Published: February, 2017
Are you looking for a good read with chills and full of surprises? In fact, we all are looking for something that can give us an adrenaline rush just by turning pages. Demons in My Mind by Aashish Gupta is the one that will give you a boost this weekend.
An old man in a village in Nepal is suffering from cancer and wishes to be released from the pain that comes with the disease. He requests his fellow villagers to take him to the three monks. Everyone in the village has heard about them. Everyone in this village is fascinated by the legend of these three monks through their stories of miraculous healing.
Knowing that the sick man’s death is imminent, the villagers leave him alone near the Pashupatinath temple, Kathmandu hoping that the three monks, if they exist, would embrace him on the holy land. The old man wakes up to the sight of the three monks, but only to come across the real truth behind these monks as a series of surprises set off from there.
It consists all elements that most of us readers seek in a book. Surprise, thrill, emotional touches, and a kick to our minds in the end. This book is full of them. From early chapters till last page, this book continued to amaze me. Overall, the storyline of the book is the real source of amazement. Just when you think that the plot will go this way or that, just when your brain think it knows and conclude the possibilities that lay ahead, Aashish Gupta, will illuminate a whole new direction with his words.
The characters, the old man and three monks, resemble something strong and deep more than their the name they have been given, just like the skin we all wear every day. Their resemblance is of the elements of life: illusion, death, art and failure. If you take a closer look, and give a hard thought at what I said you will agree with me. Life is a constitution of these elements, after all. I won’t say there’s only one protagonist on reading this book. My outcome is there are four, the old man and the three monks. However, on reading this book, every reader has a choice to decide that and some of you then, may not agree with me. The writing worthy of appraisal. I haven’t read any other book in a long time of which the imagination of a writer is expressed in words so flamboyantly.
The narrative voice is fast paced that goes along extremely well with the writing style. It’s appreciable. Heck, this book is a complete package and is indeed the best I have read this year, so far. I didn’t find any element that would slightly disappoint me. I read it one go, and could not keep it down. This is an outstanding debut of the author, I cannot wait to look forward of what more can he weave with his words in the future.
5 out of 5! Worth every penny. Highly Recommended!
Disclaimer: I received a reading copy but that doesn’t have any impression on this review.
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