Author: Kankana Basu
Published by: Pan Macmillan India
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978-93-82616-13-9
No.of Pages: 189
Price: INR 250

Synopsis: Lamplight is based in the picturesque town of Monghyr, in Bihar, in the year 1934. After a devastative earthquake that rattles the town, but the mansion of Chattopadhyas, an old aristocratic family continues to stand upright although a wall is cracking right down the middle. The members of the big joint family find their lives suddenly touched by the eerie and the inexplicable. 

The book is a collection of eight stories that walk a fine line between the ordinary and the paranormal. Family bonds form the backdrop to the stories, and old-world values and the laid-back lifestyle of a bygone era lend them a unique charm.


Review: Lamplight is one of the few books that blends paranormal with relations. The beauty of the book is that apart from giving an eerie feeling every now and then, it also gives us pleasures of knowing the beautiful relations that the Chattopadhyas share between them.

Basically the book is about the Chattopadhya mansion and its members, who have survived the devastating earthquake and how it has affected their lives in an eerie way as somewhere they have started sharing some connections with all those who have lost their lives. The book is a collection of eight short stories told from the voice of one of the family members of the Chattopadhyas. These eight stories shed light on the aspects of relations like love, envy, respect, lack of connection between the members of the family and also brilliantly blending it with the cause behind such strange occurrences that grip the Chattopadhyas.

These eight stories reveal how one or more of the family members has a brush with paranormal world and activities in first person narrative. Few of the stories will really make you sit down and think upon what you have just read! Do such thing exists? Can such things be possible? Afterall there is only a slight difference between the paranormal world and the ordinary.

The writing is gripping and crisp without any proof reading and grammatical errors. The author possesses a very strong hold over writing paranormal stories and is evident in each and every story told in the book. The narrative is endearing to say the least.

Overall: A must read for some thrilling tales of the paranormal world that for once will make you sit and think over it.


Ratings: 4/5


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