I have read ‘KheL- The Writings’ by Vishal Goswami. This is the first book I have read in this new year 2016. The book is published by Frog Books in association with Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd.
Abandoned haveli (mansion) can be seen on the front cover.  A witch with scary eyes looks hanging behind the abandoned haveli. An image of a skeleton on the ace of red heart  (♥A) looks terrific. Blue background indicates horrible dawn or night. Overall Mishta Roy has designed a catchy front cover which suits to the book having a horror theme. Book’s title KheL – the writings  is printed in red colors so it looks like written by blood. The writings indicate the story of game of cards having horrible messages written on those. Book title carries the subtitle Jo Likha Hai Wahi Hoga.

About the Author:

Vishal Goswami is a an MBA-Finance graduate from Boston, U.S.A. and is passionate about reading and writing in all its forms, whether fiction or non-fiction and also all other genres. He is active on Twitter as “WriteNow@WritetoFite,” tweeting about more contemporary topics and new movie analysis and ratings.

Blurb of the book:

The abandoned Haveli in Bhramdev Brahmdev, a hill station near Mumbai, is known amongst the local population to be haunted. People keep away from it.  A group of youngsters decide decides to explore it and what follows is a horrifying reality they do not live to relate.

Sanya Sharma is an investigative journalist, with a shattered life and a grieving past. Having lost her husband and little daughter within a span of six months, her once perfect life is a distant dream. Depressed, unable to concentrate on work and barely paying attention to her ten-year-old son, she takes help in alcohol and regular visits to her psychiatrist.

Her last chance at redemption is a case of mysterious deaths on small hill station. What follows is a series of mysterious, eerie and horrifying events that Sanya cannot understand and final with the help of local police inspector turned friend, it dawns upon her that the Haunted Haveli is not just small town hocus-pocus but a reality that had turned on her. The evil that she encounters slowly affects everything around her and she knows that it will finally consume her.

But why? What were the deep, dark secrets of the Haveli’s past? What was the Nawab family’s past? Who is the old woman haunting her? What are the cards and what is the card game? How is such a horrifying situation merely a game and how is she to play it? Why do the writings on the cards come true and people die? She has to find a way to save herself and her son from the evil and the game of cards that makes everything come true. People around her are dying one by one making her wonder why she is spared. Will she play the final KHEL – The Writings – or will it be the evil that will end the game?


Setting:

The book contains 25 chapters. Each chapter is short so the book becomes page turner and increases curiosity. The author uses the present tense to narrate the story and flashback scenes are described in past tense as usual.

Locations: The story of KHEL – The Writings runs around an abandoned haveli near hill station of Brahmdev, Chandarpur, Mumbai. There is a glimpse of a church in Mumbai.

Writing Style: Author Vishal Goswami uses the descriptive style of writing. The book begins with a fast pace and becomes slow after middle part but overall this book has fast pace so this is a page turner. English grammar and italic fonts are used properly except in ‘About the Author’ and ‘blurb’ sections. This book is a suspense thriller with a horror theme. The author maintains the suspense till the last, he knows where to stop?

Characters:

Khel – The Writings  has 15 major and 8 minor characters as follows.

 

  1. Sanya Sharma: Author introduces Sanya Sharma in the third chapter. She is the main character in the story. She works as an investigative journalist at an Indian Times.
  2. Krish: Leader of ghost hunting pilot project
  3. Raj: Sanya’s boss and an old friend at Indian Times
  4. Old woman: Author portrays her character like a witch.
  5. Samira: Author portrays Samira’s character as Sanya’s daughter.
  6. Rohan: Author portrays Rohan’s character as Sanya’s son.
  7. Dr. Pooja Malhotra: Pooja Malhotra is a psychiatrist.
  8. Bahadur: Author portrays Bahadur’s character as a watchman of an abandoned haveli.
  9. Richa: She is the owner of her own restaurant named Richa’s Dhaba.
  10. Kabir: He is an inspector of the case of continuous deaths in abandoned haveli.
  11. Anthony: Author portrays his character as the father of a church.
  12. Mary: She works as a sister in a church of father Anthony. I feel her entry better in the second half than the first one.
  13. Mrs. Gomes: She has a great knowledge of a black magic.
  14. Nawab Saheb: Nawab Saheb was the owner of an abandoned haveli who doesn’t believe on superstitions like black magic.
  15. Aunt Rosy: Author portrays her character as an exorcist.

The author sketches 8 minor characters like Amit, Anjali, Ayesha, Ali, Mrs. Nawab, Gupta, Mr. Pawar and Sanya’s mother.

