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The Other Side

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  282 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
"A slow rasping sound made me turn. I jumped back, the cell phone leaving my hands and smashing against the concrete floor. Someone was seated on the chair, rocking back and forth. Through the fallen light, I could see those hands placed on the arms of the chair, two gruesome wrinkled limbs with ugly boils plastered over the black skin. The red bangles on its wrists shone ...more
Paperback, First, 320 pages
Published October 31st 2013 by Mahaveer Publishers (Vaibhav Book Service) (first published 2013)
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Kashish Khan
I am scared

That's me convincing myself while reading this book!

This has to be the most happening book of 2013! It lives up to all the hype it has created in the market right from a couple of months before the release- world's first animated cover, high def 3D trailer, book marketing in retail chains, showcase of the trailer in cinema halls and a wonderfully well digital campaign. The book starts with a bang with FK's chilling foreword and the authors' exchange in the prelude. The illustrations in this book
Manish Mahajan
Nov 22, 2013 Manish Mahajan rated it really liked it
Super effort from Faraaz and Vivek. I especially found the stories in the latter half of the book really good. I especially loved "Strangers in the Night" for the way it is written, keep the suspense intact and making the reader believe something about the girl which turns out to be false when the twist in the end happens. This is great storytelling at its finest display. All the stories starting from "The Mark of the Beast" onwards till the end are really good. The best and most innovative thin ...more
Tara Sharma
Dec 10, 2013 Tara Sharma rated it it was amazing
Was feeling scared to pen down a review fearing that the little girl from Possession would come to get me if I wrote anything bad about her! But that fear has abated somewhat from last night after I finished this book under my quilt and just as I did something banged against the window and I was too scared to get up and see what it was!
Don't know if it is some secret plot of scaring the readers of this book but I was too creeped out anyway. All the stories are brilliantly written. Kazi is going
Suhasini Mohanrao
Loved the book totally. It's a total paisa-vasool entertainment kind of a work. Much better than watching any cheap bollywood horror movie made by ram gopal varma and mahesh bhatt. The scenes of this book play in my head still and it's not that easy to kick them out. I believe that's an achievement for the writers because I move in and out of books very quickly. One of the better books I've read in a long time.
Dhiraj Sharma
Dec 04, 2013 Dhiraj Sharma rated it liked it
I am glad to see Indian writers venturing into the horror/supernatural themes, a genre which I believe has a vast plethora of unexplored stories to be tapped.

I got an author’s signed copy of this book. The tales are creepy but leave you with a feeling of déjà vu. The end becomes evident right from the first pages itself as most of these stories are part of the urban legend prevalent in India. Some of them did have a surprise ending though.

I would have rated this collection as 3.5 but since GR do
Udita Pal
Nov 22, 2013 Udita Pal rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves Fiction , Super Natural , Ghostly Genre
Out of 13 3 Were highlight
=> The Long weekend
=> Possession
=> Girl in the word

Commercial book. They (Both Kazi & Banerjee) wrote one of a kind book.
For 6 hours in a row I sat quietly on last bench and read it. Book has one of kind stories. yes there are few stories which will make you yawn too (there is only one , but then again your opinion will be different). detailed review will be up this weekend
Sarika Patkotwar
Dec 18, 2013 Sarika Patkotwar rated it really liked it
*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of The Other Side from author Faraaz Kazi in exchange for an honest review. We thank Faraaz for the book!

Except for one single ghost story series and a few short stories here and there, I hadn't ever read any horror stories and I was never quite inclined on trying out the genre either. But then I had the awesome opportunity to host a blog tour for Faraaz Kazi and Vivek Banerjee's horror stories collection, The Other Side.
I do like to believe that where
Sohni Basu
Jan 07, 2014 Sohni Basu rated it it was amazing

Book: The Other Side

Author: Faraaz Kazi and Vivek Banerjee

Publisher: Mahaveer Publishers (Vaibhav Book Service)
Genre : Thriller

Ratings: 4.5/5
ISBN: 9350880768

Number of Pages: 320

Review Date: 7th January 2014
Review on behalf of - ReadersCosmos

My Ratings:
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Style- 4/5
Climax – 4/5
Cover Page – 3/5

My Review:

This book has portrayed tremendous illustration effort put by both the authors. The combination of the 2 writers has left no stones unturned to make the content so well defin
Hemantkumar Jain
Dec 20, 2013 Hemantkumar Jain rated it really liked it
You will read about this book and they will tell you that it is collection of 13 short stories … they almost lie. There is actually more. The foreword is an essay on Fear while the prelude chapter has a couple of horror stories dropped in simply as a warm up exercise before you begin the workout with the 13 horror stories. And then there is an Epilogue which is a horror story in itself. You actually get more than you bargained for.

