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Bon vivant Charlie Seth, a privileged denizen of Lutyens’ Delhi, leads a life of idle luxury fuelled by money, drugs, sex and parties. A cocaine overdose kills his ditzy girlfriend, thrusting him into a maelstrom of conspiracy, murder, blackmail and promiscuity. As the world of Crazy Rich Punjabis unravels, Charlie’s future is suddenly at the mercy of an enigmatic woman, a ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published January 25th 2019 by Westland
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Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist
Review : Killing Time in Delhi as the title suggests accounts the lifes of the high society of Delhi and the vices that surround them. Filled with dark humor and a certain merciless and raw style of writing makes you fall for the book instantly.

The protagonist Chaitanya,a worthless heir of one of the oldest royally rich families of Delhi is sucked into the messy murder of his gold digging girlfriend. But is that where bad luck for Charlie a.k.a Chaitanya ceases? No. As the plot progresses, the d
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Mridula Gupta
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
|3.5 stars|

Reading about the rich and self-proclaimed famous people wasn’t my thing until I came across this one. ‘Killing Time in Delhi’ screams rich, pretentious and treacherous.

The death of his money sucking, drug addict girlfriend sends Charlie Seth in a frenzy. With family money falling into his lap, Charli knows what the world (more like a typical hi class Delhi Lutyens society) expects of him. But he is unaware of the lemons life is about to throw at him and he doesn’t have a great coping
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Ritu Mantri
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this book if you love dry humor. The author was bang on all the time. He didn't let the protagonist Charlie, for once, go off the track even after witnessing a murder, an accidental death and being framed for murder, his property being usurped.

Read it for satire on Lutyens Delhi citizens and their parties which is only about dope, liquor and flesh. The sarcasm is dripping from every page like the water dribble from wet hairs.

The story has been structured with a lot of thought. In between th
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Bodhisattya Pal
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
Set in the capital Delhi, the novel zoomed into the lifestyle of crazy rich denizens. Charlie is one of them, who was 'playing' quite well untill the sudden series of hilarious events occurred! The event changes everything, the characters, colors, shadows & fate in the darker side of the city, where neon is only brightness!

Seductive, psychedelic, cool, funky, handsome, sarcastic, funny, humorous - still I can't describe this book. All I can say it's different, really different!

Don't expect a mur
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Sahil Pradhan
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A page turner that begins with a murder and travels through the murky by-lanes of Delhi’s property wars and offers an unusual view of the fast lives of Delhi’s rich and famous.

Bon vivant Charlie Seth, a privileged denizen of Lutyens’ Delhi, leads a life of idle luxury fuelled by money, drugs, sex and parties. A cocaine overdose kills his ditzy girlfriend, thrusting him into a maelstrom of conspiracy, murder, blackmail and promiscuity. As the world of Crazy Rich Punjabis unravels, Charlie’s futur
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Rishmitha Koppuravuri
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Wtf? That's the first thing that came to my mind after I finished reading the last page of this book.
It was a whirlwind of crazy. Do I love it? Yes. Do I hate it? Yes! Was I super frustrated and unsatisfied? Definitely Yes! Then why the hell do I love it? Good question!
The story has everything that screams raw life! Nothing is exaggerated nor is it superficial.
The characters in the plot are just humans, not some crazy gods on their high moral ground.
They make mistakes, they fall in love, they b
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Anil Swarup
The language is different and the narration too is unusual. The story line didn't make much of a sense. The occasional sense of humor kept me going and prevented me from abandoning the book ...more
Sushanth Somayaji
Absolute page turner, thriller to the core

The first book in a long time I didn't feel like putting down for even a minute. Ravi Shankar Etteth keeps the pace throughout the story making it an absolute pleasure to read page after page. You deserve it sir take a bow.
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John  Trident
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
'Everything has a point, though we don't always know that in the beginning.'

'When things go wrong, love can make you lonely.'

'Fate is a slut who goes shopping 🛍. Never believe everything you hear or see.'

Cover is beautiful. It has been exceptionally designed. It's been such a long time since I've come across such a refine work of art. It strikes a great resemblance to some of the portraits which we encounter during our visits to museums or sacred places. That's the best part I felt about the boo
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John  Trident
'Everything has a point, though we don't always know that in the beginning.'

