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As a torture technique, Waterboarding involves the torturer to pour water over the face of the captive, over a damp towel to give a sensation of drowning. While the mind knows that he is not actually drowning, the captive's body sends contrasting signals to the brain making it a very painful experience.

Ved, who just got out of a life-changing accident finds out that he ha
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Kindle Edition, 117 pages
Published October 8th 2017 (first published October 7th 2017)
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Prîñçê Deepu
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
If given a second chance will we do better or will we act the same?

I have a very poor memory. I always envy the people who can recollect things in a flash. The protagonist Ved is one such person. Or to put it precisely, he 'was' one such person until an accident took parts of his memory away.

The premise is how he has to rely on others for his memory. The novel is all about Ved. For the most part, everything everyone does will point towards Ved. But what happens, in the end, is what makes each c
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Megha Sreeram
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story revolves around Ved, Sara and Maya. It swings between the past and the present and ends in the threshold of the future.
Ved meets with a gory accident, which leaves him plastered. He is immobile and as a result frustrated. Worse, he seems to have forgotten his pre-accident life due to trauma. He takes the help of two of his trusted friends- Ramesh and Sara to figure out the missing details and to get back to normalcy. Ramesh, Robin, Sai and Neena are the other named characters in this s
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MRIDULA
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
|3.5 Stars|

Ved, Sara, and Maya, the only three characters in this book who have a considerable amount of screen time. And (you might have guessed it by now) there’s a love triangle. But things get worse when Ved meets with an accident and forgets a lot of things that have happened in the past, including people.

While on the road to recovery, Ved receives a text from a girl who calls herself Maya. She then goes ahead and blocks him. When Ved confronts Sara about it, she denies knowing anyone by th
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Anirban Nanda
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
'Waterboarding' is the second novel by 'Bragadeesh Prasanna', and is released a few days ago in India.

How your memory shapes your personality and identity? Is a man remain internally the same even after by some strange twist of fate his memory gets restructured and sometimes, fabricated? These are some of the questions the latest novel by Prasanna ask and explore.

A bike accident and the protagonist loses parts of his memory, he starts facing difficulties in recognizing people who seem to hold hi
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Gayathri
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read the full review at Elgee Writes

Disclaimer: Thanks to the Author for the Review Copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Waterboarding is personally close to me as does its author. I have read the book about three times even before it hit the editor's desk, as a beta reader. This review is not gonna be biased in any sense, so here we go.

Ved meets with a terrible accident that causes him lose a part of his memories. He can recognize his parents and a few of his friends. Ved's life ta
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Srilakshmi Indrasenan
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
PLOT:

3 people – Ved, Sara, and Maya – Each of them are so similar yet so different. Their normal, imperfect lives take a drastic turn when Ved gets into an accident to not only end up damaging his face, but also some parts of his memory. What happens from there forms rest of the story.

WHAT I LIKED:

Writing style:

The story is said from three points of view – Maya (Flashbacks), Sara (Diary Entries), Ved (First Person POV). This is a welcome relief as even when the story gets intense from Ved’s side
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Ankita Arora
My rating: 3.5/5
For one, I fell for such a gimmick. I felt like a middle-aged housewife who had over swiped her credit card in a need to buy something totally unnecessary.

Ved is met with an accident and wakes up to find himself amidst family and friends, the friends he didn't recognize. Sara couldn't stop but wonder about the heated argument she had with him just before the accident and is worried to hell and back. Out of the blue, Ved receives a WhatsApp message from Maya, "I love you", a gi
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Hema
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Waterboarding" by Bragadeesh Prasanna is a 3.5⛤ for me. I liked the format in which this book is written. Every chapter is like a diary of each character. Ved, Sara and Maya are the main characters of the story.
Ved meets an fatal accident where he loses a portion of his memory and the story begins. He only remembers very few people and he is eager to know about people and memories he has lost. Sara his best friend helps him to remember things he don't remember and he starts loving her. But one
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Anugya Sinha
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
It's Complicated...Love Triangle

Waterboarding takes you to the life of the main character, Ved, who loses a part of his memory in a bike accident. Life isn't the same anymore for Ved, as he slowly discovers what his past looked like and how he ended up in this state. Bits and pieces of information come to him through his friends and family, however it still remains a distant puzzle that cannot be solved.

