Friday, 10 October 2014


Lucifer's Lungi
Nitin Sawant

The Blurb
An atheist city-slicker unleashed on a medieval holy village...

A simpleton village priest's boy who blindly worships and guards a pantheon of Gods and Their traditions...

Strange things happen when their worlds collide!

This is a tale of that turmoil on a lonely night in a jungle, when the ghosts you never knew till a few hours ago are let loose on the ghosts that you always carried within, unknowingly.

Welcome to the unholy clash of beliefs, fears and frailties with unknown Gods and demons. A clash that will test your convictions. A clash that will rabidly claw and unmask your subconscious, leaving you naked and paralyzed in front of your demons - in a climax that is as ambiguous as it is certain...

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The title of the book and the cover picture are so in contrast with each other that the book piqued my interest and curiosity.

The Indian society is so deep rooted in its customs and traditions, beliefs and superstitions that it is difficult to say them apart. Mythology and myths have defined our lives from time immemorial. More than devotion, we are governed by our fears which people have being using it to their advantage. The author has used this as the crux of his story.
We, the city bred consider ourselves to be more smart than our rural counterparts. Our education and knowledge makes us feel superior. So we feel we are above all the religious dogmas and beliefs. Our so called scientific reasoning and common sense makes us look for facts rather than accept anything on the face value.

Our protagonist dude is also the same. The typical IT professional, over worked and stressed who finds it relaxing to travel and explore the nearby places from the city he lives in, and one such adventurous trip is what the story is all about. But our cool dude is in for a earth shattering jolt as the local superstitious beliefs plays on his psyche.

The author has done a fine job of building up the suspense. I was waiting for some action with bated breath...but the action never came. And when it did come, it did not have the desired effect on me. The setting is perfect, the characters very real and their beliefs believable. The author has tried to educate us about superstitions in a humorous way but it did not work for me. The "cool dude-today's- young-generation's lingo" has been overused that it becomes irritating. The self talk the protagonist has in the last few chapters of the story is a bit confusing. The ending is predictable and I really wonder what made the author say the famous last lines. The white dhoti which the author refers to as lungi is in fact called vetti or vesti in Tamil. Tondaravu is more 'of disturbing' than trouble. An one time read.

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Meet the Publisher 

Fablery Publications is a contemporary publishing start-up based in Bangalore. At Fablery, our focus is on bringing out books that are more in tune with the current reading habits. Our present portfolio includes a psycho-thriller novella “Lucifer’s Lungi”, two graphic novels “Subbu’s Code” and “Ka Kaa” to be launched at Bangalore Comic Con, along with a book adaptation of a National Award winning movie “Ri” and an anthology of historical fiction “Once Upon A Time”.

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