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Mumbai, December 2016: A young man found an ancient-looking piece of stone with strange images and Sanskrit inscriptions. A quest to know the origin of the stone brought him to the distant part of the country. Chandannagar, December 2016: A young vivacious historian woman read an old book on a century-old secret story about a little known part of the country. Her curiosity ...more
Kindle Edition, 445 pages
Published August 12th 2019 by AKSORA Publications LLP (first published July 28th 2019)
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Ritika Chhabra
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I received a copy of this book for review.

One of the first reasons why I picked up The Speaking Stone was because of its title. A stone that speaks—it instantly excited me. I wanted to find out more as soon as I could. So I checked out the blurb and that got me hooked. I knew then that I had to have it. As a result, a couple of days after Amazon delivered my copy, I got right into reading it.

However, it was a disastrous process. No matter what I
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Kaushik Chakraborty
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
#qotd A fast paced , historical plot , with two parallel stories running , without interfering with each other , this is what a reader expects from any author, (atleast it goes with me .) Don't you think the same guys ? .
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Thanks to @samvedna_ and @ratnadipacharya for sending me this book .
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Coming to the story , in the first chapter , you find someone , unexpected (I guessed ) sitting in a bar , drinking , and all of a sudden the next morning he finds an interesting stone in the street of Colaba
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It was a twist of fate that Saikat and Suvashini landed in Agartala together and that their paths kept crossing. Or was it? For Saikat, it was a piece of stone with a sanskrit inscription that he found at a pavement seller’s stall that drew him in. For Suvashini, it was a book in the library that she couldn’t find when she returned for it and couldn’t even find it in the library’s database. It was piece of our country’s forgotten history that beckoned them both to Tripura and put them in each ...more
Vidhya Thakkar
It’s a story of Saikat and Shuvashini. Saikat who got a speaking stone from a stall on the street and want to discover it’s secrets where he meets Shuvashini.
What is that stone all about? Discover now!.
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The plot of the story is unique and interesting. I liked how the author started the story.
But, with every chapter, it was getting a bit tedious. There were too many errors and unnecessary details shared by the author. The narration is a bit boring though the author tries hard to keep the reader
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Yuva Ranjini
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story starts at the note of Saikat strolls over Colaba neighbourhood and buys a mysterious half-stone found in the Colaba causeway and Shuvashini, a history grad who digs for a topic for her dissertation proposal. Soon he gets this piece of stone upon closely studying, he goes north-east parts in search of the missed piece. And the same goes with Shuvashini about the royal palace, mysterious mountains she had come across and decides to go Tripura. Hence the unravelling the mystery begins.
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Kshitij
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The allure of mysterious chase is always fascinating. The chase and thrill are always there. The cryptic clues and linking the puzzle pieces is enthralling. This is tried and tested narrative which is interesting provided the story is engaging. The “The Speaking Stone” by Ratandip Acharaya is a classic treasure hunt.

The story starts in Bombay when Saikat buys a stone from a hawker. The stone mesmerize him and it is only half portion. He becomes determined to find out the story and mystery behind
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Swapna Peri
Book Title: The Speaking Stone
Author: Ratnadip Acharya
Format: Kindle

Book Title:
The title of the book ' The Speaking Stone ' is mysterious and thrilling

Book Cover:
The cover image of the book is an extremely artistic and exotic sculpture of a deity on a large stone which depicts back to many eras and ages back. Amidst the greenery, those sculptures look beautiful.

Plot:
The story is about a quest of a stone which is from an exotic era of yesteryears human life that is found in unvaried conditions in
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Mahesh Sowani
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ratnadip Acharya's The Speaking Stone is a riveting read. This is story of Saikat and Suhasini. Both of them are hundreds of kilometers apart. Yet both appear to be on the mission to decipher the secrets of the past that are embedded in stones.

The novel is a romantic thriller. The author should be lauded for the romance part doesn't hinder the fast paced narrative which is an integral part of any thriller. The characters are well etched. They pull you easily into their magical world. Two stories
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Ankit Chouhan
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can a stone speak, or can it posses a whole story which can travel for a century?

The speaking stone by Ratandip Acharya is a historical thriller fiction which has resemblance with the reality.

