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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 tCrossed & 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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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Crossed & Knotted Reviews

  • Kirthi Jayakumar
    2019-04-28 20:26

    When Readomania comes out with a new publication, you know for a fact that it is going to be brilliant. If a relay could be played in literature, this would be it. Crossed and Knotted is India’s first Composite Novel. Fourteen authors come together to collaborate and write a book - and here's the best part. Each individual story is a standalone that can be read in isolation, or in conjunction with the entire repertoire of stories. What makes Crossed and Knotted a great read is the fact that it gives you the best of 14 different minds, 14 different thought processes, and 14 elegant ideas. The icing on the cake is the style with which they all tie into the main narrative without a moment's slip. The editing is brilliant - to make the transition from one story to another without allowing the individual styles to affect and be affected by the main narrative is not a mean feat, and Sutapa Basu has been brilliant in attending to it. The novel explores a range of themes - love and betrayal, suspense and mystery, courage and dilemma, along with hope and resilience. Deepti Menon, Amrit Sinha, Bhaswar Mukherjee, Ayan Pal, Anupama Jain and Monika Nair have completely outdone themselves - their nuanced approach to the story, picking up the storyline ever so gently from their predecessors and allowing the threads to fall just as lightly for the next to take forth is no mean feat - especially given how unique each of their styles are. A sure shot great read, this!

  • Niranjan Navalgund
    2019-05-06 17:28

    Another Unputdownable by Readomania - Crossed and Knotted is a double rainbow with fourteen stories in the season of mists and creative writing. In any endeavor of life, novelties involve tremendous research. Research means a lot of authentic work and Readomania has been successful in playing out a novelty in Indian writing. 'Floating Admiral' had given me a brief idea about the collaborative writing. The concept is a challenge in itself and the team of Crossed and Knotted deserves applause for managing to plot a decent outline. (The Floating Admiral is a collaborative detective novel written by fourteen members of the Detection Club in 1931)Concept : 4.5/5Readomania's Novelty will certainly adhere a lot of followers in the coming days. I'm sure that a lot of publishing houses will look up to this idea. The execution of the concept is decent. The book is rich in ideas, because the writers gave enough freedom to each other to explore the story in their own waysContent : 4/5Each story retains its individuality and connects the previous story to some extent. Full marks to the technique employed in planning out the entire story. Some stories would have been better without a few lines, but the big picture compensates it well enough.Chapters : 1. A Curious Dallance by Sutapa Basu - Well-carved story! This story does two things : Opens the gates for the stories and initiates an end as well.It cleverly stays away from giving out more details of Sudip's life. Quality of the writing is impressive 2. The Diary of Joseph Varughese by Ayan Pal- This story is certainly the soul of the book.The curious journal entries start to captivate reader's attention. The ending of this story is crispy3. The Web of Life by Sanchita Sen Das - The events in the story are fast-paced. It's a warm read that does not tell, but shows. Siya's life will remain with you for two reasons : Powerful Story and Beautiful Writing4. The Real Fiction of Illiana Braun by Arvind Passey : The author has cleverly used the names of the characters to boost the strength of the moving