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Two dogs and a cat are butchered at the home of Nidhi Kapoor, a leading Bollywood actress. Left behind is a mysterious letter threatening Nidhi and her family.

Nishant Kapoor, Nidhi’s father and a superstar of the yesteryears is confined to a retirement facility in the hills. Tormenting him are his recurring dreams of someone trying to hurt him and his family.

A film set where Nidhi Kapoor is shooting for her much anticipated film goes up in flames. Trapped inside are Nidhi and her sister, Payal.

ACP Prakash Mohile is forced to take up the investigation. Rujuta Singh, a photojournalist chronicling the lives of policemen in Mumbai and shadowing Prakash, gets embroiled in the case.

Unwarranted incidents continue to happen and in absence of any real clues or motive, Prakash and Rujuta are forced to dig deeper in the past of the Kapoors. They unknowingly stumble onto a violent tale of lies, betrayal, treachery, infidelity and murder.

Time is running out fast and the unknown assailant is adamant on taking away from Nidhi everything that she holds dear - her career, her home, her reputation, her family and her life. With each move, he seems to be getting close. The answers however continue to elude Prakash and Rujuta.

What is it in their past that Kapoors are hiding from the world?

What grudge does the assailant hold against the Kapoors?

And, can they save Nidhi?

316 pages, Paperback

First published November 1, 2014

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Saurabh Garg

4 books16 followers
Curious marketeer by the day, Saurabh Garg is a storyteller by the night. The Nidhi Kapoor story is his first full-length story.

Apart from writing, Saurabh is passionate about startups, travel and poker. When he is not working on creating characters and plots for his upcoming stories, he likes to meet and talk to other interesting people and ask them stupid questions that often don't have answers.

Saurabh maintains a very elaborate bucket list. The item on top of his list is to visit every country in the world. So far, he's been to 15.

Originally from Delhi and based out of Mumbai, he went to Delhi university and MDI Gurgaon for his undergrad and postgrad respectively.

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1,608 reviews238 followers
February 17, 2017
As Nidhi Kapoor, a star in her own rights in the film industry, is about to start shooting for her much anticipated movie, weird things start happening around her. Her pets are found mauled over, her film set goes up in flames and a threatening letter is found at her home. This being a high profile case, ACP Prakash Mohile is roped in to lead the investigation. Rujuta Singh is a photojournalist who gets embroiled in the case as she was working closely with the ACP. Stakes are high, but will Prakash and Rujuta be able to apprehend the perpetrator in time to save Nidhi Kapoor’s life?

The glitz and glamour of the film industry is always enticing and there are always more to the stars than meets the eye. But Nidhi Kapoor’s family has secrets rooted deep in their past that are now coming back to haunt them. While the plot is not very extraordinary, it is very interesting. Characters and narrative style compliment the plot and as a result it emerges as above average. There are a number of characters that play a major role in the story and I liked them all for being really well developed and their many facets. I liked Prakash for his efficiency and reserved nature. I liked Rujuta for her natural inquisitiveness and I like Tarana for her many ideas. However, I failed to like the character of Nidhi Kapoor herself. But the best part of the story was its narratives. The author did not show his hand all at once and let things unfold at crucial times. It was well paced and full of unfolding drama that kept my interest in the book intact.

While my overall experience was quite good, I felt that some things were left unsaid that could have been included for the reader’s information. Also, while there was enough told about the characters, I would have liked to know a little bit more background on some of them.
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958 reviews71 followers
March 29, 2016
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Points in favor:
+ The plot idea felt nice, given the beginning
+ The character of Prakash; well portrayed
+ Simple language, engaging narration from start to finish

Points against:
- Poor climax, could have been done better
- Rujuta’s affection for Prakash felt like it took too much attention

Has the potential to keep a crime fiction fan interested through the read!

Actual rating: 3.5 stars
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82 reviews1 follower
January 7, 2015
Setting was good, raised in hell main characters, but climax was a huge let down. The writer seems to have run out of ideas towards the end and settled for normalcy.

Really appalled by the reviews here.

Recommended only if you are travelling alone in a train and without any other book
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333 reviews82 followers
February 8, 2021
The Nidhi Kapoor Story - Book Review | Nia Carnelio

This review might contain spoilers.