The book has story about two different centuries 1900 and 2016-17, in 2016 Saikat finds a half piece of stone through a street vendor, but his curiosity to know about to know about the stone takes him to an unplanned journey, full of mystery and mysterious secrets.

On his journey to unknown path, Saiket
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Khyati Gautam
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Speaking Stone by Ratnadip Acharya takes us back in the early 20th century in the era of King Radha Kishore Manikya, ruler of Tripura. Though the book starts with contemporary Mumbai, we are continuously made to alternate between the past and the present. I really liked this piece of information about the King and his reign as I never heard of him. Without any doubt, the author has put a good amount of effort into researching the central plot and setting it properly. The story revolves ...more
Abhilash Ruhela
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whenever I find that a book needs my attention and not just casual reading, I keep it aside to be read either on weekends or whenever I shall get a quiet time from my schedule at a stretch so that I could complete atleast 100 pages in every sitting. Since two-weeks, I picked up Ratnadip Acharya’s 3rd book titled ”The Speaking Stone” multiple times while traveling to office in the Mumbai local but whenever I got a gap of a day or two, I couldn’t remember what happened even in the last page that I ...more
Pinky Mahajan
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
The cover of this book intrigued me. I saw a beautiful idol carved on a gigantic rock, a couple holding hands under a full moon night, perfect setting for a budding romance. What actually caught my attention as a reader was, why would a couple choose a mysterious place like this and under what circumstances?
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This aroused my curiosity and in order to delve deeper, I started reading this book. I simply loved the prologue depicting a beautiful romance between two pigeons so vivid that I could
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Siddhant
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Each one of us loves to shop from the local flea markets because of the deals and most of it because of coming across some really interesting objects. Then there are some people who tend to obsess over a thing that they see and rest only once they find what they are looking for.

Meet Saikat, the male protagonist of The Speaking Stone by Ratnadip Acharya. The book opens with him being stone drunk at a bar in Mumbai from where he is escorted out after closing hours and he decides to spend the
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Shalu Thakur Dhillon
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The speaking stone, a historical thriller, with plot switching between beginning of twentieth century and 2017.
The story begins from a posh locality in Mumbai, when Saikat, the protagonist, happens to buy a mysterious stone from a roadside artefact seller. The stone was cut vertically and the other half of it was missing. It evokes curiosity and Saikat has a sudden urge to find the truth behind the stone. Thus begins a quest to get into the storybehind the mysterious stone. The stone takes him
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Archita Mishra Soni
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
When someone speaks of stories related to the ancient times, I get really intrigued. Well, the inquisitiveness doubles when you find a book on the same lines. The Speaking Stone is such a book!

Picked up this book after finding the blurb interesting. The cover is perfectly in sync with the title of the book. The plot is interesting and keeps switching between past and present. I enjoyed the part of the story in the past more than that of the present time. The author did a good job with the
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Disha Ray
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it

What's the story -
A man in Mumbai found a piece of ancient-looking stone with strange images and sanskrit inscriptions. A young lady in West Bengal finds a book accidentally that contains the long-forgotten story of the royal families and their lives.
Both of them get attracted towards these two objects and decide to visit the part of the country to which those two objects belong.
Their curiosity brings them together in this search where they get to know much about a century old story of a
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Diti Shah
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Can a piece of stone reveal a great story buried in the heart of a forgotten history??" Saikat comes across a stone that ages back centuries. Intrigued by the history that this stone seems to carry, Saikat goes on a journey to find unreveal the story of the stone. He meets Shuvasini who is doing her PhD in history and joins Saikat in his quest.

The story is narrated from multiple point of views. While on one hand the story is about the journey that Saikat and Shuvasini are experiencing, on other
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Kavita
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Take:

A beautifully crafted book. The research and the depth of the thinking is very prominently highlighted. Jumping from the busy Mumbai to Chandannagar to Tiripura to Unakoti this one is simply unputdownable.

