End to Start
Nikhil Kulkarni

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Synopsis

“End To Start” is the story of Parag Shastri, a young lad from Pune, who is a constant hunt of his dad’s sarcasm. Parag is recently broken up with his girlfriend and is miserable and totally shattered by their separation. He eventually becomes a recluse and confines himself to his bedroom while his parents try all sorts of way to bring him back him back to his normal self. Their efforts culminate in a hilarious event when a shaman is called upon to exercise Parag after they are lead to believe that their son has been possessed by an evil spirit. After which he is summoned by his grandfather to visit him in his paternal village.

Parag’s grandfather, respectfully and affectionately known as ‘Dada’ in Neelgad (Parag’s native village) is a father-like figure for many people in the village.

He spends some days in Neelgad, and rediscovers a fresh perspective on life. He is inspired to see the modern face of Neelgad due to the vigorous efforts of Dada. Dada is also an ayurvedic expert and has an expertise in the field of child birth. He is also known for his unconventional methods for settling disputes and assure overall welfare of the people in the village

No matter how bizarre dada’s solution may seem, it worked and the people accepted his judgment unquestioningly. He was tough, yet fair. He made examples out of the offenders and put them on a pedestal for everyone to see. In conclusion, dada ruled with an iron hand in a velvet glove.

How Dada rescues Parag out of his problem? Is an inspiring and a fun journey to watch out.

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Ajinkya H Naik

Mar 15 '16
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Vishal

Curiosity developed in me when I read other reviews on the book. I never liked humorous books, but this one has a class, I must say that every line of this book can be counted to make it classy. The only think I did not like about the book was, I could read just 3 chapters of it :)

Mar 02 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

THANK YOU VISHAL!

Mar 15 '16
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Krishna Teja

The story is amazing! Witty and had a good flow of language. The vocabulary was also apt. I liked how the author described the character of 'Dada'. Some editing is required but that's not a big thing. When the third chapter was done I was a little annoyed- I wanted to read more!!! Great stuff!

Feb 22 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Krishna.Very happy to read such a comment coming from an author like you :)

Feb 23 '16
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Sanjay

Brilliant book. Simple language, good flow and above everything else...its highly entertaining. Accurate description of Puneites ..haha... I could easily relate to the characters. There is always someone like PATIL aunty in everyone's life :)..Eager to
know complete story of Parag's life asap...

Feb 12 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank you so much, Sanjay!

Feb 13 '16
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Hetika Sanghani

Language is very simple....inspite of this the author has maintained some sort of interest throughout the narrative...the place where the 3rd chapter ends is perfect.. really makes u want to read the story ahead... nice and simple narrative... all the best!!

Feb 12 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Many Thanks for your review, Hetika :)

Feb 12 '16
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Dhaval

The story is more related with youth. The verbal slugfest between Parag's parent's is hilarious. It reminds about almost every family in India. The context were the story ends has made me curious to read the whole book

Feb 01 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Dhaval!

Feb 04 '16
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Ashwin Tyagi

This can be read by anyone, very simple to understand. Like the comic pinch in it. I would say its a good book without any clutter.

Jan 31 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Ashwin.

Feb 04 '16
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Suhas

Quite an interesting story. It’s funny and at the same time gives a realistic feeling. I could relate with the few points written about Pune. If this builds up little more, then this could be a good read for relaxed time. Over all this looks like a good book, so far this looks good. Cheers!

Jan 30 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Many Thanks for your feedback, Suhas!

Jan 30 '16
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Vipin Gupta

I found the story to be patchy and a bit of a drag. I could not relate with the characters at all.

Jan 30 '16
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Maith

Well all i realized that i could not stop clicking the next button! Am not a avid reader, i get choosy when it comes to books but this one has made me curious to read more! It was fun to read and the flow of language was pretty neat. Now am very much curious to know more about Dada and the humor in the whole story! Good job author! Publish soon!

Jan 29 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Maith

Jan 29 '16
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Ratnadeep Sonwane

simple language,easy to read,good flow,a good book which everyone would love to read n understand,now after reading it i got the reason why its top in the list.waiting for the complete book.

Jan 29 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You So much Ratnadeep :)

Jan 29 '16
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shyam sutar

Good work mr kulkarni,will love to read the complete book...waiting to get a copy...hope will get it soon...

