Black Suits You: A thriller from Novoneel Chakraborty
With a book launch as its backdrop, Black Suits You explores relationship in a way that raises the question, “You think you know your partner? Think again.”
Kiyan Roy, a good-looing and witty but reclusive 27-year old author of a bestselling erotica trilogy, Handcuffs, finds himself drawn to a mysterious girl who pursues him across cities, book events, media interviews, even hotels and luncheons. As he is sucked deeper into the vortex of dark and twisted love affair, his life and career begins to unravel. Will Kiyan stay derailed or will be back on the tracks of life, the author forces you to join the mind-game as you turn the pages of this psychosexual thriller.
In an almost no-holds barred question/answer session, the largely young audience grilled the author about the novel’s content and characters. Some, in their enthusiasm, even crossing the lakshman-rekha dividing the personal from the professional.
Novoneel Chakraborty, with seven popular romantic thrillers to his credit parried the questions with élan as the enthusiastic audience tried to draw parallels between the author’s life and writing and that of his characters.
Talking about his books, the author said that most of the women characters portrayed by him are strong because he does not see women as weak.
Chakraborty said he is a observer of people and events around him and use them to build his stories.
He believes in immersing himself in his characters, even shedding tears over heart-breaking scenes, as that helps him to give a real feel to his characters.
"You cannot write a heart-breaking scene munching on samosas," he said, "You have to put your energy into your writing and only then readers will empathise with it."
The third novel, Forget Me Not, Stranger, of his Stranger Trilogy, debuted as number one on BookScan across India.
All Yours, Stranger, the first novel of the Trilogy ranked among the top five thriller novels on Amazon India.
His other books include A Thing beyond Forever, That Kiss in the Rain, How About a Sin Tonight?, Ex, and Marry Me Stranger from his Stranger Trilogy.
Chakraborty has also written for seven television shows.
Mumbai-based Novoneel Chakraborty, along with his two business partners, runs Act3 Creations, which provides content for films, television and digital media.
To the delight of his fans, Novoneel Chakraborty said he expects to emerge as a film maker too, starting with a few shorts.
Reporting by Uttara Gangopadhyay. Images by Avishek Mitra