Book Review : The Ghosts of Gurugram
This July marked a year of our move to Delhi from the mountains of Himachal. From a place of pure oxygen to a city with the highest pollution levels it indeed has been a drastic change. Thankfully, there is quite a lot of greenery here unlike the other cities to take in the wrath of human folly! And, I guess this what makes Delhi and NCR regions a little livable.
I share a love-hate relationship with Delhi and the NCR region. Not being prejudiced or judgemental but just that I am not at ease in this ‘City of Djinns’!
When I started reading the book ‘The Ghosts of Gurugram’ I could not but agree more. Our history and epics have been a testimonial to this anxiety hovering over this region! Maybe because there has been rampant bloodshed on this soil in the name of bravery, honour killings, female foeticides and dowry deaths. Not that I believe in ghosts but that I sense an air of uneasiness canopying Gurugram.
‘The Ghosts of Gurugram’ written by Debeshi Gooptu is an interesting take on the social evils plaguing the society in the so-called cyber cities.Not so extrinsic especially in the well-developed upscale areas. The title of the book is quite captivating and intriguing which instantly made me download it on Kindle. And, here is the review of the same.
The Depressing yet Lovable Ghosts of Gurugram
The cover of the book is colourful and comically illustrated.This ensures a sense of positivity to the story inside, even though the title has the word ‘Ghosts’ in it.
When twenty-six-year-old Tara Chatterjee moves to Gurgaon to make a fresh start after a painful breakup, she finds herself in the middle of a peculiar situation. Her new home is inhabited by a ghost, a woman only she can see! Who is this woman and why does she keep appearing in front of Tara with her motley crew of friends? Will Tara be able to make sense of the chaos in her own life and unravel the secret of her haunted apartment?
Insightful and moving with flashes of wit, the story takes a look at the darker side of Gurgaon’s development and the growing menace of suicide and dowry-related deaths in the Millennium City.
The characterization in the book is convincing enough to give the readers a deeper understanding of the personalities, stories and the irony behind the appearance of every character in the story. Be it Tara-the protagonist, Simran or the house-owner. The description of Gurgaon oops… Gurugram is apt and compelling.
Yesterday, on a drive through this Millenium City, I was reminded of the conversation that takes place between Tara and Sharmaji in the book, in which Tara says, “It doesn’t make me happy…..Despite all the development and prosperity, Gurgaon isn’t a happy place to live in. People lead stressful lives here. There’s a lot of sadness lurking within”.This made me curious about the fate of some of the thousands and thousands of characters living in those lavish homes!
Tarun’s character is full of positive vibes and looks bubbly until the end of this book. The story is wide-open for a quick sequel. So, will there be a twist in the characterization in the sequel, is to be watched!
Honestly, the bottom-line of the story i.e, the protagonist saying (realizing) something like ‘I See Them’ is not a novel concept! We have seen them in both movies and books. I am unable to recollect the titles. But then, the movies ‘The Sixth Sense’, ‘Ghost Whisperer’ and ‘Ghost Town’, should ring a bell.
However, I would like to give full credit to the writer who has very ably adapted the original plot to suit the Indian sensibilities and has focussed on the social–evils plaguing the society. She has cleverly touched upon the recent happenings in Gurugram too, that made their way to become newspaper headlines. And the focal point of all ills turns out to be Gurugram.
The language used in the book ‘The Ghosts of Gurugram’ is simple, witty, lucid and pleasantly error-free. All credits to the editor!
Scenes from ‘The Ghosts of Gurugram’ that gave chills to me
- The very first time Tara visits the landlady’s home and the after incidents.
- When Simran makes an appearance and narrates her past.
- The scene in the Delhi metro with just Simran and Tara in the empty compartment!
‘The Ghosts of Gurugram’ is a feel-good comic thriller that is bound to make the reader introspect about our society as well as keep them hooked until the end.
I give this book a rating of 4 / 5!
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