'When things go wrong, love can make you lonely.'

'Fate is a slut who goes shopping 🛍. Never believe everything you hear or see.'

Cover is beautiful. It has been exceptionally designed. It's been such a long time since I've come across such a refine work of art. It strikes a great resemblance to some of the portraits which we encounter during our visits to museums or sacred places. That's the best part I felt about the boo
...more
John  Trident
'Everything has a point, though we don't always know that in the beginning.'

'When things go wrong, love can make you lonely.'

'Fate is a slut who goes shopping 🛍. Never believe everything you hear or see.'

Cover is beautiful. It has been exceptionally designed. It's been such a long time since I've come across such a refine work of art. It strikes a great resemblance to some of the portraits which we encounter during our visits to museums or sacred places. That's the best part I felt about the boo
...more
Ashrut Arya
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took this as a random read from my options, and the book certainly exceeded expectations. Till 60% of the book, it's like you can't even understand what the story really is about and what the heck is going on, but later on, the things start to tie up, and you get to see how insane the storyline is. Something totally different from the other books.

One thing which I like the most about this is that the book screams "Delhi" in each and every sentence without fail. A Delhite would probably understa
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Pretty Bibliophile
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Killing Time in Delhi was a really fun read for me. I wholeheartedly devoured this book and finished it in actually one sitting.
What I really loved about this book is that while it shows so much about the extravagant and decadent lives of the ultra-rich of Delhi, it is also, for me, a book of art. Because interspersed among all the events in this narrative, are also old tales of such beauty and splendor of times gone y that it was naturally a book that I was bound to enjoy every page of. This m
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Wanderingg__soul
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
As the blurb states, the book is about crazy rich Punjabis and life amidst chaotic Delhi. The protagonist of the story is Chaitanya Seth who is called Charlie by his friends. Charlie finds himself entangled in a mess of murder, revenge, drugs, etc when his girlfriend dies of drug overdose. Not knowing how to Dela with the situation his servant helps him hide the body. This leads to hilarious events ahead. He is suspected of a few more murders around. I found the story more interesting after the ...more
Solitude and  books
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Authored by Ravi Shankar Etteth @ravishankaretteth , KILLING TIME IN DELHI as the title suggests is set in Delhi . The book is published by West land books. @westland_books

Cover looks absolutely stunning with such beautiful illustrations with vivid hues .

Full review on Blog.
Here are few of my thoughts.
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The lifestyle of a particular section of population is described in this fiction in a story breezy manner that uses lucid language about the ones  who are overly wealthy ,
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bongbooksandcoffee
I had high expectations from 'Killing Time In Delhi' after reading 'The Brahmin' by the same author. But then, success comes in waves and troughs. The blurb appeared promising and I was looking forward to a smashing thriller. But alas! This book was a huge letdown. I really struggled to reach the last page and all I have to say for it is - 'It Killed My Time'
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Now, let's get to the weak watery plot that has driven me to tears, out of sheer boredom, predictability, zero punches and multiple gaps i
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Manali
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Name of the book - Killing Time in Delhi by Ravi Shankar Etteth
Stars given - 5 on 5 with some gold biscuits and tea served on platinum plates.
My take on the book -
If anyone had told me before that I would read, let alone like reading about the rich and famous, I would have said - Hell to the freaking no!
Call me mean, but all those 'rich problems' don't seem like problems to me. Had I been rich I would have been like, I am upset - Let's buy a few hundred books and gets lots of puppies and eat som
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Asha (Storyteller_womaniya)
Killing Time in Delhi by Ravi Shankar Etteth is a thriller which starts with not one but two murders within first few pages itself. Charlie, our protagonist is a rich and kind of snob initially who is super rich and juggling with multiple problems including accusation of a murder. His girlfriend dies of drug overdose and to have a solid alibi, he goes to a party in the same evening to witness one more murder and he ends up becoming the prime suspect of the murder! Now he has to rely on Mandy and ...more
Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)
3.5 stars
Thanks to WritersMelon and the publisher for the review copy

The story is told from the POV of Chaitanya Seth who is known as Charlie to everyone. Both of his parents died when he was eleven and he was brought by his Uncle. When he is current girlfriend OD’s in his bedroom Charlie’s whole world falls apart. What happens next? Read to find out
The revelation at the end of the book, didn’t surprise coz I did expect it already. There were times the book made me cringe and times it made me la
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Ankit Chouhan
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Killing time in Delhi by Ravi Shankar Etteth is one of a different kind of novel in itself.

