When we read a novel, all the characters in it are suppose to be fictitious and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, must be entirely coincidental, right But what if one day you find a Novel and when you start reading it, you feel that you know the characters in it You feel that you are familiar with the incidences in it Will it be just a coincidence Sometimes some people come in our life, they live and then leave, with a hole in our soul, which we can feel but can t fill, we try to survive but end up DeadAlive


10 thoughts on “DeadAlive

  1. Anish Kohli Anish Kohli says:

    1st, Let s please take a look at some quotes from the bookMy heart beats increased and I started to feel ghosts around meStrike 1After walking for a while, we realized that we were following the same trails, and were coming around, again and again on the same place, and the conclusion was that we were lostStrike 2we had lost our way and we had opted to rest in the forest till the morning and that s how we were there Strike 3Really Never would ve bloody guessed. Strike 3 Man. 1st, Let s please take a look at some quotes from the bookMy heart beats increased and I started to feel ghosts around meStrike 1After walking for a while, we realized that we were following the same trails, and were coming around, again and again on the same place, and the conclusion was that we were lostStrike 2we had lost our way and we had opted to rest in the forest till the morning and that s how we were there Strike 3Really Never would ve bloody guessed. Strike 3 Man. This the point where I lose my cool 1st off, thanks to Sandip Khade for this Giveaway You gave me the best laughs I ve had in few years and it would ve worked too, if you were writing a comedy, but you weren t, were you Oh well Looking at the reviews here, it seems like the only people who ve read this book are the ones who ve got it for free Say s something, doesn t it Now, taking a second glance, I see that most reviews areor less positive To the people giving a 3 5 star rating to this book I d like to quote the author again What the hell you people are talking aboutThe author writes,Is he gone mad or whatWell, it s the same question I ve been asking myself about you too, Sandip Khade.Now, if you understand what I m getting at by bringing up all these quotes again and again, go ahead and read the rest of the review If not, well then, it won t matter anyways The Plot Holes Let s begin with talking about the plot since I want to save the best writing style editing for the last The Protagonist of DeadAlive finds a book and is reading that story throughout, which seems very similar to his own life right up till it isn t It s like a Novel within the Novel It s a good attempt, although it s not an original one like most people here think so Moving on to the story, it reads like the the movie Momento or it s remake Ghajini where the hero can t remember anything and his everyday is a pursuit to recollect what he should know The story line is abrupt and very short All of a sudden there are multiple wounds on the lead character s body and his head too which maybe accounts for the memory loss but then, lightening strikes and Lo Behold, the lead character is declared a Schizophrenic and that s the reason he can t remember anything But wait, what about those wounds dude Where the hell did those come from Basically, there is a lack of story It could have used somedetails and characters and many manypages to strike a connection with the reader The Writing Style Lack of one thereof Sometimes it so happens that you get a story bubbling up inside of you and it fills your head so completely that the only release is to pen it down But when you read it, you realize that it s a basic story line, at best, nothing else And no matter how hard you try, you can never crease out the details to turn it into something readable for the masses because it has no flow, no proper connections, no great characters, no writing style to speak of and most importantly, no satisfactory ending.This is exactly that, except for the part that Sandip got it published and gave us free copies to read Good going bruh. Read this book, and you will realize that a kindergarten kid could put better sentences together It s like his imagination has run amuck and he doesn t know how to rein it in The sentences are like half formed thoughts put together in a slapdash There seems no effort put in connecting one paragraph that follows the other It s like either he had a word limit set out, or he just couldn t fill in the blanks.The author writes poems in midst of the story, I guess to show off his writing prowess Here is one of themIf anything I want, that is you I can t hold these feelings that I get I am all yours dear, then why are you not mine yet Every time I try to feel you in my arms,You cheat me and always disappear What if you will not be mine This is the only thing which I fear I mean come on, is this the best you can really do. This is like a 5 year old writing a couple of rhyming sentences to charm their 1st crush And if this is really your best, then I suggest that you put your head down and go back to your IT firm job because as you so eloquently stated in your bookBETA, TUM SE NA HO PAYGAThe Editing or maybe NOT This book never even made it to the editor s desk or else it wouldn t be this horrible I mean how could you publish a book with so many grammatical errors and spelling mistakes At one point, author writes, HEART BITS instead of HEART BEATS DUDE In the Author s Note , the author divines himself as the primary EDITOR for the book Well, that figures, don t it What, you couldn t run a simple Spell Check How hard could that have been Did you never hear of it during your IT firm job I tell you, read this book, and you will learn to respect Chetan Bhagat as an author for the simple fact that even his cheap writing style seems GOLDEN when compared to this author I guess there is, after all, a legit reason for CB to be the bestseller that he is All in all, anyone who is about to pick this book, I would say this DON T


