Monday, April 6, 2015

Book Review : Crossed & Knotted.

"Crossed & Knotted " is a novel penned by 14 authors.This itself is quite interesting as  a thread of a story is woven by so many writers ! The novel consists of 14 chapters .Each chapter is by a different author. Each chapter is a story, which is complete in itself and yet ,a part of the novel.The fourteen stories add up to make the complete novel ! The publisher is Readomania

The first story is about Sudip & how he falls for Megha .They marry & then begin the revealations.It unfolds like a marriage going wrong .Do they divorce or separate ? What about the child ? What is the fault of the child ? Who is at fault ?

The second story is about James or is it Joseph Varughese? How are they connected ? Is it about re birth or someone is playing tricks ?

The third story is about Siya & her family.Her son never seems to sit still.He is restless. Is there a reason for that ? Or is it just a hyperactive kid ?

In the fourth story ,there is a thread connecting Joseph Varughese.It  begins to get scary. Do such things happen ? Its like being on the edge.The next story scared me even more.It has some eerie effect to it.

And so on....the 14 stories weave a magic .It never feels that each chapter is penned by a different author.The themes are so varying & yet fit into each other like a jigsaw puzzle.There is murder,rebirth,terrorism,love affairs, super naturalism ,etal !

There will be sequels to this novel as some stories  seem to end though the readers would want them to continue further.

Crossed &Knotted
India's First Composite Novel

The Blurb

Crossed & Knotted is India’s first Composite Novel, a book written by fourteen authors in close collaboration with each other. The chapters, each a story in itself, are knotted with one another through characters, events, settings and emotions. The result is a read that criss-crosses through a multitude of emotions bringing out deep rooted human desires. They narrate tales of love and betrayal, suspense and mystery, courage and dilemma, along with hope and resilience. Read it for a taste so tantalizing, that your mind will surely be craving for more!

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Sutapa Basu is an Honours scholar from Santiniketan and holds a Masters degree in English Literature. Her professional career has seen her as a teacher, editor, and publisher. She has worked with renowned international publishing houses like Oxford University Press and Encyclopaedia Britannica. In the last five years of her professional career, she has launched 111 educational titles, 33 CDs and digital products, a language lab and a website. She has also developed and edited over 450 books over the last thirteen years.


India has traditionally been the land of storytellers and a lot of us have an inherent skill of creating good plots, stories and narrations. With a little encouragement and support, many more authors can be widely read. This is the essence of Readomania-an initiative that nurtures emerging stars of the literary world.

Readomania is an online content discovery platform that brings to life a whole new literary world, with stories, authors, books and a lot more. We also have a publishing house that takes the best of Readomania from the online format to print editions and launches debut authors. Our focus is to bring to the market, new authors and novel concepts, a composite novel being one of them. Our previous book, Chronicles of Urban Nomads, a collection of short stories, was also an experimental publication. 

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Readomania is the talent hunt in fiction that goes a step beyond, nurtures talent and showcases it to the world, in the process, creating a powerhouse of content.

Our website also has a lot in store for the reader. Since the content is edited and curated, by a strong team of editors, readers get quality reads on a platter. The variety on Readomania is impressively vast; we have romance, emotions, thrills, travel, humour and drama. 

Accessing Readomania makes for a perfect break of fifteen minutes from your daily grind. The website was launched in January, 2014 and is already very popular with about 3500 registered users, of which 300 members are active contributors and authors. The site also boasts of 800 online publications and more than three lakh page views till date.

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