Book review of Two Indian Girls by Kumar Kinshuk
we have two women who are polar opposites in terms of their respective personalities. Yet, Khushboo and Amrita are best friends who always look out for each other. The starting point of the main storyline sees the aftermath of Khushboo’s suicide, and how Amrita’s disbelief and Inspector Rajiv’s suspicion eventually lead them to the haunting truth. Two Indian Girls explores the dynamics of the political situation of Bihar in the recent years, as well as d
You might find Two Indian Girls to be one of the most misleading titles for a story that centres on the investigation of a crime case. No, I am not going to spill the beans here, keeping in mind certain events in the course of the novel that might be triggering for some people on this platform. Yet, I will most certainly talk about why Two Indian Girls is one of the most ingenious crime novels I have come across this year.
To give you a glimpse of the plot – we have two women who are polar opposites in terms of their respective personalities. Yet, Khushboo and Amrita are best friends who always look out for each other. The starting point of the main storyline sees the aftermath of Khushboo’s suicide, and how Amrita’s disbelief and Inspector Rajiv’s suspicion eventually lead them to the haunting truth. Two Indian Girls explores the dynamics of the political situation of Bihar in the recent years, as well as devotes a significant amount of space to describe their culture and their way of life.
The first reason why I really enjoyed reading Two Indian Girls is the storyline itself. In a very innovative way of storytelling, the author has made use of specific plot devises at the right moment of the plot. In the quest of the whydunnit, Two Indian Girls unfolds crucial elements pertaining to the back story of the protagonists and certain important supporting characters in the novel; and the author does it with finesse by implementing plot twists right at the most obscure turning points of the storyline. The fact that Two Indian Girls relies heavily on the plot developments is made possible by creating the effect of suspense and anxiety in a very smart way of narration, another reason why I enjoyed reading it. One more important aspect of Two Indian Girls is how the author analyses extensively the political scenario of Bihar in contemporary times. This topic, like I mentioned above, acquires a significant bandwidth of the novel. This is because, the antagonists or the villain(s) in the book Two Indian Girls wield enough political power to subjugate the powerless, the voiceless. Although I personally found this segment a bit redundant, I still do not mind the inclusion of it. The absence of the detailed analysis of Bihar politics may not have had far-reaching influence over the course of the novel, yet the book gives us a glimpse (no matter how small it is) about how power corrupts people. It is this that I admire so much about Two Indian Girls; as the author explores the political scenario of the state, the analysis often transcends the boundaries of vote banks and Jawahar coats, in order to recognise the darkness lurking behind the usurpation of power. The illusion of power and status that politicians are blinded by is wonderfully described throughout the book. Another important aspect of Two Indian Girls was the characterisation.
While I did fleetingly talk about this with respect to the “whydunnit” feature (I probably made up that word!), characterisation is one of the aspects the author did truly well throughout the novel. As the readers come to know about the respective lives of the lead characters, we also get to see into their own psychology. After all, crime novels are about the study of the human mind in the most intricate ways possible.
In short, Two Indian Girls is a very engaging story that you can go for without any doubts. My best wishes to the author for his upcoming literary projects.
Pick the book if
- You love reading Contemporary Fiction
- You enjoy books about Indian Marraiges
- You are looking for books on Politics.
- You are looking for books on Bihar Culture
16 years and above
Skip the book if
- You don’t like reading contemporary fiction.
- .You don’t like reading books on Weddings
- You don’t like reading books on Politics
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About the Author
Kumar Kinshuk is an alumnus of T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal. He is a graduate from St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi and he did his schooling from St. Anthony’s School, Ranchi. He has worked in multiple industries over the last two decades and has been a keen marketer and an avid sales person. Kinshuk has written four novels and a compendium of short stories but has not published any of his works till now. He wishes to take his work to the court of readers, soon. Blog: https://kumarkinshuk.com/
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