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Lucifers Lungi (First edition, 2014) Paperback – 2014
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Description for Lucifers Lungi (First edition, 2014)
An atheist city-slicker unleashed on a medieval holy village. A simpleton village priest’s boy who blindly worships and guards a pantheon of Gods and Their traditions. Strange things happen when their worlds collide! This is a tale of that turmoil on a lonely night in a jungle, when the ghosts you never knew till a few hours ago are let loose on the ghosts that you always carried within, unknowingly. Welcome to the unholy clash of beliefs, fears and frailties with unknown Gods and demons. A clash that will test your convictions. A clash that will rabidly claw and unmask your subconscious, leaving you naked and paralyzed in front of your demons – in a climax that is as ambiguous as it is certain... Welcome to the madness of ‘Lucifer’s Lungi’… where What-You-See-Is-NOT-What-You-Get…
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A name like this would surely attract prospective readers. After all, one of the key reasons why the reader picks up a book can be attributed to the curiosity factor. ‘Lucifer’s Lungi’ scores quick brownie points in its unusual nomenclature and a blurb that promises you an enticing read.
Tales of paranormal happenings are often told and retold, and heard again and again with sense of inquisitiveness. Whether one believes in ghosts or not, is not the point. What matters is that we all search for stories surrounding unnatural happenings to pose questions, and find some answers, inducing a unique thrill into our adrenaline pumping veins.
‘Lucifer’s Lungi’ comes packed with a narration that’s knitted around a man’s escapade to a village to experience the world outside his mundane city life. Fed with his limited knowledge of Tamil dialect, he goes on to explore the place the name of which was ‘absolutely pronounceable’. We sit back and await the unfolding of events as each page leaves us asking for more. Right from the point when the conductor asks “Why do you want to go there? Are you into flower business?”, we wonder at the weirdness of the question, and the subsequent events that unfold keep heightening our curiosity. Then again, when the chef enquires about his purpose of visit, we get a feeling that the village is most probably a religious place where devotees come to perform ‘pooja’. How are we to know, that there is more to the story than what meets the eyes?
Nitin Sawant excels on debut with a novella where you don’t find much to complain about. The plot is well planned out, the journey documented and the sceneries explored to give us a visual imagery that’s beautifully penned in words. His descriptions are often apt, and well carved out. The narrative makes the story come alive, as each moment has been described in the perfect way. What amazes me is the deftness with which he has handled elements of horror and humour, both contrasting genres playing key parts in this book.
With just over a hundred pages, ‘Lucifer’s Lungi’ packs a punch with its well regulated pace. No unnecessary fritters keep the speed swift and crisp. The characters are well sketched, real and believable. Their fears and beliefs carry the story forward, and the author pays careful attention not to overdo these feelings at critical junctures in the book.
‘Lucifer’s Lungi’ is a tempting page turner. Though the book is short, the story will linger into your mind for a long time. The best part of the book, though, is its climax. How the author connected seemingly unrelated events, to trick our minds into the final twist left me gaping at the brilliance of his ideas and words. The thin line between what exists and what (seemingly) doesn’t is blurred, and truth is confronted. But then again, what is truth? In today’s world, our beliefs define the truth, but can that be the case in every scenario?
If you are looking for a quick read this monsoon weekend, pick up ‘Lucifer’s Lungi’. You wouldn’t be disappointed.
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The author’s style of narration is amazing with a gripping quality. He takes a hold on his readers’ right from the beginning and takes them on this journey that forces you to question your beliefs. Being an atheist myself, what I liked about the book is that the author doesn’t try to force a faith on you. Instead he makes you question everything you think you know and see your own beliefs in a new light. Well narrated unique storyline and well portrayed handful of characters take you on for a ride of your life. I only have a small complaint and it is the fact that the author left too much to the reader’s imagination. I could have done with a bit more descriptions of the settings and places.
This book is a decent example of an attractive book cover that hypnotizes you to turn over the pages.
At no point of time you will feel that you are reading a book or a story rather you experience as if one of your friends is sharing his personal memoir with you in person. The manner in which he introduces his monotonous office schedule and need to pump up and re-energize his senses and constant motivation from his colleagues are a few facts that will aid you to connect with the storyline without any additional effort.
This story is about a man who enjoys exploring new destinations every weekend. The selection procedure is an interesting affair. The story progresses as he decides to choose a fine destination, one fine day. What happens next is a story folded in the creases of Lucifer’s Lungi.
This is a praise-worthy effort by the author. I said so because I had read about this incident earlier but it was a humorous SMS packaged in 2 sentences. Re-reading it in the form of a personal account was intimidating enough to bring brain cells to exercise.
What is good?
Writing style is easy flowing and humorous to some extent. Overall plot of the story is good. It's good that story is short (only 111 pages). Starting might be boring, but it becomes page-turner in the middle and ends in a light note.
What is not good?
No specific negative thing to point out. Story becomes boring in the middle. Conversations between the protagonist and Sarvana are very lengthy.
I would recommend this to: people who love a light read, thriller, short novel with humorous take
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