For a debut author, this book borders on average but I still have many grieveances with the book. Let's talk about thr postive aspects first.

Positive aspects: The author has a knack for suspense and manages to keep you interested until the end. The writing is fluid, and is a good read for someone who hasn't read too many books. The mystery is decent as is its execution.

Negative aspects: These far outnumber the postives. The first thing that irked me - typos. Several mistakes in the book, which could have been avoided with a good proofreading or another round of editing. The editing is shabby at best, reminding of my first drafts which aren't ever going to see the light of day. Second, the grammar. The one that grinded on my nerves - I'd. He'd. For I'll or He'll. The use of would for will and the incorrect contractions - also needed editing, this is simple stuff. Lack of articles and improper use of them at a couple places. But it's readable I suppose. The plot on the other is decent but the ending falls flat. The Afterward, seems an unnecessary addition and the conclusion seems to hastily wrapped up. The book reads like a hsitory textbook at several places, with the information about Mumbai and Indian practices falling out of place. The author seems to have consciously taken efforts to explain too much, making the book lose momentum and fall slack.

As a reader, I didn't find the book too exciting.

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Profile Image for Pratibha Pandey.
Author 3 books45 followers
December 4, 2014
First thing ,I loved the cover of the book. And then the plot had enough to intrigue any reader. The opening chapter of the book set up the base of a dysfunctional family and the roots that Nidhi Kapoor comes from. The book then alternates between the past and the present randomly but always linked to one of the sins that humanity is plagued with.

Prakash Mohile is your hard working , never-at-fault ACP whose only relationship seems to be with Tambe , the inspector who follows all commands and knows Mohile best. Then there is Rujuta who is an independent photojournalist who is initially unaffected by Prakash's ways and work but once she witnesses the crime scene at Nidhi Kapoor's home , she is hooked to the investigation and is determined to be useful in solving this mystery.

The characters , are well sketched and the research done for the sketch and development of all people mentioned , shows in the book . My favorite is Tarana whose philosophies I so well relate to.Some descriptions seem a little cliched but the overall effect is never lost. The writing is simple and without much frills which do not take attention away from the story at any given moment. The story has a good pace that does not feel forced or bores with a stretched timeline. The switch between the present and the background story is neat and helps the reader make sense of the now and s dread for tomorrow.
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Author 1 book6 followers
December 9, 2014
The Rajuta Singh Story

I am not sure why Author chose to name the book as the The Nidhi Kapoor story as the story mainly revolves around Rajuta the photo journalist.
The plot revolves around a Bollywood who's who family and their deep secrets coming to bite them finally. I will not reveal much about the plot as it would give away the story. The book feels more like a movie script rather than a novel. The author goes to great extent to explain everything, every word their meaning and the local context. Which according to me is not necessary. It unnecessarily increased the size of the book.

There are many plot holes in the book like an ACP being summoned for murder of few pets? Yes its a who's who home but ACP ?

The characters in book are pretty much single dimension they lack intelligence and usually do the same thing over and over again. Being a suspense novel the character should be much more slippery and evil.

Having said that I liked the concept of the story and the way story progresses. It feels a bit hurried at the end though. Also, Saurabh has done his research on Bollywood character's real life, Over all a good book to read over weekend.
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412 reviews39 followers
January 28, 2015
This book falls into the category of a psychological thriller. It highlights the various events in the life of an actor who was the star of Bollywood. Nishant Kapoor starts off as a poor boy looking to make it big and ends up as the star of Bollywood. The author goes into detail about the trials he faces and how his life changes. The story is set at a time when Nidhi, Nishant’s second daughter is at the peak of her acting career. The police are called in when her pets are found dead in the house and then follow what looks like sabotage.

As the investigation is on, we are introduced to two major characters apart from the people in the Kapoor’s family; ACP Prakash Mohile, an uptight person who takes his work seriously and has a wonderful track record, and a journalist, Rujuta, who tags along while working on her assignment on the police department. These two characters have been sketched really well by the author and are quite strong. The journalist is inspiring in many ways and shows that being a woman is no hindrance to what you want to do in life. Her aunt, who makes a small appearance in the story plays a pivotal role towards the end.

