WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5
Summer time is always a fun time for children. Long vacations spent with family, friends and especially cousins make it much more special. For those of us who are no more lucky to be in that phase of life, Priyonkar’s book “The Speaking Ghost of Rajpur” is a sure treat and a beautiful tribute to those lovely childhood days. It will make you miss those good old days of summer vacations when you had all the time in the world to spend it the way you like.
The book is based on the story of a few close friends. Shoumo and Shoumik are brothers with Shoumo being the younger one. They go to their Cousin Joy’s place in Rajpur to spend their summer vacations. It is the early 1990’s and Rajpur is a sleepy town just on the outskirts of Kolkata. Boys being boys spend their time chasing mysteries and rumours of tantric and ghosts and in between their adventures unravel something much more frightening and gruesome. So what will the boys land into? Will they be able to come out of it harmless? Who is this speaking ghost and what does he want? What is more at stake? Find out more about the story of these boys and their speaking ghost in this exciting tale of friendship and adventure, love and courage.
The author’s writing style is soft and breezy with much emphasis on events and their description. He has made great use of fun and frolic to enhance the narrations and create that never ending sense of adventure. The characters are nice and cute too with most of them being the typical notorious boys with a kind of notoriety most of us can associate with our childhood.
I liked the setting of the book – the town Rajpur has just the perfect combination of amusement and mystery to keep the readers hooked on right till the end. The escapades and misadventures were fun too and I especially enjoyed the parts which involved the tantric and the haunted dilapidated factory. The ghost angle makes the story and the plotline very interesting. What truly amazed me was the author’s ability to make the story feel so real. The end was absolutely amazing and very unpredictable. It was finally like the icing on the cake.
The only issue I had with the book was the font size as it was a bit too small for my liking. Apart from that, the book was absolutely amazing and as promised did an excellent job of reminding me of my glorious childhood days. That being said, I rate the book four out of five stars and recommend it to all my readers.