Book review 266 : Yakshini by Neil D’Silva


Neil D’Silva

‘Don’t let your love die if you wish to keep your husband alive.’

‘What is magic? Simply a name for things we don’t know.’

There’re people who’ve experienced this strange phenomenon & those who haven’t. Often these intimate puzzles & intricate questions are divided into many questionable analogies like:
What? &
and a multitude of other factors.
There’re those who rationalise things scientifically & seek a logical explanation to everything.
While there’re few who deal such bizarre mysterious circumstances with spirituality – they perceive spirits/mystical beings as people who are deceased humans or with otherworldly powers. To be precise, they are entities way much older than time itself, sometimes negative or otherwise positive, consisted of pure dynamic energy & invisible to the spectrum of the visible human eye.

Do you believe in ghosts, demons, devils, mystical beings, gods & goddesses? If yes, then this book is perfectly apt for you. It will make you question your very existence & belief in what’s real & unreal or imagination & reality. Adding further, sometimes there’re things beyond the human realm which we can’t perceive or visualise through our naked eyes. Because as humans, it’s a common tendency for us to believe things that we see & those we don’t, we tend of disapprove of them or negate them entirely as a mere conjecture.

Cover is beautiful, it gives a godly touch to it. It has been designed well.
Title is apt, catchy & sounds interesting.
Theme is appealing & consists of lots of supernatural, mystery, thriller, suspense, gory & many other aspects. It’s well researched too.

Writing style is good accompanied with a good command over vocabulary. Narration is also beautiful. The surprising element/factor has been incorporated well & balanced accordingly. For a lover of suspense & thriller. It’s a must read for horror lovers.
I’ve read all the previous books from the same author as I’m a fan of his works. Pisacha being my favourite among them. So I can say this that I’m not dissapointed after picking up this book, I really liked it.

The only things I disliked was how the male central protagonist treated the female central character Meenakshi as the first option over his elder sister. Most of the time, he treated her as a mere sex object. The very fact that he came to take her sister’s hand for marriage, but the moment he laid his eyes upon Meena he decided to back out of the aforementioned marriage & remade a new proposal for Meenu’s hand made me cringe really hard. I’ve seen this very fact in typical South Indian culture & movies where people fall in love at first sight or run behind external appearances or beauty & especially run behind fairer person. They even select the fairer skin tone. Duh, how more cringy can he get?

Also, the concept of child marriage has been showed ashamedly. First, he married a 15 year old girl. Waits for her to get 18, to have sex with her. I mean how low can our morality stoop? With this analogy we’re merely teaching our younger generation & today’s youth that all that matters is sex & carnal desires than honesty.

Also, the book consists of strong sexual content & violence. So I wouldn’t normally recommend it to the teenagers. Overall, a well balanced approach to a good book. I had lot of fun reading it.

This book is a part of blogchatter review program.

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