Monday, March 24, 2014

Book-Review: Nazaqat by Harsh Agarwal

Finished reading Nazaqat (Half Baked Beans Publishing House) by Harsh Agarwal (Writing with the pen name Sasha H Singhla. I wonder why?)

Nazaqat is an interesting story of Naazani Singh Shekhawat, a prostitute turned entrepreneur, who files a petition for the complete legalization of prostitution in India. She has been accused of the murder of her dear friend, Biplab.

How she lands in the profession of prostitution and becomes Naez to Nazaqat? Has she really murdered her own friend? If yes, then why? If no, then who is the actual murderer? She hires an upcoming author to narrate her story.

If you want to know the answers, read Nazaqat!

The story line is interesting and different, a nice blend of drama and murder mystery. I liked the basic writing style. Although, narration is beautiful, embellished with really nice and thoughtful and interesting one liners, I couldn't ignore some common grammatical errors (like despite of) and some disturbing writing glitches like 'Stinking Optimism' (In my opinion, Optimism can never stink) or 'Sipped in one go' etc.

If you can ignore this, it can be an engrossing read. The author has portrayed the character of Nazaqat really well. Beautiful narration creates a realistic imagery. The suspense is skillfully maintained though I find the end a bit hasty. The book cover is attractive and the title is intriguing.

Overall, for me it was a nice read!

I thank Mr. Harsh Agarwal for sending me the review copy for an honest review. You can buy the book HERE.


  1. Hi!

    We both have posted the review on the same day :)
    Came to know through a friend.
    Honest review and I do agree when you say that the end seems to be hasty.


  2. Have heard a lot about this book. Nice review :)