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False Ceilings

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Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes.
From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi of 1970s soake
Paperback, First, 256 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Lifi Publications
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Shreya Vaid
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
A family saga through different eras, False Ceilings by Amit Sharma is a book that will keep you engrossed until the end. From the hills of Dalhousie to the lands of Punjab, and from there to the brimming violent streets of Delhi, False Ceilings is centered around a secret that has been carried down like a family heirloom for 130 years. The only difference, it brings disaster and doesn't flourish.

False Ceilings is centered around the life and clan of Shakuntala, who was born in 1930's in the qua
Sundari Venkatraman
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received an author-signed paperback of this book via The Book Club in return for my honest review.

The story takes off in the middle with Aaryan, in the year 2001. He’s a college professor and seems a bit off his rocker. From here we are taken to 2060 and a very old Lipi. Cut to 2062 and Sunny. Lipi is dead now.

After the above glimpses, we get to read the story of Shakunthala (yeah, the one on the book blurb). Shakunthala is the pampered child of builder Kanshi Ram and his wife Kusu
Kajal Kapur
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story of a family through different eras makes up this saga. The characters inter-woven through the years make them so believable they could be anyone we know. Author Amit Sharma has brought to life the insecurities, the negativity, the secrecy that each of the characters nurture. Going back and forth in time, the non-linear narration makes it even more exciting and makes you stick to the narrative till you have uncovered the secret in the end. As a debut author Amit Sharma has been able to ...more
Madhulika Liddle
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
That is a rating arrived at after much dithering. To be honest, while I liked the story of False Ceilings well enough, it wasn’t mind-blowingly memorable for me. And the language, with its many errors of usage and its countless instances of poor (non-existent?) editing, had me squirming too frequently for this read to be a very pleasant one.

On the other hand, Amit Sharma sets up his story well. False Ceilings is about a family—beginning with the very wealthy Kanshi Ram, a builder who makes summe
Deepali Joshi
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
False Ceilings is Amit Sharma’s debut novel. When I read the Author’s bio, I was expecting a romantic saga or a new-age plot. But I was pleasantly surprised by the intriguing multi-layered storyline that spanned over a good hundred years. I won’t be exaggerating if I said that I got a glimpse of Jhumpa Lahiri or Anita Nair at certain points. Going by his writing in his debut novel, the author might churn out some best sellers in future.
The storyline oscillates between 2060s and pre-independence
Nikita (Njkinny's Blog)
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone

False Ceilings by Amit Sharma is his debut story set in India that spans a hundred and thirty years starting from 1930 to 2065. This is a family saga that spans generations and had me travelling to the India in 1930s to that at the time of the communal violence to hippie culture and then the future India!

This book attracted me because of its unconventional title and the blurb that promised a suspenseful, adventure filled saga that spanned decades.

I starte
Shilpi Chaklanobis
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
False Ceilings is a family saga and story of generations inheriting a secret. The plot is very interesting and has all the ingredients to intrigue the reader. There are many characters and the author has done a wonderful job in defining and developing each one. With a simple and easy to follow language, False Ceilings is an engaging read with a beautiful story that is told well. The book is recommended to those who love mature stories that have some depth. Looking forward to read more from the a ...more
Sonia Rao
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it

In the ‘70s, false ceilings were all the rage for living rooms, bedrooms and even bathrooms. They were especially popular with the film fraternity and filthy-rich industrialists. Intricately carved designs on the moldings and vivid combinations of colours made for an attractive façade but behind all that lurked a certain rot. Broken and smashed in by Income tax officers, the false ceilings laid bare the putrefaction they shielded, the decadence of black money in the form of currency notes, stuff
Aayesha Khan
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
False Ceilings is a family saga and story of generations inheriting a secret. The story ranges through a vast period starting from pre Independent India and expanding to the futuristic modern era. There are many characters and the author has done a wonderful job in defining and developing each one. They are very much relatable, flawed and do not seem made up.

