Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Review: How About A Sin Tonight? by Novoneel Chakravorty

On the jacket:

In the biggest casting coup of the Hindi film industry, five top stars are signed up for a new movie: Shahraan—a living legend still lamenting the loss of his first love; Reva and Neev—newcomers allied in a common journey; Nishani—the celebrity kid who must avenge her father’s untimely death; and Kaash—the actor harbouring a secret love from his past. As their intimately intertwined personal stories take centre stage, the industry’s underbelly is left exposed for all to see. By the time the curtain draws to a close, the gossip-hungry media has enough fodder on its plate to last a lifetime.

Novoneel Chakraborty, bestselling author of A Thing beyond Forever and That Kiss in the Rain, unveils the grime behind the glitz, the insecurities and compromises, in a world where aspirants come prepared to strike a Faustian bargain. A beguiling tale of love, ambition, jealousy, and betrayal, How About a Sin Tonight? will leave you asking for more.


Just when I was getting comfortable reading new age Indian authors and beginning to appreciate their efforts and thought processes, I was disappointed. After reading How About A Sin Tonight? I am seriously back at square one, wondering why I even bothered to pick it up. What I had picked up assuming to be a light, easy read was actually a struggle finishing. I haven't read the author's previous books, so did not have any pre-conceived notions about his style of writing.

The story begins with a sex scene. The entire chapter seemed pretentious, as if the author had it set in his mind that *sex sells*, so if the first few pages are about it, the book will too. The sex scene was loosely scripted, and is, neither crass nor subtle. 

The story is about five stars, and begins with Shahraan's tale. Remember, Sanjay Dutt-Pooja Bhatt starring Sadak? Yes, about the same thing, with unnecessary and complicated twists. The plot does get better and is given comparatively finer treatment, but where the first 20 odd pages have been such a turn off, it's difficult to hold the willingness to read it. It takes some patience to tread through the web of characters, and I must admit, the author has almost handled them perfectly. 

Lost of usage of metaphors and subtexts, the book *might* not be as easy to read for a casual reader. At other parts, the language seemed very wannabe. 

My rating: 2.5/5

[This review is for Random House IndiaThe opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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