Book Review- Stranger With Known Faces by Gautam Dutta

Book Name- Stranges With Known Faces 
Author- Gautam Datta
Genre- Fiction
Publisher- Invincible Publishers
Pages- 257 pages
Price- ₹185

Blurb- 
RajatMeenakshiSadaafAmol, and Shanaya are five University students with nothing in common- who should never have met in the first place. They meet after winning a lucky draw- the prize of which was to take part in a puzzle game. Though the game was engrossing, they were unable to solve the puzzle in the stipulated time. However, this lead to the beginning of a deep friendship between them. Their friendship blossomed. But ego and misunderstanding led to an acrimonious break up. They meet again- two decades later- when Shanaya is murdered, and the other four are suspects. The four soon realize that in spite of being estranged for so many years, there were unknown ties that bound them- ties of treachery, deceit, and subterfuge. Ties that have led them to come together in circumstances that no one could have foreseen. And the game that they had left incomplete two decades back has to be played yet again – on a much bigger canvas. Now they have to trust each other, clear their names, and get to the bottom of the mystery, which threatens not only their lives and relationships, but also the fabric of democratic India. As their travels and travails continue, they discover hitherto unknown facets of the people around them, as well as their own selves. Can they succeed in resolving the puzzle this time? Or is history doomed to repeat itself? As hidden aspects of the human personality are revealed, they realize that no one is what he or she appears to be. For the world comprises of ‘Strangers With Known Faces’.

Review-

Strangers With Known Faces is one of the finest crime thriller book written by an Indian author. Gautam Datta with his book ensures bright future of Indian Literature in crime thriller genre.
Book title is interesting. It creates curiosity about the book and gives a hint about the story. Cover is it could be made more appealing and appropriate with the theme and cover.
The language used is easy to connect with and rich in vocabulary. Writing style of author is easy to follow.
Book is well edited and it is free from any grammatical errors.
The author has done a wonderful job of sketching  his characters. As story flows, the characters grow and have a unique impact on the readers. The back story about the characters was very interesting and glued me to the book.
 Storyline is interesting. Author has artistically raised some question about the story in the prologue which are answered at the end of the book.
The blend of intriguing characters and interesting plot. Twists and turns are given throughout the book which binds the readers with the book. The dash of thriller in the plot ensures entertainment.
 Rating-
Book Title and Cover- 3/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Characterization- 4/5
Storyline and Plot- 3.5/5
Final Rating- 4/5
All in all, Strangers With Known Faces is brilliant book which serves us one of the finest crime thriller written by an Indian author.

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MEGA GIVEAWAY BY KALAMOS LITERARY SERVICES

Hello everyone,
Kalamos Literary Services is proud to announce its first ever Mega Giveaway.

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We invite all book lovers out there to participate in this giveaway and make this event a success.

Rules:
1. The participant must be a resident of India.
2. The participant must have an Amazon account.
3. The participant can enter in maximum of 3 books giveaway, not more than that.
4. The participant will have to comment in the comment box of Colors of Life blog. In the comment plz mention book’s name and author of the book, and a note that includes your views and expectations from the book.
5. Multiple entries are not allowed.
6. The winners will be selected by the authors themselves.

Below are the books you can win-

1. The Three Wise Monkeys by Jeet Gian

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Blurb-

The trio Amar, Akbar and Anthony had no clue whatsoever about their goddammit indecisive-careers-and-indefinite-struggles.
And that was because they were born with the Peter Pan Syndrome and were simple enough to be tricked by anyone, including their mystifying girlfriends—Meghna, Farah and Sarah.
And as is the fate of all morons, they were drawn into trouble—deep trouble—of hiding crores of rupees of black money in secret offshore companies.

Will their mistake of turning a blind eye to the philosophy of ‘See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ cost them their careers and put them in prison?
Or
Will Lady Luck change their fortunes forever?

