Book Review: ‘Manohar Kahani’ by Raghu Srinivasan

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Book Title: Manohar Kahani
Author: Raghu Srinivasan
Publisher: Hachette India
Number of Pages: 208
ISBN: 978-9357315746
Date Published: Mar. 18, 2024
Price: INR 267

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Book Review

Manohar Kahani” is a charming and whimsical story set in an unknown seaside hamlet in the Konkan area. The story follows Kalyani Mehta, the owner of the tranquil Kokum Grove Resort, and her eccentric family. With a retired occultist husband and a jobless kid, Kalyani’s life appears ideal until Bobby Chander, a millionaire NRI with a deep interest in real estate, arrives with a bid to purchase the resort. Kalyani’s unwillingness to sell sparks a series of events that forms the heart of this lovely story.

When Chander’s insistence gets unbearable, Kalyani turns to her younger sister, Maya, a con artist who is presently staying in a monastery in Laos. Maya’s arrival causes turmoil and amusement, bringing a slew of cunning people, each with their own plan. The story’s evolution, complete with frauds and schemes, keeps readers on the edge of their seats while giving plenty of laughter.

Manohar Kahani” presents a sharp satire on various professions, placing scammers at the forefront and portraying multi-cultural families with humor and absurdity. The characters, ranging from the clever to the naive and deceitful, are vividly brought to life through Srinivasan’s wit and keen observation. Raghu Srinivasan expertly blends a great plot with wit and comedy, turning “Manohar Kahani” into a thrilling rollercoaster. The characters are charming, and their interactions bring interest to the story. The book’s treatment of issues like avarice, familial relationships, and surprising twists of fate is both witty and entertaining, keeping readers captivated from beginning to end.

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The 15 chapters mirror Srinivasan’s writing style is refreshing and are acclaimed for their subtle and intimate storylines. The stories are incredibly creative and deeply moving, which makes them ideal bite-sized reading for today’s audience. The novel showcases the author’s skill at crafting a universe where the whimsical and the profound collide, making it a welcome contribution to the speculative fiction genre.

Overall, “Manohar Kahani” offers a delightful blend of laughter, levity, and eccentricity, making it a must-read for those who enjoy quirky characters and misadventures. Srinivasan’s ability to infuse humor with heartfelt storytelling creates a literary gem that not only entertains but also prompts reflection on the delicate balance between human desires and the natural world.

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