There was once a time when horror movies and horror books were fun to watch and read. These were the days of the purani havelis and the chudails and the randy thakurs and quartets playing hooky to vacay in what’s supposed to be a haunted hotel.
Somewhere in the nineties, horror in India took a turn towards intellectual and the fun, campy aspect of horror was thought to be lost forever.
But as long as writers like Vishal Goswami are around, people who dig such simple stories have something to look forward to. Here is the complete review of Vishal Goswami’s Khel: The Writings.
KTW has a simple premise of a haunted haveli that comes into the picture when four people who were supposed to shoot a documentary are killed. Investigative Journalist Sanya Sharma, who is reeling under the losses that she’s facing in real life is sent to investigate the happenings in a take it or leave it scenario,
But nobody knew that Sanya’s life would go topsy turvy when she begins to investigate the happenings in the purani haveli. Will Sanya be able to clear the cobwebs and reveal the truth? Will her personal life take a turn for the better, or will the shadow of evil always remain on her life.
These and other questions are answered in Khel: The Writings.
Vishal Goswami is an impressive writer, and succeeds in creating the right kind of atmosphere even with the least number of words.
His descriptions and build up of the characters as well as the situations are spot on. Even the most hardened of horror readers will find themselves looking behind their back if they read the book with concentration.
While Vishal is quite adept at describing the scenarios the man also shows off some good setting up the situation skills and two of the sequences in the book particularly interested me, and I daresay that both of these are pretty original.
However, the story had a old school feel to it and therefore, readers shouldn’t go out looking for some long winded backstories and mind boggling origins of the supernatural as well as human beings in the book. While this might be offputting for a whole generation that’s been reading horror books that are high on the intelligence quotient, KTW stands on its own might of several spooky sequences.
The character are quite run-of-the-mill though and even some side arcs like the romance between the lead characters is not something that’d be seen in a contemporary horror book, but old school horror buffs will definitely dig this.
KTW unwittingly turns out to be an ode to the era of Ramsay when it comes to Indian horror and that is definitely not a bad thing. If you ever wish to curl up with a simple but spinetingling book that leaves you curious for more, Khel: The Writings is a must buy for you.