The writing on the card
Khel the writing author Vishal Goswami, Published by Leadstartcorp, ISBN 978-93-52013-22-7. Genre is attempted Horror.
When BlogAdda invited me to review the book they had sent a small synopsis. That was intriguing. So was the review by few others I thought why not.
When the book did arrive it was a slim book of 150 pages with a cover that looked like the screenshot of Aahat. The sub title was “Jo Likha hai wohi hoga” it was kind of put off.
The story is quite simple, a widow, alcoholic crime reporter Sanya Sharma is trying to recover from the loss of her daughter Samira in a burn accident. Her boss decides to give her one last chance to return to normalcy.
She goes to cover the horrible death of four college going kids at a Haveli in a remote village near Mumbai (if such a thing is possible). When she is looking over the crime scene she finds a deck of cards that follow her back to Mumbai these cards have messages that forces the receiver to obey.
The book has a very Mahesh Bhatt like characters a police officer Kabir who also forms the lust angle for Sanya, an undead zombie Mrs.Gomes, a Tarot reader Rose, a jean clad, cigarette puffing innkeeper Rita who interestingly is in the forties.
The plot revolves round a haunted house where the last owner a Nawab’s daughter was ill-treated by her family; she avenges herself by orchestering the death of her siblings, parents, and randomly through the cards. She wants to be released from the place of her entrapment so that she can continue to play havoc. Since Sanya has lost a daughter the spirit decides to use her.
When the Nawab’s daughter was alive, by the way her same is Samira too, she would be let out only when the kids finished their card game, so she eggs Sanya to finish the card game.
The book traverses through a very Mahesh Bhatt journey there is an attempt at erotica between Kabir and Sanya of course it is not Sanya but the shape lifting spirit that does it. There is a westernized Tarot reader in a remote village again quite unlikely if at all there is a predictive healer in rural India they would people who read the rice grains or kowari’s they are more akinned to astrologers. Again it is very unlikely in remote rural India you will find a jean clad cigarette smoking woman who walks her dogs. Dogs in rural India as just let out.
The book however has its moments like a moment when Sanya makes eye contact with another patient as she is leaving the psychiatrists office. It reminded me of the woman with grey eyes in Agatha Christie’s books.
Over all the book fails to deliver what it promises, yet it is not a bad read. Good book to carry on a metro ride it short and not verbose. If Chetan Bhagat has been intimidating you then this is a good author to begin your foray into fiction.
About the author: Mr.Vishal Goswami is an MBA from Boston, and is passionate about reading and writing. He is a twitterati with the twitter handle WriteNow@WritetoFite. Where he tweets about more contemporary topics and new movie analysis and rating.
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