Tuesday, 3 May 2016 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

All Yours, Stranger by Novoneel Chakraborty (Book Review- 3.75*/5) !!!

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      After finishing the Book 1 in The Stranger Trilogy last midnight, I returned back from office early to finish the Book 2 which is of 242 pages. Thankfully, with no disturbance even though Virat Kohli scored yet another half-century for RCB, I managed to concentrate upon this book. Haha! Compared to first book, this book starts slowly and you just keep on wishing when the stranger will come back in life of Rivanah again. But he/she (of whatever gender the stranger is) didn't take entry in the first half and whatever little bit he took in the second half wasn't enough to give you the same goosebumps as Book 1. Book 2 is more about the protagonist yearning for the stranger to come back in her life as she is facing an emotional turmoil to find her boyfriend giving his best friend, Tania, more attention than her. She knows that anyone who could help her is one and only stranger.    

           Finally after a very long time he comes back in her life to help her but starts keeping difficult clauses like the Book 1 and kept reminding the protagonist to understand what her worth is. The Book 1 ends where it seemed as if the Book 2 will reveal the story behind Hiya Chowdhury but unfortunately, that is still a mystery for the reader. The book is still a page-turner because you want to know who the stranger is and why is he behind Rivanah but frankly speaking, this book should have been better than the Book 1 to make the reader go crazy about it which it isn't. There are many elements which are still magical about how the protagonist meets her ex-boyfriend through a new roommate and the way things starts happening with her life which she is unable to comprehend though she knows stranger is doing it for her. 

           The last few pages are again written with wonderful narration where you read it in a speed that even you would not have discovered you had. You want to know who the next suspect is but the last page is totally unexpected and it is going to be great reading the Book 3 with all these secrets opening up one after another. I have liked how author didn't make a joke of this character "Stranger" that he has developed in the Book 2 and managed to create the same kind of curiosity about him in the reader's mind. Coming to the drawback, I felt that the first half is totally wasted in dilemma that the protagonist is going through watching her boyfriend getting more concerned about some other girl. The book just didn't look like a thriller all this while but like some yet-another-cheesy-novel. Otherwise the 2nd half is what I expected this book to be. I would go with 3.75*.


Sunday, 1 May 2016 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Marry Me, Stranger by Novoneel Chakraborty (Book Review- 4*/5) !!!

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      Novoneel Chakraborty is a brilliant writer and I am glad that I have been able to read each of his books. He is one of the few Indian pulp-fiction writers who has great command on the language which makes his novel a great reading experience. You can easily complete any of his books in a single sitting itself. This time I picked his most-talked about book- The Book 1 in "The Stranger Trilogy" which is named "Marry Me, Stranger". Though I had this book with me for last 1.5 years but I didn't read it as I have the habit of reading trilogies only after it's last part is released. I am an impatient personality, after all. Haha! After completing this book, I can only say that Novoneel is one of the few authors like Ravi Subramanian who keeps improving with his every book. And this one is clearly another feather in his cap.

         The language and narration that Novoneel uses to tell his story is very simple yet so authentic and beautiful that you find it very literary. And even though his book deals with love story as a foundation of the premises, he doesn't restrict the story to the tale of two lovers only. He always add that punch in his books which makes them special and talking about this book specifically, author has just mind-blown with each page. The suspense that he keeps almost till the last page skews a reader in you as initially you die to know why a "stranger" is troubling the protagonist and later on, you almost kill yourself while reading as fast as you can to know who actually the stranger is. And the way anti-climax and climax is written, you almost get surprised with an unexpected twist looking into your face. And the book ends at a very great moment that will not let you sleep until and unless you do not start reading the second book in the trilogy. Philosophical lines in between are the icing on the cake. 

         In his 5th book, Novoneel has given great description of each character which makes it easy for you to understand psyche of each one of them. It helped this thriller wonderfully as you know which characters are going to support the protagonist up to what level. And that makes it more interesting for a reader to keep guessing who the stranger is. Though at a point of time, you start feeling that it's kind of ghost who's behind the protagonist but still you want to know why exactly is it behind the protagonist. Right from the first page to the last, Novoneel keeps this book powerful enough to make the reader read it without a blink of an eye. For me, this is one of the best work of Novoneel till now. I am rating it 4 stars out of 5. All of his last 4 books have received 3.75* each from me. Finally, for me, Novoneel has taken his writing to the next level with this book. I am going to start reading The Book 2 in the Stranger trilogy from tomorrow. 



jangshersingh.com by Vishal Bhatia (Book Review: 3.75*/5) !!!

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      When you pick up a book to read on a weekend, it needs to be special. Hence, I always pick a Bestseller to make sure that my weekend is not wasted. This time, I picked up an Indian debutante, Vishal Bhatia's first book, named "jangshersingh.com". The title is unique but I was very skeptic about the plot and writing style of the author initially. But as I progressed reading it, I found that author has surely invested a lot of time in making this book as perfect as possible. I am glad to find a book without any grammatical and spelling mistake by an Indian debutante after a very long time. The book has been edited well. And even though the book is almost 350 pages, it keeps you excited till the end.   

            jangshersingh.com is a sports fiction novel and any book that's based on sports need a very well paced description of the minute details happening during the play. Vishal has been able to capture those moments very well in this book which makes the second half of this book something which you will never ever forget if you are a reader looking out for segments which makes you jump in excitement. The masterstroke in the game of lawn tennis happens in a blink of eye and writing those sequences could have been a challenge even for an experienced writer and a debutante managing it so well is impressing. The best USP of this book has been the characterization of the legend players against whom Jangsher plays in the Grand Slam. You can actually imagine the backdrop and personality of each player. Kudos!

           The first half is little boring when the whole story revolves around how two boys are trying to get their car back from a brutish thief. It becomes unexciting after a point of time. But initially the way Jangsher's character has been developed and how he adapts a furious personality in the court is also done perfectly. The emotional scenes are also heart-touching and you can feel for the protagonist each time he goes through a tragedy. 

          Coming to the drawback of the book, I found the language very difficult to adapt initially because it's written more in western style than Indian. Also, writer has chosen to write big sentences sometimes which makes it hard for the reader to read in flow. I would suggest him to keep sentences short and crisp. Rest, if second half is 100 then on that scale I would rate first half of the book only 50. There shouldn't be such fluctuation in quality of narrating scenes. Rest, this book is amazing. You will surely start following tennis in case you have not been following in all these years after reading this book. And I am very keen to check out what this author is going to try in his second book as he surely possesses some great writing skills. I give this book 3.75* out of 5.