tale. I loved many lines in the story that make for a great quote. Pinch of Philosophy in the story made it to the list of my favorite stories!5. The Burning Candle by Mithun Mukherjee : Wow. The best part about the story is in the title. A wonderful metaphor that adds more spark! The story opens a platform to the reader on a different level. It is unusual, but it begins to run in tandem with reality.6. Relics to Ruins by Avanti Sopory : The readers certainly get their thirst quenched in this story. They get to know more about Catherine. The setting is grand and simple! The writer manages to knit grand images, especially the scenes in Afghanistan effortlessly7. The Leap of Faith by Bhaswar Mukherjee : Picking the characters from the previous story, Bhaswar comes up with a story of change. It is a story of two ends : Hope and Despair. The Leaps from Despair to Hope, Hate to Love make this an inspiring story8. Reclaiming Life by Anupapa Jain: This story is powerful and rich in conveying the emotions of an Indian housewife. It also highlights the challenges and throws some light on a possible solution. Great piece of writing!9. Dragon Lady by Deepti Menon : The author seems to know the recipe of a perfect story. The story has conflicts of different kinds and it manages to boom the readers with its tiny mystery. 10. For a Speck of a Moment : This story adds another flavor to the whole book : Action. Binoy's story could be a story of the next indian film. The writing is easy and exciting. The ending reminded me of a scene set in Sudeep Nagarkar's novel 'You are the password to my life'. Amrit's story has the right amount of Masala and manages to stay within the outline of the book11. To Ma, Pa and Can Amore by Monika Nair: The traditional relationship between a daughter and her parents is the highlight of the story. The writing is splendid in expression! The best part about the story is the closeness it shares with reality. I loved the way the writer explored a simple idea of love in depth12. Look Beyond by Amar Lakhshya Pawar : Shortest of the set 'Look Beyond' introduces Aditya. This seems like a cleverly set hook to close the gates of the book.The author borrows the three witches from Arvind Passey's 'The Fiction of Illiana Braun' to elevate the plot. This setting has certainly helped the writers of the ending. Kudos to the lad!13. Dawn at Dusk by Bhuwaneshwari Shankar : Meena's character adds wings to the plot and sets the stage for the takeoff. Giving out more about this story would be unfair. This penultimate round gears up for the final act in an appropriate manner. My personal favorite!14. The Last Act by Arpita Banerjee : A Great Climax! Simple, Subtle and Splendid. It is obvious that the last story has to connect the dots and it does not fail to impress. It is amazing, what love can make you do! This story reveals the story of the other side too. It shows the potential of hate as well. Writing the last story is a great responsibility and Kudos to the writer for pulling it off well :-)Characters : There is no one hero, the book is a hero! As far as I understand, some characters needed more attention that the others. So a few got side-lined. But, the authors have done a commendable job in describing each character in the available space given to them. Personally, I wanted to know more about Illiana Braun/Lily.Editing : Brilliant Work!Titles : 5/5 I loved every single title. Each story has an appropriate, yet unusual title. It is hard to combine both and the team has done that! Reasons to Read : 1)It is an Indian-oriented work. Most of us could easily relate to the happenings in the story2)Book like this is rare!3)A Perfect Gift to Book Lovers!4)Readomania!Verdict : Readomania's Crossed and Knotted is a Grilled Thriller Sandwich with toppings of emotions and humor jam to make every bite special. It is a must read!I thank the team of Readomania for giving me a reviewer's copy