2. Should I Fall in Love by Shradha Khanna

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Blurb-

A story of Fear….. of not finding forever after and questioning your heart. Naina has always been a strong headed, lively and carefree person. She always felt that there was a reason for everything. She believed in love, commitment and sacrifice, but when her three year old relationship crumble down in front of her she lost all the hope in love and marriage forever. With time and help of her friend, Naina starts afresh in a new city with a new job and people around. For the first time in her life she was not looking for love but a deep urge to stand on her own feet made its way in her life. Little did Naina know her life was going to change? Nothing could prepare her for the storm of love in the shape of Nihal, the confident, persistent and handsome guy she met at her boss housewarming party. Read on to know, will Nihal be able to penetrate the cold walls covered around Naina’s heart or her insecurities are more than enough to lead them on different paths in life. A story where thinking that questioning your heart with “Should I”, can stop you from “Falling In Love”.

3. Terminal Love by Vicky Arora

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Blurb

In the mad roller coaster that is Mumbai, two men separated by age, class, and religious faith, find the love they yearn for in each other. This is their true story of braving all odds through the ups and downs in their lives.

What survives is their unconditional acceptance, unwavering commitment, and an unbounded love in the face of an unrelenting fate.

4. Secret, Sins & Struggles by Kamini Kusum

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Blurb

This collection of tales about the lives and loves of five women traces their long, eventful journeys. Meet Pooja, a teenager forced into the flesh trade but determined to escape and get justice. Shrawani who dreams of becoming a bureaucrat despite all the trials life throws her way. Avni who is torn between her childhood friend and her brand-new boyfriend. Harsha who is trapped in a loveless arranged marriage while still being haunted by thoughts of her forsaken lover. Geshna who falls head over heels for a high school sweetheart only to find her own life shrinking to accommodate his. These stories are about the odds stacked against these women in their paths to love and success, and their hope that the next turn that they make will be the one that leads them to the happiness they are longing for.

5. Wild Card by Asfiya Rahman

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Blurb

Karan Mehrotra thinks he has it all. He is about to marry the love of his life, Riya and is on his way to win at Wimbledon, fulfilling a childhood dream of his. However destiny has other plans for him and he is forced to put aside his dreams when life throws a wild card at him. Eight years later destiny coyly lays another opportunity in front of him. Does he finally get another chance to fulfill his childhood dream or will he let his fear stop him from taking up the challenge? Find out how a tennis champion is forced to step away from his fame into obscurity and how a bossy little girl forces him to take up one of the hardest challenges of his life and face the life he had left behind.

6. My Wife’s Diary by Deepanshu Saini 

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Blurb-

‘Am I okay?’ I asked myself again, for the hundredth time. ‘I don’t know,’ I told myself again, for the hundredth time. I have never been so confused. For my entire life, I have taken decisions with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’: ‘Do I want to go for engineering?’ ‘Yes’; ‘Do I need to go for another job?’ ‘No’; ‘Should I look for career in writing?’; ‘Yes’; ‘Do I love her?’ ‘Yes’; ‘Should I smoke?’ ‘No’; ‘Should I drink?’ ‘Yes’ -my whole life has revolved around these two words. And the same words worked while making the most important decision of my life – my marriage. ‘Should I go for love marriage?’ ‘Yes’. Why shouldn’t I? After all, she is beautiful, fair and tall, with a shapely body, and with that tiny mole under her lower lip that most guys would be ready to die for. Overall, a trustworthy companion, a perfect daughter-in-law and an ambitious girl – what else does a guy want? But one year of marriage can prove you wrong. It can even give a shock perhaps. Just the thought that a girl in her mid-twenties can hold so many secrets, so many emotions, is actually astonishing. Few months ago, I would’ve never pictured things the way they are now. She once said to me: ‘Love has nothing to do with the body. It speaks from the soul.’ Well, she was absolutely correct. But I think, I was an Idiot as what she meant that day came into my wits now… I was uncomfortably aware of my conscience every time I faintly turned the page of her diary, and every time a feeling went through my nerves, like I was about to bite my own tongue. How had something so simple become so tangled and complicated suddenly? I still remember the first time I had met her. As much as I tried not to think about her, she kept flitting into my consciousness or into my line of sight. And I was clear that I wanted her. I want to formalize the relationship. How? I don’t know. But yes, my sentiments were really honest. That’s it. But now, it’s something different.

