Thursday, May 11, 2017

Review- The BNO by Manoj Jain

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Eight men, 

Two girls,

One boys' night out

He could be the man you say hello to in the lift everyday, he could be your boss, he could be your husband.

She could be your girlfriend, your sister, or the girl-next door.

In this fast-paced novel that reveals a slice of urban life, The BNO opens the doors to the locked world of people's minds, and explores the lives of eight Mumbaikars, examining them through their sexualities and what makes them behave the way they do.

The BNO looks at how the lives of eight relationships get affected by a casual night out. From the lonely housewife to the travelling business man, the book delves into the very private lives of married couples and how a single night can alter all existing equations.

Release date: 2016
Published by: NotionPress
Page numbers: 125


I won The BNO in a giveaway hosted by The Tales Pensieve and it had been lying on my shelves for a long time when I finally decided to pick it up because I wanted a short but engrossing read, which is exactly how the book turned out to be.  Author Manoj Jain's The BNO is the story of eight people and how just one simple night affects all of them and all secrets start flowing out over the course of the 125 pages of the book. But this book isn't just about that one night. Oh no, it's about so much more and that is what made it so interesting and engrossing.

A book set in the very urban scenario of Mumbai, a bunch of friends decide to go to Pune on a special Boys Night Out because they just want to have a good time and forget about all their stresses and worries. When their wives give them their green signal (and in spite of protestation from some), they plan a very, very special night and end up doing stuff that wasn't initially planned. As a bro code or whatever, they decided to keep mum and never speak about what happened in Pune.

The BNO is divided into nine chapters that go from the third person's point of view and how that one night transgresses into so many events that end up showing the true colours of everyone. So we go from Rohan, Riddhima, Venkatesh, Myra, Akram, Geetanjali, Kulbir, Suyash and Veena to Neha. Every person's story was extremely well done and showed how real and raw emotions can be. Some of the past incidents from the lives of these people were so interesting, while others disgusting, way too unbelievable (in the sense that such stuff doesn't happen) and some purely pathetic. But that's what made the book so unique, real and fast-paced.

The way every chapter ended was so meticulously done and without saying what happened, it was clear as what would happen next and yet, there was that hint of mystery with the sudden shutting of a chapter. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and clearly, I haven't been able to do justice to it with my review which seems very confused, but trust me, this book was really good. The writing, albeit simple and clean, could have been better, but the story is really what mattered anyway. I'd recommend this one to fans of short and fast-paced books that are full of action and raw emotions, but do keep it mind that is an adult read.

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  1. Seems to be short crispy story. Couldn't get the title at first but totally understood. Title is also short😉😉😉

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