  • Anirban Nanda
    2019-05-11 15:21

    I liked this book very much. The way every story is connected with other intimately and still each story can stand out for itself is an outstanding effort.The following stories will have a special place in my heart.1. The Diary of Joseph Varughese.2. A Burning Candle3. Leap of Faith4. Look Beyond(The smallest and most beautiful chapter)5. For a Speck of a MomentOthers are also good but the above are masterpieces. There are few issues for example,Character of Rukhsana, later changed to Dimpy is not well conceived. She lost all her family members in a story and seemed to act in totally unexpected way in next story. Even she never tried to contact any of her family members; especially her brother. But, that, I guess, is the essence of a composite novel.Otherwise, this is a well organised composite novel.

  • Zeenat Mahal
    2019-04-21 21:33

    It's a unique idea, masterfully executed. Read it as a collection of short stories or a novel it pays off. Best thing about it, that it is a mixed bag of genres; thriller, mystery, magical realism, romance and so much more! Worth a read.

  • Devika Fernando
    2019-04-28 21:05

    We all know about anthologies with short stories – but “Crossed & Knotted” is more than that. It’s a so-called composite novel where 14 short stories form one book with a common story arc, although each story can also be read as a stand-alone. Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it?The 1st story in the book is “A Curious Dalliance” by Sutapa Basu. It introduces the main character Sudip and sets the scene and pace for the coming chapters. I liked the way the protagonist never even knew what came upon him when Megha decided his fate for him. He ended up in a marriage that reads a little like hell and starts off with a ‘bang’. It was interesting to see the wife presented as the villain and the husband and his family as the victims – but then came the shock. Very clever!The 2nd story is “The Diary of Joseph Varughese” by Ayan Pal. I got to know Shivi, who had only been a baby in the first chapter. Her diary entries fascinated me and showed the author’s understanding of the human mind and soul. The first paranormal / mystery element of the novel was cleverly introduced in this story. And let’s not forget about ominous James entering the picture. Beware, beware!The 3rd story is “The Web of Life” by Sanchita Sen Das. Siya, mentioned in the chapter before, gets a chance to speak up in this fast-paced chapter, outlining her relationship with Siddharth. The Kotteswaram air tragedy will stay on my mind for a while yet…The 4th story is “The Real Fiction of Illiana Braun” by Arvind Passey. The humorous style of the author made it an entertaining read. Illiana and Varu seemed like two uncommon characters and would have deserved a book just for themselves.The 5th story is “A Burning Candle” by Mithun Mukherjee. This is yet another tale of people meeting and lives colliding, and it carried narrative power as well as philosophical gems. Illiana made a reappearance, and I got another look at the power of a certain diary. The ending made me shiver.The 6th story is “Relic to Ruins” by Avanti Sopory. Catherine from the previous chapter stood in the limelight again, but in a different way. The setting and characters really came alive in this chapter. I caught a glimpse of Afghanistan and more danger.The 7th story is “Leap of Faith” by Bhaswar Mukherjee. Picking up the thread, the chapter revolves around Afghanistan and is told from the POV of Jabar. I got to know more about Jameela from the previous chapter, and had the feeling that the tide was changing. There was a positive feel to the story. Many more characters added even more hope.The 8th story is “Reclaiming Life” by Anupama Jain. The style and protagonist differed a lot from what I had just read, but that was refreshing and entertaining. It was easy to identify with Poorni and root for her. The ending asked an important question that prepared me for the rest of the book.The 9th story is “Dragon Lady” by Deepti Menon. The title itself was intriguing, and the story started off with a bang and held me captive right throughout. The humorous tinge to it, combined with the effortless writing and the many conflicts thrown into the spicy mixture, made for a very entertaining read. Kamu sounded like a real handful, and her baby Pankaj added to the hullaballoo. Binoy was interesting and fitted into the picture just perfectly. I got to meet Poorni again, and what a surprise that was. Let’s just say that the title was done full justice by the author.The 10th story is “For a Speck of a Moment” by Amrit Sinha. It shone more light on Binoy and made me rethink quite a few things. The chapter struck me as full of action, and it carried enough potential to deserve a whole book. Binita made it shine even brighter.The 11th story is “To Ma & Pa, Con Amore” by Monika Nair. It read a little like a family saga and was full of emotional sensitivity and brilliant buoyancy at once. I fell in love with the narrative style – and Mona Lisa was a refreshing whirlwind breezing through the chapter. This story felt the most ‘modern’, ‘real’ and ‘light’ to me. Prepare yourselves for Binoy’s re-entry.The 12th story is “Look Beyond” by Amar Lakshya Pawar. I could sense that the book was gearing up for its end because we seemed to come closer to full circle. The rather short chapter revolved around Aditya and threw up a lot of questions while answering others. I met the Three Witches again, something I had been hoping would happen.The 13th story is the oddly but aptly titled “Dawn at Dusk” by Bhuvaneshwari Shankar. The previously introduced Meena takes center stage in this chapter that races towards the end of the novel. I loved the fast-paced yet sensitive style of the author. Oh, did I mention that I got reacquainted with Sudip from the 1st story? Throw in Shivi too, and you feel a little like at a highschool reunion.The 14th story is the perfectly named “The Last Act” by Arpita Banerjee. The author probably had the most difficult task, and she rose to the challenge brilliantly. The first sentence pulled me in, and I was left breathless right throughout the story with its clever climax. Meena (together with Pragya) carried me through the chapter and made me realize again how crazy love can make us sometimes. Sudip closes the curtain on a book that is definitely worth this long review.All in all, I found “Crossed & Knotted” to be a refreshingly different and rewarding experience. It was at times a little difficult to keep up with all the characters and to build a whole picture from all the puzzle pieces presented in so many ways. Nevertheless, the story’s overlying theme of love and lies and life held my attention. Well done!

