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Neil falls in love with his newly-wedded sister-in-law, Tuli, forcing seeds of suspicion and spilling blasphemy into the conservative Bengali family. He runs away from the chaos, drowning himself in lies and false assurances, only to discover that Tuli is pregnant with his child – and all becomes clear. His fears and doubts evaporate, and he sets out to make life wonderfulNeil falls in love with his newly-wedded sister-in-law, Tuli, forcing seeds of suspicion and spilling blasphemy into the conservative Bengali family. He runs away from the chaos, drowning himself in lies and false assurances, only to discover that Tuli is pregnant with his child – and all becomes clear. His fears and doubts evaporate, and he sets out to make life wonderful for Tuli and their child, completely unaware that, even with the impending battle he has to fight, it is written in stone that he must die. A story of silent rebellion, desperate escapism, self-destruction – and thunderous passion....

Title : Neil Must Die
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ISBN : 9781628400700
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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Neil Must Die Reviews

  • Priyanka Singh
    2019-02-13 13:43

    A girl, a free bird, who likes to climb trees, slide down the stairs, soak herself in first rains, is married in a conservative Bengali family and is tried to be caged. No one there understands her way of life and considers her immature. No one but her brother-in-law. They find each other emotionally compatible and fall in love. But in such a complicated situation their love has to face a lot. Written in the setup of conventional Bengal, you will love the book if you are a Bengali. I like the flash back mode of the devastating love story. As a debut novel the job is very well done.

  • Amrit Sinha
    2019-02-18 14:40

    “Neil Must Die” – so says the author, but do we agree? True, Neil isn't mortal, and neither is he a saint. He is sketched in black and white, the complexion of his character basking in the shades of grey, not the type of hero we would idolize. “Neil Must Die” – so says the author, but do we agree?Neil lives his life, and then runs away from it, only to try coming back to his own self. As we roll over the pages in anticipation, the constant urge to walk with Neil, and to fight with the world alongside him, flows parallely within us. We succumb to his gentleness at times, and then try to evade his raw rustic persona when situations are unfavorable, oblivious to the fact that we are gradually falling in love with Neil.And then there is Tuli. A girl so vibrant, lively and brimming with life, perhaps her name symbolizes her nature. She is ‘Tuli’, a paint brush, painting the canvas with her own set of dreams and imaginations, often challenging norms and pursuing habits one may term as blasphemous. But then, you can’t, and you won’t blame her, ‘cause you simply fall in love with her.For all male readers, Tuli is that girl you often craved for in your fantasies, perfect yet bordering around imperfection, and that’s what makes her all the more appealing. For all the female readers, Tuli is the friend you would have loved to have during your teens, climbing trees, smoking in hushed silences, and laughing all day.Tuli is pretty, and she knows it. She can be childish and mature at the same time. She wishes to fly loose, and then restrains herself at times. Tuli is the girl we know, and yet we do not recognize her.Neil falls in love with Tuli, his brother’s wife, and the story catches pace. This is the segment I loved reading the most – their passionate love making combined with the fear and confusion that comes coupled with such a relationship. While they are madly in love with each other, they can’t confess it to the outer world due to obvious reasons. The friction in their relationship, the turmoil within their souls, and the angst in their hearts heightens the curiosity of the readers, and that turns out to be the biggest plus point of this book.However, the author tries to dabble with different genres, shifting from romance to thriller to crime, and perhaps that’s where the plot starts dragging a bit. I, as a reader, would have loved it, if the author had focused only on the love story and not tried to venture into the other genres.Credit should go to the author to have come forward with beautiful protagonists who will stay forever in the minds of the readers for long. Tuli in particular captures you heart, and you wish her to be happy with Neil. You question fate when they face tough times, but sometimes, destiny too is etched by the writer’s pen. “Neil Must Die” – so says the author, but do we agree? Read this novel, and let me know.

  • Ajay Yadav
    2019-01-27 09:36

    It is very good book in terms of language, flow, content. You have very nicely taken a very bold issue of illicit relation. The character of Tuli is also nicely portrayed. But on the slop side I felt that you have unnecessary incorporated erotica. In fact at places it has become a bit of vulgar(like in honeymoon chapter of Tuli). Secondly being a woman you understand better that women don't fall in bed so easily as you have shown all women falling for Neil. Dr Ajay

  • Prashant Shrivastava
    2019-02-19 08:51

    the blurb printed at the back cover tells you all. But that doesn't satiate a desire of a voracious reader - so I went through the book and read between the lines. Amazing has been the description and the way Kaberi has articulated her feelings and made the story look like a movie running before your eyes is incredible. I would recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a powerful story in the crowd of new age authors.

