Book Review: ‘7 Deadly Sinners’ by Debarati Mukhopadhyay

Echoes of Darkness: Exploring India's Criminal Past

Book Title: 7 Deadly Sinners: India’s Most Feared Murderers
Author: Debarati Mukhopadhyay
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Number of Pages: 264
ISBN: 978-9390260874
Date Published: Feb. 5, 2024
Price: INR 315

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Debarati Mukhopadhyay’s recent book, “7 Deadly Sinners: India’s Most Feared Murderers,” published by Rupa Publications, delves into the murky depths of India’s criminal past in an intriguing and terrifying collection. From the story of the first known female serial murderer to the tale of India’s Robinhood, Mukhopadhyay takes readers on a captivating trip through the genuine crime stories that have defined India’s historical environment. Her ability to create such a voyage demonstrates a distinct combination of suspense and historical accuracy, making this work an important investigation of India’s darkest periods.

Mukhopadhyay goes deep into the psyches of India’s most notorious killers, providing more than simply a record of their crimes. She delves into the complex web of human emotions, motivations, and chutzpah that propelled these figures to notoriety. This investigation is not restricted to criminal activities but also to the societal institutions that enabled the formation of such dark elements of human behavior. The use of evocative images and original newspaper clippings throughout the text not only enriches the story but also ties readers directly with the past, putting the book’s shocking incidents into a tactile context.

The book weaves together seven thoroughly researched anecdotes, ranging from the terrible story of Elokeshi, who was ruthlessly murdered by her husband, to the complex life of Khada Goonda, demonstrating the multiple natures of treachery, injustice, and, at times, misplaced courage. These stories reveal the depths of human pain and depravity, offering a window into the intricacies and problems of historical criminality in India.

7 Deadly Sinners” not only captivates readers with its criminal stories but also pushes them to consider the consequences of these storylines. The stories will startle, upset, and provoke. Mukhopadhyay’s collection of historical crime stories, enriched with cultural insights and supported by archival data, ensures a powerful impact on its readers.

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Mukhopadhyay’s work, which originally received recognition in Bengali literature, has been expertly translated to reach a larger audience, supplementing the book with insights from her extensive study at the National Library in Kolkata. This book is a must-read for anybody intrigued by the complexities of crime and the ongoing mysteries of India’s criminal past, providing a thorough examination of the darker aspects of human nature against the backdrop of societal growth.

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