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The Elephant Girl by Chittaranjan Pathak

Book blurb:

The forests of Eastern India, during the late years of the British Raj, were rife with stories about a mythical maiden riding a wild pachyderm. On a train ride through these deep jungles, a series of strange events unfold to pique the curiosity of Raj Narayan, the crown prince of Paschim Behar. Two attempts on Raj’s life as well as the murder of his father, the Maharajah and his favourite brother in the Royal Palace seem to be linked to a conspiracy to shroud the legend of the elephant girl in secrecy. What starts as a short trip soon hurtles crown prince Raj into a rollercoaster ride of adventure as he becomes obsessed to get to the bottom of the mystery of the elephant girl. Torn between his urge to seek out the mysterious maiden notwithstanding the advanced pregnancy of his wife and the evolving intrigues around succession amongst the brothers and his beautiful step mother, he finds himself in the maze of royal intrigue with the players shuttling between the opulent royal palace and deep dark forest with royal secrets. Will he betray his loving wife’s trust to be with the maiden? Will he find the murderer? Will he survive the savage mysterious forests and live to tell his tale?

Genre: Fiction/Period Fantasy

Pages: 308

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback


  • Kindle eBook: 49 INR/$5.00
  • Paperback: 349 INR/$24.99

My Ratings: 4/5

This period book brought so many interesting aspects of a pre-independent India to my notice which I was unaware of. Filled with rich history of our land and some great elements of suspense, this book makes for a thrilling read. If you’re an animal lover, this one should be on the top of your TBR.

What I liked about the book:
-Vivid description.
-The protagonist Raj, has many flaws that make him more human and relatable for the reader.
-Gives an ample glimpse into the life of royals during pre-independence era.
– A lot of twists and turns which keep you hooked to the book.
– Pleasantly surprising climax.

-The glossary at the end as it helps understand the story better.

What I did not like about the book
-The narrative seems a bit dull and dragged at times
-The story could be fine-tuned or polished to make it more compelling.

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