  • Imagication Creatives
    2019-01-30 08:59

    Rarely do you come across a book which tries, and to a great extent succeeds, in sensitively handling social taboos existent in a society. Neil Must Die (NMD), a novel by Kaberi Chatterjee, is one such brave attempt. NMD has been previously published in the United States, and is brought to the Indian bookshelves by a new publishing house, Blackbuck Publication, which is debuting with this book. The book has an interestingly laid out story which keeps you gripped much before the story actually starts. The acknowledgement and preface of the book explicitly inform about the presence of adult content in the novel which was enough to rouse interest (Tongue firmly in cheek). On a serious note, NMD shocks you, shakes you and presents before you an interestingly knit piece of events which moves back and forth in time and has its layout divided between different characters. The novel keeps up the pace nonetheless, which got disturbed by too many vernacular Bengali words with their explanations and references listed in the end. It is understood as the initial market of the book was non-Indian, and hence a detailed explanation of all the customs and rituals was required. But the to and fro mode of the story and the regular flipping through the pages exercise did take some time to wade through the book. It also lightened the intensity of the situation as I needed a break to look out the meaning of the heavy words. Though an inline explanation would have pushed up word count, it would have gone well with the narrative. Additionally, my copy of the book had many typos which dented my reading further. I hope the publishers rectify the mistakes in forthcoming editions.Neil is a no-nonsense guy who lives in Calcutta in a joint family, with a strict father and stricter rules. His brother gets married to a happy-go-lucky girl, Tuli, who fills music in the bland environment of everyone's lives, who makes their house feel like home, and she slowly wins over everyone’s heart in the house. Even Neil’s. Tuli was prophesied after her birth that she would die soon, so she takes up risks, lives life to the fullest and happily awaits her death. Neil tries to flee away from Tuli, but there’s a bad world waiting out there for him, which overpowers him and sucks him to the core. Tuli tries to flee death as she finds greater solace of her thoughts and feelings with Neil. The Tuli-Neil romance forms the crux of the story and the developments in the plot leads to further complications and strains in familial ties which eventually shapes the question, why must Neil die?Chatterjee has done a praise-worthy work by mixing together elements of thriller and romance with a fine dose of suspense as to which side the scale would tilt after a few pages. The author has intricately portrayed the key characters and the events which influence them. The book is a work of fiction but you find a certain sense of connect to the protagonists. The conflict plays out in your mind and you can easily relate it to epic romance sagas, where the love is sacrificed for the sake of love.Book: Neil Must DieAuthor: Kaberi ChatterjeePublisher: Blackbuck PublicationsPrice: Rs. 190

  • VaultOfBooks
    2019-02-13 14:01

    By Kaberi Chatterjee. Grade B+‘Neil Must Die’ isn’t your conventional kind of novel, simply because after reading the blurb on the back cover, you will have to decide whether you want to read such a story in which the protagonist and her sister-in-law enter into a brooding romantic affair within a conventional family of Bengal. But as soon as I progressed, all my doubts/inhibitions turned into a melodious ride (mostly), which is a bit odd, surely, but the author Kaberi Chatterjee makes it seem so possible as well as plausible indeed.Neil and Tuli despite characteristic differences find similarities in their emotional sense of the world. The reader is surely bound to fall in love with the character of the latter, it’s unavoidable. She is an ‘im’perfect blend of childish innocence and maturity that comes with age and responsibility. In other words, she is non-decodable. While Neil is a person with thoughtful awareness of his surroundings, Tuli creates a magical charm around his mental sights; and once the bonding starts between them, there is no stopping it.Neil, a non-certain gray character, finds himself in the ping-pong of events surrounding him. Why does he get embroiled in such a (wrong!) situation, what happens after that, why should he die… these all questions form the crux of the story.The author has done a pretty good job of making her characters alive and kicking. Initially, there is some non-coherence in following the story but the fun starts once we are thrown into flashback. I liked how the author non-frequently but intelligently displays the emotions of each and every character by delving into their psyche in-between, and letting the story flow using them as the anchor till next few pages. The writing is good, but the story needs more strong points apart from its central theme.On the other hand, there are quite contradictions when the story is revolving around Neil and Cathy. At one point, Cathy loathes and despises Neil learning about his criminal past, but just after moments comes into his room and throws herself for sex. Either I’ve got the understanding problem, or these are few improbable instances in the story which I found difficult to digest. Secondly, the left text alignment throughout the whole book hinders easy reading, although after sometime I got adjusted to it while my subconscious found it harmonizing with the story’s turmoil.On a concluding note, Neil Must Die doesn’t break any grounds in giving us a new story or in storytelling, though it’s still a breezy and emotional read. And the author’s remark at the end justifies the open-ending of the story well.Originally reviewed at, a close-knit community of fanatical readers. We are looking for perceptive readers who can write well, and we are eager to provide lots of free books in exchange for reviews. Shoot us a mail at

