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Book Review: Shillong Times – A Story of Friendship And Fear

By Shivalisingla

Hi! I hope you are doing great. I just finished reading this book called Shillong Times – A Story of Friendship And Fear by Nilanjan P. Choudhury that I received a few days back. So let’s begin with a few details about the book:

Author: Nilanjan P. Choudhury

Format: Paperback

Print Length: 248 pages

Language: English

Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing Private Limited (10 September 2018)

BOOK BLURB: Shillong Times – A Story of Friendship And Fear 

When fourteen-year-old Debojit Dutta meets the slightly older Clint Eastwood Lyngdoh in his maths tuition classes, he is wary of his cigarette-smoking, whiskey-swilling ways. Besides, Debu has only recently escaped a bunch of local ruffians who wanted him to ‘go back home to Bangladesh’.

But Debu is unable to resist being friends with Clint. For, in return for doing his maths homework, Clint introduces him to a completely new life: the heady charms of Kalsang, the Chinese restaurant forbidden by Debu’s mother; the revolutionary sounds of Pink Floyd; and most importantly, the coolest, prettiest girl in town—Audrey Pariat. Audrey loves maths and detective stories, just like Debu, and does not make him feel awkward or exotic.

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Together, the three of them look set to embark on many adventures. But when tensions between the Khasi and Bengali communities boil over, Shillong becomes a battlefield—old neighbors become outsiders and the limits of friendship are challenged.

With crackling energy, Nilanjan P. Choudhury immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Debu, his friends and his family, and their attempts to find love and belonging. Written with uncommon warmth, humor and a delightful evocation of place, Shillong Times is an exhilarating coming-of-age story—showing us how friendship can eclipse the hardened enmities of adulthood.

BOOK REVIEW: Shillong Times – A Story of Friendship And Fear 

So, before I get into the plot details, I would like you to know that this book is going to take you back to your childhood days and there will be moments of laughter while you go deep into the book, and you will be overwhelmed with the memories for sure. So, don’t forget to grab a cup of piping hot coffee or chai while you read this book because it’s really hard to put down this book. It’s that engaging and gripping.

I know you must have got an idea about how I found out this book, but I still have got to give more information so you can decide whether to spend money on this or not. So, the cover of the book is quite relatable and decent and the book title is just perfect as per the contents of the book. I found the writing style, narration really good and language quite simple and easy to go through, and fast-paced.

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I have never been to Shillong, but the book took me through the imagination as I have known the place for many years. Debojit Dutta is the main character of the story. It’s the story of Shillong becoming a battlefield and the boiling tensions between the Khasi and Bengali communities. The old neighbors, friends become outsiders and the relationships go through harsh times (as the blurb suggests doing its job pretty well.)

So, what happens after the above happens? Well, you will have to read the book to know about the same 😉

Overall, it has been a good read for me. I Just want to point out one thing that could be improved and it’s the editing of the book, a few spelling errors to mention. Hence, I highly recommend you read the book once and share it with other people too who you think would find it a good read.

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Yes! I highly recommend this book to all of you. Please buy a copy and share it with other people too.

So, I hope the book reviews or the book recommendations on the blog are helpful for you guys. Also, I shall be sharing more. So, stay tuned for that!

Have you read Shillong Times – A Story of Friendship And Fear ? If yes, then Please let me know in the comments if you liked it or not.

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Until then, Happy reading!

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