Book Review: Crossed & Knotted


The Blurb

Crossed & Knotted is India’s first Composite Novel, a book written by fourteen authors in close collaboration with each other. The chapters, each a story in itself, are knotted with one another through characters, events, settings and emotions. The result is a read that criss-crosses through a multitude of emotions bringing out deep rooted human desires. They narrate tales of love and betrayal, suspense and mystery, courage and dilemma, along with hope and resilience. Read it for a taste so tantalizing, that your mind will surely be craving for more!

My Views


The reads and story-line/s: Crossed & knotted they are indeed yet, each a story that can stand on its own. When put together they form a long,strong rope that can bind the reader with awe. These fourteen stories bring out the myriad shades of human nature. One comes across aspirations and frustrations, dreams and shocking realities, faith and deceit, love and hate, greed and care in the pages of this novel that is unique and one of its kind. .

Subtle love intertwined with dark mystery keeps one hooked to the book. While the characters of Megha and Kamu aka Kamala Devi leave one gritting their teeth at times, those of Karuna, Poorni and Dimpy bring a smile to the eyes.

The mystery shrouding Lily Brown and her connection to Illiana Braun also stirs up one’s curiosity. Overall an interesting, intriguing and engaging story-line one that will keep you hooked till the very end, ‘Crossed and Knotted’ is set in Delhi, Kochi, Afghanistan, Pune, Mumbai and Hyderabad. So it’s not just the characters or genre’s that are crossed and knotted here, but also the locations lying scattered along the length and breadth of the country as well as one beyond its borders.

The ideas and efforts that have gone into the making of this book is “Wow!” The twists and turns as well as the climax are interesting.

Characterization : The characters are well etched with all their imperfections. One can relate to most of them. The strong headed brat Megha, the soft spoken Karuna, the devious Pankaj, the sober Sudip, the domineering Kamu and the possessive Shivi are all there around us. Hence it is easy to relate to them and their ways of reacting to the situations that evolve around them.

Language: Crisp and lucid.


The Cast: The innumerable characters that give life to the story have one confused at times. One may need to go back and forth once in a while, to get a grip on the story. This can be frustrating at times.


Recommendation & Rating: An enjoyable read, I’ll give this 4 on a scale of 5.


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Sutapa Basu is an Honours scholar from Santiniketan and holds a Masters degree in English Literature. Her professional career has seen her as a teacher, editor, and publisher. She has worked with renowned international publishing houses like Oxford University Press and Encyclopaedia Britannica. In the last five years of her professional career, she has launched 111 educational titles, 33 CDs and digital products, a language lab and a website. She has also developed and edited over 450 books over the last thirteen years.


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