Author: Pradip Chauhan
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Cover : 3/5
Title : 3.5/5
Blurb : 1/5
Theme : 3.5/5
Story : 3.5/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Overall : 3.5/5
- Prabuddh- The protagonist
- Tapasya- Prabuddh’s girlfriend
- Kaumudi- Prabuddh’s business partner
- Amita- An air-hostess and Prabuddh’s future neighbour
- Ahmad- Prabuddh’s confidante
Story of a businessman who falls in love of a girl to achieve his goal but after that loses his life goal.
Ponytail: The Love for Revenge by Pradip Chauhan is the story of Prabuddh’s roller-coaster of a life. His parents died when he was very young, leaving him in a pool of debts. He realized very early in his life that money is what drives this world. His hard-work, perseverance, and diligence make him one of the successful business tycoons. Being awarded the businessman of the year multiple times, his professional journey is taught as a case study in business schools. This in itself is proof of his success.
Prabuddh meets Tapasya, a bubbly, cheerful, and charming girl in one of the interview drives of his company. He is impressed by her exquisite knowledge and business acumen. She proves to be fit for the role in just a few days of her joining the office. She is soon promoted to be the branch manager of Prabuddh’s company’s newly opened branch in Surat. During the party arranged to celebrate the company’s success and the promotion of Tapasya and three other employees, Prabuddh meets Kaumudi, the daughter of Mr. Mehta with whom Prabuddh makes a business deal for further expansion. Kaumudi and Tapasya click instantly and together the three of them become the best of friends. They launch a brand named “Ponytail” of which they become directors. Their success and friendship is at its peak when Tapasya and Prabuddh express their love for each other. Before they tie the holy knot, Tapasya is misguided by an anonymous tip containing photos of Prabuddh with one of his ex-classmates, Mahek. Considering this as his infidelity, Tapasya storms out of the house and is found dead the next day. Prabuddh is unable to bear this trauma and quits his business, leaving “Ponytail” in the safe hands of Kaumudi.
It comes to light a year later that Tapasya hadn’t committed suicide but was indeed murdered. Prabuddh sets out to solve this mystery and is shocked to learn from Tapasya’s father that he and Mr. Mehta were ex-business partners and also that Tapasya and Kaumudi were childhood friends, thus adding Mr. Mehta and Kaumudi on his suspect list. A mystery thriller, Ponytail is one of the most interesting books I have read in the recent times!
The narration is very rushed up. It felt like the author was skipping a lot of details and just paraphrasing the entire story. I expected at least a nominal description of the characters, like their appearance and physique, to be able to imagine them through the narration. Also, the grammar could be have been corrected to a good extent.
The story builds up at a decent pace, arousing curiosity in the reader’s mind. For the pacey readers who can’t wait enough to find the interesting details that unfold in a mystery novel, the narration is a bliss. Characters sure add spice and life to the story, and very much so in this particular novel. What I loved most about this book is the theme — common yet uncommon, the way the characters complemented their role in the story, and the way the story unfolded; Pradip has done some fantastic work there!
An intriguing page-turner! (3.5/5)
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