  • Arvind Passey
    2019-04-30 19:11

    Where shadows are swallowed by the sky*Imagine a black & white world where each shadow struts like it is the only shadow in the world and refuses to be one with any other. There is a great shadow animosity reigning all over. Then there is another world where the sky is dark enough to make the shadows disappear into each other and then into the sky and yet, each shadow remains what it is. Both these worlds are the like the world of short stories. The latter is the one that comes nearest the concept of a composite novel where stories exist in close harmony with something or someone to link them all up into one wholesome novel. Calling a composite novel a ‘miraculous feat of story-telling’, the editor of Crossed & Knotted writes: ‘Each chapter can stand alone as a short story, yet all of them are arranged and are specifically composed to create a complete novel with a beginning, middle, and an end.’ This is one novel where the fourteen authors had to ‘pick up threads from the previous story and weave it into their story. This could be a conflict, a character, or an aspect of the plot.’‘What if we live in a world full of colours?’ asked Specky, my wife, after reading my interpretation of a composite novel. I simply quoted from the novel: ‘It is a novel whose chapters are in distinct shades of vibgyor arranged to create the magnificent rainbow…’ and then added, ‘Well, you dabble in colour, obviously.’ Definitions are entirely up to us to formulate and everything depends on how fast and how unimpeded we let our imagination run.Coming to the stories in this composite anthology, let me start with patting my own back by quoting Winged Post ( on the part that is written by me:'The merging of two cultures and the comparisons drawn are proofs of the ingenuity of Arvind Passey in 'The real fiction of Illiana Braun'. The knowledge of the author on different cultures compels the reader to visualise the murky waters of the Ouse on the banks of which strolled Varu in his Scottish coat. Arvind is able to give the reader feelings of joy and premonition at the drop of a hat. The inclusion of the three witches reminds one of The Bard and his plays.'I do ask the readers of this review to read the stories and see if the concept of a composite novel has worked or not. I think it has… and so does Siddhartha Basu, the Quiz master we know so well, who specifies that ‘each story is a unique adventure for the reader, yet criss-crosses and knots into the weave and weft of the next, each with a different design and texture, never predictable, always surprising, and yet quite a whole’. With such an endorsement, I need not even give you a bird’s eye view of what each story is all about or how well it manages to thrust into your mind and squeeze out the expected and the obvious to make you relish the unexpected with aplomb.I remember getting completely absorbed in the diary of Joseph Varughese and almost expecting the unexpected twist because this is precisely how Sutapa Basu’s story that came in earlier has primed your subliminal process. I mean, you are still reeling with the thorough crime that the mild Sudip has just executed because what the protagonist there has accomplished has still ‘not sunk in’. And so we go on from one story to another expecting to be buffeted and thrown about and flung on to corners and spaces where nothing but the fabulous craft of story-telling resorts to ‘cooing, drooling, crying, and demanding antics’ to ensure that you neither sleep nor eat before you’ve actually finished reading the final word of the final story.Each story is admittedly a battle waiting to escalate ‘into a global situation where the exact enemy was hazy’, is sometimes like a despondent Binoy who ‘battled her tears and giggled to cover them up’, or becomes a Kamu coming in ‘like a whirlwind and swoop down on’ sensibilities and make readers wonder at the wonder of stories that read as separate individuals yet connect to the others in the collection like glaciers in a region raising streams that come together finally as a majestic river flowing to yet another point of convergence!...* Please read the complete review on my**

  • Shalaka Patade
    2019-04-20 22:08

    Superb concept of composite novel,every chapter is intriguing and captivating,the links between the chapters keep you hooked throughout, truly making it crossed and knotted as title suggests. Must read.