Plot:

The author describes a background of an abandoned haveli in detail. He gives glimpses of black magic and superstitions, he tries to comment on superstition in the tenth chapter but says nothing against such black magic and superstition. Card games (Khel)turns horrible with ‘the writings‘ on them because whatever written on the cards become true (Jo Likha Hai Wahi Hoga.) Author releases abandoned haveli’s truth in the fifth chapter. So many twists and turns make eighth chapter interesting. Horrible experiences and incidents are described by the author in chapter twelfth and thirteenth. Chapter fourteen is full of action and fighting scenes. The suspense starts revealing after an entry of Aunt Rosy in chapter twenty-first. The author tries to give a touch of internet use for search in chapter 22. The suspense keeps releasing in a twenty-third chapter. Curiosity to read climax increases per chapter in the book. Author elegantly connects the first chapter with the last one. At the end, the book ends with a totally unexpected climax.

Drawbacks:

The book has many typing and printing errors in the book. Double inverted comma begins in the second paragraph from bottom on page 85 but doesn’t end and vice versa on page 121. Third typing error I found is about the name of a character. Mrs. Gomes is printed in the fourth paragraph on page 129 which should be Sister Mary. And one more typing error is a difference between the name of location (i.e Brahmdev is printed inside the book and Bhramdev is printed in a blurb.) So I think book editor Cora Bhatia should check typing and printing errors while proofreading before printing it.

 

KheL – The Writings  is a fiction horror and thriller but the book doesn’t make you fear as much as one can expect after going through the book cover. So I would love if the author had used more horrible scenes in the book. However each chapter ofKheL – The Writings  increases curiosity and suspense and the book has a totally unexpected climax. Finally, I would say, it depends on totally you that whether you read this book or not; but I would say just one thing that KHEL – the writings is a perfect page turner and one will not disparate after reading it.

 

I wish that I could give 4 stars to the book but I don’t find this book up to the mark of that level due to several print mistakes and other terms so I would give 3.25 out of 5 stars.

 

  • Title: KheL – The Writings
  • Subtitle: Jo Likha Hai Wahi Hoga
  • Author: Vishal Goswami
  • Publisher: Frog Books
  • An imprint of Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd.
  • First Edition: In India, 2015
  • Copyright: © Vishal Goswami
  • ISBN 978-93-52013-22-7
  • Book Editor: Cora Bhatia
  • Cover Design: Mishta Roy
  • Layout: Panwar Media Services
  • Price: Rs 145 (India); US$ 6 (Elsewhere)
  • Page count: 146 (excluding cover)
  • Reviewer: ©RAJESH D. HAJARE (RDH)

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★★★★★
  There was once a time when horror movies and horror books were fun to watch and read. These were the days of the purani havelis and the chudails and the randy thakurs and quartets playing hooky to vacay in what’s supposed to be a haunted hotel.

Somewhere in the nineties, horror in India took a turn towards intellectual and the fun, campy aspect of horror was thought to be lost forever.

But as long as writers like Vishal Goswami are around, people who dig such simple stories have something to look forward to. Here is the complete review of Vishal Goswami’s Khel: The Writings.

Synopsis: 

KTW has a simple premise of a haunted haveli that comes into the picture when four people who were supposed to shoot a documentary are killed. Investigative Journalist Sanya Sharma, who is reeling under the losses that she’s facing in real life is sent to investigate the happenings in a take it or leave it scenario,

But nobody knew that Sanya’s life would go topsy turvy when she begins to investigate the happenings in the purani haveli. Will Sanya be able to clear the cobwebs and reveal the truth? Will her personal life take a turn for the better, or will the shadow of evil always remain on her life.

These and other questions are answered in Khel: The Writings.

Review: 

Vishal Goswami is an impressive writer, and succeeds in creating the right kind of atmosphere even with the least number of words.

His descriptions and build up of the characters as well as the situations are spot on. Even the most hardened of horror readers will find themselves looking behind their back if they read the book with concentration.

While Vishal is quite adept at describing the scenarios the man also shows off some good setting up the situation skills and two of the sequences in the book particularly interested me, and I daresay that both of these are pretty original.

However, the story had a old school feel to it and therefore, readers shouldn’t go out looking for some long winded backstories and mind boggling origins of the supernatural as well as human beings in the book. While this might be offputting for a whole generation that’s been reading horror books that are high on the intelligence quotient, KTW stands on its own might of several spooky sequences.

The character are quite run-of-the-mill though and even some side arcs like the romance between the lead characters is not something that’d be seen in a contemporary horror book, but old school horror buffs will definitely dig this.

KTW unwittingly turns out to be an ode to the era of Ramsay when it comes to Indian horror and that is definitely not a bad thing. If you ever wish to curl up with a simple but spinetingling book that leaves you curious for more, Khel: The Writings is a must buy for you.

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Book Review: Khel, The Writings, by Vishal Goswami

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Each genre has its own particular characteristics, I feel. A fantasy works best when magic is at the forefront and a mystery when it makes the reader interested to solve the crime along with the tale. The genre of horror works best when the words make the reader imagine the scene, rather than saying it directly. It is this that I look for when I take a horror genre book to read.