The Kapoor household consists of Nidhi, her older sister and their mother’s brother as well as Nishant who is brought back into the picture later on. The authors spins a sinister web of murder, betrayal, love and slowly reveals a plot that will keep the reader enthralled. As the investigation continues, the deeper they dig into the past, the more the truth about Nishant’s personality and his family comes to light. The climax of the story is brilliantly written with a good ending.

However, though the author manages to tie up most of the loose ends and neatly close the plot, there are a few things that remain unanswered. These however do not deviate from the fact that this is a well written story and will be enjoyed by those who love a good mystery or psych thriller.
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28 reviews12 followers
December 18, 2014
Author, Saurabh Garg has to be appreciated for his narration which made reading interesting and page turning.

The story starts with the brutal killing of three pets in the home of famous actress, Nidhi Kapoor. Soon also followed by fire break in the sets of film in which Nidhi Kapoor acts.

The assailant has to be found out by ACP Prakash Mohile and also by a Photojournalist, Rujuta who got entwined in this mysterious case accidently.

Author introduces each of the main characters of the story with their positive side, pride and power among the society but sooner the author delves deeper into the story, he skillfully opens their history.

Overall I enjoyed reading this story with great twists and end with tragedy except the fact that some of the anecdotes were repeated.
1 review
November 18, 2014

I picked this book for an upcoming weekend tour… and finished on the first day itself. I couldn’t keep the book down. The book takes you on a thrilling ride that ends in a suspense that will shock you. The characters are real with real emotional problems. There are no fake superheroes or supervillians. It’s a story of regular people plagued with human emotions making them vulnerable and real. They have their own strengths that helps them deal with their problems and pain. You will get immersed in their lives while reading. Kudos to the author… can’t wait for his next.

Overall, it’s an intriguing fast-paced story. The book will take you on an emotional journey of the 3 lead characters... And keeps your thoughts engulfed with their story even afterwards.
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13 reviews3 followers
November 17, 2014
Page turner is a claim that every thriller makes but very few actually are.

This book on the other hand, totally lives up to its genre of thriller. It is simply UNPUTDOWNABLE once you start it!

It is a story of a reigning female star who finds her pets murdered one day in her bungalow. The case is handed over to Mumbai police and roller coaster starts with police trying to prevent any further incident while the murderer hellbent on leaving a mark.

Its an easy read with about 200 pages but be prepared for twists & turns. Also, i was never able to guess the murderer right till end which just shows author's control on writing.

cant wait for his next!!

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169 reviews24 followers
December 3, 2014
With this book, Saurabh Garg has crafted quite a well paced crime thriller narrative where the action and suspense keep increasing in pace until they all lead to the final climax. Although the movie has the film industry as the backdrop, it only acts as a prop for the characters to be placed in while the overall narrative is strictly that of a crime thriller.

With likeable protagonists in ACP Prakash Mohile and photojournalist Rujuta Singh, the author also manages to give us a fairly good team which is hot on the trail of the culprit and whether they unravel the mysterious happenings in Nidhi Kapoor's life forms the crux of the book itself.
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Author 5 books19 followers
February 18, 2016
Through the voice of protagonist author wishes to convey the life of a dejected child , which turns out to be a copacetic variance in the reader's taste.The story, in combination with pain and sorrow, dishes up variety of flavors to the readers that too with utmost sincerity.If we talk about the supply of oomph, through the series of events it pass on to readers, it keeps reader's senses alive and energized.

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Author 5 books2 followers
December 12, 2014
The book builds the suspense very well up till the climax which appeared a bit cliche according to me. The story was real and believable, the characterization was good barring the main character Nidhi Kapoor who was given less space as compared to the police inspector and the journalist helping him. Could have done a better characterization of Nidhi Kapoor. Over all a good read was able to hook me up till the end but as i said the climax could have been better.
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431 reviews9 followers
November 16, 2014
a complete suspense packed book.this book is divided in 5 parts and each part will take you to a different journey and love and hate the charecters prakash and rutujas journey to solve the case.its totally gripping.
the downside of the book is nothing though there are two parts I hate it but doesn't impact the book

overall a very murdery and suspense thriller book
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Author 1 book17 followers
November 18, 2014
What does a Bollywood Superstar, an ACP in the police department and a Photojournalist have in common? Nothing, unless they are the characters of The Nidhi Kapoor Story, which is so well conceived by Saurabh Garg.


