In The Middle Of One Of The Worst Storms To Hit The City, A Mysterious Letter Arrives For Prakash Ray, An Out Of Luck Journalist, Inviting Him To A Quaint, Suburban Bungalow, To Celebrate The 60th Birthday Of An Uncle He Has Never Heard Of As Prakash Reaches The Venue, He Is Introduced To A Motley Group Of People, All Gathered There For The Old Man S Big Day His Son, His Reticent Brother, A Dignified Middle Aged Lady Who Once Owned The Bungalow, A Listless Lawyer Who Manages His Legal Affairs, A Mild Mannered Young Man Who Works As His Secretary, His Beautiful, Young Biographer, And His Mysterious Friend, Who Has Never Lost A Game Of Chess To Him As The Storm Lashes On Through The Night, One Of The People In The Bungalow Is Murdered In A Game Of Cat And Mouse That Follows, Prakash Soon Finds Out That Under The Surface Of Apparent Warmth And Friendliness, Nothing Is As It Seems And That The Bungalow Holds One Shocking Secret After Another In A Bid To Save His Own Life, Prakash Hunts For The Truth, Which Lies In A Mysterious Penumbra Of Shadows And Lights, Covered In A Sheath Of Deceit And Guile, Only To Realize That The Worst Is Yet To ComePenumbra

Bhaskar Chattopadhyay is a writer and translator Bhaskar s novels include Here Falls the Shadow Hachette 2017 , Penumbra Fingerprint 2016 and Patang Hachette 2016 His translations include 14 Stories That Inspired Satyajit Ray Harper 2014 , Shiva Penguin 2016 , The House By The Lake Scholastic 2014 , 12 Stories by Hasan Azizul Huq Bengal Light Books 2015 and No Child s P

[Epub] Penumbra By Bhaskar Chattopadhyay –
  • Paperback
  • 206 pages
  • Penumbra
  • Bhaskar Chattopadhyay
  • English
  • 16 April 2019
  • 9788175993815

10 thoughts on “Penumbra

  1. says:

    Giveaway win hosted by Fingerprint Publications The cover looks simply FAB Well here goes the much awaited review of this absolute ripper of a book.All the ingredients are in place with a scrupulous description of the protagonist, the events that have unthreaded in his life and how they continue to devour on his thoughts.Without much ado, the story breaks into the mysterious long lost acquaintance who sends him a letter with an attached invitation for a party at some remote location Crazy as it might sound that is extremely appealing for the reader We want the protagonist to take the risk to give us a plot to cherish albeit on his life s cost.The story introduces a blend of puzzling, peculiar, uncanny and normal characters all gathered under one roof There is a slight creepiness in the regal home with the personalities thrown together to interact.There are Mr Rajendra and his wife He is a retired man of art and much respected The personality commands respect from the get go Then there is his disgruntled son, an enthusiastic girl who wants to be a biographer of Mr Rajendra who is rud to be also dating the renowned double aged than her artist and is whispered to be a gold digger There is a doctor in the mix, a woman of questionable family past and also Janardan a long trusted friend of the host.The tragedy strikes and strikes in style The dual murder in the house opens up the Pandora s box of chaos and while the police is sti...

  2. says:

    Prakash Ray arrives at a suburban bungalow to attend the 60th birthday party of an uncle he has not heard about before It was a stormy night and the gathering consisted of an assorted group of people Mr Rajendra Mukherjee, a retired artist and author, and his wife Anita are the host of the party Also gathered are Rajendra s son, his brother, his secretary, his biographer and his friend As the party progresses, the stormy situation cuts off all connection to the outside world and two murders take place The gathered people are then stuck with each other in the house with suspicions floating around regarding everybody.The blurb of the book really attracted me and it kind of reminded me of an Agatha Christie story So, I started with the book as soon as I could The author has done a great job with the setting of the story Everything seemed to kind of come alive through the pages The varied characters add to the story in a way that makes it interesting There s the element of Whodunnit and it impossible not to play the guessing game while reading the book The clues and twists are spread through the book keeping the pages turning As a result, I finished reading this book in one sitting The only drawback of the book is that the setting is not very new I have read quite a few books with similar backdrops and as such it gave me a sense of deja vu once or twice and kept comparing it ...

