Khel – the writings –Book Review

Khel – the writings –Book Review
People around Sanya are dying one by
one making her wonder why she is spared. Will she be able to play the final
Khel or will it be the evil that will end the game?
The story is set around a fictional hill
station near Mumbai, named Brahmdev, and pivoted around an abandoned and
dilapidated Haveli, which is acknowledged by the inhabitants of the town as
haunted and creepy.
Mysterious deaths, and unusual
sightings, paranormal activities all shrouded in suspense and uncertainty are happening
around the derelict building, but everyone prefers to keep quiet and stay away.
A group of young kids decides to
prove that spirits are a science and not superstition and comes to spend a
night at the eerie Haveli but under mysterious circumstances, do not live to
breathe enough and speak about their experience.
An investigative reporter with a
traumatised experience and a broken heart precedent, struggling with
hallucinations, souls and voodoo, Sanya Sharma, depressed to the core, having
lost her husband and her little daughter within a span of six months, has taken
aid to alcohol and her psychiatrist to keep her alive.
Probably, assuming that this would
be her last chance to salvation and help her regain her confidence and get her
back to work, Sanya accepts the option to drive down to the hill station and
investigate the case of the unusual death of a bunch of young kids, though the
records stated that the police had been all over it and haven’t found any foul
With the help of a local police
officer and some feedback from an ageing nun at the Church in the town and
valuable advice from a Tarot reader, Sanya tries to locate the source of the
truth which she realises has turned on her.
What follows is a succession of mysterious
and incomprehensible, scary and uncanny dealings that Sanya has to identify to
save herself and her son  from the wickedness
and malice of the playing cards, which keeps coming back to haunt her, the notifications
on which somehow makes everything come true.
Though several characters move in
and out during the narration of the story, all of them have been well
characterised by the author, with their descriptions and their explanations
narrated, being quite precise and concrete.
The characters that Sanya keeps
meeting surely make the protagonist pass through mental conflicts and twists, but
the author has tried hard to conserve the point that Sanya absorbs all the
narration in her while walking through the plot.
A couple of editing flaws which I
noticed, can’t help but mentioning here.
1.  In page
108-109, Chapter-19, in the narration while watching the videos at the photo
store, Sanya has been erroneously referred to as Sarah.
2.  In page 105,
Chapter-19, the dialogues – “Where did you get these picture, if you don’t mind
me asking?” he looked up at her. “Why?” she questioned – has been inadvertently
repeated again later in Page 106.
3.  In page 106,
Chapter-19, the narration, “I want to enlarge some photos,” Sanya said and
handed the envelope, is out of relevance to the context as this situation had
already been explained in page-48, Chapter-8 in the narration, “Oh, I thought
maybe you could help me print and enlarge a few photos,” she replied sceptically….
These little editing blemishes
apart, the narration is fast paced and never dragging anywhere, the story is a
fresh reading, and reasonably intriguing and the author, Vishal Goswami managing
to keep the reader’s attention captivated in his short novel of just 146 pages.
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