Jan 29 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You for your comment, Shyam.

Jan 29 '16
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Deepti Sehgal

I could not connect with the story at all. It lacked perspective.

Jan 27 '16
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shruti atre

gr8 book loved

Jan 24 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You for your rating, Shruti :)

Jan 24 '16
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Ud

The following review by someone here captures my thoughts : "The introduction part is hillarious, the protagonist relates with a common man. The family drama makes it more interesting. Keep it up.keep writing"

Jan 24 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You So much :)

Jan 24 '16
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Gargi Bhattacharya

Liked it. Simple way of writing, lots of reflection of our own daily life. My best of wishes.

Jan 22 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Gargi, glad to know your feedback.

Jan 22 '16
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Bhavesh Patil

Jan 21 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Bhavesh !

Jan 22 '16
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Bharat

Jan 18 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You. I would also like to read your feedback, Bharat :)

Jan 18 '16
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Rohit Bhandare

Really a nice book a real motivating story

Jan 18 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Many Thanks Rohit :)

Jan 18 '16
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ravi shing

grate story
think different mind

Jan 16 '16
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sudharshan patil

good story

Jan 16 '16
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rohan walke

good story i would like to know what happen next

Jan 16 '16
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Vivek Khakal

My roomates Amol and Sudesh were discussing this book. It got me curious and I decided to read it myself. Nikhil Kulkarni has an interesting sense of humor which makes even the strangest of situations very funny. The plot of the book seems interesting and different. Its a good book and I will definitely recommend my friends to give this a read.

Jan 13 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You So much Vivek!

Jan 14 '16
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Anupkumar Bhosale

very beautifl story. good job.

Jan 13 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Anupkumar for your feedback :)

Jan 14 '16
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AMOL JAIN

Its a very good read. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The 3 chapters that i read really got me hooked. Great work by the writer. I would like to read what happens ahead. Best of luck to the writer.

Jan 13 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Amol!

Jan 14 '16
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Sussan

Well done, the writer has a good experience in writing, he has the knack to keep the "what next " element throughout the book. keep writing, all the best !!

Jan 13 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thanks a lot Sussan :)

Jan 14 '16
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Nishad Sawant

Good stuff.

Jan 13 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Nishad

Jan 13 '16
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Alok birnave

These few pages tells a lot of interesting things about the story,its a wonderful start. Surely would like to read the book!!
Good work Mr Nikhil Kulkarni

Jan 13 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Many Thanks Alok!

Jan 13 '16
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Prathamesh Gadkari

This book seems quite popular here! And its obvious why! I loved the author's description of Pune. Parag Shastri seems like a powerful protagonist and the way events unfold in his life are quite gripping. I, personally, want to read more. Good work Nikhil. All the best dude.

Jan 13 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You for your feedback!

Jan 13 '16
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Anuj Singh

Jan 13 '16
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Athang Rathod

My brother told me about BGB and this book. Read somewhere in the comments that the writer has his work published in Chicken soup for the soul, So i thought this would be a heavy read! But seems like the writer has revealed his light-hearted side in this book. I really enjoyed this book. The ideas are very interesting and new. I would love to read the complete novel.

Jan 13 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You So Much!

Jan 13 '16
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Nilesh Bais

The book is hilarious, has a fresh concept, the same old love story, but a new perspective of looking at things and a new plot! I would like to see this book published and would recommend it to all my college friends..Good work author :)

Jan 13 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Many Thanks Nilesh! Have a great year ahead...

Jan 13 '16
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Sheela

Simple and fun to read. Good book. All the best Nikhil Kulkarni.

Jan 13 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Many Thanks Sheela

Jan 13 '16
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नित्तेन गोखले

Good one! Hope this gets published with sufficient amount of publicity

Jan 13 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Nitin :)

Jan 13 '16
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Disha R

Its such a fun read! BGB get this one out in the market so I can read 'End to Start' from start to end!

Jan 13 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Disha :)

Jan 13 '16
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sangamesh

great fun to read , looking forward for it !!!

Jan 12 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Sangmesh, have a great year ahead :)

Jan 12 '16
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harish prasad

One of my friend had recommended me to read this and I am pretty hooked. Today is my lucky day, I was the 100th reviewer for the book "East Or WEst" and 50th reviewer for the fabulous book "End To Start" :)

Jan 12 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Harish, you completed my half century :)

Jan 12 '16
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Pooja

I have read the writer's short stories published in "Chicken Soup For Indian Soul". The author has the knack to keep the readers busy. I can see it in this story as well. Will surely like to read more.

