Penumbra: Good Old Agatha Christie Charm

After months of deliberation I opted for the kindle unlimited subscription for a month. The first book I got was Penumbra by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay. Want to know what I think about it.. read on

In the middle of one of the worst storms to hit the city, a mysterious letter arrives for Prakash Ray, an out-of-luck journalist, inviting him to a quaint, suburban bungalow, to celebrate the 60th birthday of an uncle he has never heard of….

As Prakash reaches the venue, he is introduced to a motley group of people, all gathered there for the old man’s big day: his son, his reticent brother, a dignified middle-aged lady who once owned the bungalow, a listless lawyer who manages his legal affairs, a mild-mannered young man who works as his secretary, his beautiful, young biographer, and his mysterious friend, who has never lost a game of chess to him. As the storm lashes on through the night, one of the people in the bungalow is murdered! In a game of cat and mouse that follows, Prakash soon finds out that under the surface of apparent warmth and friendliness, nothing is as it seems and that the bungalow holds one shocking secret after another! In a bid to save his own life, Prakash hunts for the truth, which lies in a mysterious penumbra of shadows and lights, covered in a sheath of deceit and guile, only to realize that the worst is yet to come!!

Now my thoughts

  • The book reminded me of Feluda, Byomkesh and Then there were none in a fantastic way.
  • Writing was smooth, the writer will go a long way.
  • I could not guess the murderer, this rarely happens, so this is a clear win for the book.
  • There was inconsistency of the plot, but nothing that would work as a spoilsport.
  • Charecters could have been less flat.

My Goodread Rating 4/5.

With Love From Janpath

I had a day to spare in Delhi while coming back from Landour, and wanted to spend some time shopping.. now there are two issues

  1. I have totally outgrown Sarajinin Nagar
  2. Though there is no zara in Kolkata, but I hate shopping malls, the homogeneous structure with homogeneous shops… they totally suck my soul.

So I paid a visit to the Banjara lane in Janpath instead. There is a lane full of artisan women from kutch selling their stuff, and it is like a treasure trove.



    I have a major weakness for locally made bags, and hardly use branded ones. These purses were love at first sight and I can not wait to style this this puja.


    Got this faux afghani earrings at throwaway price..I have the originals too but they are too heavy to wear on normal days.



    In one corner an old lady was selling these..I am a fabric hoarder and can not wit to use them in dresses or blouses..

    So next time you get to spend some time in Delhi and if you hate mass market stuff like I do, pay this lane a visit.

    PS: Bargain like your life depends on it..

    Into The Water- Review

    Sorry for not being around for so long, but I always creat a new post when I feel I can do full justice to it, and the crazy schedule I was having made it impossible to write one. But all said and done am back here sharing my thoughts about one of my holiday reads.

    An integrated part of my holiday ritual is sorting the to be read pile, and thank god for kindle, that I can travel with 50 books. Last week when we landed in Landour without much planning, I had the leisure to read four books simultaneously and could finish only two of them. Let me tell you how I have felt about the most hyped one.

    Into The Water: Paula Hawkins

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    A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

    My thoughts about the book

    • It is better than Girl on the train, which was nothing less than a disaster.
    • The book has a really interesting background, sleepy British village, history of witch trial, dysfunctional families.
    • The multidimensional relationships between friends, lovers, siblings were potryed very efficiently.
    • But this book was told from 10 different point of views, yes, ten and I am sure you will not be able to differentite between most of them.
    • There was not much of mystery, the ending really really drove me mad.
    • This book tries to prove that one can be a complete idiot and still can be a detective.
    • Also atleast 100 pages of this book are sheer wastage of your time.

    My Goodreads Rating 2/5, don’t say that I did not warn you.

    Santiniketan Diary: Story of Three Hoots, Two Boutiques & A Cafe

    When life throws me lemons I make the lemonade in Santiniketan. I mean seriously, there is no second place which has great food, fresh air, great art and great shopping together. Also we stayed in a quaint home-stay which served great breakfast and dinner. And every time I visit the place I discover something new .. this is a story of such discoveries..

    • Dokra

    I can almost hear the “duh” when I say Santiniketan and dokra and claim it is new. It is almost like saying “I went to Kolkata and was surprised to find sweets there”. But wait, there is more to the story..I have dozen of traditional dokra jewellery , if you throw a stone in gariahat it will hit a shop selling dokra three out of five times. But this time I met two gentlemen who were experimenting with the art, both from the local tribal community and both so helpful and talented.

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    Stole My Heart in a Second

     

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    Puppet aren’t we

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    Not strictly dokra, but has ghungroo and rudraksha..what not to love

    • The Tale of Two Boutiques

    Everytime I visit Santiniketan I go to Alcha, the two storied bunglow turned into a boutique..and every time due to the sheer fact I get bankrupt in the Haat I return empty handed.. but not this time, I got bags and a owl..also this will be most peaceful shop you will ever visit.

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    Alcha Means Leasure..There is Loads in a Name

    The Block, The Shibori, The Kantha …

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    Fabric Owl from Alcha..Wooden from the stall of a small boy

    The second boutique is Tanzil, which I did visit, The shop is gorgeous but their things were slightly out of our budget ..may be someday. Also had two awesome experience, while browsing one lady pointed at my dress and asked the SA if it is from them and if she can buy the same..my narcissist soul did a happy dance and second , after me and my my friend left the shop without buying a single thing , we were stuck in front of the shop due to rain, the lady called us in and asked us to sit till the rain stops… this is why I will go back there a hundred times..

     

    The cafe

    The best new place we visited is of course a food joint…..A cafe called Chayaghor, almost nextdoor to Alcha, they had a rooftop seating, sweet coffees, awesome chicken satay and a naughty cat. Please visit the place if you can, you will thank me 🙂

     

    So till the next time… take care.