  3. says:

    A typical English country house mystery, with an old eccentric rich man, some relatives, a secretary, a lawyer and a young love interest and murder s And ofcourse the detective openly modelled on Poirot and his sidekick on Hasting...

  4. says:

    A very interesting novella, about twin murders in a house The writing style is good, but the description of nature is very endearing The scene where prakash ray walks in search for bungalow is very well written I bit much turns and twists though pretty linear story line

  5. says:

    Read the full review at link Musings Over NothingThe writing is straightforward and direct as suited to the genre The editing was crisp The plot is relatively tight, though I had a few reservations, and the end connects well without leaving any loopholes The protagonist Prakash is a simpleton who plays Watson to the characters who want to play Sherlock mind you there are two , whose naivety seem to be a little too simple for my liking.The subplot about Prakash and Suhashini is an interesting addition to the story about but makes us understand why Prakash had to take the trip There are several cliches, and I was able to guess the culprit before the cat was out of the bag, though the reason was not clear until the end The timeline of the story did not bode with me well, maybe it was just me.The primary feature for a whodunit to win the hearts of the readers is getting them involved in the plot and when the mystery unravels it should be an I should have seen it moment Most of us who grew up reading Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes or even watching, in case of the latter might relate to what I am saying about being involved in the story and only for that reason And then there were none or A Scandal in Bohemia stays the top favorite among hundreds of detective short stories for many readers So how did Penumbra fare in this aspect I would say it did this in part, except for the key clue , which was not available for the reader to help solve the puzzle....

  6. says:

    Intelligence of Sherlock Holmes and deliberation of Byomkesh Bakshi come together in one character of Penumbra Many a murder mysteries start on a high note but lose rhythm as they progress Either the story becomes too predictable or has so many twists that one loses track of original plot But not Penumbra Bhaskar Chattopadhyay clearly knows how to balance After reading Patang read the review here , I was impatiently waiting for his next book While Patang s protagonist was professional and experienced, the character in Penumbra derives his acumen from chess Superb story, absolutely flawless and gripping writing style and unpredictable climax, is what takes Penumbra beyond awesome by many leaps and bounds The story is narrated by Prakash Ray who is a twenty something lad living a sombre life all by himself in Kolkata He receives a letter and an invitation to attend a birthday party by an unknown person who claims to be his uncle The visit promises an incentive for Prakash, a letter written by her mother who died while giving birth to Prakash And he lands up i...

  7. says:

    4.5How would you feel if your life turns from prosaic to horrifying over a weekend That is the experience for Prakash who is our narrator He gets a letter stating that he has a long lost uncle who would like to meet him at his mansion for his 60th birthday He contemplates on embarking a journey to a place that is in middle of nowhere and because he has never heard of such a relative He takes a chance as to know about his mother s past whom he has never met and also make his life a bit interesting But little did he know that a murderous plan is underway and there are serious consequences to Prakash.First of all, this is not a short story and not a novel This is somewhere in the middle, but I still like the way it is Mostly because it gets annoying at Prakash being so naive If this story would have been elabo...

  8. says:

    I have always liked a And Then There Were None and Clue kind of setting in a mystery novel few people with secrets gather in a confined space and someone or everyone gets killed one by one and you have to find out who the murderer is Thus, it was the synopsis of Penumbra that immediately made me want to buy the book, and, to a great extent, I am glad I did Penumbra isn t in any way extraordinary, but it has a Hercule Poirot, Feluda feel to it it is a cozy mystery reminiscent of the mystery ...

  9. says:

    The proverbial ingredient are all there, strangers inside a big mansion, miles away from anywhere, the raging storm outside and a murder followed by another one The sort of book you read during the night, safely confined to your bed with a cup of hot coffee by your side.Penumbra slowly builds up the eerie atmosphere around the crime...

  10. says:

    Did you love the CID series that aired on Sony TV If yes, then you ll probably love this book too A normal story in the beginning turns into a series of mishaps where no one seems innocent in the first place The story keeps the reader engaged, making this novel a page turner I loved a quote from thi...

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