Calcutta Dope
Gaurav Thapar

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Synopsis

Gaurav Thapar’s dark humour book Calcutta Dope starts hilariously with Calcutta dope Dhananjay and French dope Max going about lusting after women and food in Calcutta. To top up the ridiculousness of their situation is Dhananjay’s choice of career after a hot shot MBA: music industry. His interactions with his filmi colleagues at the music company he joins and the underbelly of music industry like Bhojpuri Pop star Gudda Rangeela are a riot act.

The metrosexual perspective of Calcutta comes alive what with its forward women, vibrant night life and a veritable gastronomic buffet on disposal. The young in Calcutta are wild, live in the moment and are unapologetic. So it's Park Street, which has displaced Howra Bridge as the defining landscape of Calcutta.

Parallely another narrative is placed in front of the reader::the deep, poetic, passionate love and eventually hate relationship Dhananjay shared with Vaishali, his colleague from his first job in the southern panorama of Kerala. The relationship which Dhananjay feels is a soul connection with Vaishali but ends up destroying because of his obsession with her...and the guilt of which makes him fear solitude and escape into his hedonistic world.

Back in his hedonistic world comes another twist in the tale: a trekking trip to Sikkim with Max’s French friends which starts ostensibly to mingle with the ladies in the group but becomes living hell for Dhananjay, challenging his limits physically and emotionally as he is forced to confront solitude and his past with Vaishali..

Things become psychedelically interesting when Vaishali’s path crosses with Dhananjay’s again but by this time Dhananjay has ceased to differentiate between reality and imagination, good and bad. But there is some hope, a psychologist friend can take him out of the rabbit hole back to the confines of reality and judgment. Will he?

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Sep 22 '14
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Remesh

I liked it....and the name rocks!!!

Sep 06 '14
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vvsan97

couldn't read ahead of first chapter, nymph, not so ugly.... couldn't digest the literature.

Aug 02 '14
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Vishal Rajput

The author is one of the matured writers on bloody good book. This book seems to combine the dark humor pretty well with simplicity. I would definitely like to read this book when it comes out.

Aug 02 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Humorous, light read. The dark humor is appreciable. The narrative is lucid. Seems like a good read!

Jul 15 '14
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Uday Satpathy

Comical, funny and chillout... Highly recommended!

Jul 01 '14
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shanti bhosale

Had submitted a review but it seems it got deleted. Dont know how. Anyway, had lots of expectations from this book based on the reviews seen so far. But not up to mark as per its super high reviews and recommendations. It was too pushy in terms of characters events being forced on the reader. Hope this review does not get deleted again.

Jul 01 '14
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Tanya Chawla

Very gripping...dark humor that makes one want more...cant wait for the hardcopy to hit the bookshelves!

Jun 30 '14
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deepika

the author has written the characters beautifully, when i was flipping through the pages, i could literally imagine the characters
i like the rawness with which its written.
Very engrossing!

Jun 30 '14
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harshit

a good read i must say...
great job! (Y)

Jun 30 '14
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Prac

perfect

Jun 30 '14
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vasu

very intense!!!
and i like the dark humor

Jun 30 '14
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kuber

its a good read (y)
very gripping story, the author has done a good job,waiting for my print copy :)

Jun 30 '14
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Jun 30 '14
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Neeraj

I'm not sure if this the first attempt of the author, but what a fantastic one. Must say the author has great potential. Makes me crave for more narratives from this guy. What is unique is the dark humor which appealed to me the most. The characters have been laid out quite exquisitely and neatly to build the person in one's mind. The description of calcutta is accurate. Overall makes me feel nostalgic. Great drama, great wit and punchy humor to keep one engrossed and curious till the end. Its difficult not to like and relate to the character of Dhananjay. Strongly Recommended !!

Jun 30 '14
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Vijay

This is one of the best book ever I have read. Hats off to the author and his imaginations.. truly inspirational... Waiting for full copy ....

Jun 30 '14
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Manvendra

I loved the way the author has depicted the true picture of the city I like the most. KUDOS !!

Jun 30 '14
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Nitesh

Incredible !! Overwhelming !! Great Job Author !!

