Friday, July 20, 2018

Book Review - Dark Night by Sandeep Nayyar

I was impressed by Sandeep Nayyer’s “Samarsiddha.” So I had a high hope for Dark Night. Ever since I started giving preference to vernacular language books I have started reading Hindi books. Though hardly any of them were able to match the level of English book if we completely ignore them how will they get chance of improvement.

Unlike “Samar Siddha” which was a serious try to portray caste related problems Dark Night is a erotica around a confused boy Kabir. The story covered his life through various friends (sp. Girls) Starting from school time to working life. His life took him through various modes during and after each girl. 1/3 of the book is covering his school life and young life fantasies. I am giving fewer marks due to this section. The second and third part was okay, they gave me feeling of Hindi translation of Chetan Bhagat books. 

There are some improvements that the author can think about:

  • If that one fantasy dream of Kabir was not present in the book, it wouldn’t fall under erotica at all.
  • You are writing “Hindi Upnyas”, so you need to write non-conversational parts in Hindi only. You forget to put the boundary where you were giving English conversation in Hindi text and English description in Hindi text

Having said that don’t be disheartened. The love triangle between Kabir, Priya and Maya and One sided love story between Kabir and Hikma was good. I liked the book in parts.

Talking about ratings

  1. Concept – 2.5/5
  2. Cover - 3.5/5
  3. Characters – 2.5/5
  4. Overall – 2.5/5

Book can be found at Amazon
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads


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