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Ashwin Sanghi
, rightly known as the Dan Brown of India, has teamed up this time with internationally acclaimed author  James Patterson , introducing Patterson’s Private series to India.

Private India is the most hi-tech and reputed Indian private detective agency headed by the inimitable Santosh Wagh and it runs as a branch of ” Private Worldwide ” detective organization, the one and only of its kind. Santosh  is a tormented soul as an event from his past life keeps repeatedly coming back to him in the form of a nightmare. So, while not acting as the Private head, he succumbs to the inviting appeal of Johnnie Walker.

Santosh and his team, find themselves entangled in a series of murders where no clue is left by the serial killer who is on a spree to kill reputed and famous women apparently having no connection between themselves. The first victim, a doctor from Thailand,Kanya Jaiyen, is found dead in the bathroom of the hotel Marina Bay Plaza.  Initially being appointed by the Hotel authority, Private India arrives at the scene, but later the police also happily let them to carry on with the investigation provided that they will share every detail of the development with ACP Rupesh Desai.
The first murder is followed by that of journalist Bhavna Choksi, then pop-singer Priyanka Talati and school headmistress Elina Xavier and some others.
While Mubeen, Private India’s full-time medical examiner and forensic expert, discovers some astounding facts about the murderer  from some DNA samples, Hari, the tech-geek  of Private, brings himself under suspicion for his dubious activities. The presence of a yellow garrote used to strangle all the victims makes the murders all the more mysterious as to whether it’s done as part of some ritual of an ancient cult.

Besides being a classical Whodunit thriller, most of the characters in it are dual-faced. The different shades of the characters are revealed along with the turn of events. This has successfully evoked the desired effect for a point comes when the reader begins to suspect  almost everyone as the possible murderer. And the question that seems more haunting is  Why the killer is doing this ? what’s the motive ?

The story spreads over alleys of Mumbai, from the Colaba causeway to Dharavi , it portrays a picture of Mumbai less known to people. Apart from the main murder plot, there are several sub-plots which includes a threat of bomb blast from the ISI indulged Mujahidin group, the pseudo-religious gurus like Nimboo Baba and typical Mumbaiya don like Munna. All these sub-plots are woven more or less perfectly with the main plot, adding more thrill to it.

What I like most is that the characters of the detectives are portrayed here not in a supermanisque manner.They are vulnerable human beings and are prone to make mistakes. I personally like the character of Nisha Gandhe, assistant to Santosh Wagh. As a typical Sanghi book, there are some mythological references too which I think have been put quite aptly this time. The appearance of Jack Morgan, the founder and ultimate boss of ” Private Worldwide” is quite praiseworthy though the way he acts  while confronting Munna in a dance bar is rather filmy.

There are no negative points whatsoever except for a couple of minor loose ends which I would refrain myself  from mentioning. Though the ‘motive’ placed behind so many immaculate murders at the end has disappointed me a bit. ( Some say I nitpick a lot when it comes  reviewing a murder mystery or a thriller ). An absolutely engrossing read and a page-turner. I enjoyed reading Private India and finished it at one go over four mugs of coffee. Those who like thrillers are sure to enjoy the book.

From my side it’s 4/5

Reviewed by ManiparnaSenguptaMajumder

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Haiku : Deep Silence


unruffled night slept 

whilst silence deeply devoured

hunter owl hooted

My response on the third and final day of Carpe Diem Vision Quest, today’s inspiration was

evening walk
the sound of a wind chime
deep silence
© Chèvrefeuille



Haiku : Empty Shell

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Oh ! retreating waves

lonely beach has lost its soul

empty shells, silent


Carpe Diem’s new feature  ‘Vision Quest’  is on the second day and the inspiration being this one,  a wonderful haiku from Chèvrefeuille

next to my footprint
the empty shell of a hermit crab -
Ah! what a sadness

 (c) Chèvrefeuille (2012)


By ManiparnaSenguptaMajumder

An extended weekend always makes me excited. For that means we can try to arrange a short trip to refresh ourselves, both physically and mentally. After all, the hustle and bustle of everyday life seriously demands a break, the more the merrier. So last weekend  when we managed to get an extra leave due to the occasion of our Independence day, we hardly thought twice before booking the OTDC ( Odisha Tourism Development Corporation)  hotel at Chandipur, 16 kms from Balasore.

Chandipur is one of those rare beaches where you can enjoy the wonderful ‘vanishing sea’. Yes, here the sea ‘vanishes’ during the ebb tide ! Wondering ? actually at Chandipur beach, the sea recedes upto 5 kms during the low tide. It’s a great scene to watch as the sea surges or retreats.
Surrounded by tall Casuarina trees, with some temporary shops here and there, the beach is still very much pollution free and peaceful.

My favourite camera as usual accompanied me but this time my #DellVenue 7 was one of my buddies too. It worked perfectly by the seaside and I managed to create a very short video with it. It was just an experiment with the tab. Though the video quality is not very great but as per a the range of the tab, it’s really appreciable. Do let me know your opinion about the video.

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Haiku : Moon

This time Chèvrefeuille on Carpe Diem  has initiated a new and wonderful feature in which he challenges us to write a ‘quick’ haiku for three days in a roll. This is named as Carpe Diem’s Vision Quest. This is my first entry for the Vision Quest day 1.

I clicked this on an early morning, an unique juxtaposition of morning cloud and the residual moon

I clicked this on an early morning, an unique juxtaposition of morning cloud and the residual moon

changes everyday

like humans, waxes and wanes

imperfect, lonely

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