Book Review: How About a Sin Tonight? : Novoneel Chakraborty

How About A Sin Tonight?

Novoneel Chakraborty

ISBN: 975-8-184-00031-3

Imprint: Random House India

From the most beautiful space in their souls to the most confused portion of their hearts and the dirtiest corners of their minds… Love.Took.Them.Everywhere

In the rat-race of IIT-IIM writers we see that almost everyday there is a new book release. Apart from story line everything seems to be new in these books –cover-page, the writer and publisher. Most of these books will either revolve around protagonists (read: author’s) college life plus love life plus breakup plus sex life and in some rare cases marriage life. But, this book is different and bold –all for good sake.

This book is third by Chakraborty and second of his work that I am reading. The story revolves around five individuals who were bound to meet some or other day among these flashy lights of glamour world. All that they do and all that is done to make them meet each other, makes this book a must read. From fantastic one-liners to good narration, this book has all in it for you to be glued and wait to know- what happens next?

A living legend Shahraan, who fell in love with a prostitute; Nishani- the ‘star-kid’; Reva and Neev- new comers to industry with a common purpose and Kaash- the guy who loved only one women and made love to many. Welcome to ‘How About a Sin Tonight?’  A book, as mentioned at back is truly a beguiling tale of love, ambition, jealousy and betrayal.

Set on the backdrop of bollywood and TV industry this book is a bold step by Chakraborty. The story line is different and fresh. And has great sense of maturity in it.  The characters are crystal clear and one can easily relate to them. For me I had many instances when I could relate myself to Kaash. And could think of people I know personally who were almost like many other characters in the book.

Chakraborty’s style of writing is informal and consist all sought of ‘F’ words and going a little forward this book now also have ‘C’ words of Hindi dictionary. It is divided in three-books- Book One: 1986-2010, Book Two: 2012 and Book Three: 2013. The book is very much capable to connect with its indented audience and author was brilliantly able to define its concepts clearly.  The language used is far better than what we see in a typical-CB-fiction-novel. Chakraborty at few instances used very good use of metaphor. (Pg. 4  …Happened to notice the haphazard blotch on the wall)

A lot of dialogues and phrases used in the book are worth appreciation. To me most of them were new and Chakraborty deserves a pat on his back for this, Kudos.

1)      When a man is desperate, he injures others. When a woman is desperate, she hurts herself the most. (pg 3);

2)     Sex is everybody’s home, nobody’s address (pg 3);

3)      But when loves sit in silence, it’s never quiet. The glances seemed like flying kisses, the abrupt eye contacts were tight hugs, and the averting of it was a love bite. (pg 42)

4)     That’s the life of a woman in every prostitute and the prostitute in every woman. Men come and light a fire in some corner of us and we keep burning till we turn into insignificant ash and thereafter slave to the wind of destiny that carries us as per its desires. (pg 8)

5)     Hailing from a middle-class family, money is the only ugly thing I find sexy. (Pg 83);

6)     When a wife sleeps with another man, she is a whore. But when a whore decides to sleep with only one man for rest of her life, she still remains a whore. (pg 53) ; and now my favorite;

7)     I am Neev Dixit. And I want to be an actor. That’s all I know about myself. Everything else about me, except my sexuality is in state if confusion (pg 62)

And to talk about my favorite character- Nishani, I would say that she is outrageously good. She is bold and aggressive. She knew how to feed the infant of interest so that it grows into a man of obsession.

About most funny character; a minor character- Rakesh, all I can say is he is way to Mommy’s boy. Imagine: He once said he would talk to his mother, to ask if he should have sex or not. And in the other instance when he says that his mother is trying to strike a deal for their honeymoon where she will accompany the couple.

Though everything seems flowery in this book, I also think there were many instances throughout the book where the connection between previous and next set of narration was completely absent. Suddenly a character would drop in and one had to flip pages to check if one had missed out anything about that character in last few pages; only to find out that no- nothing of that sought happened.

Only one thing that I am curious to ask author:

1)      On page 161: “…They went to Marine Drive, India Gate, and lastly to Flora fountain” Please explain when and how India Gate was shifted to Mumbai from New Delhi?



(Thankyou to Arvind Passey for suggestions he gave me last time.)

About Aditya Bhasin

Aditya Bhasin hails from India, Delhi-an avid reader, who enjoys his cup of tea over it, a racist in purest form as he hates chocolate and coffee. He does not like traveling much, but, if he gets an opportunity to travel he chooses to do that by a train instead of a car or a plane. He is an ambivert person and is happy that way. + + + + + + + = /meadityabhasin Email: adityabhasin81 (at) (gmail) (.com)

5 thoughts on “Book Review: How About a Sin Tonight? : Novoneel Chakraborty

  1. i read book on your recommendation and yes its a fresh writing,but novel is not gripping,its weak and strong ,sinusoidal when it comes to hold a reader’s interest .Although hats off to the way writer has given mindset towards the end..esp NISHANI.personally i felt soft corner for Shahraan…

    all together a one time must read……..

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