Jun 30 '14
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Mandeep

I love the piece of work. I felt so indulged that I had to finish it in a single go. Nice Shot !!

Jun 30 '14
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vishal

In an era where the plethora of authors attempt to depict city centric nuances hit the stands but fall short of promise, Gaurav Thapar shows a promise of a fresh writing without resorting to blatant marketing.

The story moves in loosely connected anecdotes but comprehensively sewn together.I like the freshness with a dry and blunt wit, without complicating the language found in many wannabe authors.

While I have never fully understood the concept of jump cuts in motion picture pictures, but of whatever little I could feel, this books seems to provide some flavor of it.

Jun 30 '14
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SidDharth Yadav

A great Book.

Jun 30 '14
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Lovish Puri

Freaking brilliant.... amazing narration and writing.... apt title.... it gives u an amazing high and grows on u.... hope 2 read it soon!!!!

Jun 30 '14
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Priyanka Kumar

Very well written...I like Dhananjay in spite of his being edgy...thats the power the writer has brought to the story...one could very much imagine the characters and emotions that are there.
Looking forward to find it in stores soon :-)

Jun 30 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks priyanka

Jun 30 '14
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krishna sai

very good use of words and great dark comedy!

Jun 30 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks krishna

Jun 30 '14
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Jai Kishen

Great one! Would love to read more!

Jun 30 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks jai

Jun 30 '14
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Sabyasachi Mukherjee

1. Brilliant Characterization (specially Moitra da)
2. Cool description of Kolkata night life.

Jun 30 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks sabyasachi

Jun 30 '14
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parshant

Amazing read! Amazing characterization! Amazing experience!

Jun 30 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks prashant

Jun 30 '14
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Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks neha

Jun 30 '14
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jaskaran singh

the way of writing is very mature.i really liked the description of calcutta

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks jaskaran

Jun 30 '14
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partho

Very nice read! Craving for more! The author establishes a rare connection with the reader!

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks partho

Jun 30 '14
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meena rao

the essence of calcutta has been well captured! cheers

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks meena

Jun 30 '14
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Vidhu Shekhar

Awesome read!

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks vidhu

Jun 30 '14
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shikhar gupta

the elegance of this book lies in the way the author describes the feeling of calcutta. I've never been to calcutta still i feel connected!

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks shikhar

Jun 30 '14
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Parth Sabharwal

A very engaging read. The author captures the soul of Calcutta very well. The characters are evry well defined, and flow of the plot is smooth and interesting.

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks parth

Jun 30 '14
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Sanjay

dark comedy at its best!!

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks sanjay

Jun 30 '14
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Riza Virmani

want to explore Calcutta now deeply ...
never thought dat city is full of such dfrnt things ... but Calcutta is now on top position in my wish list to visit ( wanna visit earlier but was not so keen )... all credit goes to author of d book ... wud love to read more books from author !!!

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks riza

Jun 30 '14
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shreni shah

Brilliant writing. eagerly waiting for the full book. cheers

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Shreni

Jun 30 '14
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Abhijit Sawant

Enticing and engrossing. I would certainly like to know where life takes Dhananjay.

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Abhijit

Jun 30 '14
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swarup

If Lapierre's City of Joy captured the spirit of Calcutta of its slums, of its tribulations, Calcutta Dope provides a great promise to mildly and contextually open up the underbelly of the Calcutta or for that matter any modern Indian city youth through the eyes and experiences of Dhananjaya to the uninitiated reader. While underbelly might seem a bit of a backhanded connection, but to me the book is a bold attempt for an unhindered exploration of the trivialities, concerns and conflicts faced by the youth of our times, not just in this city but for most of us in any art of the world. In this era of endless stream of informations, choices and friends, and unabashed questioning of every moral code, the inner agonies of the guy next door, is what I feel Calcutta Dope is presenting. The book loosely tries to derive from several genres ranging from classics, to the fast moving Sheldon types, as well as the start and stop and loosely blurring thoughts found in several modern writers of the types of Seth or Ishiguro, while convincingly reflecting the authors honest attempt to discover his own style.

