Book Review: Anti Social Network by Piyush Jha

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Genre: Crime Thriller
Book Name: Anti Social Network
(Mumbaistan Series, #2)
Author: Piyush Jha
Pages: 192
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Rupa Publications

Surprised to know that now movie directors have also started writing books (fiction novels). Not bad, I must say,considering that the cost would be low. If it’s a hit, this may turn out to be a precursor for the movie.

Anti Social Network by Piyush Jha is a typical fast paced Bollywood movie. On completing the book and on googling, I found that this one is indeed written by a movie director. It is an easy to read, light book which can be completed in 3 hours during travel. And yes, I did finish reading it on a flight!

One murder after the other, with the characters unrelated, and the setting up of anti social network with the current cyber loopholes (like Tor), Piyush Jha had included all of these neatly in the backdrop of Mumbai. One who has already been to Mumbai will feel like watching the scenes unfold in a realistic setting.

However the conclusion was predictable near the end of book and not so perfect. The dialogues written in English-Hindi-Marathi mix became a little too difficult to read at times, even for one having good command over Hindi language (a description in footer would have been better).

But the book played out the message for the consumers well to be doubly sure about the workings of your computer network and never have compromising pictures of yourself to fall prey to a miscreant.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
When college students across Mumbai are murdered one after another in gruesome ways, inspector Virkar from the crime branch is called in. As Virkar investigates, he stumbles upon a ruthless gang of young, tech-savvy miscreants who use social networking sites and the Internet for blackmail and sextortion. But how are the two cases linked? And who is the mastermind behind these killings?

As the case grows murkier, the computer-challenged Virkar finds himself greatly out of his depth, chasing a killer who always seems to be one step ahead and a group that soon trains its sights on him. He must race against time to unmask the gang and to find the murderer before his reputation is ruined forever.

Thick with suspense and layered with grit, Anti Social Network brings to you inspector Virkar’s toughest case yet.

About the author:
Piyush Jha is an acclaimed film director, ad filmmaker and the author of the bestselling novel, Mumbaistan and Compass Box Killer. A student political leader at university, he pursued a career in advertising management after acquiring an MBA degree. Later, he switched tracks, first to make commercials for some of the country’s largest brands, and then to write and direct feature films. His films include Chalo America, King of Bollywood and Sikandar. He lives in his beloved Mumbai, where he can often be found walking the streets that inspire his stories.

Facebook: @thepiyushjhapage
IMDB: @nm042251

Rating: 8/10

About Alka

Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

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