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3 reviews
November 21, 2014
This is one of the best novels I have ever read. Considering this is Saurabh Garg's first novel, I am sure this is THE BEST first time author novel.
I dint want to keep the book down, even though I was travelling and needed my sleep badly, I could not keep the book down.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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745 reviews175 followers
January 21, 2020
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The Nidhi Kapoor Story is the story of a Bollywood film star, Nidhi Kapoor who is being threatened by an unknown person and to protect her, ACP Prakash Mohile is assigned to solve the mystery of the attacker as well as keep the actress safe.
But as he starts to investigate, Prakash Mohile soon realizes that this case is not the simple stalker fan case as he had imagined. He would have to sift through layers of family secrets and dirty laundry to get to the assailant who is getting bolder and bolder with each attack from mauling Nidhi's pets to threatening letters!
Can he solve the case before something drastic happens?

The premise of the story intrigued me the first time I came across this book. Being a lover of mysteries, I really really got intrigued when I read the blurb and the saw the smoky cover featuring a blurred image of a girl.

Hoping for an intense, brain teasing and thrilling suspense, I was not dissappointed and loved the start of the book. The way the author painted the whole lifestyle of the mega film star with her scary childhood with an egoistic and chauvinistic father; and gave an introduction to the tough nut ACP. I was already sufficiently intrigued. The suspense and thrill is maintained till the latter part with the mysterious assailant able to enter and leave the heavily guarded house without anyone noticing and the fluid transitions from the frightening but also heart wrenching flashbacks from the present to the past.

Although the plot is nothing very extraordinary, still I was engaged and glued to my seat. The characters and pace are beautifully handled by the author and I loved how he was able to throw so many characters in the story and yet give them their own limelight.

Nidhi is an enigmatic character and despite all those detailed flashbacks into her traumatic past, I still feel like I didn't get to know her properly. She is the main character in the story but still remains absent for most part. I would have loved to see more of her in the story and get an insight into her mind.

Prakash is hardworking and very sincere. His diligent work ethics and his sharp mind made me place him in the mold of a promising detective in my mind.

Rujuta is energetic, hardworking and inspite of being a secondary character, she overshadowed everyone in the book. While I loved her story too, I still sometimes had to remind myself that it was Nidhi's story that I was reading!

I also liked the other characters and wholeheartedly hated Nidhi's father whose character is a magnificent study of human behaviour.

I loved how the author kept the narrative crisp and left calculated clues at each turn keeping the readers engaged all through.

While I enjoyed reading this book, there are a few things I think needed more attention like the need I felt to read more background on characters like Rujuta, Prakash etc., many subplot angles were left unanswered like the one with Prakash and why Nidhi's sister didn't become what she had been training to be since childhood, the end also just frizzled out and wasn't as explosive as I thought it would be and the justification at the end just didn't appeal to me. There could have been so many other ways to do what was done by the assailant to achieve the desired results.

Anyhow, overall I enjoyed reading The Nidhi Kapoor Story with its many twists and turns with multiple nail biting moments. A perfect leisure read with plenty of emotional play, good suspense and believable characters, I give it 4 stars out of 5 and recommend it to everyone.
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Author 12 books1,324 followers
March 19, 2017
From the teaser that had accompanied the book at Amazon, a connoisseur, or merely an avid reader of crime fiction and thriller genre, can easily make out who and why done-it. However, as they say about life, fiction is often about the journey and pleasure one derives from reading all the stuff, rather than being shocked or surprised by the conclusion. On the basis of that yardstick, this book was truly enjoyable.
I didn't take away one star for the entirely predictable ending. Instead, I expressed my frustration at the overdrawn nature of the scenes between the protagonist and the antagonist, the entirely unnecessary explanations and diaries, and the backstories of our key characters which made us more sympathetic towards them, while dragging the pace down.
Nevertheless, Mr. Garg, I would keenly wait for your next book. The darkness that resides within us seems to be quite effortlessly captured by your writing, that impresses me hugely.
Recommended to all those readers who crave urban thrillers full of glitz, sleaze, scandal, murder, pain, love, and Mumbai.
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Author 3 books8 followers
January 29, 2018
Its a very gripping story which won't let its readers to feel bored about the narrative and it has some tips or teachings for us, how we should conduct ourselves and we should not let success or money mislead us.
100 reviews2 followers
August 7, 2017
Good One...