The comparison of the yellow taxis of Calcutta to the floating condoms, is the place where the author sets the tone for some beautiful imagery reminiscent most prominently only in the theatre movement of Kolkata these days and also of the French New Wave.


While its difficult to review a book without fully reading, but would certainly pick this up for a full read once published

Jun 29 '14
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Indraneel

awesome

Jun 29 '14
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Ranjani

Quite Interesting!!!

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks ranjani

Jun 30 '14
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Abhijeet Adatia

Amazing book !!!
brilliant writing..gripping and mindblowing work !!

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks abhijeet

Jun 30 '14
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Atulya Jain

got the feel of calcutta once again! all the best

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks atulya

Jun 30 '14
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Aradhya Jain

Very well written. nice work.

Jun 29 '14
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Anmol Malhotra

really interesting! couldn't leave it once started. Great work!

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks anmol

Jun 30 '14
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karan gupta

it is really good dark comedy....ill be waiting for the full book!

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks karan

Jun 30 '14
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Yogesh Virmani

Never visited Calcutta but after reading this book feel like to visit this place. interesting situations and a very nice attempt by author...looking forward to read more books of author.

Jun 29 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks yogesh

Jun 30 '14
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Badrinath Nuggehalli

I like Gaurav's stream-of-consciousness psychedelic feel and tongue in cheek humour. Will be interesting to see how this plot flows in the make-believe world.

Jun 28 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks badrinath

Jun 30 '14
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Sunny Singh

An excellent read!

Jun 27 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks sunny

Jun 30 '14
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Arka Chatterjee

Good read. I would like to read more books of this author.

Jun 27 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks arka

Jun 30 '14
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Riddhi

Want to read!An excellent one!

Jun 27 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks riddhi

Jun 30 '14
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Pavan Shetty

great time reading

Jun 27 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks pavan

Jun 30 '14
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Vijay Dosapati

Never visited Calcutta but got a great feel of the place while reading. Really funny and looking forward to the whole book

Jun 27 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

thanks vijay

Jun 30 '14
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Jun 27 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Samiksha

Jun 27 '14
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Nihar Ranjan

Calcutta peeps from every para of this story in its full glory. This is a real bloody good book.

Jun 25 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Nihar

Jun 27 '14
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Jun 25 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Sucheta

Jun 25 '14
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Jun 25 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Chandra

Jun 25 '14
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nishank

it's very enthralling, really captivating.....wowww!!!

Jun 21 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Nishank

Jun 21 '14
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Aniket Dasgupta

Enjoyable read..Related well with my life in Calcutta!!

Jun 21 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks aniket

Jun 21 '14
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Smriti Thakur

Has been a good read.

Jun 21 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Smriti

Jun 21 '14
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Ritwik Ray

Interesting story........waiting for the full story to come

Jun 21 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Ritwik

Jun 21 '14
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Hitechchha Deva

The book is really good. Waiting for the full book :)

Jun 21 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Hitechchha

Jun 21 '14
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shahviranchi@gmail.com

Great stuff...funny n articulate...

Jun 21 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks shahviranchi

Jun 21 '14
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Ruchika Malik

Can't wait to read the complete thing!

Jun 21 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Ruchika

Jun 21 '14
5

Sirav Talwar

Amazing and funny!

Jun 21 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Sirav

Jun 21 '14
5

shreyarora1

Funny...

Jun 21 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Shreyarora

Jun 21 '14
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Manasa1602

Cant wait to read more !!!

Jun 21 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Manasa

Jun 21 '14
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Anish Chengappa

As Narcopolis was to Mumbai, this book is to Kolkata. Giving you an insight into the back-alleys of modern-day Kolkata

Jun 20 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Anish

Jun 21 '14
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mmranjan

Thoroughly enjoyable!

Jun 20 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks mmranjan

Jun 21 '14
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sidhyesh

must read book waiting for a print version !!