Saikat chances upon a stone with a seller and on a whim buys the half stone. The stone has depictions of Shiva, Parvati, Ganesha and a beautiful lady and a few Sanskrit words written.Curiosity piqued he starts observing it carefully and tries locating the place where these could be
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Enakshi J.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dorothy Parker said that the cure for boredom is curiosity but there is no cure for curiosity. It is the curiosity that keeps our brain active. Based on the similar concept, The Speaking Stone, set in the astir streets of Colaba, Mumbai, brings forth a story of a stone that houses a tale of love, sacrifice and belief. A historical fiction that encompasses elements of mystery and romance as well, this book traces the journey of protagonists who decided to uncover the truth that remains hidden ...more
Fathima Ashab
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a historical thriller with a background story that is happening in 1900 and a parallel story with somewhat parallel characters happening in the present with Saikat and Shuvashini. I really loved that format. it made the plot more interesting. This skipping between timelines was actually well structured and formed to allow in certain things to take place in the past while they are searching for the stone in the present. That was really good. Even the descriptions were vivid and flowing to ...more
Ashish Kumar
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Ok. Lets start. I won’t be giving you all anything about the plot or the story except that it is part historic fiction (setduring 1900's)and part mystery ( just like Dan Brown kind of mystery-solving set in the present 2017).


What I will say is that I really enjoyed this book or lets say parts of it. The historic parts were exceptionally good and very engaging whereas the modern/contemporary parts were less enjoyable and at times became repetitive. The book is well researched and few of the
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Aditi
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Amna Kouser
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
About the book: The story begins with the main character Saikat who finds an antique seller from him he buys a speaking stone.
Saikat became interested to know more about the stone half faces image of gods which was carved on the stone.
Whereas Shuvashini is a history student she's in search of the history of Tripura.
They both are in search of mystery so they decided to solve the mystery together.
So to know more about they solved the mystery you need to grab this book.

My Views :
The book is full of
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Dilip Chauhan
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
First big thanks to author Ratandip Acharya for providing me a review copy.
The Speaking Stone.
Rarely it happens when I select the book and it surprise me! (In a good way I mean!)
When I picked the book, I was expecting to read a good book as the blurb was amazing. But to my surprise once I started it, I just can’t put it down. I was so much into it that I completely ignored my BoTM.
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SAMVEDNA
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
“ One of the Strangest things in life is that the secrets a d treasures of the world open their arms to embrace you only when no secrets matter to you anymore and the treasure you have found within yourself is more precious than any other worldly treasure. “
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The book looks to the present while trying to explain it by connecting the threads of the past.
As the present encircles the mysterious past, both come to light for our characters, interlinking their stories, their fate.
Saikat and
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Ronak Shah
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The speaking stone

Do you love history?

This book is all about the history and connected to the present time. This book falls under historical fiction. A book well crafted and well researched. From Bombay to chandanngar to quite great.

Okay, I judge a book by a cover having said that I didn't like the cover at first. It's a quite dark showcase exact plot. Obvious. It's a big 300 pages book you need much time to analyze everything.

This is the story of our Protagonist Saikat. He finds a half piece of
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Ila Garg
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
As if Saikat and Shuvashini were destined to meet, their common thread of thoughts led them to Tripura, where they meet and tread on the common path to discover the buried secrets and uncover some mysteries. Now, this journey is not ordinary as their lives are at stake in pursuit of the forgotten history.

The adventure begins with the coming of the two characters together and the extraordinary tale of love and betrayal begins as they continue to get one step closer to finding the truth. Will they
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Apurba Ganguly
Firstly, I convey my sincere gratitude to the author for giving me an opportunity to review his recent work of historical fiction in the guise of a thriller.

The Speaking Stone is that one book which is based on a great concept and a good storyline, but built on a weak foundation on plot and character. The novel explores historical events and entwines them with fiction in a nice way indeed. Unfortunately, the product that comes into being is a lacklustre plot with certain mainstream elements.

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 Ananya thefoodandbooklife
The book follows the recent trend of multiple timelines to tell the story. We are transported between the British colonised India of the 1900s and the 21st century India. The book also has multiple points of view, one of our present-day hero, Saikat and one of Indrajit, the villain in the past. We also have supporting characters that have similar-sounding names and similar characteristics both in the past and in the present. I did not think that this was a necessity but was curious to see how ...more
Sandeep Sharma
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I still can’t forget my experience of reading Paradise lost and found. The simplicity of the book and the way it held the reader’s attention was something that is rare. Ratnadip Acharya’s new book, The Speaking Stone is yet another masterpiece but is very different from his previous book.
The Speaking stone is a kind of book that I would like to see on the big screen with a high budget setting and cast. A kind of a movie that could be the Bollywood's answer to National Treasure series of
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