Seriously, even my kids were fascinated with the title of the book. The spooky forest picture, on the cover, was apt and stood for all the 50 stories of the book. Perhaps a ‘Yakshi’ could have been amidst the trees to give it a more haunting feel.
Name: India’s Most Haunted
Author: K. Hari Kumar
Number of pages: 325
Availability: Amazon (Buy it here)
When I received the book, I was immediately interested to know about the haunted dwellings all over India. The author has covered various places right from Delhi to Goa to Kerala. Being half Goan myself, it was interesting to be aware of the supposedly mysterious incidents in my hometown. The subtitles were quite captivating and got me interested in the story that followed each one of them.
The author has written in Indian-English and therefore, this book can be enjoyed by an Indian or someone who knows India well. There were a few negligible grammatical errors and I think some of the words like churels, devas, rakshasas, jejemaa, rishis, munis, sarai, asura, kikar, tharra, etc. could have their closest English meanings in brackets. As hubby is good with Hindi, I began with asking him about the meanings but finally had to resort to Googling whichever I could.
I found the blurb intriguing enough to dive into the book. It was a combined summary of some of the short stories mentioned inside it.
I found the font size and style quite clear and easy to read.
The language used was simple.
It included all religions.
The author has subtly hinted at how harsh realities are twisted to put the blame on the vulnerable.
The stories were short, so, there was no need to remember who was plotting or who the culprit was or who was doing what, etc. from the beginning of the book.
I learnt that ghosts appear to people only while it’s raining, freezing cold, stormy or when the person is high, drunk or extremely exhausted. Hehe!
Besides the few grammatical errors I spotted, I found some of the stories to be incomplete. Even though ghost stories have many unanswered questions, I thought that the stories could include certain information for the benefit of the reader. For example; in story number 5, I did not understand how the attacker knew about Seema, the little girl who lured Reema out of the house. Who was the teenager? Also, while Tarun was to go to Chandigarh for a meeting, why did they go to Mumbai? In story 8, why was the ghost waiting to kill only her after all these years? In story 26, I thought that they could have contacted the owner about the things found in his house, but then I guess it would turn into a thriller instead of a horror story. Yet, I felt that the story could have something more to it.
I could predict the twists at the end of some of the stories.
The book did not give me the creeps as promised, though it had good stories inspired by the alleged haunted places in the country.
Though I have watched plenty of horror movies, I don’t really believe in ghosts. Of course, with the sound and camera effects on television, I do get startled easily. But, this was my first ever horror fiction READ. Despite not giving me nightmares, it did include horrible living beings that would creep anyone out. For years, besides Mills & Boons, I have been reading thrillers, mysteries, crimes, etc. so, I was probably looking at solutions for every story in this book, too. Nevertheless, I’m definitely recommending this book to those who love to read horror stories.
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