Many twists are there. Good one to enjoy if you are a lover of thrillers. But certain scenarios the author could have made better.
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5 reviews
December 5, 2021
A very good story, it had it's own twist and turns. Personally, I wish Prakash Mohile didn't die. Reveals the dark side of Bollywood.
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257 reviews55 followers
December 28, 2015
I give ‘three stars’ to ‘The Nidhi Kapoor Story’ by Saurabh Garg. While the book didn’t fulfil my expectations on certain fronts, it was well-written and featured some likable characters. As the title of the book suggests the story of this book revolves around Nidhi Kapoor, a leading Bollywood actress. Her father Nishant Kapoor was also a top Bollywood actor in his own time. He was even known as the undisputed king of Bollywood. While Nidhi Kapoor was to start her much expected film, strange events start to happen around her. These unwarranted incidents go together with anonymous letters threatening Nidhi Kapoor and her family members. Though ACP Prakash Mohile and Rujata Singh (a photojournalist) take charge of the case, the anonymous assaulter is unyielding. On the other hand, he is getting bolder day by day. Who is this unknown assailant and why is he targeting Nidhi Kapoor and her family? This is a passionate tale of falsehoods, disloyalty, deceit, adultery and even homicide.

The book is not a page turner but readers will definitely want to complete it in one go. If you have read lots of detective novels, it will be very easy for you to identify the unknown attacker. At least, I was able to identify that person quite early. I felt that the author tried to jump in and cram a bit too much information up front. It probably wasn’t essential as most of it came out later in the book. For me, this process not only made some scenes a bit repetitive in the book but also revealed a lot up front. A good mystery thriller should be able to keep the readers in dark as long as possible. Additionally, I found the manner in which the climax of the mystery is done very disappointing. It could really have been done in a much better manner. Turning our attention to various characters of the book, we find that some of the characters have been developed really well. Especially, the characters of Prakash Mohile and Rujata are sketched well. The two of them have great chemistry and readers will definitely love reading them together in the novel. Same can be said for Nidhi Kapoor whose character certainly touches the heart of the readers. The characters of Nishant Kapoor and Tambe have also been done quite nicely. However, one should remember that characterisation, setting, story and style – all of these are functionally interrelated to each other so as to create an artistic unity. And, to be frank, I missed that artistic unity in this novel.

Regardless of its weaknesses, the book is not a bad read at all. The extreme clarity of the language brings home to the psychology of the characters very well. The absurdities and bleakness, imaginations and hindrances, and illusions and ironies of daily life have been presented well and readers can relate with these easily. Additionally, the author successfully creates ‘the world of Bollywood’ and its shades. The story moves with a good pace. The switch between past and present has also been done nicely and this switch does not obstruct the flow of the story.

(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.)

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4 reviews5 followers
December 1, 2014
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Name of Book - The Nidhi Kapoor Story

Price - 175

Publishers – Grapevine India - http://www.grapevineindia.com/

Blurb -

Just when Nidhi Kapoor, a leading Bollywood actress, was to start shooting for her much anticipated film, unwarranted incidents start to happen around her. Her pets are found maimed in her very home. An anonymous letter threatening her and her family is discovered in her study.

The high-profile case forces ACP Prakash Mohile to lead the investigation himself. Rujuta Singh, a photojournalist shadowing Prakash for a project, gets embroiled in the case.

Despite intervention by the police, attacks continue to mount on Nidhi and the unknown assailant gets bolder and more vicious with each attack. The assailant is adamant on taking away from Nidhi everything that she holds dear – her career, her home, her reputation, her family and her life.

In absence of any clues or motives, Prakash and Rujuta are forced to dig deeper in the past of the Kapoors and they uncover a violent tale of lies, betrayal, treachery, infidelity and murder. A tale that the Kapoors want to guard at any cost.

Who is the unknown attacker? Why is Nidhi Kapoor a target? What are the Kapoors hiding from the world?

And, can Prakash and Rujuta save Nidhi?