Khel, the Writings takes a tried and tested route when it comes to the genre… the haunted Haveli with the ghost who kills anyone brave or mad enough to enter its premises. It isn’t a bad route by any means, and the author brings something new too, the way the ghost interacts or marks the soon-to-be victims with the cards and the messages. It begins with setting the scene about the Haveli, with four friends looking to make a reality show by proving the hauntings are scientific, not spiritual, and telling the story of the Haveli. The ghost makes sure that doesn’t happen of course. Investigative journalist Sanya Sharma is put on the case of the deaths of the four while she’s battling her own demons. Can she do it and what comes out of that situation forms the rest of the story.

That the story took me on a known route is good, because I knew if done well, it’d be a good read. The first couple of chapters, where the four friends are in the haveli, I feel they were well written, and I could picture the haveli and the scenes as they happened. I do not quite know if the ghost impressed me as such though. When what will happen next is known, it somewhat takes away from the horror that is to come. So ass the story progressed, it lost some of its strength. And the ending, that felt odd, even though it was horrifying.

Characters weave in and out of the novel, but for the most part, I felt they were done justice. The choice of four daring youngsters to be the mass victims of the Haveli menace was a nice touch, and to bring Sanya Sharma, a woman who had just suffered a tragedy, as the investigative journalist was also interesting.

I wouldn’t say the book was horrifying from start to finish, but it was engaging. In all honesty, I feel it could do with another round of editing or proofreading. There are typos here and there, and misspelled character names and such, which should not happen. Also, the comparisons lack the intensity at times, and end up confusing. These are things that could be caught in that round of editing.

All in all, I’d say that the book is a decent one-time read.


The Bookworm Rates This: 3/5

The Bookworm Rates This: 3/5
BOOK DETAILS
Title: Khel, The Writings
Author(s): Vishal Goswami Genre: Horror
ISBN/ASIN: 9789352013227 Publisher: Frog Books

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Book Review: Khel The Writings

Just finished a novel and ready to give you my thought about it. This time its all for the ones who love horror books. Let me break it down one by one…

The book is called Khel The Writings written by Vishal Goswami.

Vishal is a MBA graduate from Boston,USA.You can connect with me on twitter. “writetofite” .

Have you ever listen stories about Haveli? Isn’t that the place where all the evil things start ? But this story brings a twist to it and the evilness didn’t stopped at the doors of Haveli. It goes beyond that. Sanya,one of the best journalist in the town was investigating around the case of four mysterious deaths around the Haveli.Little did she know Playing Cards can change her life so much. Yes,the cards has something to do with the evil,unreal things happening in the story and you will know. I bet you will be scared to play cards for the rest of your life.Well,at least i got scared. Sanya was worried about herself and her son that how will she get out from this horror trap.But the thing she didn’t acknowledge is she hasn’t just caused problem to herself by going to that Haveli but others too. You will know what i mean. Have you ever thought whatever written becoming true? The tagline of the book says it all “Jo Likha Hai Wahi Hoga” . The interesting thing is  when you finally thought everything is about to be solved.The story turned out to be something else I would like to add one point here,since its a book review. Sometimes i lost interest in book after reading some pages but honestly this was one of the book i kept on reading. The best thing is sometimes you can feel the horror. Gotta give some credit to Mishta Roy for the incredible book cover.Although one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but this cover totally did justice to the cover.The horror grew a bit more when i was just casually reading my book and look out of the window to see bunch of kids playing cards. Not trying to scare anyone. But truth remains the truth.

Here are some details if you are interested to buy the book.

Book: Khel The Writings by Vishal Goswami

ISBN 978-93-52013-22-7

Price:145

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Blurb: The abandoned Haveli in Brahmdev, a hill station near Mumbai, is known amongst the local population to be haunted. People keep away from it. A group of youngsters decide to explore it and what follows is a horrifying reality they do not live to relate. Sanya Sharma is an investigative journalist, with a shattered life and a grieving past. Having lost her husband and little daughter within a span of six months, her once perfect life is a distant dream. Depressed, unable to concentrate on work and barely paying attention to her ten-year-old son, she takes help in alcohol and regular visits to her psychiatrist. Her last chance at redemption in a case of mysterious deaths on small hill station. What follows is a series of mysterious, eerie and horrifying events that Sanya cannot understand and finally with the help of a local police inspector turned friend, it draws upon her that the Haunted Haveli is not just small town hocus-pocus but a reality that had turned on her. The evil that she encounters slowly affects everything around her and she knows that it will finally consume her. But why? What were the deep, dark secrets of the Haveli’s past? What was the Nawab family’s past? Who is the old woman haunting her? What are the cards and what is the card game? How is such a horrifying situation merely a game and how is she to play it? Why do the writings on the cards come true and people die? She has to find a way to save herself and her son from the evil and the game of cards that makes everything come true. People around her are dying one by one making her wonder why she is spared. Will she play the final KHEL – The Writings – or will it be the evil that will end the game?

