Author: Gajendra Singh
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Publisher: Notion Press Publishers
Cover : 4/5
Title : 3.5/5
Blurb : 3/5
Theme : 3.5/5
Story : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Value for money: 4/5
Overall : 4/5
- Ayaan Acharya- The protagonist
- Pariket- Ayaan’s mysterious friend
- Chetna- Ayaan’s childhoos friend
- Anisha- Ayaan’s college crush
Ahaan Acharya is in IIT Guwahati, doing his engineering degree. He has a difficult relationship with his father, and things slowly get out of hand on the home front. Enter Pariket, who sees the lost writer in Ahaan and encourages him to begin to write – but strange things begin to happen, and Ahaan is torn between the many choices before him. One day, the truth strikes him, and he learns his true past. But a bigger secret is about to be revealed. Does Ahaan finish his novel? What happens to Ahaan? Who is Pariket?
My Mysterious Friend by Gajendra Singh is the story of a complicated guy named Ahaan Acharya. The reason I call him complicated is not because he is not smart, but because his life has so much to offer that he gets confused as to which path to choose. He is a final year engineering student who has failed his exams and is barred from appearing from placements. He never wanted to be an engineer but was just fulfilling his father’s wish of him becoming an engineer and securing a job. He felt that his father never understood his desire to pursue writing and that he never understood him as a person. And now that he wouldn’t be able to get a job, he only feared his father’s reaction to the same.
Ayaan remembered very little of his childhood. He remembered that his mother would always be locked in one room of their house and his father would never let him meet her. The one and only time when Ayaan met her, his father’s fury resulted in the death of his mother; although it was an accident. Ayaan hates his father the most. He is about to end his life when his mysterious friend Pariket saves him. Pariket claims to be Ayaan’s childhood friend and narrates incidences from his childhood. This assures Ayaan that Pariket is indeed his childhood friend whom he had forgotten. Pariket offers Ayaan his dream – to become a writer, but the twist is that Ayaan would be required to quit engineering completely and never face his books. Although Ayaan takes some time to ponder upon Pariket’s offer, he commits to Pariket to help with his writing.
Soon Ayaan realizes that he knows only one side of his own life-story and his well-wisher is the one whom he thinks of as his enemy. He decides to leave Pariket’s company and pursue his father’s dream, but not for long. Pariket begins to behave like a psycho, makes Ayaan’s life hell, and warns Ayaan not to mess with him. This is where the story takes an interesting turn and becomes truly intriguing.
The narration seemed a bit amateurish in certain areas.
My Mysterious Friend has a theme which is very difficult to put across for the readers to understand without getting confused. But Gajendra has managed to portray his emotions and thoughts in the best manner possible and that has yielded results. The most important aspect for a mystery thriller is to reveal the right information at the right time else the book loses its charm; Gajendra has fulfilled this criteria skillfully. What I liked most about the book is that I never got bored even when a few not-so-important incidences were being narrated and this is a big achievement for any author. Kudos to Gajendra!
A horripilating mystery thriller (4/5)
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