- Hardcover: 204 pages
- Publisher: Aleph Book Company; First edition (26 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 938227779X
- ISBN-13: 978-9382277798
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Murder with Bengali Characteristics Hardcover – 26 May 2015
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About the Author
Shovon Chowdhury is a slightly disturbed Delhi-based writer. His blog, India Update, has horrified over 200,000 people. He is the creator of The Trilokpuri Incident, which is trying to understand an event that no one can remember. He is also the entire reporting staff of The Investigator, which digs for the truth, so you don't have to. He has recently edited the Secret Diaries of Manmohan Singh, Aged 81 3/4th. He is an alarmingly frequent contributor to Scroll.in, Swarajya, Newslaundry, the Daily O, BLink, Tehelka and Outlook.His first novel, The Competent Authority was a finalist for the Hindu Literary Prize 2014, Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2014, Tata Literature Live! First Book Award 2013. It has also been the subject of two PhD theses, one creative writing course, and several unauthorized theatrical adaptations, against which he was unable to lodge FIRs due to lack of funds.
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I do think this is a very nice book, the kind that you read in instalments, slow and steady, relishing each joke and each hilarious statement (AR Rahman is considered classical music. An actress falls in love with her own clone while shooting for a film and etc). If you are a fan of Allo Allo or films like Four Lions, this would be right up your alley. But it isn’t for those who like commercial fiction, Indian or otherwise. I enjoyed the book a lot, but it doesn’t have an interesting plotline which is the only thing keeping me from picking it back up once I put it down. When it comes to language and writing skills though, I’d give the author five stars. Plot, not so much. I wish I had read The Competent Authority first because I believe that is the prequel and is better. Maybe I’ll pick it up someday at the library and give it a flip through. I rather this book a nice solid 3 stars.
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I am sure that if you know India a little bit more than me, especially the history and political spectrum of Bengal, you will enjoy this tremendously.