About the author: Vishal Goswami is a MBA-Finance graduate from Boston, U.S.A and is passionate about reading and writing in all its forms, whether fiction or non-fiction and also all other genres. He is active on Twitter as “WriteNow@WritetoFite,” tweeting about more contemporary topics and new movie analysis and ratings.

Review: Horror tales are terrifying for a specific reason. With some of our most famous horror stories—ones that follow knife-wielding masked madmen, houses that consume humans, scorned clairvoyant teens, children or adults—the victim, even in death, retains control of his or her own mind. KHEL-THE WRITINGS is a beast to power through, but it’s a fresh take on horror tales. Three cheers to the author of this book Vishal Goswami for attempting to write a frighteningly creepy and terrorising writings in the name of KHEL-THE WRITINGS. I am an avid reader of mystery, thriller and horror genre and this book correctly came in that category. I can never stay away from horror. The first few pages in horror genre really has the calibre to make or break the story and fortunately, author Vishal Goswami has successfully managed to amazingly captivate the reader as the next pages were not put down by me and it urged me to read further. Vishal Goswami could actually generate the thought WHAT IS NEXT in the reader’s mind. KHEL-THE WRITINGS is one of those books which even you read will haunt you and force you to think about what the author wrote. This is from my heart, I recoomend this book to everyone to read at least once if you like reading good fiction and for those who prefer horror genre, this can be re-read many times. Vishal Goswami’s writing style is very elaborate that while reading, it enables the reader to visualise every sentence and makes you have those goosebumps on your body and it has even raised the hair in few pages. I would like if this book is adapted into movie by the Hindi film industry. Readers who have had no experience with fearsome reading should definitely read this book once to experience it. The The haveli and the narrative kept me trapped in to the story till the end. Every line, every page was exciting and horrifying. KHEL-THE WRITINGS is spine chilling, super entertaining with dramatic events and meticulous description. Kudos to author Vishal Goswami.

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Khel, the writings by Vishal Goswami starts from topos that already run well, but applies them in a new context and ideas. The result is a brilliant mix of urban fantasy, horror, new weird, paranormal romance with science fiction touches. The narration allows us to touch the life of Sanya and often resulting in addiction and in obsessiveness. The result is a narrative voice very warm and personal that can subjectify objectivity.

The derelict Haveli in Brahmdev, a hill station near Mumbai, is identified among the neighbourhood inhabitants to be eerie which folks keep away from but a group of young people settle on to walk around it and what follows is a gruesome truth they do not breathe to speak about.

Sanya Sharma is an investigative reporter, with a traumatized existence and a broken-hearted precedent, struggling with souls, vengeful ghosts and voodoo.  Having lost her companion and little daughter within a span of six months, her once faultless existence is a far-flung trance. Down in the dumps, unable to give attention to on work and just about paying notice to her ten-year-old son, she takes aid in alcohol and regular visits to her psychiatrist with her last option at salvation in a case of odd deaths on small hill station.

What follows is a succession of inexplicable, creepy as well as appalling dealings that Sanya cannot identify with and at last with the aid of a local police inspector turned mate, draws upon her that the ghostly Haveli is not just little civic incantation but a truth that had turned on her. The iniquity that she encounters bit by bit affects all around her and she knows that it will ultimately devour her.

Sanya has to locate a line of attack to salt away herself and her son from the malevolence and the fixture of cards that makes everything come true.

No complaints and without taboo, we are told a story that no one else would be able to tell. A plot so absurd and sick, because in the hands of anyone else, would have generated a filthy trash without appeal, but the author here can maintain verisimilitude and consistency flawlessly. In short, the book is a rather more sensible than many other more serious.

The descriptions are well displayed and then filtered through the mind of the character-pov, dynamic, multi-sensory, precise and concrete. In this sense, one cannot but mention the masterful scenes. Either way, the prose of the author is transparent, simple, immersive and capable of generating empathetic identification, so that it cannot be promoted.

As regards the characters, are well characterized and designed, although it is inevitable that Sanya absorb all narration. And she is the focus of a plot that passes through the conflict and some twists, it runs out in an open-ended, very apt and full of questions.

A truly exquisite novel that is fresh, irreverent and innovative in some respects, while remaining on the classic in other ways that are, after all, the backbone of the novel. This novel is a reading fresh, light and perfect for a summer evening, and quite intriguing and well written to capture the reader’s attention in a few rapid pages.

The narrative presents an increasing pace slipping, with ease, from the introduction to a middle and final conclusion more interesting, dark and even mysterious. The suspense is, no doubt, but it is not the absolute centre of the book and allows the reader to not fossilize too much fuss about the protagonists.