Jan 12 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You for following my stories Pooja :)

Jan 12 '16
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Chetan Walke

Interesting , fast-paced , humorous !!! Having read only 3 chapters, but i think this book is going to be the bestseller of 2016. The author has found his niche in life. He knows his strengths and has stuck by them. Well Done. Eagerly waiting for the complete book.

Jan 11 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Hello Chetan, Many Thanks for your review!

Jan 12 '16
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Manvesh Sathe

The introduction part is hillarious, the protagonist relates with a common man. The family drama makes it more interesting. Keep it up.keep writing

Jan 11 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Manvesh, have a great year ahead!

Jan 11 '16
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Prayag Das

Good book :)

Jan 10 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Prayag!

Jan 10 '16
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Preetam Nath

I really liked the plot. Amazing read :)

Jan 10 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Preetam

Jan 10 '16
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Soumil Kar

Can't wait to read the entire book.

Jan 10 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Soumil

Jan 10 '16
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Rishabh Raj

Good book

Jan 10 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Rishabh

Jan 10 '16
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Ankit Khanna

What an amazing storyline!! Well drafted too. I wish to read it to the end

Jan 10 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Many Thanks Ankit

Jan 10 '16
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Paresh Kulkarni

Wanna read it further

Jan 10 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thanks a lot

Jan 10 '16
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Rahul Deshpande

Intereting read. Please release it ASAP

Jan 10 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank you Rahul

Jan 10 '16
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Chetan

Amazing story.Wish to read further

Jan 10 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You!

Jan 10 '16
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Ashwin Hegde

Well well well! What can I say ! It's engaging! Brilliantly started off, has good amount of humor, characters well shaped with decent depth! Good work author looking forward to more. This no doubt will get published since it appeals to the majority of young population. So many of them eagerly looking forward to it already! Nikhil Kulkarni wish you all the very best!

Jan 08 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Many Thanks Ashwin and wish you all the best in this new year!

Jan 08 '16
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Karan

The story is fresh and exciting, exploring simultaneously the simplicity of love and also its complexity at the same moment of time! It pacifies subtly and the writing is sweet and emaculate. I would love to read more of your work Mr. Nikhil Kulkarni..Enjoyed the story from start to end and END TO START!

Jan 08 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You for your feedback Karan, have a lovely year ahead!

Jan 08 '16
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ADB

Very Nice Book

Jan 07 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You

Jan 07 '16
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Abhishek Shetty

Brownie points for the cover art. Neatly done and conveys the genre in a very tongue in cheek way much like the humor in the book. The initial few chapters are interesting and the writer delivers the story through the perspective of the protagonist. Kudos to the writer for identifying and portraying a typical middle class family with generous doses of original and creative writing. It reminds you of the wonderful tv series of the bygone 90's era i.e., real people, real situations. In short there is no pretense. Although it may need refinement, the storytelling has its heart in the right place. A really good effort for the first time. The characters are well-defined and sorted, their vagaries and whims are shown in sometimes outrageous yet easily digestible manner. All in all, a light read, reminds you of the works of P.G. Wodehouse. Simple, light-hearted yet genuinely funny and original humor. Situational comedy is a hard genre to master, yet Nikhil holds his own in his first venture. Needless to say, I am hooked. Waiting for more. All the best Nikhil :)

Jan 05 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank you for your wonderful feedback Abhishek, have a great year ahead :)

Jan 06 '16
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Dipak Nikam

I think the story is good enough to keep the readers on the toe, Eager to read the next part of the story

Jan 05 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Many Thanks Deepak :)

Jan 05 '16
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Austin

I like this book, well done writer and all the best.

Jan 05 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Austin

Jan 05 '16
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Arun Bade

Very nice book, Must read.

Jan 05 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Arun !

Jan 05 '16
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Sneha Desai

This was my first read on BGB and I am glad I picked this one. I would like to thank the author for such an entertaining read. The author's imaginative description made it easy to visualise the situations that Parag was going through. Being a 'True Punekar' I give this book a Thumbs Up. Would love to know how this novel ends.

