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Book Review: The Disappearance of Tejas Sharma and Other Hauntings, by Manish Mahajan

About the author:
Manish Mahajan writers mostly fiction. His preferred genre is supernatural and horror. His other interests include travelling, wildlife and quizzing. This is his first book.

Cover and blurb:
A ghost in the woods… that is what is on the cover. I didn’t find it super scary, but I liked it.

My thoughts on the book:
I’ve not read a lot of ghost stories after giving up Goosebumps many years back, so to pick this book up was sort of an on-the-spot decision.

The book is a collection of twelve short stories, each with an element of the supernatural in it. To review each without revealing something of the stories is something that is near impossible in this case, so I’m just going to give you my overall thoughts about the book.

They say ghost stories must not be read, they must be experienced. The chill behind the horror must be felt going up your spine. It’s the experience that is necessary, not the detailing of horrific or scary elements. If that experience is there for the reader, then the book is successful. That is my feeling.

They have the background of a horror story and are well written. They are unique, inventive and even fun to read. What makes the stories horrifying here is something that cannot be known. You look for that unknown after reading the story and you expect not to find it. It’s not a ride of just horror, even subtle humor is thrown into the mix at times.

My favorite stories in the book were the title story “The Disappearance of Tejas Sharma” and “The Secret in the Photograph”. The other ten were well written too, but these two I felt were the best of the lot. The one I didn’t like was the opening story, “The Peepal Tree of Lacchmangarh”. It was good, but I felt the opening story could have been the title story… to start things off with one of the better ones.

Do the stories in this book give out that experience of horror? No. Maybe not all of them. Like I said, every story has an element of the paranormal in it, but not all give out that aura of horror. To really get the experience of horror from the book, I think reading the book at night would be a good way. It’ll give a good background for the elements to sink in.

Overall, a wonderful read and a great debut.

Rated a 7 on 10!
Rated a 7 on 10!

Book Details:
Title: The Disappearance of Tejas Sharma and Other Hauntings
Author: Manish Mahajan
ISBN: 9789383175109
Genre: Horror / Ghost Stories
Publishers: Cinnamon Teal Publishing
Price: INR. 250

This is an author-requested review, given for a review copy of the book, but no other payment.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.

Shared with
1) First Reads Challenge at b00k r3vi3ws
2) Indian Quills Reading Challenge at Tales Pensieve.

(3rd Nov, 2013)


Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.