Paradise Sucked: Thrive After Divorce, Ladies!

Are you going through a Separation or Divorce? Do you feel scared, clueless, hurt? Are you finding it difficult to handle your finances? Has your self-esteem taken an all-time hit? I see you… I feel you, my dear... simply because I was just where you are now… Been there, done that!

And that's when I made a promise… I would do all I can to help any other woman going through the darkness I've been through.

This book showcases my personal experiences and how I dealt with situations in my life. It has practical steps you can take and how just a simple change of thought and attitude, can make it a beautiful world again for you.

Read the book to know the importance of empowering yourself, to be independent, and take the reins of yourself in your hands. The book has practical steps as well to deal with the issue.

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Aparna Jadhav

About the Author

A budding author with a warm heart and a strong voice, Aparnaa is on her way to inspiring people with her words and actions. Empathy is a much-desired trait in people but it has always been Aparnaa's gift. Her life experiences have taught her many valuable lessons and she plans to use them well.

With a desire to show her gratitude towards the World, she supports several social causes like Save Aarey, The Milk Bag Project, Bal Asha, and more.

A single mom, she resides in Mumbai with her mom and daughter Khushi. Khushi is often a part of all she does, including taking part in social causes. Aparnaa plans to do as much as she can to raise awareness through different mediums.

Keep Watching… She has several plans to surprise you and do her bit in this world.

Explore the Book

Discussion on two favourite chapters

Chapter on Self-love

This is the chapter in which Anika learns how to love herself. Leaving the thought of blaming and keeping expectations from others, she starts looking into herself for strength and happiness. She slowly changes from someone who has a negative and lack of mentality to someone who now looks at life with a new and fresh mindset. This chapter has tips people could follow to increase the feeling of self-love within. Though it's not a replacement for professional help, it definitely has the potential to uplift, if the steps mentioned are followed and continued with sincerity.

Chapter on Finance Saga and Encounter with the Law

This chapter showcases her financial struggles, her mistakes, and practical advice. Anika receives to gain financial stability and grow from there. The law part of the chapter talks about topics like things to keep in mind while choosing a lawyer, sections to do research about, etc. It would be of help to anyone dealing with divorce if they research in detail about everything mentioned. The chapter mentions various schemes available for women by the government as well as financial institutions.

Message from the Author

“Empower yourself, take the reins of your life in your hands and live life to the fullest. After all, we have just one life. So make your dreams come true, be bold. I promise, someday, you will look back and tell your story with pride. ”

About the Book

Paradise Sucked is a story of a lady who has to start her life from scratch after separation from her husband. Aanika is a housewife who due to years of suppression and mental torture from her husband has finally taken a stand in her life, probably for the first time after separating from her husband. She has a daughter who is now 6 years old and has to leave her husband’s place overnight.

She has opposition from her immediate family, especially her father. Everyone knows Aanika is suffering but the thought of Divorce, a social taboo, is something no one is ready to deal with. In order to ease her situation, her father does everything to keep her husband Ranjeet happy in every possible manner. He hopes that this would make life better for his daughter whom he loves dearly. Ranjeet is an extremely narrow-minded and suspicious person who views Aanika as a source of finance. Aanika and Ranjeet’s marriage is perfect on the outside and extremely sad and hurtful if one takes a closer look. Till the money was flowing in, things were tolerable for Aanika with good and bad days that are a part of every marriage. But, her father has now retired. The cash flow Ranjeet received from her father was now dwindling. Added to this, her father was now asking for the amount of Rs. 40,00,000/- back from Ranjeet, which was given to him as a loan. Now from the last 6 months, Ranjeet’s atrocities and cruelty are increasing day by day. It’s a living hell for Aanika, who is a homemaker and has no savings or property in her name. Her family, though urban and broad-minded is still backward and male-dominated. Though she has freedom, it always felt like the freedom given to her was like she was tied to the other end of the leash, which can be pulled any moment, by the men in her life if she ventured too far or followed her heart.

When she leaves her husband’s house, she starts her life again by taking a job in a call center. Though she has opposition as well as support, she struggles through it all to find a proper footing in this world. It’s a journey through all the struggles Aanika faces and how she deals with them, ultimately, creating a life for herself and her daughter where she is now independent in the true sense and also has slowly shown the people and world around her to respect her individuality.

The underlying story is beautiful and different between Aanika and Ekaansh. Before marriage, she was in love with a budding author, Ekaansh. Ekaansh is now a best-selling author. He represents a modern man who is madly in love with Aanika. It is interesting to see their relationship and how their love shows us what is pure love and how it becomes Aanika’s strength through it all.

Through her journey, we can see how she dealt with practical issues like finance, law, raising the child, and helping her through this traumatic experience; how she dealt with her self-esteem issues and society in general. There is a lot of information we can gather through the book about all these topics and more. The book is a must-read for women who are currently dealing with separation or divorce. Men who care enough about the women in their life must also go through this book just to know that empowering women in your life, goes a long way.

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An interview with the author

We had a small interview with Aparnaa Jadhav, Some portions of the interview is added for our visitors.

Yes. The book is based on my experiences and it showcases the hardships I have gone through in my life. Ofcourse, the theme of the story is fiction, but Aanika's struggle is my struggle to a great extent.

Readers get an understanding of how important it is for a woman to be self-reliant. It has steps that cover the stages of struggle a woman goes through after a separation or divorce, and practical steps and pointers to help make the journey a little easier. Though the book is based on Divorce, I think everyone should read this book. All women, whether they are young, married, divorced or have a daughter should read and see Aanika's journey to avoid the mistakes she made and take inspiration from her as well. I think men who have sisters or daughters should also read this to understand that women empowerment is not just a concept. It's vital in today's world. I am not talking only about finance here. I'm also talking about mental strength and self-love.

Since 2019. I wanted a release from my pain especially after I lost my father. So that's where I turned my attention. It gives me peace.

It is extremely important for a woman to become independent. What I feel is that women are always protected by the men in their lives. If not protected, they are ruled by them. Rarely, a woman gets treated equally to the man. And that is same everywhere, irrespective of the social strata. Most of the times, the decision of men of the family is considered final and women are not even consulted. This needs to change because times are not the same. Women in today's world require to have the ability to be independent and on their own. They have to know about matters like finance, business, and taking decisions that are perfect for their life. If a woman who is not empowered enough has to ever live on her own, she should know how to handle herself with confidence and dignity and not fall prey to undesirable circumstances. I am a single mom and I have a daughter. I see the importance of empowering her, making her responsible for her life and decisions. I'm not always going to be around her to take care of...hence, the more she handles life on her own, while I'm around..she atleast has guidance.

I had this need inside me to help. I started talking to people and especially women and if I would talk even about basic things I went through in life, they would either think I'm exaggerating or would think I'm a hero of some kind. That's when I realised that I had a different experience, or rather, I did things differently instead of the general things. So I thought, I should pen down how I did and what I did through my journey. My sole purpose is to help, especially women suffering from this situation. I know how painful it can be.

Ekaansh is an author. He is not actively involved in her life but is a source of inspiration for Aanika. He is a broad-minded and forward-thinking man. You should see how the story evolves and though he represents today's man, he too has a lot to learn from Aanika. Together, they build a world of love and happiness for themselves where each lives their life fulfilled.

I will not say yes completely... because after all we live with people and to some extent, we are all dependant on each other... else, what is love. However, that being said, if we give complete control of our lives, ofcourse we are then subject to the discretion of the controller. If you are lucky, you are treated right and not abused. But why should we give control of our lives to someone else? Why not have all the control with us and live life fully?