of Manhood by Virag Dhulia is a book that addresses issues concerning the male gender in our current times with an absolutely new perspective. It is refreshing as it provides the completely ignored aspect about men's issues in our society.

The author has presented the book in the form of collection of short stories designed to make the journey of his readers comfortable into the hitherto uncharted subject of misandry.

The author is fairly successful in convincing the readers with examples picked from ordinary routine to explain abuse of men which the readers might not have realised earlier while dealing with those situations. He refers in many topics to the films and the popular media to put across his point quite convincingly. The book guarantees the shock value required for a perception to change, so much that the readers will definitely begin to have a new perspective sympathetic towards men's issues for normal ordinary situations as the realisation percolates in their psyche.

The book explores a rainbow of issues which the society thinks dont exist at all. The research carried out for the topics explained are commendable with references that leave no further scope of doubt on the subject presented. Most of the topics revolve around the need for the society and particularly the judiciary to change their perception towards men, especially in dealing with cases related to marital discord, child access and custody for fathers, sexual harassment, rape and even the causes for men being forced to becoming criminals.

The book is a bold attempt to explain gender issues for a lay person with the risk of being considered to be bordering on to misogyny. In its non-linear format at times, it tends to become repetitive with some statements and facts which although necessary for the context of topic seem avoidable. The flow of narration and the continuity of topics gets better as one  progresses reading the book.

There is a topic 'Women dont hear what Men say' wherein the author gives a contravenous thought to the idea about the book title 'Women can't hear what men dont say' by the highly successful international bestselling author Warren Farrell. This topic is illustrative of the convincing power of the author, carried along with the fact that the author has been able to put across his counter-argument well enough while simultaneously acknowledging Mr. Farrell's arguments.

The author towards the end cites analogous examples from the Indian Freedom Struggle drawing subtle parallels to highlight the resistance and revolution to injustice, which are required for the men’s right movement in India. The book through sheer display of passion and ambition of the author makes it a must read to understand the skewed gender discourse in our society, its pitfalls for men and finally remedies which have to come from men themselves.

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