Wednesday, 20 March 2019

#BookReview: Killing Time In Delhi by Ravi Shankar Etteth

Title: Killing Time In Delhi 
Author : Ravi Shankar Etteth 
Publisher: Westland Ltd
Published on: 25th January 2019
Binding: Hardcover


Bon vivant Charlie Seth, a privileged denizen of Lutyens’ Delhi, leads a life of idle luxury fuelled by money, drugs, sex and parties. A cocaine overdose kills his ditzy girlfriend, thrusting him into a maelstrom of conspiracy, murder, blackmail and promiscuity. As the world of Crazy Rich Punjabis unravels, Charlie’s future is suddenly at the mercy of an enigmatic woman, an unscrupulous swami, a society-obsessed policeman, a slippery drug pusher and a disloyal valet. The only person who can help him is his missing aunt. Holed up in the country palace that his grandfather had won in a game of cards from a raja on Diwali, Charlie plots his revenge.


The cover page of the book is very attractive and actually I picked this book after seeing the cover page only because it is stunning. The image of the girl on the cover page matches perfectly with the story. The colours used are very dark such as violet, red with the title in bold. I loved the cover page a lot.


After a very long time, I got to read a perfect murder mystery which is filled with suspense. I don't judge a book by its cover but don't know why I picked this book by looking at the cover page which is so attractive and I am glad that I did and read this amazing murder mystery which made me stick to the reading corner. It is truly an entertaining read which I was not able to put down.

Killing Time In Delhi by Ravi Shankar Etteth is set in the Lutyens' Delhi where everything is fuelled by money, drugs, parties etc. The revolves around Charlie whose girlfriend, Rita dies of cocaine overdose and then, he goes to a party where he found a dead body which lead him into a lot of conspiracy, blackmail and promiscuity as he is the prime suspect. And, then enters Mandy who's there to escape Charlie and is dictating his life and he has to follow her. The book is set in Delhi which gave me the insight of the high class world of Delhi which is greedy and involves drugs, parties, money and affairs.

It is a very interesting and a gripping tale filled with dark humour and wit. It is so much filled with suspense that I wasn't able to predict the happenings and it built a lot of tension within me. Initially, the story was moving at a slow pace but after few chapters it picked up pace. One of the best aspects of the the book is the writing style of the author and the crisp narration  hooked me till the end as it is different from the usual mystery novels. It is simple but different and I really liked the humour which was dripping at so many points in the story.There are a lot of unexpected twists and turns in the story that are so well described and the events can be very well visualised which made it very engaging. The story line is very intriguing and well crafted that kept me at the edge and till the end I was just guessing the suspect. The climax came as a bomb, a totally unexpected one. 

There are a lot of characters in the story. Some are very well developed such as of Charlie while some are just a mystery and this characterisation is very powerful and interesting. It was really fun reading so many interesting characters. Mandy's character is filled with so much mystery while on the other hand; Charlie's character is very open. I really liked the kind of relation they both shared. 

Overall, it is a very engaging read that sent chills down my spine. It is very engaging book having elements of love, crime and suspense. And, is a short read which can be easily finished in a day. It is a page turner and I would highly recommend this book to mystery and satire lovers. 

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Ravi Shankar Etteth, professionally known by his full name, or as Ravi Shankar is an Indian author, editor and cartoonist. He was born in Palakkad, Kerala and is a nephew of the cartoonist and author O. V. Vijayan.
His first cartoon appeared in the now-defunct weekly magazine Link. He worked for Indian Express on a contract basis, and later as the Creative Director of the Observer Group. He joined India Today magazine as Art Editor and went on to become Deputy Editor, Executive Editor, Managing Editor and Editor-at-Large. He also edited the group’s afternoon paper Today and launched the lifestyle magazine India Today Spice. He was briefly the CEO and Editor and Chief of Voice of India and Millionaire..
In 1996, Etteth published his first book of short stories The Scream of the Dragonflies. Subsequently, he published five more titles—The Brahmin (2018), The Book of Shiva (2016), The Gold of Their Regrets, (2009) The Village of Widows(2004) and The Tiger By The River. (2002) Etteth is now working on his sixth title—a novel on the shenanigans of Delhi’s super rich. He collaborated with artist Paresh Maity on a book on Kerala. He has also authored a travel book on the state. He is now a columnist and Consulting Editor with The New Indian Express and is based in New Delhi.

*I received a free copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange of an honest and an unbiased review.

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