Jun 20 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks sidhyesh

Jun 21 '14
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shreya

Must read

Jun 20 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks shreya

Jun 21 '14
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Abhishek Goyal

Nice book...cheers

Jun 20 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks abhishek

Jun 21 '14
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Manisha Chugh

Good book. Want to read the full book soon.

Jun 20 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Manisha

Jun 21 '14
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Mitesh Menda

Brilliant book

Jun 20 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Mitesh

Jun 21 '14
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Jun 20 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Nikhil

Jun 21 '14
4

Prince Jain

Gave me a complete different view of things around me... Well written... one of the very best i have read.... Thanks to the author...

Jun 20 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Prince

Jun 21 '14
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Paritosh Anand

Very interesting read. A pageturner :)

Jun 19 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Dhiraj

Jun 21 '14
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Dhiraj K Dalal

After a very long time...got in love with a book which took me to my college days.

Jun 18 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Dhiraj

Jun 18 '14
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Jun 18 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Tushar

Jun 18 '14
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Nimit K halpati

Really funny...would love to read the full book asap!

Jun 18 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Nimit

Jun 18 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Nimit

Jun 18 '14
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Yogesh Murthy

The description of calcutta and the dark humor makes one feel like being transported to that place..Awesome!

Jun 18 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Yogesh

Jun 18 '14
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Nikhil Patokar

Brilliant. Extremely funny and dark. WOuld love to read the entire book.

Jun 17 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Nikhil

Jun 17 '14
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alankar Pradhan

Awesome book!

Jun 17 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Alankar

Jun 17 '14
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Gargi Bhattacharya

"Sexcapades of two completely sluttish men in the clamour of the metro"- just unputdownable. Read in one go. Though IIM"ians" get high paid jobs with very less time,but when option heads for "music industry" and "brain" slips down to pants else can happen. Funny and articulated writing. Enjoyed thoroughly. Being filled with trials on completely wrong "bengali words" made it more hilariously enjoyable.

Jun 17 '14
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Hetika Sanghani

seeing the reviews was really excited to pick this one up...the first chapter was gripping b ut after I started the second chapter it was just a drag...didnt enjoy it...didnt quite relate to the writing...also didnt enjoy the flow...could have really been better....

Jun 16 '14
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Sanjana Parikh

The beginning is very interesting but the grip was lost a few pages down. I like the writing style, its a good attempt. But got lost few times while reading the story. There is lack of imagery and descriptions. I wish there was more of that!

Jun 16 '14
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Kishalay Datta

A great book really....as i am myself from kolkata, i got easily connected.....small details about kolkata and Dhananjay make the book close to reality....enjoyed it a lot....

Jun 15 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Sid

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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Kunal

Jun 15 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Satya

Jun 15 '14
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Nivedita

Boldly written, and straight from the heart. Humorous and intriguing all at once - do read!

Jun 14 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Nivedita

Jun 14 '14
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Apurv Jain

The rawness makes this more connected to reality. Makes for a good read, I'm looking forward to more of it :)

Jun 14 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks apurv

Jun 14 '14
3

Harshal

three things that catch your attention here : an outsiders impression of the kolkata city used effectively to drive forward the story, the situational comic instances and raw yet effectively fresh writing of the author.

Jun 12 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks harshal...glad u liked it

Jun 12 '14
4

neha shrivastava

Its a good piece of writing. The narrative style is brilliant and you kind of see characters in front of you. That is the essence of a beautiful script, that you actually visualize Dhananjay in front of you. He is that typical hateful character that you love. You secretly justify everything he does in your mind and that's why he is the hero of the story.
Its a wonderful work of fiction. The writer has good future ahead.

Jun 12 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks for a very encouraging review Neha. Glad you liked it. Cheers

Jun 12 '14
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Paridhi Jain

Itz awesome ....... itz a must read............

Jun 12 '14
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Gaurav

Thanks Paridhi

Jun 12 '14
4

Aman Gupta

excellent writing....!

Jun 12 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks aman. Glad you liked it

Jun 12 '14
4

Kunal Kukreja

Really nice book.

