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January 17, 2014 / subramanyam

“The Other Side”

          Everyone of us would have watched a horror clip, a movie or a serial, didn’t we ?  Now close your eyes and try recollecting that horror thing(act/dialogue/scene/experience) that left an indelible impact on you. Yeah just close your eyes and imagine…  Now that you have your scene in mind , answer the other question,  what made the scene, that act or the experience etch itself on your mind……isn’t it the audiovisuals that  create the suspense and increase our heart beat.  Can you imagine horror without those audio visual effects —- would you really feel creepy or scared  without seeing or listening to things. …… Yeah, even I had a “no” for an answer till I read “The Other Side” by Faraaz Kazi and Vivek Banerjee.  Here is the blurb of the book from Goodreads.

A slow rasping sound made me turn. I jumped back, the cell phone leaving my hands and smashing against the concrete floor.the_other_side Someone was seated on the chair, rocking back and forth. Through the fallen light, I could see those hands placed on the arms of the chair, two gruesome wrinkled limbs with ugly boils plastered over the black skin. The red bangles on its wrists shone in my eyes, momentarily blinding me. That thing and I call it a thing because I could sense it wasnt human as no human could have such a hideous form, as vile an existence as the one seated opposite to my horrified self.

From a honeymoon in the hill that goes horribly wrong to an obsessed lover who wants his first love in life and in death; From a mentally deranged man who collects body parts of various women to stitch together his dream girl to a skeptic who enters a mansion of horrors to win a bet and much more, this book is filled with scenarios that are guaranteed to give you goosebumps and sleepless nights.

The Other Side is a collection of thirteen tales of the paranormal; a world that our eyes refuse to see, our ears deny hearing and our senses ignore the feel of. This is a book for someone who is brave enough to take up this invitation to journey through uncharted waters along with the authors, who were inspired by some bizarre experiences to pen down this work where the lines of reality have been blurred by the footsteps of imagination.

Each story takes you on a tour de force of unadulterated horror and draws upon the deepest fear in the human mind- the fear of the Unknown!

          As said in the blurb “The Other Side” is a collection of 13 stories, that have ghosts, spirits, paranormal activity and chilling action lined up for the readers.   Probably the USP of the collection is that it has the stories of both the good spirits and the bad spirits. Yeah you read it right , the good spirits that might not harm any one and if you are lucky might even empathize with you and the evil ones that might not even tolerate one’s presence in their arena.   The book also portrays the karmic cycle in a very good way.

          The stories , “The Fateful night”, “The unfulfilled desire”, “The Lady in the Pub” , “A Mother’s love” and “The Mystery Other_SideLake”  do have spirits and paranormal activity in them but you would more or less empathize with the characters, the story line would be slightly predictable and you too would be pleasantly surprised as you see spirits and the paranormal activity in a completely different shade.

          The stories “Possession”, “The Mark of the Beast”, “Strangers in the Night”, “The Long weekend”, “The Man who did not fear” are real must-reads for the twists they have.  Even a seasoned reader will not be able to predict the twists and the stories would keep you glued to the book.  My personal favorite here is the story “The Long weekend” , awesome twist that makes you pause, think & rethink before you absorb it correctly.

          The stories “Red Bangles”, “The Muse comes home” and “Dream girl” were the creepiest ones to me, the ideas seemed totally new and the twists and turns did drive a chill through the spine.  Real different imagination by the authors, I was speechless after reading them.

          Very very good use of the language, depicting and narrating horror is not the easiest of the things to do (just imagine how bland stuff like evil dead would have sounded when you remove the audio visual part of it.) . Faraaz and Vivek did a fantabulous job with the narration.   I also loved the words they used, every story was ostentatiously ornated with awesome words. I loved the English I read.

          Another good thing about these stories is that they donot go by the normal haunted house and damsel in distress sort of regular and predictable plots, they offer the reader some refreshingly different perspectives of things and cover a lot number of places, from the back waters of Kerala to the busy roads in Mumbai and from there to the himalayan foothills in garhwal you visit different places and see different paranormal activity.

          The book has a lot of trekking in it. I think it more or less reflects the authors love for trekking. The way they went on to describe the details of treks and mountains really appealed to me, I liked it.  I also liked the way some of the stories bring up the law of karma, it is one subject that appeals to me and I loved the way the authors related the things.

           I do not have any qualms about the book, except that some of the stories do feel slightly lengthy, but given the fact that they keep you glued to the book.  It is not much of a trouble.

All in all a wonderful read , do pick it up and you are going to enjoy it. 

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  1. Vivek Banerjee / Jan 17 2014 4:20 pm

    Thanks for taking time out to read and review the book. We are greatly encouraged.


  2. subramanyam / Jan 18 2014 9:37 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog and those kind words sir. Thank you for such a wonderful book.


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