The characters all seem perfectly able to walk around on their legs thanks to many little details, introduced by the author, who manage to make them unique in their own way. The style of the author is irreverent, fresh, young and explosive. It is rather simple and direct in describing first-hand the experiences of Sanya, giving us also a nice overview of the mind of our protagonist.

The author also proves to be able to move in a more sombre and less light, like that of the Voodoo spells, and knowing how to build an intriguing plot, mysterious and free of holes and logical nonsense with, a novel structurally complete open-ended. Ultimately, a novel to read, appreciate and with whom to spend some time on balmy summer evenings.

Format: Paperback ♥ Publisher: Leadstart ♥ Pages: 146 ♥ Published: July 2015 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-9352013227

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Book Review : Khel – The Writings

I’ve always loved to curl up with a spooky movie or a chilling book. So I was all thrills when BlogAdda gave the chance to review Vishal Goswami’s horror book Khel – The Writings. I won’t give much away, just the necessary details.
What’s it about?
Khel – The Writings turns something as innocuous as a deck of cards into a paranormal entity. The playing cards form the crux of the whole story. In this book, fictional Bhramdev, a hill station near Mumbai, is a pleasant location except for the dubious Haveli that everyone fears due to its dark history and mysterious occurrences.
Enter investigative journalist Sanya Sharma, a widow, also mourning the recent loss of her daughter in a fire. Surviving with a son and barely getting through life with the help of alcohol interspersed with psychiatric help, she is given a chance to investigate mysterious deaths that took place in the Haveli. It’s her last straw to hold on to for redemption – but at what cost?
Sanya partners with Bhramdev’s local police inspector Kabir to unravel the secrets and mysteries linked not just to the deaths she was asked to investigate but also the horrifying events that seem to follow her wherever she goes. Is there more to the Haveli than the local rumours? And was its Nawab and his family involved in something no one knew? These and more questions haunt Sanya ever since she immerses herself in the case.
Can Sanya turn the cards of fate around? Or do they trump an ace? Will the eerie writing on the cards come true for Sanya? Or can she defeat it at its own game?
What I thought about it:
PACE: Like I said before, a good horror story gives me an adrenaline rush. This one didn’t really get me pumping except towards the latter half of the book. I found it a bit slow in the beginning, maybe the author wanted to set it before launching into the thrill factor, but a little more speed at the start would have piqued my interest a bit more.
STORY: I loved the concept of the writing on the cards. Really felt like it signified the cards dealing out your fate kinda story line which fit well. After reading and watching several ghost/paranormal stories before, I couldn’t help feeling that there were strong influences of ‘The Grudge’, ‘The Ring’, and ‘The Conjuring’. Don’t worry, it’s not in major parts, just here and there. The story has a good element of intrigue and suspense, especially near the end. The script could have been made tighter for a more gripping read.
CHARACTERS: The protagonist, Sanya Sharma’s character tackles the supernatural events better than her real life crisis. She comes across as a warm, receptive and charming person were it not for her personal setbacks. She never gives up though on this unnerving case and follows it right to the end. Sanya exudes a contradictory sense of brittleness and toughness, uncertainty and determination, depression and steely will, making her an immensely human character which is great!
Kabir as the local police inspector could have been sketched into a more than just a sidekick role. His character held a lot of potential that was sadly untapped. He makes his mark as a stable guide and companion to Sanya as she explores the damned Haveli.
LANGUAGE: The book has been written in a simple and modern style. It’s easy to read with not too much unnecessary vocabulary. Two to three more proof-reads would have ensured a well written book. Minor spelling mistakes, usage of SMS language (e.g: Coz) and punctuation errors, coupled with a series of 3-5 sentences starting with same word drew down the excitement needed for such a book/story.
HORROR FACTOR: I would have to say, maybe a 6.5/10. Some parts were predictable and somehow the spookiness didn’t quite come through. Again, the last part makes up for it. Now don’t you go reading the last part first!
COVER: The front cover sports a purple hued castle (Haveli), an ace of spades with a skull, and a blank eyed-red lipped spectre. The book’s title is written in blood red and white, with a horror-specific font.
The back cover also has a purple background with the gist of the story encapsulated.
About the author: Vishal Goswami is a MBA – Finance graduate from USA. He is passionate about reading and writing. This is the first time I read his writing and liked the simple and thoughtful way he penned down the novel.
Number of pages: 146 – I finished it in one sitting. The easy language and the adequate number of pages make for a quick read.Genre: Thriller / Horror
Cost: INR 145 | $6
Published by: Frog Books
Personal Overall Rating: 7/10
If you’re looking to read a book to keep you occupied on a journey or if you want to take your mind off something for sometime, Khel – The Writings is a good book that serves both purposes well. If you’re looking to get spooked out of your bones, then this may fall short of matching up to your expectations – depending on how sensitive you are to horror. ;)