Jun 12 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Kunal

Jun 12 '14
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Jun 12 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Shree

Jun 12 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Shree

Jun 12 '14
3

jaskiratbaweja

Highly enjoyable read. The plot is gripping and the author's attention to little details about Calcutta literally takes you in middle of Calcutta and you feel that you are part of the story. Looking forward to read the whole book.

Jun 11 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Jaskirat

Jun 12 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Jaskirat

Jun 12 '14
2

Swapandeep

Interesting attempt, gives a feel of the underbelly of Calcutta......the characters created by the author makes an absorbing read and would like to know how it further develops.

Jun 11 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Swapandeep

Jun 12 '14
4

Shantheri Mallaya

Raw, real. Good show. Hope to see a copy soon!

Jun 11 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Shantheri

Jun 13 '14
4
Jun 10 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks David

Jun 13 '14
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Jun 10 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks David

Jun 15 '14
2

Karan Uderani

Intresting! And very entertaining ! Kudos.

Jun 10 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Karan

Jun 13 '14
4

Green Mango Guy

I like where the story is going. The author's love for metaphors is evident and he's done it well. The language is simple and the writing style is such that it doesn't let the reader off the hook. The only improvement I would suggest is a few more minutes of attention on capitalization of letters (it's all mixed up).

Jun 10 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks HC. Glad you liked it. Cheers

Jun 12 '14
4

Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Har*&%$I Chokra

Jun 12 '14
3

Sumit Kulkarni

An interesting start to what promises to be a wacky, twisted and funny ride through Calcutta life. Can't wait for the rest of it!!

Jun 10 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Sumit. Glad you liked it.

Jun 12 '14
4

Aniruddha Khanna

Highly entertaining. The satirical rants are hilarious! This teaser-trailer definitely gets you addicted. Where's Gudda Rangeela?!!

Jun 10 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Aniruddha

Jun 13 '14
4

Sapna Bhattacharya

It was a racy start to finish read for me and am sure would have gobbled down the whole novel if that was in my hand. But I suppose will have to wait till it gets published.

Jun 09 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Sapna

Jun 13 '14
4

Kalified Gult

It a wonderful read...Good Work..

Jun 09 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanls kalified gult

Jun 13 '14
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Jun 09 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Aditya

Jun 13 '14
3

Punit Pania

Hilarious in parts, scandalous in most, Calcutta Dope is the way dark humour is meant to be: Unapologetic!

Jun 08 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Punit

Jun 13 '14
4

Rohan Sariya

Captivating! Look forward to the entire book.

Jun 08 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Rohan

Jun 13 '14
3

Raveen

An enjoyable read. Looking forward to the rest of the story.

Jun 08 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Raveen

Jun 13 '14
4

Aditya Sharma

The first three chapters are interesting. Off to a promising start. Would like to read the rest of the book. What I liked: 1. Not the usual run-of-the-mill story; we get to see the raw, pulsing, naked side of Calcutta and the unusual career choice and its upsides and pitfalls; not the formulaic romantic story either, something different. 2. The unabashed honesty of the narrator; we get to listen to what really is going on in his head. 3. Interesting characters. 4. Sarcasm, dark humour. 5. The enigma surrounding the girl. What I didn't like: Lack of detail.

Jun 08 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Aditya

Jun 13 '14
4

Ridhvig

Page turner. But in the second chapter, it appears as of there is some slowdown. But again in the third chapter rushes through very fast. It was thrilling and never appeared like a debut novel. Good job. Would like to read further:) All the best!

Jun 08 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Ridhivig

Jun 13 '14
4

Sorabhs

excellent and engrossing!

Jun 07 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Sorabh

Jun 13 '14
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Jun 07 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Ritesh

Jun 13 '14
4

Aviral Khandelwal

Key highlights of the book so far include (i) Adequate overdose of Dark Humor (ii) vivid and colorful painting of Kolkata (almost Cool-kata) (iii) Apparent moral bankruptcy of the narrator which is likely to be just a shell and counter-reaction to his past.... waiting for layers of the Onion to peel away

Jun 07 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Aviral

Jun 13 '14
3

Angad Lamba

Dark humor and metaphors light up the story with Calcutta as a beautiful backdrop. Looking forward to the complete adventures of the two mad men. A breezy dope filled read

Jun 07 '14
1
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Angad

Jun 13 '14
4

Swapan Arora

excellent. truly amazing. keep it up.

