To Die in Benares by K. Madavane – Book Review

  • Author: K. Madavane
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan India (10 October 2018)
  • Language: English


Benares is one of the ancient and most loved cities in India. It is famous for the inflow of river Ganga and the pious ghats. People from all over the world flock to this city for finding liberation. It is believed that people come here after they die.

With the hauntingly beautiful narrative, To Die in Benares by K. Madavane is the book one must read to explore the mortality, immortality, fatality, and everything. Set in postcolonial India, the book consists of 7 short stories that would tickle something inside of you as you traverse the words. Dark, poignant, and heartbreaking are the words that resounded in my head as I finished reading this book. The characters are so well sketched and described that you find them real. The bleak plots are woven excellently that their darkness bewilders you. You, for once, feel what you are reading. You are absorbed by the smooth alternating between prose and poetry. You dwell deeper in Benares with the flow of the stories. You breathe its macabre and grim air and flame your dead spirits with burning pyres.

If you are looking for a fantastic reading experience from an Indian author, please do read it. I loved it and I really hope that you’d love it too.


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