  • Annu Anand
    2019-05-15 14:23

    IDEACrossed & knotted, is a journey of 14 authors of different background and writing different genre. It is a suspense story of the protagonist Mr. Sudip Roy. It is a murder that is not a mystery for the readers, but for the characters of the story. A murder and the murderer need to be unleashed in this story. A story in 14 stories…The format of the Novel will intrigue every reader. One will always rake the brains of how 14 people can work on one plot, that too a murder mystery. Each and every story is independent, but crisscrossed in a manner that it appears a complete story. There are as many as 24 characters in this story (characters that stayed with me). The character sketch of each story is well defined.The initial story “A Curious Dalliance” by Sutapa Basu, is defiantly a curtain raiser. The tension is created, the murder is done. One must be thinking that if the suspense is revealed, then what is left? But, ignorance of the murder in the story will make the reader read the novel to know about Mr. Sudip RoyAfter a strong start, the many characters come into the picture with a gush. The stories “The Diary of Joseph Varughese” by Ayan Pal, “The Web of Life” by Sanchita Sen Das, “The real Fiction of Lliana Braun” by Arvind Passey, “A Burning Candle” by Mithun Mukherjee, all are different stories, with no connection with each other. The story “Relics to Ruin” by Avanti Sopory takes you to a new realm. From Delhi’s lush green Lodhi Gardens to lofty, bloody gore, and conserved Afghanistan. The narration is lucid; character of Catherine is well defined. The Seventh story “Leap of Faith” is by Bhaskar Mukherjee. The character moves forward with the conflict in the story, and the story is in sync with the previous story “Relics to Ruins”.Another story “Reclaiming life” by Anupama Jain is a story of a housewife Poorni, who gets her lost pride back by just two lines from her friend Dimpy. This story makes us feel the plight of women in our country.But, “The Dragon Lady” by Deepti Menon will make readers laugh in this mystery. Where Poorni is also a woman, very much Indian, is so timid, and spineless, on the contrary her mother in law is dominant, heartless, and crass. This frames another picture of the Indian women, and proves the adage “Ek aurat hi aurat ki dhushman hoti hain”.The story “For a speck of a Moment” by Amrit Sinha, is a complete character sketch of Binoy, a character whose name is only mention in “The dragon Lady”. Another thought provoking story for people who are the self-made man.The story “To Ma & Pa, Con Amore!” by Monika Nair, is a light-hearted yet emotional story. This is a story of a chirpy, headstrong girl, yet dependent on her father for her marriage approval.Before the readers give up, as Mr. Sudip Roy is totally lost in all these stories, the last three stories “Look Beyond” by Amar Lakshya Pawar, “Dawn at Dusk” by Bhuvaneshwari Shankar, and “The last Act” by Arpita Banerjee, will hook the readers with the book. The tension of the story comes to the surface. The characters are in sync. The setting makes you part of the story. The readers know the murderer, but the surprise at the end of who discovers it and how it is discovered, makes the book worth reading. My expectation..For me, reading is experimenting, but I want to experiment to explore meaning and some dramatic discovery. I don’t like to read a book merely for its artifice. I want to read things and explore issues and not actually get hit over the head by the tools of the writing trade.As per the definition of Composite Novel known to me, the esthetic of the composite novel should be such that its parts are named, identifiable, memorable and their interrelationship creates the coherent whole text.• A composite novel means to me, a collection of unrelated stories, brought together by a frame story. • The links between the stories are not made obvious, but the characters move forward along with the conflict.• The sequence in which the stories are written.• The ending resolves the conflict brought up in the beginning. Though the curtain raiser was Sutapa Basu’s story, the conflict does not move forward in the other stories. Every new story gives birth to a new character. But, they are not linked to each other. Only the names of the characters move forward, but each and every author fail to make the connection with the conflict. When I reached the second last story I came to know that the protagonist is Mr. Sudip Roy and not Shivi. The conflict is the mystery of the murder and not something else. In between the stories like The diary of Joseph Varughese” by Ayan Pal, “The web of life” by Sanchita Sen Das, “The real Fiction of lliana Braun” by Arvind Passey, “A Burning Candle” by Mithun Mukherjee, makes no sense to me. The characters are introduced with much of thought. But they all are superficial and as the story moves forward they get lost without any resolve. Even the story “Reclaiming life”, “The dragon lady”, “Relics and Ruins”, “leap of faith”, “To Ma & Pa”, “For a speck of a moment” all of them only contribute in increasing the no of pages. But, because they are written beautifully, and the characters are defined beautifully, the conflict raised in each story is resolved in the end, makes me as a reader satisfied. And these stories stay with me.The interwoven of last three stories “Look beyond” “Dawn at Dusk” and “The last Act”, establish the meaning of the tile “Crossed and Knotted”. The stories are independent but move in a sequence. The relation of conflict/ tension with each character is related and well narrated. Finally, the last story resolves the conflict raised by the beginning of the story.For me, any book should have a kind of continuity of plot or of narrative which this book does not have. Clearly this book comes out to be a collection of stories, although the stories seem to be related with few characters reappearing, but the theme remains different, and don’t reoccur which brings disconnect for me. The stories either do not refer back to others nor do they refer forward. Either the sequence or connection of stories with each other is improper. The good part remains is the love for writing which has come across very beautifully by all the writers. Love for writing seems to be the pivotal force for all the authors that have helped in merging their different styles and approaches.Happy reading..