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Khel – the writings –Book Review

People around Sanya are dying one by one making her wonder why she is spared. Will she be able to play the final Khel or will it be the evil that will end the game?
The story is set around a fictional hill station near Mumbai, named Brahmdev, and pivoted around an abandoned and dilapidated Haveli, which is acknowledged by the inhabitants of the town as haunted and creepy.
Mysterious deaths, and unusual sightings, paranormal activities all shrouded in suspense and uncertainty are happening around the derelict building, but everyone prefers to keep quiet and stay away.
A group of young kids decides to prove that spirits are a science and not superstition and comes to spend a night at the eerie Haveli but under mysterious circumstances, do not live to breathe enough and speak about their experience.
An investigative reporter with a traumatised experience and a broken heart precedent, struggling with hallucinations, souls and voodoo, Sanya Sharma, depressed to the core, having lost her husband and her little daughter within a span of six months, has taken aid to alcohol and her psychiatrist to keep her alive.
Probably, assuming that this would be her last chance to salvation and help her regain her confidence and get her back to work, Sanya accepts the option to drive down to the hill station and investigate the case of the unusual death of a bunch of young kids, though the records stated that the police had been all over it and haven’t found any foul play.
With the help of a local police officer and some feedback from an ageing nun at the Church in the town and valuable advice from a Tarot reader, Sanya tries to locate the source of the truth which she realises has turned on her.
What follows is a succession of mysterious and incomprehensible, scary and uncanny dealings that Sanya has to identify to save herself and her son  from the wickedness and malice of the playing cards, which keeps coming back to haunt her, the notifications on which somehow makes everything come true.
Though several characters move in and out during the narration of the story, all of them have been well characterised by the author, with their descriptions and their explanations narrated, being quite precise and concrete.
The characters that Sanya keeps meeting surely make the protagonist pass through mental conflicts and twists, but the author has tried hard to conserve the point that Sanya absorbs all the narration in her while walking through the plot.
A couple of editing flaws which I noticed, can’t help but mentioning here.
1.  In page 108-109, Chapter-19, in the narration while watching the videos at the photo store, Sanya has been erroneously referred to as Sarah.
2.  In page 105, Chapter-19, the dialogues – “Where did you get these picture, if you don’t mind me asking?” he looked up at her. “Why?” she questioned – has been inadvertently repeated again later in Page 106.
3.  In page 106, Chapter-19, the narration, “I want to enlarge some photos,” Sanya said and handed the envelope, is out of relevance to the context as this situation had already been explained in page-48, Chapter-8 in the narration, “Oh, I thought maybe you could help me print and enlarge a few photos,” she replied sceptically….
These little editing blemishes apart, the narration is fast paced and never dragging anywhere, the story is a fresh reading, and reasonably intriguing and the author, Vishal Goswami managing to keep the reader’s attention captivated in his short novel of just 146 pages.
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 Book Review: Khel the writings by Vishal Goswami
Book name: Khel the Writing
Author: Vishal Goswami
Genre: Horror
Are you a fan of horror stories? Do you enjoy scary tales that make your hair stand up on end? If you do then, Vishal Goswami’s latest bone chilling thriller is the perfect book for you. Get ready to read one of the most bloodcurdling sagas you would ever have come across in your life. You are not going to be able to put down this scary, full of suspense page turner.
If you’re one of those people afraid of the dark or such generally the timid, faint hearted kinds then this book is not for you.  Even though I read this book in broad daylight I had shivers running down my spine and felt extremely cold even though the sun was shining brightly. If you are very brave then read it in the dark, for this book will make even the most strong-hearted person look over their shoulder and wonder if it is their turn next…
An eerie, abandoned Haveli located on a hill station near Mumbai, with a past so dark and secrets so devious that it will leave you shuddering for days, is the setting for this novel. Not one of the locals, near the town where the Haveli is located dare to venture into its spooky premises for per the local legend it is haunted by the cruelest of spirits.
A group of youngsters, wanting to emulate “The ghostbusters” choose to spend a night at the Haveli looking for evidence of the “Chudail”.  They do not live to tell anyone the terrifying reality of what happened with them that fateful night.
The book gets its name from the game the spirit likes to play to manifest its evilness- a card game where ill-omened writings appear on an old pack of cards. Whatever is written on the cards comes true for whoever reads the cards hence the name “Khel- The writings: Jo Likha Hai Wahi Hoga”.
Sanya Sharma, an investigative journalist takes up the assignment of reporting the mysterious deaths at the Haveli as it is her last chance of redeeming her career. Then begins the tale of evil that slowly and steadily begins to consume everything around her and her entire life is thrown out of control. What started as a simple case of gathering facts to report in her article turns into a sordid and horrifying experience as she is haunted by the very evil that destroyed the Nawab family; the erstwhile owners of the Haveli.
Unearthing the deep dark past of the Haveli and the terrifying secrets it hides becomes the centre of Sanya’s life and she too is pulled into the clutches of evil. Will she be able to escape unscathed from the all-powerful malevolent spirit or will it devour her too?
You’ll have to be brave enough to read this spine chilling thriller to find out for yourself like I did! What I really liked about this book is its super-fast pace. tHe author has really done a great job keeping the reader totally hooked. I simply could not put it down even for a minute. After each chapter the suspense had built so much that there was no question of my putting down the book for a breather between chapters. I read as fast as I could eager to know what would happen next.
The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the fact that the editors had missed their work in one Chapter. In Chapter 19, page 108 the main characters name suddenly changes to Sarah and this is repeated thrice in the next three pages. Also the name of one other character on page 111 changes to Pam.  Otherwise the author’s story telling skills are superb and kept me riveted.
Since I’m a happy go lucky, Pollyanna type of a person I wished the ending would have been different. If horror is the genre that you love reading then you must not miss reading this book!!!

