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Book review: The Speaking Stone by Ratnadip Acharya

Title- The Speaking Stone
Author- Ratnadip Acharya
Publisher- Aksora Publications LLP
Format- Paperback
Pages- 312
Genre- Historical thriller.
Publication date- 28 Jul 2019

Ratings- 3.7/5

Book blurb:

Mumbai, December 2016: A young man found an ancient-looking piece of stone with strange images and Sanskrit inscriptions. A quest to know the origin of the stone brought him to the distant part of the country. Chandannagar, December 2016: A young vivacious historian woman read an old book on a century-old secret story about a little known part of the country. Her curiosity got the better of her as the book disappeared mysteriously before she could complete it. She reached a sleepy quaint state of the country to satiate her curiosity. Eventually they both met and their search began from the city museum to a far-flung rock mountain which revealed a century-old story of a seductive danseuse, her enigmatic lover, a string of her admirers, a painter with a photographic memory, a bird that could speak in many voices, a benevolent king and a gruesome conspiracy. And the most important clue to decode the final secret was with the missing part of The Speaking Stone But in the process of unearthing old secrets their lives were also in danger… To know more read… The Speaking Stone

Book review:

The story runs in two different timelines of 1900 where we get to know about the true facts of the speaking stone and 2017 where Saikat possesses half of the same speaking stone engraved with Sanskrit inscription and peculiar faces while Shuvashini, an intellectual girl doing her Ph.D. in history is curious to find the other half of the stone. Saikat is intrigued by the stone and reaches Agartala where he meets Shuvashini and they both come together to solve the mystery of the speaking stone.

The interlacing of the past and present is beautifully executed. It was fascinating to read about the history of Tripura which was once called Rajamala in past and was ruled by Radha Kishore Manikya. But I couldn’t connect with both the characters well enough. It felt that the author had muted the character of Shuvashini even though she’s more into history.

Also, some chapters felt unnecessarily stretched at many points and made me feel like skipping the lines. The plot had many potentials and it would have turned out to be much better with decent editing. I still enjoyed the book because of the profound research put by the Author. Recommended if you’re more into thriller history.

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