Crossed & Knotted is India’s first Composite Novel, a book written by fourteen authors in close collaboration with each other. The chapters, each a story in itself, are knotted with one another through characters, events, settings and emotions. The result is a read that crisscrosses through a multitude of emotions bringing out deep rooted human desires. They narrate tales of love and betrayal, suspense and mystery, courage and dilemma, along with hope and resilience. Read it for a taste so tantalizing, that your mind will surely be craving for more! This book has been written by 14 authors namely, Sutapa Basu, Ayan Pal, Sanchita Sen Das, Arvind Passey, Mithun Mukherjee, Avanti Sopory, Bhaswar Mukherjee, Anupama Jain, Deepti Menon, Amrit Sinha, Monika Nair, Amar Lakshya Pawar, Bhuvaneshwari Shankar, Arpita Banerjee.
While reading one of the stories in this book, not in a deliberate attempt, I had a fleeting visualization of the book in my head-of a circle made of several ropes, all twisted together.
Well, that pretty much says everything about the brilliance with which the book has been packaged. Every writer has neatly picked up from the previous story, a gap apparent in only a few places. But in a compilation like this, you surely cannot hold that against the team. The way all writers have merged their thought process with another’s is exemplary and awe-inspiring. For a writer, it is often difficult to get in tune with their own thoughts. In that, to pick up from another’s and weave it into your own needs effort-a lot of effort. This book is a result of that extremely dedicated and extremely honest effort from every writer.
When I reached the last story and read the way the whole thing ends, I had this strong urge to go back and read it again, only to revel in its sheer brilliance. Every distinct human emotion- ranging from love to hate, joy to sorrow, admiration to obsession, cheer to mystery-is neatly covered and presented.
Because I know I will definitely be reading this book at least one more time, I’ve come up with a plan. I’ll pick up random stories and read them. And then see how the dots connect in the end. If you do this before me, let me know how it went for you.
P.S.: If you’d like to try, I’d suggest to pick up this approach the first time you read the book. Just the thought of it sounds so thrilling!!!