Wednesday, 22 July 2015


A student of history in Switzerland goes missing.

A man drinks exactly seven cups of coffee everyday in the same restaurant and believes in Mind Transportation. Two newly married Swiss detective agents arrive and begin a shocking tale of love, friendship, betrayal and death. From the colorful coasts of Goa, India to the enchanting backdrop of Zurich,Switzerland, the mystery of Verona Schmidt baffles everyone. With shocking twits and turns in every chapter, The Seventh Cup might just have the addictive flavor to stir the readers mind...may be forever !

Nitesh Kumar Jain (1987) spent his childhood days in the beautiful state of Assam in India and pursued his schooling at Carmel School, Jorhat. Later he went to BITS Pilani, KK Birla Goa Campus. He graduated as a Chemical Engineer in the year 2010 and worked as a trainee at Aditya Birla Chemicals inThailand for six months. He did his post-graduate work in Chemical and Bioengineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and later (2012) worked as an intern at BASF AG, Basel. During his two-year stay in Switzerland, he conceptualized his debut novel, The Seventh Cup.

Apart from writing he loves photography and travelling to new countries to explore different cultures. Nitesh has visited several countries during the past few years such as Thailand, Switzerland, Italy, Germany,France, Austria,The Netherlands. He wish to visit Turkey, Australia and the Nordic countries in the coming years. He believes in the saying by Paulo Coelho: When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it!!!
The characters are well sketched especially the protagonist, Avinash Roy.
The places and events are well described.
The plot and the concept is brilliant (the execution falls short)
The mystery is maintained.
I particularly liked the ending of the story, reminded me of a few Hollywood movies.


After reading the editor's note, I was intrigued and my curiosity was piqued.  For starters, I do have the book, The Secret, with me. But never got around to read it. Now after reading this novel, I don’t feel that I will in the near future. I don’t know the connection between the two books but I do understand how the Law of Attraction works at the basic level J and moreover After reading the Editor’s note, I was intrigued when we read a good book we are automatically transported to that place, we associate with the characters, their feelings and emotions. Isn’t that Mind Transportation?

The story goes back and forth and some parts of certain chapters are repeated, it adds to the bulk of the book but does nothing much to the story as such.

The story is of an obsession of one man towards a white girl and he writes a story (Yes, story within a story) with himself and the girl as the main characters. It took me some time to understand that the girl was indeed his college mate while she was an exchange student in Goa and he had not ‘Mind Transported’ her into his student life! Confused? I am too.

Then all the talk about Law of Attraction, The Phenomenon of Universal Rearrangement was a little too much to understand.

The Detective work, the interrogation or the cross examination of the witnesses and the people involved could have been more intelligently done. When the husband and wife work as a team, I don’t know how they are assigned two different cases, and even if they are, they work on a single case at a time as a team, don’t they? The case, which the husband detective follows, has no relevance to the story as a whole. The editing could have been better.

I was left searching for the truth after I read the script of In Search of Truth, the much-acclaimed play in the novel.

If your favourite genre is mystery, this makes for a one time read.

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