It talks about murder, revenge through it's Blurb but their is something more to it and that too on the funny and sad side of it. The book also describes it's protagonist Charlie as a rich man but with lot of problems, who is supposed to be prime suspect of murders that happened around. Overall the plot is quite unique and different from what we read in regular novels.

Narration and writing style is that im
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Mayank Dixit
Apr 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not a rational one.
Nishant Bhagat
Entertaining!!

This book has quite a scandalous plot line wading through the murky world of Delhi's high society circuit.

I would love to have a life like Charlies! Loads of money in the bank and no work to do! So when bad things start to happen in his life there was a degree of schadenfreude.

What I liked about the book is its pace. It hits the ground running. At no point are any words wasted on unnecessary back stories (a la sacred games), nor any judgements passed on the lives of the rich and
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Akshay Bonala
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This Mystery novel is a quick read and gives a glimpse of South Delhi's rich society. It was a moderate read.

This review is spoiler-free...

This book is having a very basic plot like the protagonist falls as a suspect for the things he has not done and in the end, he comes out of it. This event takes place at South Delhi, so it gives a minute glimpse into the way of their lives. There were some twists and turns but they were expected.

This was a 2.5 star read because of the very basic plot, not a
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Rohit Asopa
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced and satisfying read

I am a second generation Australian with Indian blood that goes back to UP and Rajasthan. For me this was a very entertaining and fascinating read. A fast paced, funny story about the seediness of the elite circles and the complexity of family. Really nice job by the author; I will be looking for more of his work.
Sneha
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty meh. Predictable.
Ashish
Aug 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Waste of time

A story which doesn't have anything going for it from lead characters which are half drawn to the plot which meanders to reach the end. Waste of time.
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Lucio Mesquita
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weirdly entertaining

I picked up this book with no expectations. I found it quite entertaining. The best part was that it had quite a twist.
Taanya Ahuja
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title: Killing Time In Delhi
Author : Ravi Shankar Etteth
Publisher: Westland Ltd
Published on: 25th January 2019
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN:9789387894815




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Bon vivant Charlie Seth, a privileged denizen of Lutyens’ Delhi, leads a life of idle luxury fuelled by money, drugs, sex and parties. A cocaine overdose kills his ditzy girlfriend, thrusting him into a maelstrom of conspiracy, murder, blackmail and promiscuity. As the world of Crazy Rich Punjabis unravels, Charlie’s future is suddenly at the me
...more
Anu Lal
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Killing Time in Delhi:

Ravi Shankar Etteth has a remarkable gift as an author. With his words, he can take the reader's subconscious self to places he wants the reader to see, feel, and experience. Whether the amaltas tree that we see at the beginning or the tomb of the deal Mughal that appears as a recurring image, the reader is taken into the vista of colourful images and portraits that enrich the taut narrative of the life of a young protagonist.

The protagonist of Killing Time In Delhi is Ch
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Kiranmayi
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review on my blog:
https://medium.com/@kiranmayi.g/book-...

Chaitanya Seth, who likes to be called Charlie, suddenly finds himself in middle of trouble when his girlfriend dies of drug overdose. While he tries to get an alibi by reaching a party the same evening, there is one more dead body found and Charlie turns the prime suspect, thanks to the policeman Nik who had been non-friendly forever with Charlie.

Thus starts the cat and mouse chase where Charlie suddenly finds himself entangled in
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One of India’s most famous cartoonists and journalists, Ravi Shankar Etteth published his first book of short stories The Scream of the Dragonflies in 1996. He then went on to write five novels, The Tiger by The River, The Village of Widows, The Gold of Their Regrets, The Book of Shiva and The Brahmin. They have been translated and published in eight international languages. His books cut across a ...more

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