  • Rubina
    2019-05-01 20:13

    Disclaimer: This review has not been commissioned by the Author even though I wish it was :D But Amazon! You have killed my profession.India's first composite novel. Sounds very cool yet at the same time, I had a slight doubt when I first got this from the publisher Readomania for reviewing. Cool, due to the fact that we are notching up the genres that we present out to the world. On one side if we have embraced the nocturnal creatures and on the other hand, we have Titles to showcase along with The Arabian Nights and The Canterbury Tales. So presenting to the world of 'composite novel' we too have a book on that shelf - Crossed & Knotted. And this is exactly where my doubts came in. Are our writers equipped to spin tales which are connected to each other and yet autonomous in their own rights? And that too not one but 14 authors together. That must have been some herculean task. Moreover, I was very eager to find out what was the thread that bound the 14 authors together. What made them declare this new venture as a "composite novel"?The Story:All the 14 short stories are bound together by their characters. I found that very interesting. As a writer, we often suppress the secondary characters in our stories, limiting ourselves to the POV of our protag. Imagine here. All your secondary character take a life of their own. In short, a small world by itself. The Characters:Keeping in with the true essence of a composite novel, one can truly say that every protag of the short stories has stood out on their own yet merged subtly in the other stories. The novel starts with A Curious Dalliance of Sutapa Basu where we are introduced to Sudip Roy. A simpleton, who wanted to lead a simple,middle class, married life. But when life teaches him about the survival of the fittest, he learns it fast. As an introduction, Sutapa Basu was impactful in drawing the attention of the readers into the novel. Sudip's daughter Shivi takes the story further in The Diary of Joseph Varughese by Ayan Pal and the theme of the seemingly perfect murder continues. A character, which a reader had caught the glimpse of comes in front of you in the consecutive chapters. Interesting. Reality Bites:Another fact I noticed in all the stories are the reality bites. From the plane crash in Kotteswaran (Web of Life by Sanchita Sen Das) to the German Bakery Blast in Mumbai (For a Speck of a Moment by Amrit Sinha), all the incidents created the backdrop of the stories. Brought back many memories we want to erase yet kept me as reader submerged to the stories. Few Mentions:Since it is an anthology, some are hits and some are misses. That does not reflect on the writers here since all the stories are very well written and equally well-edited. ( In today's literary world, a rare phenomenon) But here I have to mention one story. Deepti Menon's The Dragon Lady. While all the stories told tales of heart-wrenching situations and equally 'crime parfaits', The Dragon Lady, aptly named Kamu, took away the tension that was building up till then. "Punishments had no effect on her and she would stride out of the classroom emitting fire through her nostrils."A very pleasant break from the myriad of crime and punishments. Rightly placed midway of the composite novel as Chapter 9. Kudos to the compiler.Gives the reader the right kind of break to read the upcoming fascinating stories. Was it true to the genre?To a large extent, I would say yes. But one character perplexed me. Binoy, the youngest son of Kamu , the Dragon Lady. He carries two stories on his shoulders, after making an appearance in The Dragon Lady. 'For a Speck Of A Moment' by Amrit Sinha and 'To Ma & Ma, Con Amore!' by Monika Nair. The thread broke for a moment. Binoy got married twice? And if Binita is his first love, why is there no residue of the grief in the second innings? A line or two mentioning his previous love in the story by Monika Nair would have been a great continuity. Especially after a tragedy of such a magnitude had touched his life. A memory will prevail and cannot be ignored.A very same situation with Meena has been handled very well in the stories 'Look Beyond' by Amar Lakshya Pawar and 'Dawn at Dusk' by Bhuwaneshwari Shankar. That is what a reader would expect for Binoy too. Reasoning The last chapter 'The Last Act' by Arpita Banerjee gave the novel a closure. The novel ended with the character it had started with. I liked the concept of the "full circle" but there were two things that did not work with me here. Firstly, monologue of the man on a 'deathbed; and the duplicity of the doctor. It felt too contrived. Especially with Pragya being a doctor. Moreover, it appeared unethical and did not gell well with the character of the doctor. Would I recommend the book ?Yes. Most definitely. Don't expect it to be a one-time read or a light read. You will be drawn into the stories and will often find yourself going back and forth, to find out who appeared in which story. Sort of like an actor in a special appearance in a movie and you will soon find yourself cheering when one of the characters in a previous story, who had left a mark on you, reappearing again. Powerful. The line that Stayed with me ...Her soul gave up a silent prayer: May all the victims of the Kotteswaran air tragedy, at least, find loving families and happy peaceful lives in this this birth.The Web of Life by Sanchita Sen DasAmen to that! Let's wish the same for the victims of Nepal Earthquake Tragedy.

