Monday, January 31, 2022

Book Review - Young Blood

Book Name      - Young Blood
Author               - Chandrima Das
Publisher          - Harper Collins
Genre                 - Horror
Format              - Paperback
No. of pages    - 316
Amazon Link  -

Blurb :

From strange sightings to urban legends, from haunted buildings to not-so-friendly ghosts, colleges in India have their fair share of spine-tingling tales, be it Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, St. Bede's College in Shimla or Delhi University. Young Blood is a collection of ten tales that reimagine college urban legends and true first-person accounts, that promises to terrify even die-hard fans of horror.

Why did I read this book :

I am a big fan of drama and fiction but I've never read horror. The blurb of this book seemed very interesting. Growing up, I've heard many horror stories about ghosts in various schools and colleges in India. The blurb intrigued me and I wanted to read the book.

My Review :

This is the first book that I've read by Chandrima Das and I must say that I quite like her writing. It is a collection of ten horror stories happened at some of the most prestigious colleges of India. Some of the stories did give an adrenaline rush and I was scared but in some ways it was fun to read. During one of my visits to Shimla, I had visited St. bede's College in the evening and it looked spooky to me at that time. While reading about the ghost story at that college I was remembering my visit to the college. The writing is very lucid and clear. The author has described the scenes in detail which helps the readers to imagine each scene as they read along. 
Another interesting thing which I liked about the book is that there are different characters, like friends, lovers, hostel wardens and college security and those abandoned eerie buildings.
All in all it was a gripping read and it is evident that Chandrima Das did a lot of research before writing the book.  I read the book in two days. It was unputdownable.  I enjoyed reading all the stories but my favourite were Pen for your thoughts and Who the Fuck is Alice?
I strongly recommend this book. It will definitely be a delight for everyone, even for those who do not like to read horror books. 

About the Author:

Chandrima has a B. Tech in Computer Science from NIT Durgapur and an MBA from IIM Calcutta, where she was awarded the Aditya Birla and OPJEMS scholarships. She was born in Shillong, brought up in Guwahati, and currently lives in Mumbai.

Chandrima Das tells stories that explore the no-man's-land between truth and fear. Her digital debut The Talking Dead (Kindle, Audible) was a bestseller in the horror category. Young Blood (HarperCollins India) is her debut short story collection in paperback. She is presently working on her first novel, a blend of horror and fantasy set in North-East India, with the SouthAsia Speaks mentorship program.

After a decade-long career in management consulting that spanned from Wall Street to rural Bihar, Chandrima began writing full-time in 2020. Her web-comics and articles have featured in Quartz, Alliance magazine, Scroll, India Development Review, and Open Democracy. Chandrima has performed at live storytelling events with Tall Tales and Kommune, and was published in The Best of Tall Tales (Rupa, 2018). 

Rating : 5/5

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1 comment:

  1. Nice detailed review I should, happened see the link on Blogchatter, will definitely read this book.


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