  2. Ipshita Ipshita says:

    This book is in dire need of proofreading I wonder if an editor was even hired before sending the book for printing Now, I don t like to start a review by pointing a book s negatives before its positives but articles and proper sentence constructions are important when you re publishing a book It made this book lose one solid star from me The writing in itself is not awkward however, the errors make it suffer The story and characters are good enough The focus is rightly on the protagonis This book is in dire need of proofreading I wonder if an editor was even hired before sending the book for printing Now, I don t like to start a review by pointing a book s negatives before its positives but articles and proper sentence constructions are important when you re publishing a book It made this book lose one solid star from me The writing in itself is not awkward however, the errors make it suffer The story and characters are good enough The focus is rightly on the protagonist and we are thankfully not provided with the details of every minor character down to the colour of their T shirts as many authors are prone to do The author stuck to only giving us a general summation of their personalities The story is presented in a fragmented version which heightens the sense of mystery But being that this is a thriller, it could have had a better build up, somethingtense and edgy I felt the mystery but the thrill was somewhat lacking in my opinion I loved the ingenuity involved in giving two names for every chapter, with one of the names crossed out Keeping in mind that this is his debut novel, I admit that the author definitely has potential when it comes to writing mysteries a better editor is all that he needs My sincere thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


  3. Yogesh Jain Yogesh Jain says:

    I received this book as a goodreads giveaway Thank you Sandip khade for such a lovely book and good luck for your future books Genre Romance, mystery Plot I can t speak abt plot because if it s a 167 pages book where plot is yours to figure out Only thing I can say is its a novel inside novel My review This is the first book i have ever read without hearing from friends or from community So when I read the first chapter I was worried I am going to read a 2 star book which means barely I received this book as a goodreads giveaway Thank you Sandip khade for such a lovely book and good luck for your future books Genre Romance, mystery Plot I can t speak abt plot because if it s a 167 pages book where plot is yours to figure out Only thing I can say is its a novel inside novel My review This is the first book i have ever read without hearing from friends or from community So when I read the first chapter I was worried I am going to read a 2 star book which means barely able to finish Little did I know I would be struck at choosing between 4 or 5 stars The real plot begins when we start reading the novel inside the novel It was easy to predict the ending of the novel inside novel but what happens in the end of novel was something I never thought off I would have rated this book 3 star if not for the last chapter As usual when I completed reading the book I was ready to rate it 5 stars but then what my internal debate begin As usual there is sin in this book I rarely find a book on fantasy or paranormal without a book sin I don t think many will notice it but still when I find one it becomes difficult for me to accept the plot and thus the 4 stats Romance the romance was cheesy I never understood the problem of Adithi in the book And I think if author had made the romance part as the main plot and novel inside the novel as the main book it would have ended up as an incredible romance novel For a debut novelist this is a good start I really liked the two poems included in the books and few quotes Last verdict I wouldn t agree with the Mystery as the main genre of the book According to me it will be romance It s a good read which will take your 4 hours away even before you realise it