  • Inderpreet Uppal
    2019-05-14 20:22

    I started reading the book thinking it would be stories of star-crossed lovers and unrequited love; it is all that and so much more. If I say that the title of the book is so apt, the stories truly are knotted and merged with one another so much so that sometimes I felt they had been written by one person and not fourteen different writers. Each story is complete as a standalone and yet they blend so perfectly as a novel. Composite it is and what an effort.I read most of it late into the night and a few of them gave me the jeepers-creepers. Yes, some of the stories are not scary but they do make you uneasy. A kind of freaky fate awaited the protagonists of the story and it was so effortlessly executed that it made me worry – how easy would be in real life too. As a matter of fact most the stories are rooted into real life incidents and acts and that is what is unsettling. I give full credit to the authors for making the mundane also look cryptic and nasty at times. I must say I enjoyed the twists and turns of the stories came together, blending yet each one very distinctive from the other.A Curious Dalliance is the story of Meghna and Sudip left me wondering about the strength of a weak mind, the simpleton became the sinister where as The Diary Of Joseph Varughese was quite intriguing and a bit creepy.The Web Of Life and the problem of Sian was so twisted that I could not fathom it in real life but traumas to have far reaching effects, so yes it could be true. I could see where the story was going but still I was glued to the book.The Real Fiction Of Iliana Braun was an easy read but then again the twists and turns were just so flawless, an interesting read with a very different concept.A Burning Candle was one of my least favorite stories, not because the story line was lacking but just the ending was so weird and I totally freaked out as I was reading it at 2 am at night!!Relics To Ruins is one of the stories that made me want to know more and find out how it all ends but sadly the endless conflict is just that. I found the authors take quite different and refreshing and the characters connected beautifully.Leap Of Faith restored my faith in humanity! Yes, its story line had its share of drama but the positive note in the end made me happy for the characters as well as the amount of variety in the stories.Reclaiming Life is again a harsh reality of many educated women all over. So many of them silently suffer like Poorni. I really enjoyed the just rewards she gets in the end.The Dragon Lady was so funny, a nice change from the serious stuff, her tantrums, antics and to finally know she gets sorted too! Kamala could almost be ‘Kamli’ a name in Punjabi for a crazy woman!! J Read to know why?For A Speck Of A Moment was such a devastating story and it left me shaken too, imagining how easy it is to lose it all! Binoy and Binita were so well suited to each other!To Ma & Pa, Com Amore! This one shares more love and bring joy to Binoy yet again and Mona Lisa is the love of his life. The only weakness in this story was him not sharing his past love with her. May be since it was not expressed clearly so the author did not mention it. I think Binoy and Sudip are the two luckiest characters after Dimpy in the book!Look Beyond is the only story that I found did not link too well with the others, the story itself was good, plaguing a man’s inherent fear but it has no link with any character from the past stories!Dawn At Dusk was a bitter sweet tale with a predictable end, yet I eagerly read the pages just to confirm my thoughts. It brought together closure for so many characters and led to the superb finale of The Last Act. The last story that gave so much food for thought, how selfish can a human be and should be sometimes!!The Last Act had me read the last page at least twice, once to ensure I read it right and second to ensure the sober, subdued, simpleton was really all that and so much more and how!!As I don’t read to many mysteries so it was my first brush with the three fates, Clotho, the Spinner, Lachesis, the Allotter and Atropus, the Unturnable made me most perturbed, yes I worried about what they are doing so simply and without remorse. I recommend this book to all lovers of paranormal, supernatural and mystery.A perfect finale to the story collection, tying all the knots well and crossing all the loose ends! Crossed and Knotted to twist, loop and bind the reader very well! No two were alike!! I recommend it as a must read this summer!4 **** stars from me.(I received a copy of the book from Readomania for a Book Tour by The Book Club and the views are my own.)

  • Nikita Jhanglani
    2019-04-28 19:30

    While reading one of the stories in this book, not in a deliberate attempt, I had a fleeting visualization of the book in my head-of a circle made of several ropes, all twisted together.Well, that pretty much says everything about the brilliance with which the book has been packaged. Every writer has neatly picked up from the previous story, a gap apparent in only a few places. But in a compilation like this, you surely cannot hold that against the team. The way all writers have merged their thought process with another's is exemplary and awe-inspiring. For a writer, it is often difficult to get in tune with their own thoughts. In that, to pick up from another's and weave it into your own needs effort-a lot of effort. This book is a result of that extremely dedicated and extremely honest effort from every writer.When I reached the last story and read the way the whole thing ends, I had this strong urge to go back and read it again, only to revel in its sheer brilliance. Every distinct human emotion- ranging from love to hate, joy to sorrow, admiration to obsession, cheer to mystery-is neatly covered and presented.Because I know I will definitely be reading this book at least one more time, I've come up with a plan. I'll pick up random stories and read them. And then see how the dots connect in the end. If you do this before me, let me know how it went for you.P.S.: If you'd like to try, I'd suggest to pick up this approach the first time you read the book. Just the thought of it sounds so thrilling!!!

  • Kavity
    2019-05-08 15:27

    Great concept and good execution. I especially liked the writing style and content in the first and the last stories - Curious Dalliance and Last Act. Looking forward to more such interesting concept executions in the fictional world!

  • Ashima Jain
    2019-05-20 16:33

    Recognised as India's first composite novel which finds a place in the Limca Book of Records, Crossed and Knotted is an intriguing piece of fiction. Composed of fourteen chapters, written by fourteen different authors, each of these chapters can be read as a short story. They interweave to create a novel that traverses through time and distances, engulfing many characters in its travels. A unique concept of novel writing, each story picks up an element from the previous chapters to build further. The authors have all kept within a wide boundary, while giving their own flavour to their writing. I enjoyed the experience of reading it, yet somehow felt as if a few loose ends could have been tied better. Nonetheless, it is a definitely recommended read.

