The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter has surely been the book of the moment for the last 2-3 months. Since it’s formal launch on 28th of July, the book has constantly been ringing and readers and critics have been pouring in the feedbacks for this book and the author Shilpa Raj. Mostly, her talent as an author and the qualities of the very debut book are being received well among the readers. We can safely assume that the debut of Shilpa and her book The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter can be said to be very successful for the young author paving the way for her upcoming books.

The book that it is, The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter, it had to be successful! It communicates the issues which are mostly faded into the oblivion in the general discourse of our lives. It can only be said a boldness and a composure that can make these things happen in a book and that also in a genre as personal as a memoir.

Commenting on the book, the reputed institution Kirkus Reviews has said that:
“Shilpa was given the chance to transcend her family history and perhaps her own karma. A deft portrayal of a young woman’s growth and courageous transformation through education.”

At a tender age and with a youthful career in the field of writing, a reader can surely assume that Shilpa Raj simply has done her best here! Issues like education, child marriage, women suppresion, caste discrimination and many others come into play in her memoir and the book, surprisingly, yet remains as pleasant to be read as it is ought to be. The book does never become boring or go out of the synchronisation with the readers’ reading senses. This is the best quality that the book has!

The success of The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter also ensures that there is space left for women from the bottom of the social structure to come upon the dais and explore the opportunities. Readers don’t only read the fictions written by socialites and the armchair thinkers and activists… they still read something coming directly from a girl who is the daughter of an elephant chaser and a person with an almost horrible past!

We are all waiting for Shilpa Raj’s new book just to see what new issues she raises from the ground to give us another reflection of what we need to do in order to be a great society! Meanwhile, if you would like to explore more about Shilpa, you can easily browse her official website:

And if you haven’t yet read the book, below is the link to Amazon where you can purchase the book:

The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter on Amazon


by a BTR contributor

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