What I liked about the Book-

The story is nice and very tightly woven. It has all the ingredients of a good novel - Suspense, mystery, love, hatred, thrill, revenge, pain and strong and real characters. As the story unfolds, the book draws you into its pages and you begin the roller-coaster ride with the characters. The emotions the characters, Nishant, Nidhi, Payal, Rujuta and Prakash display makes you identify with them in many ways. The language is simple to understand and the little details that talk about Mumbai; the food there, the culture and the life in Bollywood makes the book interesting even to people who have never visited the city. The way the author has included some bold scenes and woven them well into the novel makes you realize that he is good at his work!

What I did not like -

Well! As you can see I really liked the book, the only thing that did not work for me was that the first chapter of the book dragged on as there were too many details involved. Another thing that caught me unawares was the first murder yes, the detailing is good, but for a sensitive person like me, it was way too much! The scene where one of the characters was so brutally treated and no one came to her aid was something that was hard for me to believe.

All in all, The Nidhi Kapoor Story is a good read. As a reviewer, I would say that Saurabh Garg is here to stay and create a name for himself in the writing world. As a fellow writer, I wish him all the best for his future endeavors!

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8 reviews
January 10, 2015
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Crime Fiction has always been my favorite genre. So when the posts of ‘The Nidhi Kapoor Story’ started filling my Facebook homepage, I got really curious to read it. An Indian author, writing a Crime Fiction and not a Love Story, how could I have missed it? Just when I was thinking to buy the book, I got an e-mail from the author for the book review request and I immediately accepted it. I was like ‘wow’. (Lucky me)

Talking about the book, the story moves forward like a movie. The reader gets introduced to different characters. The author gives you a peek into every character’s past to make you familiar with them. While reading it, you feel like you are watching a Bollywood movie. And that’s not a negative comment. In fact, I think that The Nidhi Kapoor Story would make a good Bollywood movie plot, better than any meaningless Salman Khan movie.

Although, the title suggests that the story is about Nidhi Kapoor but it moves around Rujuta, mainly. But then, ‘The Nidhi Kapoor Story’ is obviously better than something like ‘Rujuta and the case of Nidhi Kapoor’. The story is good and as you read it, you get to know more about the Kapoor family’s dark secrets. Then, you get to read those incidents that you didn’t expect to happen, making you feel like ‘what?’ ( I, actually, blurted it out while reading the story at a point.) Also, if you consider yourself a smart person, you’d be able to find the culprit before Rujuta. It’s always fun to guess the killer in fictional stories.

As a debut author, I think that Saurabh Garg has done a brilliant job. In fact, thanks for not writing another trashy love story. After seeing those trashy love stories making it to the list of Bestsellers, I had given up hope. I used to think that 21st century Indian writers can only write bad books on Romance genre. (of course, Literary Fiction writers aren’t included here). All the time that I had spent on those bad books, I regretted my decision and cursed the author for destroying Indian Literature. They target a particular group of readers and write about Romance because it sells faster than any other genre.

In fact, there are very less crime fictions by Indian authors in Indian market. But I’m glad to see a debut author bringing a change. I think it would become a bestseller in some months because every Indian reader isn’t stupid.
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Author 3 books52 followers
February 25, 2015
Kapoor's are a powerful family. The facade of riches from the outside but from the inside the entire melee takes a different outlook. So what happens when the past entwines with the present to spill out some demons which could have otherwise been buried in the closed casket? Who is responsible for the entire fiasco? Is it somebody from the outside or an insider who bears long lost grudge? Or will it be redemption for the Kapoor's from the anomalies of the past and the present? That's what the story is all about.

When it's Bollywood, you imagine the whole town to be painted in red. But this one's has shades of grey and black and patches of red too. Red bearing the symbol of blood and outrage. The story throwing surprises one after another with frequent rigors and throwing readers off guard. A jumbled monologue of the past and a torrid present adding to the misery. The knack of moving in circles before coming to the halt is another USP of the book. The story shrouded with a thick cloud of doubt and action behind the curtains. The feather in the cap with a long list of suspects and helplessness of the police and media. It's a frenzied and potboiler scenario with a lot at stake and some tough times for the readers.

The downside of the book is it's continuous badgering about the past which somehow becomes monotonous. The starlet of the story remains amiss for the most part understandably but she had to play a part. Her stoic silence hitting the story quite a few times. The end a very dull and a long drawn affair let you play with the loose ropes. Less importance could have been given to Rujuta because she hogs the limelight from the Kapoor's in the story.