Jan 04 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank you so much sneha :)

Jan 05 '16
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Ashwin Divekar

really great book i would..... :)

Jan 04 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

thank you Ashwin!

Jan 04 '16
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Chetan Kawale

The introductory pages at the start helped in very powerful story building. I got attached to the story there itself & started visualising.
Description of every character is just fabulous.
Some of the conversations between characters & few other lines of character description made me laugh a lot.
Perfect story - Perfect narration.
Keen to read rest of the story :)

Jan 01 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

thank you for your comment chetan!

Jan 01 '16
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Ashish Kulkarni

I went through this just out of curiosity but when I started to read it I myself didn't realized that i am just going on reading book till my wife interrupted and asked, "What is keeping you busy?". Waiting for other chapters, hope to have this book published soon. Good work by author.

Jan 01 '16
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Komal Agrawal

Well Said, Ashish :)

Jan 19 '16
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Nikhil Kulkarni

thank you Ashish

Jan 01 '16
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K.Vigneshwaran

Simply superb!! Commanding story. Kudos to the author. Keep up the good work. Love to read it more

Dec 31 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

I am honoured to have your feedback! :)

Jan 02 '16
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Chaitali Kulkarni

Always finding something more and more after chapter by chapter. ceremony is really funny thing in 2nd chapter. Very nice scene.
Go forward man. Great work

Dec 25 '15
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K.Vigneshwaran

Well Said

Dec 31 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thanks a lot for your feedback.

Dec 25 '15
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swapnil badgundi

After reading this book I remembered one of my friend "Mitesh". Go on friend.. I am eager to read further.

Dec 25 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Many Thanks for your review Swapnil

Dec 25 '15
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ramesh kulkarni

Amazing...

Dec 24 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You So Much

Dec 24 '15
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Dipak Kulkarni

Great! I liked the flow, the protagonist is very familiar for any reader, I am definitely curious to know the next part!

Dec 24 '15
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mayura vedpathak

Incredible stuff! Will love to read the next :)

Dec 23 '15
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Sudeep Sonwane

Mr Nikhil Kulkarni i would rather call u 'parag shastri'..All the events u narrated were very honest n are the best part of our life,A very sincere thanx for giving me a refresshing tour of my childhood memories,The best quality of an author is to keep people connected with the story n this author has done it very fluently,while reading this book i was in a different world,n loved it....Awesome creation Nikhil..eagerly waiting for ghe complete story...

Dec 12 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You so much Sudeep

Dec 12 '15
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Adwait Rathod

A friend suggested this book to me as he thought it was very funny. The title is confusing but I guess it will make sense after reading the entire novel. I liked that the author hasn't unnecessarily used complicated vocab and sentence structure like many other 'popular' writers. The everyday language and a strong story line make it a fun read. Loved the cover,it showcases many important points. the cover itself is like a synopsis . Would love to read the entire thing.

Dec 09 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Many Thanks for your review Adwait.

Dec 09 '15
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Geetha Krishnan

The plot is interesting enough and there are no obvious mistakes, but the flow of words was not there. A little more work on that would improve the book that has real potential

Dec 04 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Many Thanks for your review Geetha :)

Dec 05 '15
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pritam bhutada

The only reason I read the book was the attractive cover, the concept is innovative, the story seems to be unpredictable.
All The Best to the author

Dec 02 '15
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Pushkraj Deshmukh

Mr. Nikhil,
If BGB does not publish this, allow me to bribe you to know what is next :)

Nov 25 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thanks a ton Pushkraj

Nov 27 '15
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Manisha Shastri

I was back to home after facing a hectic schedule in office. I opened my laptop in my car and started reading this. It surely worked like a tranquillizer. Commendable job!

Nov 23 '15
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Shravan Kumar

I think I am the oldest one amongst the reviewers as per as this book is concerned.
I would say that I have learnt a lot from this book even though I am 60 years old. Brilliant work.

Nov 21 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank you so much :)

Nov 27 '15
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Kalyani

From the blurb, I gather this is a refreshing story about the ‘return to innocence’, but the sample didn’t really get me excited.

