My first read of 2018, and WHAT a read. Combination of two genre, horror and humor.
It’s story about Tara, who at very starting of the book goes under a heartbreak. When his soon to be husband refuses to marry her just few days before marriage. On verge of depression, as she has to see her ex-fiance daily in office and all she did was trying to pretend everything was normal. It was Sonali her friend, who first suggested her to shift job.
The opportunity strikes, and she gets to start afresh in Gurgaon or Gurugram.
The first thing she needed was finding place to live in this millennium city. She met Mahesh Sharma for the same, and after seeing 9 apartment, door to 103/103 opened and Tara felt a sense of hope as she stood in the balcony breathing the fresh & clean air.
It was her meeting with landlady of flat, when Tara felt a sense of oddness when she could see a black cat in the house roaming and caressing her leg whereas the landlady & Sharmaji didn’t saw any cat.
After shifting, and a hectic day at office Tara came back home and felt relaxed and dozed off while watching T.V. She was worked up by a loud crash, and after a while heard a meoww. She was shocked, and remembered the cat at her landlord’s home. She goes to balcony, revisiting sad memories and feeling sad leans over it to peer down at the parking lot.
Suddenly, a voice ‘Don’t Jump’ make Tara look back, she saw a woman standing in lehnga choli and Tara collapsed on the floor.
As Tara wakes up, she is still confused about what she saw. Well was there a girl on her balcony ?
And she now wants to find out WHO SHE WAS ?
Was Tara imagining things ?
Was she really depressed, by her marriage taken off ?
Who was this lady in lehnda choli ?
Was she imagining the black cat too ?
Well for all those question YOU GOTTA READ THIS ONE..!!!
Debeshi Gooptu has done amazingly to weave out words and created a perfect world where such things could happen. The pace of story is great, events kept happening and there wasn’t any dull moment (as per me).
The book touches issues that we know exist, but in our busy life turn off them. Depression, Dowry, Suicidal, Getting good marks, Old age issues and what not. The story of The Ghosts of Gurugram depicts harsh reality of the transforming phases of any city.
Loved the characters building, each character had their own story and they got merged very nicely.
The story shows our dull belief in aghori baba’s well too. I am not sure, there might be some GOOD baba’s but well not all are. I would have loved to see the Kanai’s part more as he had so much scope to things at more of that level.
Things that worked out for me :
EVERYTHING, from humans to Ghosts to animals !!
Things that didn’t worked for me :
Words that touched
The full moon gazed back at her from its inky bed surrounded by twinkling stars. The black horizon stretched out in front of her, vast and indeterminate, illuminated by specks of light here and there.
It was then that Tara realised Gurgaon, despite its progress, had a dangerous, dark side. The industrial boom, the multinational work culture and the designer invasion had brought with it unhappiness, mental turmoil and feelings of inadequacy. Unable to keep pace with the demands of living in the city, people were sacrificing their sanity. Lives were spiraling out of control.
Final Note :
Living in Delhi, I could connect to so much from the book. Gurugram aka Gurgaon is a neighboring region and it has been in news for one or another cases. Reading this, has definitely sent a chill down my spine because we don’t live in perfect world. And such cases definitely happen. I wish the book is read by EVERYONE, and the issues those are touched in the book serves as an EYE OPENER to all.
The book was provided by Writersmelon in exchange of an honest review.