All in all the story doesn't disappoints on many counts. The plot is well thought off but the end is nowhere near perfection. The story is a gem with lot of big bones thrown to keep the readers off scent. The viable Bollywood arena becomes a ring of stained lives and strained relationships, thus leaving a long trail of suspects and a complicated story. It tries to play with your mind, managing it too up to a large extent but fizzles out towards the end. A solid affair with a tame end.
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212 reviews30 followers
December 15, 2014
Originally at So many books, So little time
Without any circumlocution, let me tell the prospective readers: this is the most well-crafted story of the contemporary times. The mystery is huge, yet palatable, the thrill is unvarying and consistent, the plot line is well thought-out. There have been so many points to admire about this book, I am compelled to enumerate them, so not to leave out any.

A lot of thought, research and plotting has gone into scripting this masterpiece. Honestly, coming from a debut author, this is an expert writing.
The characters have been etched with a precision such that their idiosyncrasies and behaviours are believable. Every character has a story. Right from the photojournalist Rujuta to the startlet Nidhi Kapoor.

The descriptions- of the city Mumbai, of the police and journalism profession- have been thoroughly entertaining and so apt. Add to it a cherry on top in the form of spicy bites of Bollywood, and you have the perfect entertaining read.
And then, there's more to it: the pace is so correct, it is a page turner. What else makes it a page-turner? The manner in which it unfolds. It is not a typical chronological sequence that the events follow, rather it unravels pivotal pints at the crucial time. Timing again is apparently a forte of the author. This works to intensify and amplify the thrill with which the reader reads, and then remains glued.
I don't know if it is just me, but I really could not find anything in the book that made it seem like the first book of an author: it could give John Grisham a run for his readers. No, seriously. This novel, only re-instates that the thrillers scene has finally arrived in India.
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39 reviews10 followers
November 20, 2014
Nidhi Kapoor is the Bollywood Star of the generation. She inherits her legacy from her father, Nishant Kapoor and has been consistently making her mark on Bollywood. However, just when everything seems perfect, strange things begin to happen which effect Nidhi and all around her.ACP Prakash and Rutuja, a photo journalist are out to solve the case in time and in the process get to understand each other better than ever.

What I initially thought would be a cookie cutter story, I am happy I was stumped with the way the plot progressed. Each time I thought I was right, I was proven wrong. The book does not shy away from violence, and the killings and interactions are a brutal read, but they pull you in.

As one reads the book, its the tiny details which you grow to love. For example, I loved the tiny snippets describing Mumbai life , food and places scattered throughout the book. I love growing to understand the little things that added a level of depth to each character. For example, Prakash’s strong need to pursue things till the end, or Nidhi’s unusual childhood. Its truly fits the adage, that its circumstances that makes one who they are.

The end and the reveal was something that came across after a character died; however, even after it is revealed who it is, my mind instantly travels back to all the crimes,and makes you wonder how the hell could I have missed it.

If you’re looking for an engaging, thrilling read which helps you escape tedious life and a plot that makes sense and leaves you with a thoughtful feeling, The Nidhi Kapoor Story is for you :)

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March 16, 2015
Wow, very nice an interesting crime thriller from the beginning. The author has very well represented five major weakness of human beings i.e. Kaam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh and hankarr. Starting from the author’s note this book is very captivating. I generally don’t read the books on bollywood because it doesn’t appeal me, so when the author asked me to review his book I thought let’s try, but after reading this book I must say if I have not read this novel then I would have missed a good novel.
There is every thing in the novel, glitz and glamour of bollywood, psychology of a star, murder mystery, suspense, and revenge. Also plot is extraordinary with simple yet good narration style, character buildup is fine but, if the character of Payal and her background were elaborated then it would be more interesting for readers. The book feels like a bollywood script rather than a novel and many characters features Indian yesteryear superstars.

As a debut author, Saurabh Garg has done a brilliant job. I highly recommend this book for psychological thriller, crime and bolloywood lovers.

Downside:

When three pets were brutally killed in Kapoor’s house and letter was found in typewriter then why there was no forensic done for fingerprint marks from typewriter? Even though ACP knows by investigating that murderer is from kapoor house.

And what I thought there was no need to kill ACP Prakash Mohile and the suicide attempt by Rujuta Singh (pulling the trigger while aiming on her temple) because she is one of the positive and bold character of the novel.
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