Sometimes you go looking for ghosts and at other times ghosts come looking for you. Thirteen-year-old Kartik, decided that shifting from Mumbai to the hill station of Kurseong would be boring, and absolutely irritating. Of course, his mom thought differently.
But on the car ride up, he begins changing his opinion and all his disinterest disappears.
Settling in is never without a dull moment. He meets a police man, gets to hear about the infamous Iyer Bungalow and meets his mom’s childhood friend and her annoying daughter Opus. Kartik fails to understand how anyone could possibly have a name like Opus. He begins to make a note of the empty houses and comes to the conclusion that they play host to more number of ghosts than rented or occupied ones.
Much against his mother’s wishes he pursues his interest as he just cannot stop thinking about the murders, ghosts and tramps that are causing havoc in Kurseong. From posing as news reporters to accessing important information online to visiting shops that sell accessories to ghost hunters — Kartik, Opus and Tashi complete the daunting task. Meeting neighbours, digging up old stories for clues and with help from friends, Kartik, manages to gather a lot of important data. Does he find the culprits or is he also taken away and charmed by the spirits? Will secrets be revealed or are they buried forever?
A fantasy storyteller, Shweta Taneja loves to pry into anything that looks and feels odd. An author of other graphic novels, her vivid imagination reflects in her writing as she builds up the city of Kurseong.
The illustrations at the end of every chapter are one of the highlights. The story flows smoothly and Kartik’s detective skills keep the reader interested and curious till the very end.
The Ghost Hunters Of Kurseongby Shweta Taneja, Hachette, Rs.295