Only Lawyers and Painters can turn white to black.Japanese Proverb
Have you ever been to a court? Or maybe met a lawyer? Courts are such powerful platforms, aren’t they? The only place on the land that can deliver justice, however long it may take. Apparently, there are around or more than 2 crore (20 million) pending cases in district courts of India. Of the total pending cases, more than 20 lakh (2 million) — almost 10 percent — have been filed by women while over 3 percent are being fought by senior citizens. So, what exactly goes behind the proceedings of the court? What is the language of law and the role played by the lawyers? How long does it take to deliver justice? What do convicts look like? All such questions have been addressed in the form of short stories in the book “Yours Legally” by Sonia Sahijwani.
About The Author
Sonia Sahijwani is a 33 year old LL.B. graduate from Faculty of Law, Delhi University. After completing her graduation from Delhi University (Gargi College), she pursued English Print Journalism from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. After a brief stint with a leading financial magazine, she left her job to study law. She is currently working in a public sector company as a Legal Officer and is living in Chandigarh alongwith her husband Sulabh Saini. She is presently enjoying motherhood and is busy parenting her six month old son Suhaan. This is her first book. Know more about her here
Book At A Glance
|Name||Yours Legally : A collection of short stories|
|No. Of Pages||118|
|Ratings||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ /5|
A young girl Sia has recently finished her graduation in Law against her parent’s wishes. With absolutely no family background in the legal profession, she sets out to explore the various opportunities this not so common but upcoming field of law brings her way. Written in the form of short stories and inspiredby some true events, the author, through the protagonist Sia, narrates to us few such unusual and memorable incidents including some eccentric court room dramas, all of which left a deep impact in her life.
The first and foremost striking feature in this book is that all the short stories are connected. Unlike, other collections of short stories which are totally unrelated and have different characters altogether, stories here are connected through a common protagonist named Sia and the thread of law that binds it all in its wholeness.
Since all the stories , take place in the legal background, the narration normally revolves around— the case, the counsel, the court/judge, the complainant, the confinement and the criminal/defendant/accused. All the stories have a slight satirical tone to it, since inspiration is taken from reality.
What I didn’t really like was the narration felt very detailed and stiff, due to which I was struggling to hold my attention. The narration could have been better, because the stories are really interesting, but loses its shine because of dull style of storytelling.
I really appreciate Sia and her empathetic and thoughtful nature. Nowadays, sense of empathy is lacking among people and characters that are thoughtful and understanding are much needed in the books that we read. Her struggles as a fresh law graduate and her perspective towards her profession is wonderfully expressed. I was somewhat expecting to know a bit more about the legal profession which would be totally unique, but I felt the uniqueness was hidden somewhere which I couldn’t find.
The language used by the author is quite simple. Anyone, whether they have a law background or not, can easily read and understand the stories written. I liked the way, the author has written the meanings of legal terminologies and latin phrases, so that the readers don’t feel alienated. Overall, this is a good read, which throws light on how the judiciary works. If you like short stories or stories having a slight touch of humour and reality, then you can give this book a go.