The Wrong Turn by Sanjay Chopra and Namita Roy Ghose is a page-turner that bridges the gap between fiction and non-fiction. The fact that the novel is set during the times of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and The Indian National Army not only made the premise more intriguing, it also set the tone for my literary journey. And what a roller-coaster journey it turned out to be!
The Wrong Turn is a gripping narrative of historical fiction with the right amount of Suspense and Romance thrown in. The tagline “Love and betrayal in the time of Netaji” certainly does justice to the overall mood of the book. The writing is evocative and crisp, easily transporting the reader to those old bygone days. The characters make the culture and the era dance in front of the reader’s eyes. The plot is well-researched, and there’s never a dull moment in the book. The language is mostly lucid except a few places where it seems just a bit over-the-top. The Bengali words sprinkled here and there delighted my Bengali soul, though I can see how they can be a problem for the non-speaker. I’d have expected a decent font size considering the book is already 488 pages. Since I am used to the comfort of reading on a kindle, being able to adjust the font size, reading this book in paperback was uncomfortable due to its small fonts.
All in all, The Wrong Turn will take you on a journey of myriad emotions, and not just love and betrayal! It will grab you by the throat and never let you go until you turn all the 488 pages. The Wrong Turn is a must read book of our times. Grab the book below.
During a school project on ‘The most memorable day of my life’, NAMITA ROY GHOSE wrote about a Russian girl on the day WW2 ended. She got her first rejection slip from the teacher for making things up. Ever since, Namita has established her storytelling skills through her scriptwriting, screenplays poetry, fiction, legendary advertising campaigns, and as a renowned advertising film director. A Creative Director with HTA, she left after 13 years to start her own film company, White Light, one of India’s top ad film outfits. A social activist, she is the founder of Vanashakti, an NGO that works to protect the environment. Namita has done pro bono work on issues like domestic violence, child welfare, sexual harassment and forest preservation. She is an avid traveller, a photographer, foodie and teacher.
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