The language is simple and easy to read. The book is recommended to those who love mature stories that have some depth. This is a book you
Maniparna Sengupta majumder
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
George Orwell once said, “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”

Secrets have great powers; they can make or break even a person’s existence. They are fragile and, should be handled with care. But what if a secret fails to see the light of truth for even over 100 years? What if it was revealed years before? What if-then-else..?

Amit Sharma’s debut novel, False Ceilings, starts with the account of Aaryan, one of the pivotal characters in the book, finding the If-Else st
Afshan Khan
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Amit Sharma has been one of my favorite bloggers . I started reading him some where in 2012 at mashed musings which has now moved to and instantly became a fan. The humour, plethora of emotions , his opinions on sensitive topics which were most of the times in sync with mine, his daddy diaries and many more write ups kept me always glued to his blog. So when I came to know that his book, False Ceilings got published , it was just natural to think of buying it. I wa ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
False Ceilings is a gripping tale of a dysfunctional family and their secret that passed on through generations.

Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night, she is gifted a bundle covered in yellow cloth, to use wisely when the time is right. But then she keeps it as secret forever which is then passed on through generations. The story spans more than a century and when her great grandson accidentally discovers that
Sakshi Nanda
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
'False Ceilings' is based on a grand premise. I say grand because the blurb emphatically promises mystery, changing histories and new geographies. It also hints at some destructive secret ‘accidentally’ passed down many generations in the family that he has written about.

In just 10 pages all elements of ‘False Ceilings’ come through. We sense suspense and see mysterious objects. We notice how the context is spread across ages and we are introduced to two main of the many characters in the book,
Shivani Shourie
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it

Book title: False Ceilings

Author: Amit Sharma

Genre: Fiction

No. of pages: 256

Price: Rs. 295

Publisher: LiFi Publications

Book blurb: Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes.
From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi o
Meenakshi J
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This family saga starts with the character of Aaryan and his muse – ‘The If-Else statement’. He comes across as an eccentric and cynical in a way and has the traits of his grandmother. This story indeed is a saga because we realize that a Mother-in-law torturing a Daughter-in-law too transcends time! Ironically, every female character (Shakuntala,Radha Devi) are innocent and strong headed with traits of a protagonist at the beginning but then end up as antagonists in another character’s life!

Shilpa Garg
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
False Ceilings is a family saga, a story of a family spanning through generations and how actions of one generation has an impact on the future generations. The story is set between a vast time period, starting from the somewhere in the 1930s and culminating in highly-digital and technologically advanced and futuristic the 2060s. Central to the story is a secret that is guarded superstitiously and is is held upon tightly by generations of family members. This secret binds the family together as ...more
Sonali Dabade
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Author Amit Sharma's book, False Ceilings, I have to admit, is a pleasant surprise in terms of how strongly it makes you feel nostalgic and want to go back to reading history as soon as possible. The summary at the back of the book provides a certain level of intrigue that is added to by the muted impressiveness of the front cover.

The story, though a little too unnecessarily descriptive in its earlier pages, turns into one that you simply cannot put down. You just start craving for more at one p
Sanhita Baruah
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What do you look for in a good book? An engrossing plot? A good writing style? A curiosity for the ending?
This book had it all. I can't imagine the work hours the writer must have put in this first book of his. As I flipped through each page I was amazed at the care with which each detail was mentioned.
It's a story of five generations - one secret traverses through the lives, cursing their lives, ruining what could have been for them.
The novel, if written with all the details the writer must ha
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A story set in the beautiful town of Dalhousie spanning across generations – must make for an interesting read I mused before picking it up. The cover and the title both were in contradiction with the blurb a bit. An old radio and an almirah isn’t exactly much to go on is it? This is exactly what attracted me to the book!


