February 11, 2017

Book Review: Khan vs Kahn vs Kanh by N. S. Ravi

Khan vs Kahn vs Kanh

Author: N. S. Ravi
Publisher: NotionPress
Rating: 3.5/5

Who doesn’t find interest in the spiced-up lives of the filmstars? There is more to this world of glamour than it seems to the normal people. And with the intention of voicing out those intricate details, ‘Khan vs Kahn vs Kanh serves the purpose. Three superstars, one mogul, and a chaotic encounter- that is what the book has in store for the readers. The plot revolves around three best actors of Bollywood, their accolades, their struggles and their life. All three of them hold the same pedestal- with a similar fan following and a similar approach to public stunts. But then one event changes the course of their lives.

This story is so much relatable as it showcases some of the most eminent controversies of our Bollywood. The author has successfully conveyed the message through the façade. In the beginning the readers might be skeptical about the story, but it doesn’t take long for them to realise that the author has a whole bag of tricks.  

‘In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity’. ‘Khan vs Kahn vs Kanh’ is one such tale about three individuals who are in continuous struggle for fame and identity. In the race of proving their worth, they decide to stride on paths that can change the course of their lives forever. This is intriguing novella with a twisted plot and a good climax. The title is a bit puzzling but sounds perfectly apt once the pages are read. The cover design could definitely have been better; the blank canvas fails to attract the readers. I despised the font type and the formatting (typesetting). Following the standard rules could have been better.

The plot is gripping and the lucid narration acts like a cherry on the cake. The setting of the scenes is relatable and gives the readers ample opportunity to experience every moment. The use of vocabulary is splendid. I somehow felt that some of the chapters could have been pruned easily. Another turn off that I could find was the introduction to so many characters, all at once. The readers might be forced to flip the pages backwards and re- read the introductions. So many characters make the content baffling.

With fine editing and proofreading, this book is a complete package. Overall, this story is strong and emotional. A good read.

Best wishes to the author!

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