  4. Sheetal Dash Sheetal Dash says:

    With strong elements of a thriller such as a racy narrative style, the parallel subplots and an amazing plot to arouse your curiosity and keep you on your toes, the book has emerged as a winner It has got thrill which binds you, mystery and romance elements that entertain you thump your heart beat What I liked most about the book was that though aimed predominantly on general Indian readers who love to read about college romances,IITs and IIMs,skimpy girls and lusty guys drowning thei With strong elements of a thriller such as a racy narrative style, the parallel subplots and an amazing plot to arouse your curiosity and keep you on your toes, the book has emerged as a winner It has got thrill which binds you, mystery and romance elements that entertain you thump your heart beat What I liked most about the book was that though aimed predominantly on general Indian readers who love to read about college romances,IITs and IIMs,skimpy girls and lusty guys drowning their college woes in booze and all the CBs and Durjoy Dutta books, this book could live upto its standard of beingthan just an engineering romance I just felt that had the author put a bit less details on the college story and concentratedon its interesting premise i.e the building up of tense atmosphere, then it would have really stood outas a thriller because that s what it is supposed to be I hope that he does that the next time One thing I cannot help but rant about is the grammatical mistakes the book had There were just too many Like the book had not been edited which is why I missed giving it a 5 star.Overall, I would say the book itself was really good with an amazing concept and I enjoyed reading it cover to cover We wantsuch books from Indian authors Would love to readof Mr.Khade s books in future


  5. Tejas Bhagat Tejas Bhagat says:

    Considering his first novel the writing is up to the mark.Plot could have been confusing but author made sure the dots linked when they suppose to.Many questions are still unanswered and left for readers to decode which adds to the drawback following with short story,Such story demands a big arena Best part is the connection author established narrating the love interest chapters.Undoubtedly SAK author has potential but needs improvisation, diversity in plot ,technical detailing and shouldn t Considering his first novel the writing is up to the mark.Plot could have been confusing but author made sure the dots linked when they suppose to.Many questions are still unanswered and left for readers to decode which adds to the drawback following with short story,Such story demands a big arena Best part is the connection author established narrating the love interest chapters.Undoubtedly SAK author has potential but needs improvisation, diversity in plot ,technical detailing and shouldn t follow the track of orthodox indian novels.Way to go SAK


  6. Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws says:

    group of friends decide to get away from their daily humdrum and spend some time together at a farmhouse What promised to be a fun time soon turns into something else Mysterious things seem to happen all around them They end up with a novel in their hands that describe them and their time together in great details It is as if their lives had been written down and documented But how is that possible I have to say that from the title and the cover, I group of friends decide to get away from their daily humdrum and spend some time together at a farmhouse What promised to be a fun time soon turns into something else Mysterious things seem to happen all around them They end up with a novel in their hands that describe them and their time together in great details It is as if their lives had been written down and documented But how is that possible I have to say that from the title and the cover, I was expecting something about zombies even though the blurb indicated otherwise I was wrong and in for a pleasant surprise I just have to say that the plot was so unique It holds great promise what with the twists that I did not see coming Another thing that I liked about the book was the way the chapters are named It is different and tantalizing There are a number of characters in the book some of them are really intriguing There s enough suspense, action, drama and romance in the book to keep you going But that is all that is good about the book The first let down is the narration style which handled properly would have been complimentary to the plot But the shifting timeline and narration only ended up making the storytelling abrupt While the first chapter was quite interesting, from the second chapter on I felt like I must be missing something like a few pages were missing here and there The book could also do with another round at the editor s desk Given that this is the author s debut novel, I d say he has the potential to do some great work but he has some ways to go in terms of narration and language.Irrespective of it all, I finished the book solely because of the plot