As far as the writing goes, I thoroughly enjoyed the bit about Mrs. Patil and her dog. There are some parts where you have used great imagery to describe feelings (heart bleeding through a million pinholes, being hit by a crowbar, etc.), but overall, language does need a lot of rework:

“put(ting) them (offenders) on a pedestal for everyone to see” is probably not the right turn of phrase as ‘putting someone up on a pedestal’ implies holding someone in high esteem or honouring someone for their perfection etc.

‘you get a stamp of being a Puneite when you discuss food’ can be rephrased as a more imaginative ‘an enthusiastic description of food you ate at a restaurant easily betrays your hometown, so much so that I have a nagging suspicion that a Puneite can never go undercover’

‘weird’ and ‘creepy names of villages’ … what is creepy about Haglur? :)

‘can u believe that any dish’ … ‘U’? :) … I am sure that was an oversight … but what it does make me think is that your fingers are desperately trying to keep up with a very rapidly developing story. I in my experience that usually leads to not just typos, but an overall raw manuscript - the idea is there, but execution needs a lot of effort.

Nov 21 '15
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pankaj bhatia

There are some books where a reader feels that the story is going to be greater after every page. Your book is definitely one of them.
Pure and classic. Cheers!!!!!!!!

Nov 19 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Many Thanks Pankaj

Nov 19 '15
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Priya Sidharth Sethi

Being born and brought up in Pune, it was walk down the memory lane. I suppose the first few pages are an inspiration from Pu. La. Deshpande's 'Punekar Mumbakar Nagpurkar' (Correct me if I am wrong)
Enjoyed the read. The storyline is interesting. Some editing will work wonders.
A small suggestion - don't think in you mother-tongue while you write. It works for me...the sentence formation especially, the dialogues will improve.

Nov 19 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank you for your review Priya.

Nov 19 '15
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Ritesh Desai

Incredible stuff!
What next?

Nov 04 '15
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Komal Agrawal

Nice story. This one needs to be published!
I will also love to read more reviews on this.

Nov 04 '15
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Varchaswi

A light read.....Easy flow of language....

Nov 01 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank You Varchaswi

Nov 04 '15
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nisha sinha

Well, This one is going to be in the best seller's race soon. Water tight!!!.
All I can say is thank you for uploading this on BGB. Cheers!!!

Oct 29 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank you so much Nisha!

Nov 27 '15
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Kanwar Vikrant

GOOD WORK

Oct 28 '15
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sheetal sharma

Classic, classic , classic.
I think the author has set the humor fairly high looking at the current publishing industry. In today's cut throat competition in books, it is very important to make the content very humorous to stay in best seller's race.
I would like to read other's review on this.

Oct 27 '15
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Deepak Kaul

I loved the cover. One star just for that. Based on the other reviews, I thought I better strap on my seat belt because I am too old to fall off my chair laughing. I would have given this an additional star if the standard for humour had not been set fairly high by The Great Indian Righter.

Oct 26 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Glad, to know your review :)

Oct 29 '15
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Anish Patilkar

Honestly speaking, I have read many books on BGB and never commented on anything. This book has pushed me to do so, this one is more than a fabulous book, some sequences has dragged me to floor laughing out loud. I can actually see a commercial movie out of it. Kudos to the writer!!! This one needs to be published asap!!!

Oct 25 '15
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Nikhil Kulkarni

Thank you Anish

Nov 27 '15
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reema tripathy

First the positives
1) Nice story line. It would be interesting to see the evolution of a young city bred lad
2) Language: is free flowing and simplistic.
Some areas that the author may revisit
1) City of Pune: The author wants to project Pune but the potrayal does n't come across clearly. The love of cricket and food would hold true for most cities in India.
2)The altercations between the parents need to look more realistic
3) Some more areas which I would want the author to revisit are
# Taheer waiting for 10 hours before he raised an alarm
# How do the writer's parents let him go alone in that state?
#In the village esp in Dada's time a male associated with child birth would be a taboo. It was mainly done by midwives. That part needs to be tweaked to make it more realistic

Overall Nice effort!!! Would like to read further!!

Oct 25 '15
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nikhil solapurkar

OMG! The 15 minutes I took to read these few chapters, were the best 15 minutes of my life.
This is beyond publishing. Congratulations!

Oct 25 '15
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About the author

Nikhil Kulkarni Follow

I am a writer, some of my short stories have been published in the book "Chicken Soup For Indian Soul" by Westland Publications. I am an avid reader