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Book Review: Chandratal by Puneet Pundir

Chandratal by Puneet Pundir offers an engrossing yet baffling proposition before their readers: science vs. divine powers. The story follows a mysterious lake worshiped by some group of saints. The group has absolute faith on the lake, they know that it is about some divine power. But when a smuggler cum businessman gets healed by its powers, he refuses to believe it, citing it as something to do with physics, gravity, and other form of science.

Undoubtedly, the novel is highly thrilling and fabulous with its each literature aspect. The novel has a fewer characters, but they are sketched brilliantly, in their full colours.

At the story front, we see it oscillating between past and present of the protagonist and antagonists. In between lie their aspirations, family history, past deeds, sins, and much more. The lead guy is Rajeshwar from Pondicherry. He is a businessman with merciless principles. If he founds anyone double crossing him, he makes sure to exact his revenge on time. He is robust, powerful, and has that streak to live and rule the world at his own terms. His character solely drives the story to its final brim.

When the group of saints and their leader Guruji saves his life by using the powers of Chandratal, he spends time with them to understand it, but he soon begins investigating about it, as he knew that the water of Chandratal is nothing less an elixir, it can cure any wound in a fraction of seconds, and make anyone young. He was just curious, without having any malicious intent about it.

The other side of the story has Rajshekhran, a boy from the local village, who goes to the USA for a job in a medical company. His story of leaving the village is interesting. He knew about the powers of that lake…and that is the conflict point in the story.

Chandratal is a Hindi title but fully a suspense thriller. While reading you can get hunch that language is not a barrier for the author, he clearly wins the side by perfectly placing the story with optimum pace and unexpected twists and turns.

The novel rides high on elements, making it a read for pleasure novel. Get into it to unveil the secrets of that cave and that moon lake? Can divine powers still overrule the modern-day advanced science? Superb narration, no confusion, no hindrance, it’s a novel to be revered and read for sheer delight.

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