  7. Pushkar Joshi Pushkar Joshi says:

    Finally something new I have been reading books by Indian Authors, but most of them seems repetitive This book somehow has surprised me to the core with it s simple yet unique and interesting story, what will happen if you start reading novel and find that you are familiar with the characters and incidents in it This plot of this book is based on a novel inside a novel The story starts as the protagonist Sid, and his friends finds one packet, and one novel in it Initially i doubted abo Finally something new I have been reading books by Indian Authors, but most of them seems repetitive This book somehow has surprised me to the core with it s simple yet unique and interesting story, what will happen if you start reading novel and find that you are familiar with the characters and incidents in it This plot of this book is based on a novel inside a novel The story starts as the protagonist Sid, and his friends finds one packet, and one novel in it Initially i doubted about the book as i read first chapter, but then as the story moved forward and it got interesting, especially when they start reading the novel.This book has everything suspense, thrill, romance Simply Amazing, and kudos to author This book has very engaging plot, and the writing style is impeccable I did found some grammatical mistakes, which needs to be rectified But being the first time author and writing such a gripping story, that s acceptable and hope author rectifies in successive editions.Best of luck with the book And yes, it s a must read if you keep interest in reading something fresh


  8. Himanshu Mehta Himanshu Mehta says:

    first of all thank you for sending me this wonderful book..I read it all and enjoyed every page..It was like some hollywood movie mixed with desi humour..those visions , brain vs heart , connections , thrill everything awesome gonna keep ur book with me for life..Someday would like to read it again too..please update me when ur next book comes into the market..would love to read that too I became a fan of your book


  9. Prasoon Prasoon says:

    I received this book via goodreads giveaways Thank you Mr Sandip Khade I received the book today and I have completed reading it 20 5 2015 Let me start with what I liked about this Suspense Romance Drama fiction.The Present Day and Now parts Present Day being most enjoyable The suspense built up in the beginning was good.What I felt about the Then part was that, the romance became somewhat cheesy at places and I am not very fond of it As I had a Mystery Thriller in I received this book via goodreads giveaways Thank you Mr Sandip Khade I received the book today and I have completed reading it 20 5 2015 Let me start with what I liked about this Suspense Romance Drama fiction.The Present Day and Now parts Present Day being most enjoyable The suspense built up in the beginning was good.What I felt about the Then part was that, the romance became somewhat cheesy at places and I am not very fond of it As I had a Mystery Thriller in mind, I was a little disappointed when the suspense you built up gave way to romance, relationship and stuff But towards the end, everything was glued up, though the suspense revealed was predictable ,for me.Onething I thought was lacking is character build up More details about central characters, at least, would have been better.Nevertheless, it is not bad for a debutant novelist, not bad at all As I mentioned earlier,I read it in a day and it has happened only once before I wish you all the success with this novel and all the upcoming works All the very best.Note There are some evident grammatical errors in the book Hope you will rectify them in successive editions


  10. Kritika Narula Kritika Narula says:

    The concept of the plot is unparalleled, and the blurb makes it clear it is intriguing to see how the characters can be reproduced in real life, or to find out if it as actually the reverse So, with much interest I picked up the book, which is why in the first place I had agreed to review it And the pace at which it begins really boasts of a potential in the whole plot It eventually turns out to be a love story, a story about mental illness and other themes the themes have been well touched The concept of the plot is unparalleled, and the blurb makes it clear it is intriguing to see how the characters can be reproduced in real life, or to find out if it as actually the reverse So, with much interest I picked up the book, which is why in the first place I had agreed to review it And the pace at which it begins really boasts of a potential in the whole plot It eventually turns out to be a love story, a story about mental illness and other themes the themes have been well touched upon,could be done to bring an element of empathy with these It was a great plot, even mysterious, lying on the border of horror even Only, the book could have been better at many places, grammar being the first of those issues The general level of vocabulary and grammatical rules was less than decent, leaving a gargantuan scope for proof reading Second issue was that by the time we reached the second half of the novel, it lost a thread and the intrigue it held initially Again, proof reading would help synchronize the plot put together in a series of events, unfolding in a way that makessense to a reader