Genre: mystery, crime

Number of pages: 600

Published on: August, 2018

Published by: The write place

Goodreads blurb:
A ragtag group of friends are planning a bank heist to end their cash crunch. Novices to crime, they are driven more by emotions than skill – their plan seems foolproof, or so they think.

In another part of the city, a gang of seasoned dacoits has botched up a job and now owes money to the local crime lord. They have to either pay up or pay for it with their lives – and time is running out…

In a bizarre twist of fate, both these groups are brought face to face. Trapped in a situation beyond the realm of their planning and experience, they must think on their feet, form quick alliances and rally behind an unlikely leader. Set against the backdrop of Chennai, where men sing gaana songs in kuppams (fishing hamlets) nestled against swanky glass-fronted buildings and life-size cutouts of film stars and politicians, a story of love, greed, friendship, fate and the absurdity of the human condition unfolds.

My review:

This book is a break from the usual Indian contemporary fiction books. It is so great to see Indian authors write something new, something different from the usual that contemporary Indian authors think is the key to a good successful book.

This book is mainly about how three set of robbers break in into a bank exactly at the time time. The thought may look ridiculous at first. But the way the whole story has been weaved out of it took me by a really pleasant surprise.

The book started off at a good note. Set up in Chennai, and showing the life of petty thieves, I was engrossed in the book from the beginning. But then came the robbery. Which felt like a really long episode in the beginning. As the book is quite big, existing of 600 pages, you could certainly expect that. And so I started to lose interest in the book.

And then came twist. And more twists. And it all started to make sense. And I was again very much interested in the book. Things sped up a little, and that was more than enough to catch my attention. It ended on a satisfactory not.

The writing style was different. It wasn’t exactly the strength of the book, but it wasn’t the weakness either. The characters were okayish. But somehow it all balanced to create a story which I definitely enjoyed. A lot.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend anyone to read this book. This book is an example of the great literature Indians are capable of creating.

My rating: 4/5 ⭐

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