Saturday, February 2, 2019

Book Review - 8 Down from Saharanpur

Kumar L is one of our favorite authors. His futuristic Scifi "Captain Anara" series made us realized that author from Indian literature can also write in that genre. As we were (and we are still) eagerly waiting for the 3rd book in Antriksh series, we were following author's all posts. A few days back while surfing Instagram, we saw this post from Kumar. He was holding a Hindi & English edition of his new book. We did in-depth research about the book and made the decision to get a copy or I would say add in our collection.


Book Blurb
A woman out for revenge. A warrior deep in the jungle about to face a life-changing moment. A corporate executive falling just short of success. An encounter with a revolutionary in British India. And zombies!

Welcome reader to a world of fantasy, mystery and horror. I hope this collection of stories will take you on a journey of exploration, fear and possibly self-discovery. Some of these stories draw inspiration from our everyday experiences but some.
As given in blurb, the book is a collection of short stories. Each story placed in different time and place. There are only 7 stories but each of them narrates completely different styles. You won't believe but starting from mythology to history to zombies to sci-fi, subjects are vast enough. As I have made the goal of reading certain % of books in Hindi and/or Gujarati, I have read Hindi edition. It was a worthy read for me. My favorite stories

  1. Zombies - Shaapit
  2. Sci-fi - Sitare Ki Chori
  3. Cover story - 8 down Saharanpur

The gem on the crown is the cover story. It covers the era of pre-independence. The author has conceptualized side story around legendary Kakori Theft. This story shows how a teenager who hated his father at the beginning of the story ended up being proud of his father. I don't want to reveal much, but you will like the book for sure.

Talking about other good points of the book
  • Easy to follow language (both English & Hindi)
  • Fast-tracked stories
  • Character building
  • Short and interesting read
I wish the author has given a few more stories, the ride would be longer. An ideal pick for short trips. I would like to see a full-fledged book (on above mentioned favorite stories).

Ratings
  1. Cover - 3.5/5
  2. Concept - 4/5
  3. Character - 4/5
  4. Overall - 4/5
Book can be found at Amazon - In Hindi & In English
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads
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