  • Sundari Venkatraman
    2019-05-06 17:17

    The novel begins with a bang with Sutapa Basu’s first chapter. It makes the reader sit up and take notice. Hey, what the hell is happening? Something incredible indeed! Ayan Pal continues with the second chapter and he has already moved to the next generation. Press you hand against the dropping jaw. Yes, it continues with Shivi’s story – the girl who is fascinated with diaries. Are James and Joseph one and the same as James claims? You need to read the book to find out more. Chapter Three is about Shivi’s friend Siya and her boyfriend Siddharth. He leaves on a trip to the US and barely a few hours later a plane crashes. Siya’s petrified. Is Siddharth safe? This chapter has been penned by Sanchita Sen Das.The story continues with the introduction of many characters as different authors write each chapter, weaving everything – crossing and knotting – into one long story. I always like reading Deepti Menon’s writing. The Dragon Lady is the chapter penned by Menon. Her characterisation of Kamu is simply amazing and so real - a dangerous woman to reckon with. The other authors who have continued the story are Arvind Passey, Mithun Mukherjee, Avanti Sopory, Bhaswar Mukherjee, Anupama Jain, Amrit Sinha, Monika Nair, Amar Lakshya Pawar, Bhuvaneshwari Shankar and Arpita Banerjee. It makes the mind boggle when you think of fourteen people getting together to create a novel seamlessly. I must say it’s an achievement by itself. While the story appears to take off in many different directions, all the threads come together in the end to create one whole. A special kudos to Readomania for this one!Having said all that, I do have one nit to pick. There were just too many characters, too many incidents; too many life spans, especially 2-3 generations handled together in the same chapter – I have a niggling thought that they have gone a bit overboard. It was kind of difficult to read the book. Like it’s too much at one go. Then again, if you read over a period of time, you tend to lose the thread.

  • Geeta Nair
    2019-05-08 22:16

    WOWs!!The reads and story-line/s: Crossed & knotted they are indeed yet, each a story that can stand on its. When put together they form a long,strong rope that can bind the reader with awe. These fourteen stories bring out the myriad shades of human nature. One comes across aspirations and frustrations, dreams and shocking realities, faith and deceit, love and hate, greed and care in the pages of this novel that is unique and one of its kind. .Subtle love intertwined with dark mystery keeps one hooked to the book. While the characters of Megha and Kamu aka Kamala Devi leave one gritting their teeth at times, those of Karuna, Poorni and Dimpy bring a smile to the eyes.The mystery shrouding Lily Brown and her connection to Illiana Braun also stirs up one’s curiosity. Overall an interesting, intriguing and engaging story-line one that will keep you hooked till the very end, ‘Crossed and Knotted’ is set in Delhi, Kochi, Afghanistan, Pune, Mumbai and Hyderabad. So it’s not just the characters or genre’s that are crossed and knotted here, but also the locations lying scattered along the length and breadth of the country as well as one beyond its borders.The ideas and efforts that have gone into the making of this book is “Wow!” The twists and turns as well as the climax are interesting.Characterization : The characters are well etched with all their imperfections. One can relate to most of them. The strong headed brat Megha, the soft spoken Karuna, the devious Pankaj, the sober Sudip, the domineering Kamu and the possessive Shivi are all there around us. Hence it is easy to relate to them and their ways of reacting to the situations that evolve around them.Language: Crisp and lucid.OOPs!!The Cast: The innumerable characters that give life to the story have one confused at times. One may need to go back and forth once in a while, to get a grip on the story. This can be frustrating at times.

  •  Ashwini Gopalkrishnan
    2019-05-19 22:07

    I received this book as a review copy directly from the publisher Redomania .Thank you Book Club and Rubina Ramesh for the same. Cross-Knotted is a book written by the collaboration of fourteen authors. There are fourteen stories in it. All these stories are very well connected with each other. As in emotions of all the characters are very well described by various authors in an very effective manner .All the fourteen independent authors have done justice to their stories. They have penned it down in such a way that will make you anxious to read what will happen to the other characters in another story.These stories are like a garden full of different kinds flowers .The fragrances of stories are bewitching .Some stories are penitent .Some are realistic, enchanting , touching and heart-warming .The thing what I love about Cross-Knotted book is that the work is collaborated by fourteen different authors coming from different fields and background having a passion to write stories. Each story is written in such a way that it could be interlinked by the readers easily .Cross knotted is a book is that cannot be put down or completely ignore it. The stories that touched heart are THE BURNING CANDLE by Mithun Mukherjee , RECLAIMING LIFE by Anupama Jain and THE DARGON LADY by Deepti Menon .Cross -Knotted is a must read book by all.A priceless collection of stories .An Awesome read .Hats off to the Redomania team and Sutapa Basu for compiling it and to give us a wonderful book to read .

  • Nilima
    2019-05-16 18:13

    Read full review hereIts a novel with 14 chapters each written by a different author as a new story but linked by characters or plots.It cant be put in one genre cause it contains Love, thriller, mystery, history,... It goes from marital troubles to war torn Afghanistan to the terrorist ridden Mumbai with its 26/11 to Pune, Lodhi Gardens in Delhi, Kolkatta to London to Chennai,..Its a memory teaser, this novel. You are all alert when reading it. The plots keep spinning. The numerous characters, locations, situations. You have to think forward of what next might happen bearing in mind what has happened in the past chapters.

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