Title: The Speaking Stone
Author: Ratandip Acharya
Genre: Historical Fiction/Thriller
Publication: AKSORA Publications LLP
Length: 296Pages (Paperback)
Source: Review Copy by Author
Mumbai, December 2016: A young man found an ancient-looking piece of stone with strange images and Sanskrit inscriptions. A quest to know the origin of the stone brought him to the distant part of the country. Chandannagar, December 2016: A young vivacious historian woman read an old book on a century-old secret story about a little known part of the country. Her curiosity got the better of her as the book disappeared mysteriously before she could complete it. She reached a sleepy quaint state of the country to satiate her curiosity. Eventually they both met and their search began from the city museum to a far-flung rock mountain which revealed a century-old story of a seductive danseuse, her enigmatic lover, a string of her admirers, a painter with a photographic memory, a bird that could speak in many voices, a benevolent king and a gruesome conspiracy. And the most important clue to decode the final secret was with the missing part of “The Speaking Stone” But in the process of unearthing old secrets, their life was also in danger…
Saikat, the protagonist of the fiction is spending his life meaninglessly enjoying over his rich father’s money only when one day an attractive stone catches his sight at the beachside and he is drawn towards buying it. The stone has some figures of gods and goddesses on it and he can recognize 3 of them but the fourth one is strange for him. Those engraved figures make him restless enough to find the history behind that stone. On the other side of the story is Suvahasini, a Bengali strong head woman pursuing her P.hd in history and her thesis is rejected after being called useless. She is infuriated by the comments of Urvi Mukherjee, a prominent figure in Indian history and searches for untold unheard past for her doctorate to prove her proficiency. She finds one such saga in the aloof & untouched book of the library. Destiny introduces both of them as they are in search of the answers hidden at the same place where the Manikya Kingdom of Tripura ruled. Who is that unknown woman on the stone that Saikat wants to know about? What is her story? What is hidden and untold for years in the Unakoti hills of Tripura? Where is the other part of the stone and what does this half one indicate? How will this adventure turn out to be for both of them? Grab the book and know for yourself🙂
🌚 I loved the detailing and the information the author provided about the kingdom and the state of Tripura.
🌚 I found the complete story to be very engaging until the end. I started feeling that I too was unfolding the past along with Saikat and Suvahasini.
🌚 The ending was completely unexpected and shocking and I loved the way the author ended the entire story. I was awestruck.
🌚 The best part of the book- switching of the scenes of the present and past was really flexible. That made the story to be really easy to imagine and link everything happening inside the book.
🌚 Pictures helped me in imagining better, so I guess that was a good idea.
🌚 The writing style was simple enough and anybody can read this book with ease.
“When you truly love her make her your goddess…”
These lines unravelled at the end very beautifully.
Want to read the next part soon 😃…
A Regional Engineering College, Jamshedpur, graduate in the beginning I dreamt of becoming a street magician, someone like a David Blaine or a Criss Angel. I learnt excellent street magic but destiny had other plan for me. It brought me to Mumbai where I started working as an electrical Engineer. First novel ‘Life is always aimless… unless you love it’ published in 2012 by Sristhi publication.
started writing for the Speaking Tree in The Times of India regularly.
Meanwhile his stories/articles started publishing in magazines like Woman’s Era, Bonobology etc. A voracious reader who felt a deep urge within his being to narrate his original thoughts.