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400 Days (Chetan Bhagat)

400 days is another investigation novel from Chetan Bhagath. 'Siya' a 12-year-old girl is missing from a family of diamond traders. Her Mother Aliya handed over this case to Keshav and Saurabh after 9 months. The same Keshava and Saurabh from Chetan's earlier novel 'One Arranged Murder'.(Click for the review)

Along with the investigation part, a relationship is being built up between Aliya and Keshav which adds masala to the investigation tale.

The sticky emotion usually found with Chetan's Novel, which drives you to finish the novel in a single spell was somehow missing in this one. Other Chetan Bhagat specialties commencing from using numbers in the title of the book to literature fortes such as simple language, superb narrating style, etc. continue in this novel also. Keshava who was investigating his girlfriend's murder in the previous novel is now after the missing case of Aliya's daughter. During the course of the investigation, Keshava is entering into a complicated relationship with Aliya. There are numerous twists and swings in the story and our intellect will be pinpointing nearly all characters in this story as the culprit. Chethan narrates the hunting of one suspect in a cinematic tone and there are multiple instants in this novel that treats the reader with a film-watching experience.

The line from this novel that touched me was

But Sometimes love means letting go,for the happiness of others.

I recommend this book to all Chetan Bhagat Fans, you will not be disappointed and to all beginners, as this is in simple language and filled with triggers to encourage your reading. Dear Hardcore investigation lovers, this book is not meant for you. The book with 344 pages is rated at Rs 250.

Chetan Bhagat writes op-ed columns for English and Hindi newspapers, including Times of India and Dainik Bhaskar, focusing on youth and issues based on national development. Bhagat is also a motivational speaker and has given talks in leading MNCs and other institutions. He quit his international investment banking career in 2009, to devote his entire time to writing.

In 2008, The New York Times called Bhagat "the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history". Bhagat, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad, is seen more as a youth icon than as an author.


My Rating 4.3 out of 5


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