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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  377 ratings  ·  290 reviews
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
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!.
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 h
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 ? .
Thanks to @samvedna_ and @ratnadipacharya for sending me this book .
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
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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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 ot ...more
Swapna Peri ( Books Review Cafe )
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.

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 i
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 aroun ...more
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
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.
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 fro ...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
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 meet
Siddhant Agarwal
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 nigh
Pinky Singh
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?
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 actua
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.
Plot and Language - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Pace of the Book - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Character Building - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
OverAll Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The book is wri
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 foun
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
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To what length would you go to quench your curiosity? In Ratnadip Acharya's novel 'The Speaking Stone', Saikat finds a unique piece of stone that changes the course of his life forever. His curiosity gains new heights as he soon finds himself amid nature in Tripura, with a girl who struck his eye at first sight. Shuvashini, in a pursuit to complete her dissertation, finds herself embarking on a mysterious journey with a guy she barely knows. But with a century-old story of a beautiful dancer, he ...more
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 t
Archita Mishra
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 timel
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
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
Harishankar G
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story starts when Saikat stumbles upon a half of a mysterious sculpted stone, the Speaking Stone, in Mumbai. He is so entranced by it, that he traces it origin to the Unakoti hill in Tripura and decides to travel there to find it's other half. Meanwhile, in West Bengal, Shuvashini is searching for a topic to do her doctoral dissertation on, and comes across a book on the kingdom of Tripura in the library. She too, decides to go get some first-hand experience. We also get to see a parallel st ...more
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Saikat, a young man who finds an aged piece of stone and gets the urge to discover more of its origin, meets Shuvanshini, and they together try to decode the story that's hidden behind the creation of it.
The history of the stone is in the period 1900s in the northeastern state of India Tripura.
Saikat and Shuvanshini, in the hunting process, get to know a story in the history of a danseuse, her lover, her admirers, and many characters with unique and gifted talents (a painter with a photographic
Rupali (flipping__pages)
"One of the strangest things in life that is the secret and treasure of the world open their arms to embrace you only when no secrete matter to you anymore and the treasure you have found within yourself is more precious than any otherworldly treasures."

So back to this book, this book divided into two parts like alternately about two people wanted to explore some treasure or story which related to history happened in 1900 and another part was the story of princely states of Tripura happen in 190
Aastha Goel
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
It is a historical thriller that talks about an unusual stone.
The stone had images carved on it and that stone was the speaking stone.
The story takes place in two backgrounds that differ as they are set in two centuries, 19th and 20th century.
The main characters are Saikat and Shuvashini.
Saikat wanted to find out about the stone and Shuvashini wanted to find something worth it for her thesis.
They both begin their journey, meet each other on this journey and fall in love with each other.

The inter
The random review ltd
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it

Not everything or we like or see possess the vibe to attract us. A stone which took Saikat's attention made him closely attached to it, as if the stone speaks some untold stories to him. He feels a close connection to find the other half and the need to make the stone complete.

At the other hand shuvashini wanted to explore the untitled book of RAJMALA which was associated with TRIPURA.

Both on their different journey yet same path
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
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 ( set during 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 n
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