The book is a mix of ordinary and extra-ordinary, spooky as well
Hafiza Mudassar
Dec 24, 2013 Hafiza Mudassar rated it it was amazing
I love horror anthologies, and I can honestly say I have never read one where I enjoyed every single story. There always tends to be one or two duds inside a collection, isn't it? With The Other Side, this just wasn't the case! It's full of everything readers of the macabre want: revenge, necrophilia, haunting dreams, spirits, deadly bets, graveyards, sceptic doctors, serial killers, wraiths, obsession and madness, even mildly erotic at times. In other words, fun for the whole breed of readers!

Shalini Katyal
Jan 02, 2014 Shalini Katyal rated it it was amazing
The Other Side"--- short stories anthology by Faraaz Kaziand Vivek Banerjeesir.

My personal favorite stories are: -
The Long weekend
The Man who Did not fear
Red Bangles

Its a collection of 13 stories...each story is entirely different from the other ! loved the quotation parts vch highlights its presence before the start of a new story ! Brilliant writing skills and unexpected endings !!! Some stories scared the hell out of me ! I learnt alot about evil spirits and about their existence
Diwakar Narayan
Jan 12, 2014 Diwakar Narayan rated it liked it
Bombarded with all five-star rating, I daresay, this does not deserve all the high-five. The narration is excellent, however the stories at times were quite predictable and I often did not find the climax appealing. Everything but the plots! I would have liked to see them better except a few ones.
Aparna Singh
Feb 26, 2014 Aparna Singh rated it really liked it
First of all, who doesn't like a good looking cover? I know, I know they say don't judge a book by it's cover, and I try not to, but who isn't tempted by a pretty cover?


So, the cover is great. It's all dark and spooky and it definitely drew me in.

Now for the matter inside the book.
The Other Side is a collection of thirteen paranormal stories, written by the two authors. I say paranormal, because, yes the cover and the summary conveys 'horror stories inside', not all stories are horror o
Abhishek Dixit
Feb 11, 2014 Abhishek Dixit rated it really liked it
Cover: 4/5
Writing style: 5/5
Dialogues: 3.5/5
Blurb: 5/5
Average rating of Stories: 4/5
Overall: 4.3/5

Tab’s review:
13 tales of paranormal world, the world you don’t see or you refuse to see, Faraaz and Vivek serve them in book called ‘The other sides’. 13 tales will remind you of those childhood stories you used to hear from your grandparents but this time they will seem to you more mature and a bloodcurdling because they were wrote to fright matures not kids. 13 tales, each better than the
Jan 19, 2014 Shubham rated it really liked it
Authors: Faraaz Kazi and Vivek Banerjee
Publisher: Mahaveer Publishers
Genre: Fiction/Horror
ISBN: 9789350880760
Price: Rs 150
Pages: 320

Starting with the prelude, the book has something about it which will bind you right from the beginning. I loved how the two authors engage in a conversation and start telling each other stories that lead to this anthology. I won’t be giving away spoilers here or review every story separately, but tell you what you are going to love in this one.

Right from story numb
Ammu Nair
Nov 23, 2013 Ammu Nair rated it really liked it
its a overall a horror read many stories where intresting and 2 strories wasnt able to match others. the stories are so good you can imagine dem playing in front of your eyes. my favourite ones are the long weekend , the lady in the pub possesion and unfullfilled desires are the best horror suspense .
Subramanyam K.V.
Jan 16, 2014 Subramanyam K.V. rated it really liked it
As said in the blurb “The Other Side” is a collection of 13 stories, that have ghosts, spirits, paranormal activity and chilling action lined up for the readers. Probably the USP of the collection is that it has the stories of both the good spirits and the bad spirits. Yeah you read it right , the good spirits that might not harm any one and if you are lucky might even empathize with you and the evil ones that might not even tolerate one’s presence in their arena. The book also portrays the karm ...more
Amrit Sinha
Jan 11, 2014 Amrit Sinha rated it really liked it
Here is a suggestion – don’t skip any part of this book, and by that I mean you got to read the ‘Dedicated To’, Foreword, ‘Table of Contents’, Prelude, and Epilogue sections, along with the thirteen stories of course, ‘cause each of the above serves to heighten the chilling sensation that you can associate this book, 'The Other Side', with. Not a single page should be left unread.

Talking of page, why not begin with the cover? And God, you need to look at it to believe me, this cover radiates bri
Rishi Prakash
Jan 12, 2014 Rishi Prakash rated it liked it
I picked this book just like that on flipkart while doing my usual purchase! I guess paranormal is not a genre which I associate with India writers which obviously was the main reason behind picking it up.

