Today, in an all new session of THE READING ROOM, we are going to review How About A Sin Tonight by Novoneel Chakraborty
This book features the life of five different film stars in the Bollywood and how their life is interwined and closely related.
Shahraan Ali Bakshi – a mega star and the man of every woman’s dream, who still hasn’t gotten over the death of his lover Mehfil.
Reva Gupta and Neev Dixit – two young actors who are struggling hard to attain stardom, bound together by love, understanding and life’s circumstances.
Nishani – the only daughter of yesteryears superstar Shekhar Rai, who makes it her life’s aim to avenge her father’s accident on the set which lead to the shattering of her family and life.
Kaash Balloo Sehgal – a newcomer in the industry, still cherishing his first kiss and deep love for that one person.
It depicts the struggle, fame, glamour, gossip, love, hate, and betrayal in the life of these film stars and the lives around them. Each person does things for their own selfish motives, and the other person’s life knowingly or unknowingly affects their own.
The book has been divided into three parts. The first part describes the past of each character. Second part brings together all the five characters leading to a climax. Third part explores the thoughts of each person after the unexpected climax.
Loved the way the story of each of the five characters, which seemed totally unrelated at the start, connects and interlinks well to every other character by the end of the story. Another part I loved is the flashback of love between Shahraan and a prostitute named Mehfil. It has been very well portrayed.
Unnecessary focus on sex throughout the story (the author’s portrayal that sex is important to get into film industry and numerous other sexual references throughout the story) is one of the elements about this book I found very distasteful. Some parts of the story are stretched a bit too much and were dragging.
In general, the novel is good for a light reading.
My rating: 3/5
Title: How About A Sin Tonight?
Author: Novoneel Chakraborty
ISBN-13: 978 81 8400 031 3
Publisher: Random House India
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So here we come to an end to today’s session of Reading Room
Reviewed By: Anagha P (Team WordBite)