7. Epiphany: Tales of Revelation 

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Blurb-

“A true and brutally honest utterance of love, this book connects with you instantly. An attempt to bring out the various nuances of a heart in love, the collection ranges from romantic poems to poems dwelling with the questions of self. This book is for everyone who wants to have a rendezvous with themselves and also with the ones they love in a familiar yet newer light.”

8. Blemishing The Odds by Harish Penumarthi

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Blurb-

Say hello to Raghav, an immature, insensitive person who is apathetic about everyone else except himself. His life revolves around his parents and his friends. He is among the bad books of all his Teachers. Until one day, when Trisha, a new entrant; mesmerizes him at the very first glance. He finds a friend, savior, nurturer and an inamorata in her. Just when he thinks that everything has been set out in a picture perfect manner, life throws a series of ghastly surprises at him. Will he change for good or stick to his immature stand of “My Life, my rules” and screw it all up? This tale journeys across all the ups and downs a student could possibly encounter. The transformations that a student may endure, the courage and guts one needs to have in order to dodge all predicaments and eventually sketch the perfect end to all his agonies.

9. The Kissing Circles by Nitin Tewari

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Blurb-

“A boat race. Sounds fun” “Not for me. Oh, but I can be a cheerleader.” No doubt a Toddy effect. “Yeah dude. So Pandey is going to design the next aircraft carrier ship.” “And Bansal, you’re going to brand this into the first Water Olympics.” “And I shall win the race and marry Kala in the most lavish wedding Mevalloor has ever seen” Yeah, welcome to the world of Ordinaries! Extraordinary In 2007, at the height of the Global IT boom, Manoj Bansal and Rajesh Pandey, two newly-releasedprisoners of Engineering with mediocre grades and a looming IT future, set out for Trivandrum for their Corporate Learning Programme (CLP). Torn between their past miscues and topical aspirations, they hope to find their true calling.Whilst in a confused, depression ridden transitory phase, they soon run into their fellow trainee, Adish Matthew – a Malayali Computer engineer, and a village simpleton Mutthur Sankunni – the no-hope skipper of MaruthiVallam, gearing up for the annual Vallamkali. Bound by a common thread of mediocrity, they shun the modern world’s great expectations and take off on a spree to discover the tranquility of the God’s own country. Until one day…when a Tsunami of mishaps rocks their life, impelling them to join hands and transfigure into the four kissing circles, fighting the most irrelevant battle of our times: To be or not to be, extraordinary.

10. Strangers With Known Faces by Gautam Dutta

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Rajat, Meenakshi, Sadaaf, Amol, and Shanaya are five University students with nothing in common- who should never have met in the first place. They meet after winning a lucky draw- the prize of which was to take part in a puzzle game. Though the game was engrossing, they were unable to solve the puzzle in the stipulated time. However, this lead to the beginning of a deep friendship between them. Their friendship blossomed. But ego and misunderstanding led to an acrimonious break up. They meet again- two decades later- when Shanaya is murdered, and the other four are suspects. The four soon realize that in spite of being estranged for so many years, there were unknown ties that bound them- ties of treachery, deceit, and subterfuge. Ties that have led them to come together in circumstances that no one could have foreseen. And the game that they had left incomplete two decades back has to be played yet again – on a much bigger canvas. Now they have to trust each other, clear their names, and get to the bottom of the mystery, which threatens not only their lives and relationships, but also the fabric of democratic India. As their travels and travails continue, they discover hitherto unknown facets of the people around them, as well as their own selves. Can they succeed in resolving the puzzle this time? Or is history doomed to repeat itself? As hidden aspects of the human personality are revealed, they realize that no one is what he or she appears to be. For the world comprises of ‘Strangers With Known Faces’.