Jun 07 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Swapan

Jun 13 '14
4

Simar

Awesome plot. For people less familiar with Kolkata it still keeps you glued.I feel like going to Kolkata and reading this book which would make experience much better.quite gripping plot and well written to keep readers glued to it. Waiting for the book.

Jun 07 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Simar

Jun 13 '14
3

Sunidhi Bhasin Naik

A very well crafted, interesting and intriguing read with some great black humor !!
Its an amazing debut work... looking forward to the full version. All the best !!

Jun 06 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Sunidhi

Jun 13 '14
4
Jun 06 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Ratna

Jun 13 '14
3

Ratna Gandhi

Very interesting. the words paint a picture in my mind.. almost like watching a movie! not a typical novel but very intriguing and gripping.. the author has done a great job. waiting for the whole book to be out.

Jun 06 '14
2

Ratna Gandhi

Very interesting. the words paint a picture in my mind.. almost like watching a movie! not a typical novel but very intriguing and gripping.. the author has done a great job. waiting for the whole book to be out.

Jun 06 '14
2

Ratna Gandhi

Very interesting. the words paint a picture in my mind.. almost like watching a movie! not a typical novel but very intriguing and gripping.. the author has done a great job. waiting for the whole book to be out.

Jun 06 '14
2

Mahrukh Chikliwala

Calcutta and the sleazy side of the city comes through vividly. A book for youngsters straddling life in the fast lane and getting lost in the dark alleys and labyrinths.

Jun 06 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks <ahrukh

Jun 13 '14
4

Vivek Kalra

I like the plot and the free flowing style of author. A couple of minor irritants which can surely be handled by better editing: a) Overdose of acronym IIM b) Overuse of round brackets, either to explain the context or simply to say something unrelated, do more harm than good by breaking the rhythm of sentence.
All the best. Look forward to reading rest of the book.

Jun 06 '14
1
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Vivek

Jun 13 '14
4
Jun 06 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Garima

Jun 13 '14
4

Kunal Jindal

Unputdownable! As a fellow Joka-ite, could easily relate to the story. However, it was the character building part with specific intrigues that was the highlight of the short preview. Description of Calcutta. and Joka were heartwarming, to say the least. Eager to go the whole hog and share a more detailed review. The genre seems to be dark humor- something that gives a kick. Look forward and all the best to the pro (despite being the first timer..)

Jun 06 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Kunal

Jun 13 '14
4

Niyati Shinde

nice... had it been a book, like an actual hardcopy, i would not have kept it down!!

Jun 05 '14
1
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Niyati

Jun 13 '14
4

Shubhra Rishi

I surely would love to read this book. Kudos to the author. It's dark and gripping. :-)

Jun 05 '14
1
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Shubhra

Jun 13 '14
4

Dhruv Sabharwal

The book seems to be really interesting, I'm just waiting for the full book!!

Jun 04 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Dhruv

Jun 13 '14
4

Anand Malhotra

This is the first book that I have read here. Indeed, as has been mentioned in other reviews as well, the book starts on an exciting note with signs of a bestseller in making. There is an instant connect that you make with the characters and the plot appears to be intriguing at first. The author adds more depth to the novel as he mixes the personal life of the main protagonist with his professional trials. But the honeymoon is short-lived as the story seems to lose the sheen and promise it shows in the beginning. The characters and their roles become a little unrelatable towards the end. But overall, a nice first attempt.

Jun 04 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Anand

Jun 13 '14
4

ClownTown

Haven't been to Calcutta so I don't think it'd be wise to comment on how you captured the city-vibes. I liked the way you often digress from the situation (reminds me of Seinfeld & real life :) ). Those exact moments are a window to the heart & mind of the author. e.g. That bit about your handwriting (I've seen how bad it is :) ). Was expecting more description of the place where the guys live; as in the room, their private space (would've added depth to the imagery on their lives). Anyhow, I enjoyed the 60 odd page trip & am looking forward to the full version. (Smart move stopping the sample preview at that very moment :P ). The only thing that bothered me were the frequent IIM-cal references. They do more harm than good (IMHO). Cheers & Congrats.

