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Who ate our food by Namita Das

Blurb (as on Amazon):

Richa and Tanmay, an urban couple have bought a fully furnished apartment in Mumbai. It was cheap compared to the market cost and Tanmay was sceptical about the deal. On asking the broker Shravan revealed that the owner, Mrs. Rastogi’s husband had passed away after he ate a samosa. It’s been a year since his death and Mrs. Rastogi is in urgent need of money, hence she is ready to let go of the apartment in a distress sale. Despite being doubtful about the deal, Tanmay agreed to buy the house for Richa’s happiness. But since the day they moved into the house, only the junk and fast food stored in the fridge at night would mysteriously vanish by the next morning. Richa was suspicious it was either the maid or Tanmay who are polishing the food away. Richa is determined to find the thief but the secret that unfolds at the end leaves her horror-stricken and astonished. What did Richa find out? Who was the food thief? Read to find out.

Genre: Fiction/Horror Comedy

Pages: 77

Format: Paperback/Kindle eBook

Price:

  • Paperback: 120 INR/$7.00
  • Kindle eBook: 99 INR/$2.99

My Rating: 4.3/5

Richa and Tanmay are elated because they have managed to purchase an apartment in Mumbai. They didn’t put much thought into the agent’s comment about the previous owner’s mysterious death by eating a samosa. When the food from their refrigerator suddenly starts disappearing, and after figuring out that neither they nor their maid has been consuming it, they start digging up on the history of the apartment and its original owner.

What I liked about the book:

  • The book is a full on entertaining read, just like a Bollywood movie. There’s romance, there’s confusion, there’s drama and to cap it all, there’s humour too.
  • Though we can kind of guess what the story slowly unfolds, it keeps us hooked and in anticipation of what is to follow.
  • This was my first time reading the horror comedy genre (I have watched movies in this genre) and I was impressed at how it managed to keep me laughing and smiling all the while.
  • Despite being a light and entertianing read, the book manages to highlight a health issue aka eating disorders, which many people consider a not-so-serious problem.
  • The ghost is definetely my favorite character, because not only is he a foodie (which I believe most readers will find relatable) but he’s also quite cheeky and is sure to make the readers chuckle.

What I did not like about the book:

  • I wish the ghost, aka, Mr. Rastogi was given more footage, with the present, past and in the conclusion too. I guess this would have made the story more engaging and entertaining.
  • The story’s predictable nature is another minus. But this might be an issue only for seasoned readers.

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