Barabanki is about two crimes and the professor, the pandit and the policeman. Though the reader might realize this relation a little late. It revolves around the Indian Engineering College and the sale of counterfeit medicines. Inspector Naveen and Awasthi investigate the death of a college student. The investigation involves a college alumnus, Raghav and a current student, Jayanti.
Being Anuj Tiwari’s first thriller, it truly is an amazing story. In the words of the author himself, “He combines fiction and reality, and this perfect combination makes (might make) him India’s Best-selling Author”
The novel progresses smoothly and is fit to read in a single go. The story makes it a little too easy to guess who the culprit would turn out to be. However, the hook of this story lies in finding out how he will be punished instead of who will be punished. I think this makes it different from the other stories that we read. The accuracy of facts, political conflict and the working of the Indian Police make the story realistic for the reader and increases their interest.
However, at points, the story or the method of presenting the instances seems too dramatic. The difference between movies and books lies in how they make the readers imagine and feel. I will not point out the scenes because I know, no one likes a spoiler. But, such scenes would be better suited if this were a movie. In the written work, they seem an exaggeration that I just wanted to skip reading.
The story also seems to focus too much on information that isn’t relevant to the centre of the novel. For instance, Naveen’s OCD is something that can be mentioned in the story but it should not be the focus of the text. This is the reason why even his visit to the doctor seems irrelevant and unnecessary. I understand that it is a method of introducing Dr Shaina to us, but I wish that the author would have chosen a better method of presentation.
Overall, it is a good one-time read for a single sitting. However, if you are someone who likes reading thrillers with twists and turns that keep you hooked, you might want to avoid this book.