Author: Mayur Didolkar
Publication Date: 28th May, 2018
My Rating: 4 stars
Do you believe in the hypothesis of shapeshifters? Do you believe that Ichhadhari Nag or Nagin does really exist? Or have you ever probed into the validation of this myth or in its truth?
Well! according to Wikipedia, “Ichhadhari Nag or Nagin are mythical shape shifting cobras in Indian folklore”. And this very book holds nine long short stories i.e. sort of novella encircling about the abstract of Ichhadhari Nag or Nagin.
The first story was kind of average and didn’t impress me much but the later ones were outright enthralling and charming. I was so much into the book that I readily felt my adrenaline rushing. The ninth story is an exclusive bonus story from the author’s upcoming series featuring bhinna nishacharas and wyadhas.
The fifth story in the book, “Haka Mari” was my favourite and I really loved it to its core. In this story, two seven-year-old identical twins went missing during one night. The villagers were convinced that both the little girls were taken by Haka Mari bai! Haka Maris are ghosts controlled by tantricks. They prayed to Nag Devata for the return of the girls. The twin girls themselves daily prayed to their paternal uncles who were Ichhadhari Nags to save their life. The story ahead of how their uncles saved both of them from Haka Mari and bring them home is so fascinating and chilling.
Other stories consist of killing or demise through snake bite by Ichhadhari Nag or Nagin where few were done to avenge or few in defence.
The writing style of the author is eloquent and straightforward. And this very clean writing will keep you absorbed. At no point, you could guess what’s going to come ahead. Every time you turn a page, you will receive a new surprise. And I really loved that thrill.
This book reminded me of umpteen number of serials and Bollywood movies based on this idea. Still, the book holds new tales and a firm plot.
Why to read this book
If you love to stretch your reading horizons, then this is the book you clearly need to pick up. It will hold you in its grip and will not let you to pick another book until you’re done with it.
It is definitely a delightful and an entertaining read.
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