The question is an intriguing one and so is the descriptive graphic printed on the cover page. But, what is a three-wheeler doing at the side bars? Are the two – the sister and the driver involved? Is she being framed? Why are they both running in separate direction? Why is this building occupying such a conspicuous space on the cover? How does it signify the plot? As I was continuously pondering over my thought bubbles, I eyes stopped on a middle-aged man who is surprisingly watching the sister vanishing from the scene! Who is he? He has a book in his hands. Is he ‘THE’ Mr. Chatterjee from ‘The Chatterjee Institute of Detection’ or is he a partner in crime? What could be the crime – is the million dollar question! Are your bells running?
Read this story to find out how Mrs. Chaddha drives Mr. Chatterjee to go nuts and crazy and whether he is able to accomplish the task in hand or not? Dig in to unveil other secrets in a simple language which is very gripping and enjoyable.
This turns out to be a recommendation for teenage readers. Apart from reading, they will definitely enjoy enacting the script into blockbuster drama and win applause.
All major characters in this book are migrants to Bangalore, which is a true reflection of a modern cosmopolitan city. Thus, they have unique characteristics based on their regional or socio-cultural background. The main character of this book detective Mr. Chatterjee unwillingly took a mission to facilitate nursery admission of a little girl into a reputed convent school in Bangalore. However, there are many dramatic and hilarious moments where both Mr. Chatterjee and Sister D'Souza - the school Principal come across. Sister D'Souza appears to be a strict Principal. Mr. Chatterjee finally succeeds to win over Sister's confidence and his mission also becomes successful. A free flow story line with lots of surprises and humorous moments. Recommended for teenagers and college students.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book.
The case of the secretive sister is a story that kept me spellbound and took up permanent residence in my mind during the performance of the many menial tasks that plagues a vacationing soul. It served to entertain, surprise, misdirect and thrill the reader from the first page, all the way till the closure the final chapter provides. One of the few things that disappointed me about the book was the wholly inadequate vote of confidence from Jug Suraiya, because to call The case of the secretive sister a “delightful read”, would be to equivalent to calling Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ‘mildly observant’.
Now these feedback things call for some amount of douchbag-ery. So here goes nothing. the one thing that I was a little polarizing was the mix of colloquialism and highly eloquent conversation. There were very short portions where I felt like the mix was a tad bit inconsistent.
All in all, the journey was excellent! It was a page turner and I can’t wait for the next installment in the series!"
The Case of the Secretive Sister", Nilanjan Chowdhury’s second novel, is India’s answer to Alexander McCall Smith. Chowdhury spins a tale as delightfully comic as it is nuanced, the characters etched with a stylus that brings their imperfections delightfully into relief, warts and all. But underlying the lucid narrative style is Chowdhury’s sustained empathy for his characters that makes the read all the more enjoyable. The story of the benign, unlikely sleuth Satyajit Chatterjee is one that demands to be filmed, so hoping to see takers before long…
I felt transported into a different world when i read the book. I used to live in Bangalore many years ago and the description of the environment brought back many pleasant memories. I thought the character development of Chatterjee was superb. The tone of the novel and the turn of phrase was very Wodehousian and appealed hugely, since i grew up on a diet of Wodehouse.
If anything, i thought the only fault the book had was that it was too short - i'm eagerly looking forward to the next installment.
Fast paced, witty, lucid, gripping, real life characters, even more real problems.. overall a great read! For a non-Kannadiga to have settled in Bangalore, tried hard for kid's admission to those old missionary schools, the same occasional tryst with the Auto drivers, those forever in rush BMTC buses, this story seems so real. A story that you can finish off in flat 2 hours time. Keep them coming Nilanjanda.. :)
Succint, funny with a touch of thrill are words that come to my mind as I put down the book that documents the first (hopefully) of the many exploits of Mr. Chatterjee. The book makes for easy reading and can be finished in 2-3 hours. Bengaluru lovers will recognize many of the landmarks of Bengaluru wonderfully woven into the story. Look forward to reading more in this series.
Hi I found this book very enjoyable. I read it in one sitting and loved the subtle humour (and sometimes, the not so subtle, more rip-roaring variety). The story, in some ways, acts us a bridge between 2 worlds- the one we live in and the one that we would have liked to revel in- a world filled with humour, heart and love.