BR #88 | The Speaking Stone | Ratnadip Acharya | Aksora Publications | ★★★★

Book - The Speaking Stone
Author - Ratnadip Acharya
Publisher - Aksora Publications
Rating - ★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Ratnadip Acharya is the author of two successful novels, Life is Always Aimless... Unless you love it and Paradise Lost & Regained. He is a columnist for the Speaking Tree in The Times of India. He contributed many write-ups in different collections of Chicken Soup for the Soul. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Sophia and son, Akash. He can be contacted via the following channels Website: Facebook: Facebook:, Instagram: Twitter:

Book Review: "The Speaking Stone" by Ratnadip Acharya is a mystery thriller based on historical artifacts and the quest to uncover the same. It is one of those stories which draw parallels between the past and the present in order to shape the intricacies of an incident. Such is the narration that whenever readers encounter a situation, a reference can be easily drawn to some treasure hunt novels of old times.

Saikat, the main protagonist hailing from Mumbai, comes across a seller on the pavements after a night full of drinks where he discovers a stone that is beautifully cut into a vertical half having Sanskrit inscriptions. He embarks on a quest to find the other missing piece of the stone. Shuvashini, hailing from Chandannagar at the other end, feels dejected after her Ph.D. thesis gets disapproved. She too embarks on a quest to rewrite her thesis after not finding a particular book of interest at the library.  Both of them land at Tripura in search of their respective answers in mutually exclusive mannerisms. We are taken back in time to the early 20th century in the era of King Radha Kishore Manikya, ruler of Tripura. Thereafter, two parallel stories are narrated - one based in the early 1900s between Parul and her lover, and the other one is the love story between Saikat and Shuvashini. 

There are a lot of challenges in their quest that will make readers wish for a successful hunt. Will the love stories of both Parul as well as the protagonists become fruitful? Will they uncover the mysteries shrouding the stone cut in half? Are there any similarities between the past and the present plots? One must read this thrilling book to find out. A well researched historical fiction, it will appeal to readers who are interested to hear tales from the past.

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