Today we are starting a new page on our blog dedicated to the Literature, THE READING ROOM. And it gives us immense pleasure to say that the first discussion on a book we are having is a novel, EX by Novoneel Chakraborty
The story at a glance
The story of EX revolves around Neel, who quits his so called boring job to become an author. His love life with Titiksha is perfect and steady. On his visit to Jaipur Literature Festival he meets Nivrita who says that she is his Ex, he remembers nothing and yet everything about her seems to lure him to unravel the mystery she personifies. She is a commissioning editor of a leading publishing house and makes a tempting offer to him which he is not able to resist. So he along with Nivrita starts working on his dream debut novel with a story suggested by her. It was in this writing process that made Neel realize his guilt of betraying his love, Titiksha. It was in this writing process that made Neel in a confused position and finds that his life is now in an out of control situation. Titiksha, whom he knew for years, has now become a complete stranger. Nivrita, an unknown, mysterious and tempting lady seems to be influencing him. Everything that was a reality seems like yet another dream and everything that was a dream once seems like a reality.
Will Neel be able to find out the reality? Will he be able to salvage his love life? Will he be able to unravel the mysterious Nivrita?
To find out what this story has in store for you, get a copy and read it and I guarantee that you will never put this book down.
Novoneel Chakraborty is a bestselling author. I didn’t appreciate his previous bestseller, ‘How about a sin tonight’ but this one was a nail biting experience and I bet, one cannot guess the end unless you are on a last page. The plot never did it expose anything while moving from past to present. The book actually doesn’t need a bookmark, such a gripping read it was. The reason is this book is one of those very few Indian Thrillers which can maintain a prefect tempo right from the very first page. The author is known for his perfect and vivid narrative style and picture perfect characterization. And this book is the best example of this which combines with different human emotions which are crafted perfectly. The only thing I felt was that just like the protagonist of this book, Neel, it was difficult for me to understand the philosophical dialogues in this book. But then in the end everything is perfectly understood.
So if you are a Novoneel Chakraborty fan, then read this, for you will become a die-hard fan of him.
For those, like me who didn’t like his previous works will surely become an admirer, if not a die-hard fan after reading this book. My rating: 4 on 5
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The synopsis given on the back cover of the book:
To get to his heart, she seduced his mind. What will you do if one day a svelte and sexy girl comes up to you and says she is your ex? And the only thing you know about her is that you don’t know anything about her. Neel, an aspiring author, meets Nivrita at the Jaipur Literary Festival. Though Nivrita says she is his ex, he remembers nothing and yet everything about her seems to lure him to unravel the mystery she personifies. The more he is drawn to her, the more Neel feels guilty because he is already in a steady relationship with Titiksha, the love of his life. When Nivrita makes a tempting offer to Neel, which he accepts for his own good, his life slowly begins to spiral out of control while Titiksha starts turning into a stranger until Neel realizes there’s much more than his eyes can see and mind can recollect.
So here we come to an end to today’s session of Reading Room with a quote from this book
“If you are accustomed to see only black & white, then you’ll never see me”
Reviewed By: Rahul Marar
We will meet next time; right here in an all new reading session of Reading Room till then enjoy your reading