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Book Review: Khel- The Writings by Vishal Goswami

Title: Khel- The Writings
Author: Vishal Goswami
Publisher: Frog Books
Pages: 146
Genre: Horror
Price: Rs. 145
The book arrived a week before Diwali and with my packed schedule at work, I decided to read it during my local train journeys to and from work because that was the only free time I could find.

The Story:

Khel- The Writings starts of as the story of a haunted house in a desolate location where a group of friends are found dead. An investigative journalist who is suffering from a loss in the family is assigned to the open-and-shut case. As expected there is a lot more happening than is visible to the eye and our protagonist is pulled into a horrifying mess that she must try and get out of for her and her family’s safety. You want to know what’s next, how is she going to tackle the ever increasing fear building inside her, what new mystery is going to unfold in the next chapter and will she live to report the story.
With an old story of a Nawab, a witch, a burned girl, and a deck of cards playing all the supernatural games, Khel is a clichéd thriller that keeps you hooked till the end.

The Style:

I am not a huge fan of the horror genre. Apart from a few movies and Indian tv serials, I never ventured into the territory. So when I came upon this book, I was intrigued to read horror for the first time. After reading it, I was disappointed.
The plot elements seemed too obvious at times. We have always seen ghosts as a figure clad in white and long hair. There wasn’t anything different about Khel. I think this obvious-ness somehow works for the genre and the story as well. We wouldn’t usually accept ghosts in any other forms, would we? It’s the clichéd, but the most accepted and fun format.
The last chapter seemed forceful and a ‘just do it and end it’ kind of an escape to end the story. It was like you have created so many loose ends and have no clue how to tie them up together in a justifiable way and so you take the easy way out. That’s what usually happens in Indian shows as well. Sadly it doesn’t satisfy the reader in this case.
Supernatural happenings and haunted stories usually aren’t understood well even by people who claim they have experienced something of the sort- if this is to be adhered to, the ending probably stands justified. But as a reader of fiction who has laboured through 140 pages of text, a logical or at least a well reasoned ending, ought to be there.
One of the things I hate about reading a book is finding grammatical errors or spelling mistakes. Khel has a huge number of wrong usage of names- Sudden appearance of a character called Raj in the first two chapters when he isn’t one of the 4 characters we have been introduced to. Later on in the story there is another character called Raj as well. Sanya becomes Sarah for half a chapter. There were a few grammatical errors and repetition of words in sentences here and there too. The story is badly edited and it was irritating to identify the obvious mistakes.
Overall the book has a fast paced narrative and is a quick read.

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BLURB :

The abandoned Haveli in Bhramdev, a hill station near Mumbai, is known among the local population to be haunted. People keep away from it. A group of youngsters decide to use it for shooting a pilot for a reality TV series on ‘Haunted Houses’. What follows is a horrifying reality they do not live torelate.Sanya Sharma is an investigative journalist, with a shattered life and a grieving past. Having lost her husband and little daughter within a span of six months, her once perfect life is a distant dream. Depressed, unable to concentrate on work and barely paying attention to her ten-year-old son, she takes help in alcohol and regular visits to her psychiatrist.Unable to overlook her wary ways any more, her boss and old friend, gives her a last chance to get back and assigns her a case of mysterious deaths on a small hill station, a few hours from Mumbai. Sanya knows it is her only chance to redemption and delves into it. What follows is a series ofmysterious, eerie, and horrifying events that Sanya cannot understand and finally with the help of a local police inspector turned friend, it dawns upon her that the haunted Haveli is not just small town hocus-pocus, but alsoa reality that had turned on her. The evil that she encounters slowly affects everything around her and she knows that it will finally consume her.But why? What were the deep, dark secrets of the Haveli’s past? What was the Nawab family’s past? Who is the old woman haunting her? What are the cards and what is the card game? How is such a horrifying situation merely a game and how is she to play it? Why do the writings on the cards come true and people die? She has to find a way to save herself and her son from the evil and the game of cards that makes everything come true. People around her, are killed one- by-one making her wonder why she is spared. Will she play the final KHEL—The Writings—or will it be the evil that will end the game?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

Vishal Goswami is a MBA-Finance graduate from Boston, U.S.A and is passionate about reading and writing in all itsforms, whether fiction or non-fiction and also all other genres. He is active on Twitter as @WritetoFite tweeting about more contemporary topics.