  • Abhinand
    2019-01-26 16:41

    The story starts with Neil’s trip to the Himalayas where he meets Cathy and open up his heart to her. The flashback is based on Calcutta and the description of the place makes easy for the readers to visualize it. True color of the city and the culture it follows gives a clear picture about the people of Calcutta. Tuli’s history of birth and her fate written makes a different introduction. Tuli is married to Neil’s brother Soumen who only dream of her in bed. Tuli shows no interest for him and disappoints him on the first day of their marriage. Tuli finds Neil to be so real and soon becomes close to him. Though Neil worries about her interest on him on the first place, he falls for her later. Their affair remains secret within Neil’s room where they have sex. Tuli pretends to be happy with Soumen but longs to live the rest of the life with Neil. Though Neil tries to move away from her, he finds him only much closer to her. Their hopeless affair comes to light when Soumen sees them together in Neil’s room. Neil then tries to explain their love but Soumen takes the matter to their mother who warns Neil for his behavior. Thus Neil and Tuli find no way to talk with other. Tuli, after knowing that she is pregnant with Neil’s baby, asks him to search for a career in Mumbai without letting him know about his baby. In Mumbai, he stays with Remo, his friend, who works for a Mafia. Juhi, a call girl helps Neil to get a job. Upon knowing that Tuli is pregnant with his baby, he leaves to Calcutta to see her only to find her dead. The shock becomes too much to bear and he leaves to Mumbai. He then works for Hussain, the Mafia and gets into a trouble. What trouble did he land up in? Does Cathy help him to recover from his past? Having no future, should Neil die?To learn more about the story, walk up to the nearby bookshop and get your copy soon.The author has brought all the emotions into the story which makes the reader feel the characters so alive. The narration of the story is clear and the glossary of terms helps for an easy read. The addressing of Calcutta and its culture surely makes the readers learn about the city. Tuli’s character was so interesting which I liked the most. And reading the conclusion part, I prefer Neil to live with a fresh start. I find no mistake on him to make him die. The credit for the uniqueness of the looks that the book carries goes to the publications. This is the first book of the Blackbuck publication and I am more than satisfied with its quality. Waiting for the new books soon from BlackBuck.

  • Deepak Nare
    2019-02-03 14:45

    Neil Must Die by Kaberi Chatterjee is story of a man’s journey back to home; with the core of an extramarital affair and a pinch of thriller. Neil, a Bengali guy, living with joint family in Calcutta falls in love with his brother’s wife. The angst of such love and self-guilt forces him to run away but there are deeper dark valleys in the world outside for him to succumb. News of a coming life changes things and he decides to return home and face his future or whatever left of it because Neil must die. Why? Okay, let’s be spoiler free. What is with extramarital affair? Why so many writers are interested in it? That was my first reaction after reading the blurb. And yes, I have the answer after reading the book but it has nothing to do with the concept of taboo love. It takes real talent on writer’s part to create average characters, put them in grey slots and still make the reader feel pity for them. The characters of Neil and Tuli are beautifully woven and keep you engrossed in the tale. Generally, a hardcore Drama fiction drags a bit but the subplots included by author makes it a fast paced novel. But what really make you to turn the pages is the impeccable narration and interesting story-flow. Counting the cons; even where the author is a woman, I felt the female characters in this novel unreal and their actions unjustified. I understand, what fiction is if not leap of faith, but still at some points I felt detached from the story due to this and… There is a list of Glossary attached at the end of the book giving definitions of Bengali words and phrases spattered across the novel. Most authors like to say, they include slangs to give shade to characters (or regional background in this case), I am not satisfied with this answer. For instance, when your read Hagrid’s dialogues written by JKR, it is not bad language and you get a good enough idea about how the big guy is. Also, if you come across a phrase ‘niceta meetcha’ you won’t only know what he meant (nice to meet you) but will also get a hint on his ethnicity. I firmly believe it is high time for Indian writers to incorporate such dialogue techniques instead. There are a few scenes which could be categorized as obscene, but I didn’t find anything offending. Hence, overall it is a decent read for everyone but specially recommended to fans of Drama genre.Read More..

  • Ipshita Ranjana
    2019-02-01 12:53

    Neil Must Die was a roller coaster ride for me because though there were some moments where I was like:There were also moments like:The story is about Neil and Tuli's forbidden love.It was quite an emotional ride with loads of angst.If you want something light then stay away because this book is so not for the light hearted.It's kind of an unconventional story like its title.I want to make this spoiler free so I'll leave it to the readers to find why "Neil Must Die"..?There were some moments where I got too weary to carry on because of the main characters especially Tuli but in the end it was all worth it.I liked how the author keeps you hooked even if you get frustrated by the main characters.Go for this one if you like forbidden romance or if you want something different.Note:Won in a goodreads giveaway..:)

  • Vikas Singh
    2019-01-19 08:47

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  • Chatterjee Kaberi
    2019-02-03 16:43

    This was not my first book, but my first novel. I wrote a short story collection, Titir and other Tales before NMD and another, Whiff of Tempest, after. However, I have moved on. After writing NMD I felt complete as an author. I realized I can never again write something so close to my heart. With so much zeal, passion. I can never compete with myself. Maybe I had become withdrawn, maybe I moved on with launching my magazine, Citrus, ( or working as editor with various newspapers. Just had become grounded to reality. Maybe I was giving space to my budding author son to grow, so moved aside. I don't know. But I thought I was done with Neil Must Die and with writing books... But this link gave me shivers! Have I set a new trend? A trend of new literature of facts, as this reader says? I feel guilty. Guilty of not worthy of it. Guilty of not having contributed enough to the new age literature. Here's what gave me shivers! free to contact me at

  • Himani Gupta
    2019-02-17 11:58

    A nice and fresh concept with a beautiful narration…A must read book.