If he endured physical pain to the fullest, he also has to face distant reality about loving
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Harshita Gupta
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
The blurb of the book evoked interest in me to pick up this book. I was inquisitive to read how the concept of waterboarding can be linked with the sentiments of the persons involved in the story.
So, the main protagonist Ved has lost all his memory in a fatal bike accident and finds it hard to recollect before the accident scenarios.
His two old friends Ramesh and Sara helps him recall the memories he shared with both of them. He then, received a message from a girl named Maya which rose suspicio
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Geeta Nair
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
A love triangle woven with elements like love, lust, jealousy and deceit in right measure, ‘Waterboarding’ has at its core the issue of an identity crisis resulting on account of loss of partial memory. Ved the protagonist is at crossroads. The past is a puzzle and the present fails to help him solve the same. Old friends are either strangers or mere acquaintances. The one and only one in whom he places his trust and looks up to act as a bridge between his past and present too fails him. Secrets ...more
Shree
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Waterboarding – involves the torturer to pour water over the face of the captive, over a damp towel to give a sensation of drowning. While the mind knows that he is not actually drowning, the captive’s body sends contrasting signals to the brain making it a very painful experience- The kind of a title that you would expect of a psychological thriller or a love story which would probably involve an absurd character. This story turned out to be neither, however, the title was very relevant to situ ...more
Sadhuvi
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is about the story of Ved, who meets with a terrible accident which leads him to suffer from memory loss..He remembers only his parents and some of his friends..He totally forgets many incidents which happened in his life earlier..

In addition to his physical pain, he also experiences mental agony as he doesn’t know how to recollect his past memories..Author has beautifully explained Ved’s feelings and how he is forced to start his life fresh..Trust forms the basis of any relationship a
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Pratip Vijayakumar
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: Waterboarding
Author: Bragadeesh Prasanna
No. of Pages: 292
Genre: Fiction - Romance

Waterboarding is the second Novel by Bragadeesh Prasanna. His first novel 300 days came as a surprise to me because I read it without much expectation and the characters still linger in my head very profoundly. Such is the detailing he gives to his characters who would stay in your memories forever. You might have come across some of them in your life. Choosing his characters one among us is what I loved in h
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Dagny
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Water Boarding is not just a romantic story. While the story revolves around love (yes, there is a love triangle), this story is a lot more than just another romance.

The story demonstrates how circumstances and events can hold you immovably captive in their grip, reducing you to a helplessness so acute that you feel as if you were drowning.

The story revolves around three characters. All youngsters; all utterly and endearingly confused about what’s important in life or how to reach the things the
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Aparna
Nov 25, 2017 added it
Waterboarding is love triangle story of Ved, Maya, and Sara.

Life throws them into a strange situation when Ved meets with an accident and he suffers memory loss. He not only suffers from physical pain but also from mental agony as his mental slate is filled with any blank patches which cause confusion and mental anguish.

Though the story plot is good, the book has too many flaws. In a couple of instances, the chapter starts with first-person narration as an entry in the diary but somewhere in mid
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Nithya Grace
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Looking at one's past might make a person like or dislike portions of oneself. When Ved the protagonist wakes up to memory loss he struggles to relate to his past, the people who were in his life and his relationships. The story is about his unassuming new self , struggling to fit the pieces of the past , the present and look forward to the future.
When we always wish that we could erase the memory of some bad instances of the past , the book deals with the difficulties of actually dealing with m
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Deepan Anand
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ved, the main character of the story survives an awful accident. He is alive , but he has lost most of his past memories . He has no idea about his past relationships. He just remembers his parents & few friends. Will he be able to uncover his past memories ?

The plot is very consistent. Author has done wonders in characterisation & has captured the emotions so well . The book will definitely keep you engaged till the end . Overall a beautiful read .
Kavita
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Waterboarding....this book had me at the title and then the blurb seemed very interesting....that's the reason I picked this book.
The concept of waterboarding was so beautifully woven into the story. This story is about Ved who loses parts of his memories due to an accident.
It definitely takes us into an introspective route in parts when you are reading through it.
Though the story is quite evenly paced, the back and forth narration of story between the past and present and also between the Pov
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Tora Ghosh
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Firstly I'd like to thank @ecstatic_yet_chaotic (Mridula di) on instagram for sending me the softcopy of the book to review. However this in no shape or form affected my opinion and this a completely honest review.
The book deals with Ved who has been in a terrible accident resulting in partial memory loss. We follow his journey remembering the lost memories.
It is told from three perspectives: Ved, Sara's online diary and Thamayanti "Maya". I normally am not a big fan of multiple first person n
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