The story is set in Dalhousie and Delhi. It traces the lives of four generations of people from a family. The writer weaves history and culture into the story which simp
Ruchi Singh
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary
‘False Ceilings’ is a family saga spanning five generations, set from Dalhousie to Delhi, from yesteryears to our future. Yes, it also gives a glimpse of how the future world would be; complete with sensors and gadgets operating with voice commands. The story is centered around Shakuntala and her love and dedication for her father. Author has packed quite a number of years, events, families and characters in 256 pages. Everything is bound by a secret which key member of the family harbors.

The n
Aman Mittal
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
It is assumed, especially by critics that an author does his research before writing a collection of pages to call it a book itself. This assumption is rewarded in the form gratifying time, entertainment level up to its highest, imagination mingling with words and visualising characters and their peculiarity. This doesn't work for everyone in equal terms but that doesn't mean the assumption has fallen. No, writing is a task, and every writer puts their own effort but due the round nature of eart ...more
Dr.  Lucy
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review of “False Ceilings” – Amit Sharma

‘False ceilings’ is a web of relationships across the generations in a family where a secret is passed down from one to the next. It is believed that the secret is cursed and must not be shared with anyone else. However, it is the only thing that occupies the last conscious thought of the holder before they die. Spanning across 5 generations, a secret is passed along, sometimes knowingly, sometimes as unknown and unclaimed legacy. It is kept as a secret th
Rekha Vikesh
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story, a family saga, spans between the pre-independence era in the 1920s to the futuristic tech-revolutionized era in the 2060s connecting numerous inter-linked incidents and characters. The main protagonist, Shakuntala, has seen it all from the freedom struggle, to the partition, to the world wars, to the 1984 riots. The fragility and vulnerability of human hearts and minds is brought out very well by Amit. The inheritance of mindless fears, insecurities and jealousies among generations ha ...more
Vasudha Rao
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Rakhi Jayashankar
Books from Indian authors are puppy romance. Is that the preset notion? Well, if that's the case, false ceilings will force us to stash our prejudices. A highly emotional, tragic drama in a family through generations will quench the thirst for something different and deep by the readers. For a first time author, Amit Sharma is quite matured, developed and well-read.

The storyline goes through several generations- from pre-independence era to the future. Multiplicity of genres without giving any f
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian, own-a-copy, tbc
…the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places said Roald Dahl. In our case, the secret is one that is kept hidden by generations – one after the other for over a hundred years– and always close to where they are physically present.

False Ceiling takes us through the life of Shakuntala who is born as a pampered child of a wealthy builder, however the opening scenes belong to Aaryan who kicks off this story that takes us through the maze of generations and cross connections.

Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a book you would not find many first-time writers writing. It is a complex book which is a family saga spanning generations. The book takes us through the tale of Shakuntala, a young girl, who has a dreamlike life despite some adversities in the beautiful town of pre-Independence Dalhousie when life changes completely due to a turn of events. The book takes you on a journey through her life and times, her children, grandchildren and beyond. The novel explores India of 1920s and spans to ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story line of False Ceilings travels through generations … from past to well into future.
The main protagonist of the story is a wooden almirah with holds a secret compartment in its ceiling. And this secret compartment hides a secret wrapped in a yellow piece of cloth, which is handed down from one generation to other not as a blessing but as a cursed piece of possession. False Ceilings starts in an era where each household used to have secret cellar in a room or a compartment in their al
Kishan Swain
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
'I received a free copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.'

Readers who are accustomed to easing slowly into a story will probably want to get a grip on their socks before settling down with Amit Sharma’s debut novel False Ceilings. The story leaps out of the blocks, giving us Aaryan, one of the many protagonists that populate the story, in the stressful mindset where he equates life with an ‘If-Then-Else’ statement. The narration jumps between a distant future and
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Amit Sharma's first fiction book titled False Ceilings has been published by Lifi Publications in 2016.
His second novel titled 'The Woman Who Saw The Future' was published by Readomania in Nov 2017.
Amit has been working in a Software Firm for the last twelve years. His hobbies include reading (but of course), watching world cinema, traveling, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to

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