It is a collection of 13(guess that also came from the scary number 13!) stories where each one is different from other with a common thread of “other world” binding them together. I must say that the “foreword” is one of the best that I have ever read in any book; it definitely sets the mood/
Sadia Khan
Dec 31, 2013 Sadia Khan rated it really liked it
The Other Side, thirteen stories, thirteen kind of fears, a life on the other side that has always been under scrutiny, never believed under white light of sun. But, this book made me believe in all those fears and that obscure life even while I read it in daylight.
Going by the big names, Faraaz Kazi and Vivek Banerjee, I was particularly sure about the quality that I was banking on, but what caught me unaware was the amount of fear it tugged and steered, plunging into the deep corners of long
Siddharth Singh
Sep 22, 2015 Siddharth Singh rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, horror
Strictly average at best. The stories that were not copies of Hollywood horror flicks were usually dull and boring.
Sep 16, 2014 Rubina rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Horror Genre has always fascinated me. The sense of timing, the sense of invoking the fear factor in the reader's inward eye -all should be timed perfectly. One can say it is the other side of Comedy. So did Faraaz and Vivek achieve this? To some extend yes. As with all anthologies - some are hits and some are misses. But one thing I can guarantee you - there is no lack of factor FEAR in any of the stories.

The stories have been woven from old wives tales to the modern scenario. Beautifully d
Jaideep Khanduja
Apr 06, 2014 Jaideep Khanduja rated it really liked it

Book Review: The Other Side by Faraaz Kazi: Everybody is a Book of Blood

Horror is usually not the genre that I like to read but there have been exceptions in the past that I read and liked them and so is the case with The Other Side ... Dare To Visit Alone by Faraaz Kazi and Vivek Banerjee. Human tendency is more to opt for good side of anything specially when it comes to a road which is to be traveled alone. Good is not always good and bad is not always b
b00k r3vi3ws
Jul 16, 2014 b00k r3vi3ws rated it really liked it

In general, I do not read much horror stories because I have realised that a book has to be written exceptionally well to give the chills or goosebumps and if it doesn’t then it fails the idea of ‘horror’. Besides, once you have read Stephen King, it is difficult to like other horror stories. I picked up this book basically out of curiosity because Faraaz Kazi’s debut novel was a romance and I wanted to know if a young author like him can successfully writ
Nov 06, 2014 Anubha rated it liked it
Shelves: have-copy
PS: I received the copy for a review blog tour

The Other Side is a collection of thirteen stories each with different paranormal activities and if you include the awesome Prelude and Epilogue you'll get 15 awesome (in creepy way) stories.

Each story is different from other. If one had tortured but good souls other had the most ruthless killer, if one was come unknown creature other was a loving and innocent soul of a motherless child and so on.

I lost into the book right from page one (i.e Prelud
Ritesh Agarwal
Dec 24, 2013 Ritesh Agarwal rated it really liked it

Story 1: That Fateful Night
Arresting narration, brilliant use of language, but the end, despite being absorbing, is predictable. ‘That fateful night’ is the story of a doctor and his fateful visit to a fateful old couple on a fateful night in a fatefully dilapidated ‘haveli’ under fateful circumstances and with some inexplicably fateful consequences to it.

Story 2: The Long Weekend
‘The long weekend’ tells the story of Sachin, Shikha and a vacation they took immediately after a séance atte
Ismail Sheikh
Dec 25, 2013 Ismail Sheikh rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love short stories. This book was well put together by the brilliance of Faraaz Kazi and Vivek Banerjee. It is one of the rare co-authored books that proves there is great benefit in unity or rather two minds are better than one. Though this is a national award winning writer's book, I support Kazi in his call as he has done a good job of collaborating with his coauthor.
Like any other short story book, there were ones I liked more than others. I was thrilled to read about the fact t
Mehwish Mughal
Jan 19, 2015 Mehwish Mughal rated it it was amazing
I remember when we were young, we would gather around our Nani (grandmother) and beg her to tell us horror stories. We would listen with enthusiasm, our young brains taking in all the stories of churails and bhoots. Funny enough, I am still a big fan of horror genre but if it is not about a churail it does not have any effect on me.

Reading "The Other Side" was a similar experience to my childhood days and it even managed to bring about 1 nightmare. I mostly read this book in the night to feel t
Sehar  Moughal
Jan 22, 2015 Sehar Moughal rated it really liked it
Reading this book reminded me of my childhood; when I'd eagerly listen to harrowing tales of mishaps involving the supernatural, feeding my imagination.

This book is a compilation of short scary stories; mostly circulating through generations, recycling and refining them to make each sound more scary and believable.
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The winner of the 2013 National Debut Youth Fiction Award and also the recipient of the YCOF National Excellence award in Creative Writing apart from being the first Indian author to win the coveted ‘Best Debut (Romance)’ title at the international Goodreads choice awards, Faraaz Kazi
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