It is the early 1990’s – the ‘picturesque’ small-town of Rajpur is in ‘full summer bloom’ and there is a definite sense of mystery in the air. Amidst its scenic setting each year a group of boys band together to spend their summer vacations – going cycling to far-off forests, sharing books, discussing everything under the sky and ogling at girls… But as youth would have it, their curious minds are more inclined to seek adventure and (hopefully!) uncover some mysterious affair. However, unlike their previous vain attempts, this time certain unusual events and the sudden appearance of a curious case of a ghost in their midst seem to hold the promise of some real adventure. In the pages of The Speaking Ghost of Rajpur rest assured that you will soon be whisked off and plunged into a headlong journey of adventure and romance of your own – on a path of discovery of friendship and brotherhood, of life and love – and, who knows, you might even encounter the Speaking Ghost itself!
The Speaking Ghost of Rajpur is in its second edition with TBB publications. It is depicting a story or rather I would put in as a series of events in the light of 1990’s. It is about a group of friends who are set out for adventure; succumb to their curiosity about a tantric and a haunted place; finally to meet the speaking ghost himself with a twist of course!
The story unfolds gradually with in depth description of events, which I would like to say – will not be preferred by impatient minds, but there again the deep descriptions makes you feel that you are also part of the gang along with their adventure and fun, witnessing and feeling it. It explores what all could be in a teenagers life, from gang adventures to crushes, curiosity to those special videos 😉 , cycle rides that could remind you of those happy moments from your childhood. The adaptation of the book with respect to the time period and place is pulled off very well. The sketeches in between are a treat and something different.
The story for my taste is little too dragged and predictable. From the start with the narrator, I too felt a little confused at what is going on. I would rate this book a 3/5 🙂
I would suggest this light hearted book for those who would like to have the experience of living in the story and going in depth. 😀
About the author:
Priyonkar Dasgupta began his working as as a salesman in Kolkata and currently runs a business of construction. In addition to writing as a passion he is a trained Bansuri player, and as a child had a flair for sketching which shows in the illustrations he made for this book. He also had a brief stint in acting, playing the lead role in the film “Unmourned”, a Documentary based on the Freedom Fighter and Martyr Basanta Biswas who was the prime accused in the 1912 Hardinge Bomb Case and later hanged by the British. The film was telecast on DD National on Independence Day 2005 and Republic Day 2006. During the shooting he toyed with the idea of taking up acting in films as a career, but soon decided business would be more useful in keeping the wolves away from his door while he pursued his love of writing. This is Priyonkar’s first novel.