Maya, the blindfolded: her mistake? She trusted him by Prasad Bag – Book Review

Maya – the name signifies so much for so many people in India. However, here, we are discussing Prasad Bag’s debut novel Maya, the blindfolded… her mistake? She trusted him. The novel has a very unique title and it signifies very much the essence of the novel. It unfolds the mystery that awaits the readers… but not all of it. Prasad Bag’s writing has the prowess of keeping the readers’ interest intact except on occasions where you can feel it all going a little slow. Overall, the novel does demand critical scrutiny and that is what I am doing in this book review for The Book Blog.

The novel opens with a normal scenario. Readers meet a woman who is working for a reputed company that helps other companies encrypt their data. Maya, the protagonist, is good at her work. She has friends at work. She has someone who is not her friend (and not foe as well). Mrs Pinto – is someone who is always looking for opportunities to play down Maya for any reason.

Maya lives in the neighbourhood of an old widowed lady. In her influence, she starts believing that she sees ghosts and can talk to them. Bhagat, the ghost of a person who claims to be the landlord or the owner of the property, starts appearing around Maya and making her life miserable. This ghost angle plays a big role in the progress of the storyline. Readers will find horror elements playing a major role in the novel’s overall appeal. The author has managed to maintain the interference of the horror in the main murder mystery at a very moderate level that does not take away the thriller element.

The main murder mystery that the novel deals with is when Mrs Pinto is murdered by someone inside the office premises. The blame comes on Maya because she was present there when it supposedly happened. When all these episodes fall down on Maya, she also loses her memory because of an accident. So, the novel records not only the struggle of a young woman against her hallucinations or real interactions with ghosts but also her recovery from a situation in life where she almost lost everything! The novel can also be interpreted from this angle if someone cares to do it.

What happens in the novel? What is the reality of the ghost episodes? Why does the ghost of Mrs Pinto appear near Maya if Maya is her killer? The novel has built some interesting and exciting episodes of supernatural and thriller that readers will enjoy.

Critically, the novel goes one or two steps further from the usual thriller episodes we have been reading for a few years. Prasad Bag has walked beyond the conventional set-up of such novels and he has tried to offer something new to the readers with an amalgamation of imagination, realism, magical realism, horror, thriller and mystery. The language complements the contemporary set-up of the novel’s scenes and also keeps the novel within the reading range of teenagers, youths, and people who want to enjoy fiction rather than understand the nuances and critical aspects of it.

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Review by Saurabh for The Book Blog

Greed, Lust, Addiction by Ravi Dabral – Review

The novel Greed, Lust, Addiction by Ravi Dabral is a fiction package that delivers things in a proper proportion to the readers without getting them bored or letting them feel a situation of unbalanced circumstances. The characters are more or less realistic. Vijay drives the story far enough and that’s why the introduction of Suraj in a new form becomes easy for the novelist. The theme is broadly connected to the real issues that we face as common citizens in the present times – corruption, well-being, how-tos and also the larger pursuits in life.

Are material demands not a part of our life? The answer is yes. However, are the material demands only a part of our life? The answer is no and this is what the novelist, in his debut fiction, has taken up as the core issue. Suraj is constantly pricked by his family members, his wife especially, for things of luxury and more and more money. Suraj tries to convey to them about the excesses in their demands but all in vain. On the other side of the wall, his ongoing investigation against the corrupts in politics, police and the civil society as an investigative journalist lands him in a trouble. He is believed to have died in a car crash but only to reappear as a Swami later in the story. Vijay, his younger brother, becomes a police inspector and tries to settle him in the company of corrupts – titles of the chapters in this novel are amazingly designed to reflect the tone of the content.

Greed, Lust, Addiction draws a contrast between the direct competitors – love and lust, greed and satisfaction, good politics vs bad politics, humanity vs inhumanity and so on. Author, as he hails from Uttarakhand, has also given space to the practice of Yoga, Saints, Saadhus and spirituality. The novel has come up nicely and it will certainly be an entertainer, a thriller and also a serious contemporary fiction with hints to create a better society. The idea that the author has discussed in this novel might not be new but the dealing is certainly different – the Sanyasi that the protagonist of this novel meets in Rishikesh is a learned as well as a practical man. He agrees to Suraj making a political party because he knows that country can be governed by the democratic system only.

I have enjoyed reading this novel! I believe that it will be liked by the readers of different age groups as it has something for all of us – the youths, the grown-ups, the learned and the spiritual. You can get a copy of this novel by visiting the link to Amazon shared below:

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review by Sima for The Book Blog

Legend: Marie Lu

Legend is the first novel in the dystopian series by author Marie Lu. The title was later accompanied by two other novels, Prodigy and Champion. Legend came out in 2001 and became a sensation after that. Out and out a dystopian fiction, the work features violence and exile in different forms.

What was once the western United States is now home to The Republic, a nation constantly at war with its neighbours. Because the state is under the control of the police, there is no civilian government at the centre. The story of the novel features two contrasting personalities – June Iparis and Day. Previous is born to some elite family and under all the careful supervision and comforts, June is supposed to be highly successful in the future. On the other hand, Day is born in slums to some poor parents and becomes one of the most wanted criminals in the country.

Their fortunes had no any plans to make them cross each other’s path but as they say, the fate hath it! June’s brother, Metias is murdered a day and as eventually had to be, Day becomes the prime convict (the suspect). Day is supposed to be so but the motives of this person aren’t as sinister as people think those might be.

And after the murder episode, the thrill of the novel begins to snare the readers. The game of hide and seek or cat and mice, you may phrase it the way you want, begins. Now the question for Day is the survival of himself and his family. He does everything possible to survive and also keep his family secure from the pressing departments. On the other hand, June is also seeking the opportunity to avenge her brother’s murder and she is mad for this. But the novel takes turns quickly and something of the different sort happens… what will you suppose it to be? A must read a thriller for teenagers as well as lovers of the suspense genre.

Review by Aditi