Jun 03 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Clown town

Jun 13 '14
4

Meghana Joshi

Off to a very promising start. One thing I really liked is the creation of "atmosphere"...I've never been to Calcutta but already started forming mental images of the characters and places described. The dark humor is delicious.

Jun 03 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Meghana

Jun 14 '14
3

nikhil handu

THIS IS AN AMAZINGLY WELL WRITTEN PIECE... IT COMES AS A SURPRISE THAT THIS AUTHOR IS WRITING HIS FIRST BOOK. THIS IS A VERY RELATABLE BOOK WITH CIRCUMSTANCES BEING SUCH THAT YOU CAN EASILY RELATE TO... THE VARIOUS CHARACTERS SEEM TO REMIND YOU OF SOMEONE YOU HAVE MET.... A WELL BALANCED BOOK, WHICH I WOULD BE WILLING TO BUY OF THE SHELF.

Jun 03 '14
1
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Nikhil

Jun 14 '14
3

James

The book started as a great read and for a while held my attention. But soon it started to fade off. I felt as if the story was being rushed a little bit. Writing style was pretty good and the dark humor was a great touch.

Jun 03 '14
1
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks James

Jun 14 '14
3

Gurvinder SIngh

Amazing book this is, that I have come across. Not a regular typical novel, but very unpredictable, and intriguing in itself. Eagerly waiting to read the rest of the book.

Jun 03 '14
1
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Gurvinder

Jun 14 '14
1

Madhu

Based on the reviews this was the 1st book that i read here, but as amazingly awesome the start was, the follow through were not as majestic unfortunately. For eg. description about characters could have been lot more in tune with what the story and the characters have to do in sync. Something is missing as we read further.

Jun 03 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Madhu

Jun 14 '14
3

Avinash Sathey

interesting. Liked it. Looking forward to a more challenging furhter read.

Jun 03 '14
1
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Avinash

Jun 14 '14
3

Darshit Godbole

Liked how the book bega but soon it faded out and characters were too presumptuous at times, especially how they were interacting with each other. Its like a sitcom at times but loses the concept line between every now and then. Good attempt though. all the best.

Jun 03 '14
1
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Darshit

Jun 14 '14
3

Inderjit Singh Paintal

Surely addictive and takes the reader to a new high...waiting to explore the dark alleys and the underbelly of the city of joy...guess my intrigue has to peak before i visit and this will sure be another kaleidoscope of psychedelic colours for me to see Kolkata through!

Jun 02 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Inderjit

Jun 14 '14
2

Mishti Verma

Very Interesting and honest read! A Man's heart spelled in black humour, makes you laugh and pain at the memory of lost love.

Jun 02 '14
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks for your review Mishti

Jun 03 '14
4

Ahmed Zain

Interesting read till page 60. Hope the book is equally enticing

Jun 02 '14
1
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks for ur review Ahmed...

Jun 03 '14
3

Satya Nand

The book has a good start but energy built in the start fades out with nuances of descriptions creeping into every new stage. The effect intended to be created by good words used by the writer are misplaced making it difficult for the reader to run through the pace of drama. I though liked the plot well representing the lack of resolve that an IIM grad faces; the societies biggest misconception when it look at one. The description about the characters should have been a little more aligned with the role writer wanted them to play. for Eg: I guess ugly is here just to be an instrument to highlight authors objectivity to liberal society. Thus the author should have focused on her leniency than her desperation and her life style for that matter!

Jun 01 '14
1
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Gaurav Thapar

Thanks Satya

Jun 14 '14
2

BR

Not easy to write about Calcutta. Appreciate the attempt.

May 27 '14
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Gaurav

Good black humour

May 25 '14
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About the author

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MBA ( Main Bhi Author) from IIM Calcutta decided to write a dicklit and ended up writing a surprisingly hilarious yet dark book. Drama King, Closet entrepreneur ( read unemployed currently) and good at many things none of which can make money :( :p