Monday, January 3, 2022

Young Blood -Ten Terrifying College Tales by Chandrima Das - Book Review



Book Name: Young Blood

Author Name: Chandrima Das

Genre: Horror/ Thriller

Colleges and universities always strive for exceptional academics, outstanding athletics and impressive faculties and many more. In India we have colleges with rich history but as they say with rich past comes spooky legends, ghost stories, and horrific tales that point to the paranormal. The book Young Blood will give you sneak peak into all of these and much more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chandrima Das has a B. Tech in Computer Science from NIT Durgapur and an MBA from IIM Calcutta, where she was awarded the OPJEMS and Aditya Birla scholarship. After a decade-long career in management consulting that spanned all the way from Wall Street, New York , to rural Bihar, she followed her passion for writing full-time. Her digital debut, The Talking Dead was a bestseller in the horror category. She's performed live at storytelling events with Tall Tales and Kommune, and was published in The Best of Tall Tales. Chandrima was born in Shillong, grew up in Guwahati, and is presently based in Mumbai.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Some colleges are said to be built on ancient burials sites, others were apparently seen some tragic and unexplained deaths. It is quite scary to know that so many colleges are supposedly haunted. Taking in everything from haunted building, to not so friendly wraith are as varied as they are chilling. Young Blood is a collection of ten such spooky and spine-tingling stories that are shared by the people who have encountered them. All the stories happen in well-reputed national institutions from IITs to NITs to other academic centers spread all our India, be it  Hyderabad, Pune, Delhi, Shillong, Shimla and Manipal.

Every character in the book from best of friends, to deep in love lovers, unyielding hostel wardens and slothful college security and those uncanny abandoned building are so relatable that you would not be able to stop yourself from remembering your own college haunted stories.

The ending of each story will push you to rethink on "What has just happened"? you would like to know more as to what happen next. I feel every story seems to have an underlining moral thread, be it racism, societal pressure, discrimination based on gender, stalking and so on. Though all the stories are gripping and eerie but there are two stories that kept me spell bound.

"The inner Door" takes place in University of Delhi. It is a story about Sushma a girl from North East and Kanika a girl from Ghaziabad. It started with discrimination against north east people and how both these girls trapped in a haunted PG and get themselves freed. 

"Ghost of a Chance" is a story about IIT Kanpur. It is a story about young college boy who tries to commit suicide and the ghost he met thereafter. The end has literally given me goose bumps.

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

📒Loved the undertones of thrill, dread and suspense in the writing style. The book is what you would call a classic page-turner. From the very start till the very end, it is gripping and compelling. 

📒The beauty of the author's writing is the ability of the reader to finish the book in one go. There is no way one can put the book down before finishing each story. 

📒I really liked the way she has introduced this book with a beautiful quote by Stephen King which says' If being a kid is about learning how to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die.' I agree, we learn to face the real fear and how to deal with it too once we enter the real world and here it's college where you feel the smell of real independence probably for the first time.

📒She has taken a dig on Karan Johar's unrealistic model of Indian Colleges which is true to the core. 

📒The author has rightly pointed out that these spooky stories are like cautionary tales, advise students not just what to do but more often what NOT to do.

If you are a fan of horror and thriller and need a quick read this is an apt book to read.

BOOK DETAILS

Page: 336

Publisher: Harper Collins India

Format: Paperback / Kindle Edition

Price: INR 237/ INR 72

Book Availability: Amazon

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