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Author Interview- Gautam Dutta (Strangers With Known faces)

Hi friends,

Welcome again. Today we have Gautam Dutta, author of Strangers With Known Faces. Lets interogate him in our today’s session…

1. Tell us about yourself.

I am an academician by profession, and have been associated with various Universities, both in India and abroad. I am currently working as an Assistant Professor in Manipal University, Jaipur. Though I am a faculty at the Department of Electronics and Communications, I am interested in eclectic topics like as Science, Psychology, Philosophy, and International Geopolitics.

2. What brought you in this writing world?

Writing is one of the best ways to express oneself. I am not good in art or music. But I have a good imagination. And I like telling stories. Consequently, writing is a natural choice.

3. What after writing?

I will continue to keep write and tell stories. And I will continue with my academic career simultaneously.

4. What made you write ‘Strangers With Known Faces’?

First of all, I started writing this as a confession- as a release from the mental burden that I had been carrying in my mind. In life, I have done a lot of blunders, taken wrong decisions, and wasted my time over trivialities. In short, I have led a much screwed up life so far. I could not tell my story directly. So I made up a story that is fictional, but where the emotions are real.

As the name of the book suggests, there are many people who were once important in our lives but are now out-of-touch for a very long time. They are practically strangers. What happens when they meet again? I have seen people who called themselves ‘brothers’ or ‘sisters’. Imagine the surprise when six months later they message me and say that they just have no news of each other. And I have seen such ‘friends’ reuniting in strange circumstances, and then splitting up again.

The name of the book also signifies certain aspects of people that are completely hidden from you. You think you know someone- but do you really? What are the dark secrets that person may be hiding? What is the actual definition of the word ‘intimacy’? So who is really a stranger, and who is a friend?

And finally, the name of the book means that you are not only a stranger to each other- but to yourself as well. There are so many aspects of your own personality that you are not aware of, but others are. Then you pretend to be someone who you are not in reality- in order to make an impression. The Johari Window comprises of the Arena, the Façade, the Blind Spot and the Unknown Self.

I once went to a bookshop, and found two distinct classes of fictional books in stores. One was books about life in college, life after college, love, romance, etc. The other was conspiracy thrillers. I decided to combine both genres in one story.

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5. Tell us a name of a fictional character that resembles you and why?

Ranbir Kapoor has perfected the art of playing the confused young man on screen. I am one myself. My life has been as weird and complicated as the characters he plays.

6. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?

Any written work can and should be considered literature. There may or may not be creative or artistic merit in them. But that is a subjective definition. In the world of literature, there is a place for everything.

7. Names of authors you follow. And why?

I generally read non-fiction more than fiction, as I like studying books on philosophy and psychology. That helps me in getting more detailed portrayals of my characters. As far as the fictional part goes, I am more inspired by movies than books. I like Action Thrillers as wellas Romantic Dramas. Some of the authors/filmmakers whose works inspired my book are Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, the Walchowiskis, Christopher Nolan, Guru Dutta, Kabir Khan, Imtiaz Ali, and Karan Johar (Yes, that is correct. Read my book, and you will understand why).

8. Anything about your upcoming work?

My second book is also one that spans two decades. It is a story of friendship, love, loss, redemption.  It is aa coming-of-age romantic drama about people who suck in their personal relationships. And true to my storytelling style, it also has action scenes in appropriate places.

9. How can our readers connect with you?

You can connect me through my Facebook page.

And my e-mail ID is gautamdutta5678@gmail.com

10. Any words to newbies?

Write what you want to….but remember that not everybody will be interested in reading what you have written. Accept that. And please please please…….get your manuscript corrected for grammatical errors and typos.

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