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MY REVIEW :

When the blurb itself contains multiple questions, the reader’s interest increases and they cannot wait to turn the pages. The cover of the book was scary but was designed well as per the plot. The dark secrets of Haveli can frighten you to the worst. The dark secrets of Haveli can frighten you to the worst. The story starts with journey of four friends who had planned to make a documentary on Haveli. All of them were set with their equipments and all others required materials. Apart from that, the four Krish, Amit, Ayesha and Anjali had seen each corner of the haveli. They played with cards and one of the cards had written the same words Krish uttered few times some minutes back.

  “Chudail Chudail where are you?”

They were all ready with cameras and monitors when they saw a woman’s wail inside the house. They saw a woman but they were hearing voice of a little girl saying, “Chudail chudail” and then she laughed. While reading, I was scared to hell so if by chance if I would be physically present there I would have died. Vishal Goswami has done an excellent job in expressing the situation. For a minute, the author would feel that he/she is not reading the book but is witnessing the scenes.
With the turning of pages, “Sanya” was introduced who worked as an investigative journalist with The Indian Times. She had a son Rohan and a daughter Samaria who died in fire. She was sent to Brahmdev to investigate about the death bodies found in Haveli. She completed her first visit to haveli with inspector Kabir who handed over the files to Sanya. In the mid Sanya met coincidentally with Richa from where she gets to know a bit about haveli. She witnessed something bad during her second visit to Haveli alone. The thing, which surprised Sanya, was the information Father Anthony gave Sanya was same as Richa gave her. The author very well opened the secrets at right time. As Sanya has started investigating, she kept on meeting various people. Even some incidents have started happening in her real life. Some people would get scare seeing Sneha. The same was with Kabir. Even things were affecting  him. Sanya has decided to know about Haveli and its history by hook or crook. With each new people new informations were coming up. Only there was one thing in common  about which everyone said i.e “MRS.GOMES.”

According to Kabir, he was with Sanya whole time but next day Sanya called him complaining that why didn’t he came to meet her. The very next moment when Kabir turned back to see with whom he was, the girl disappeared. In mid, Sanya had to go to Mumbai, but on her journey, she stopped to have tea and came to know about Aunt Rosy. Sister Mary and Aunt Rosy both of them suggested Sanya few tips. Sanya tried all the steps, tips to get free to end the game. She was now scared for her son Rohan.
This book was a wonderful read. “What will happen next”, excitement won’t die till the end.
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BOOK REVIEW: KHEL: THE WRITINGS BY VISHAL GOSWAMI

KHEL - The Writings

Book Blurb:

“The abandoned Haveli in Brahmdev, a hill station near Mumbai, is known amongst the local population to be haunted. People keep away from it. A group of youngsters decide to explore it and what follows is a horrifying reality they do not live to relate. Sanya Sharma is an investigative journalist, with a shattered life and a grieving past. Having lost her husband and little daughter within a span of six months, her once perfect life is a distant dream. Depressed, unable to concentrate on work and barely paying attention to her ten-year-old son, she takes help in alcohol and regular visits to her psychiatrist. Her last chance at redemption in a case of mysterious deaths on small hill station. What follows is a series of mysterious, eerie and horrifying events that Sanya cannot understand and finally with the help of a local police inspector turned friend, it draws upon her that the Hannted Haveli is not just small town hocus-pocus but a reality that had turned on her. The evil that she encounters slowly affects everything around her and she knows that it will finally consume her. But why? What were the deep, dark secrets of the Haveli’s past? What was the Nawab family’s past? Who is the old woman haunting her? What are the cards and what is the card game? How is such a horrifying situation merely a game and how is she to play it? Why do the writings on the cards come true and people die? She has to find a way to save herself and her son from the evil and the game of cards that makes everything come true. People around her are dying one by one making her wonder why she is spared. Will she play the final KHEL – The Writings – or will it be the evil that will end the game? “

My Review:

If you are into reading horror and suspense, definitely pick this book up.

This book exceeded all my expectations. I was flipping pages all through and could not guess what would happen next. And the ending? Dayuuummm…did not expect that!

The writer has done an amazing job while narrating the entire plot, not even for a moment can you figure out what will happen next.

This is a very fast paced read, I picked it up and finished it in a day!

Also, since Halloween is coming near, this is the right time to pick this book up!

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