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The Price You Pay (English, Paperback, Somnath Batabyal)

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The Price You Pay  (English, Paperback, Somnath Batabyal)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
  • Genre: Fiction
  • ISBN: 9789350294253, 9350294257
  • Pages: 296
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The book is a satirical story of Delhi as told by a journalist, a policeman and even outsiders.

Summary Of The Book

The Price You Pay has been written through the eyes of debut journalist Abhishek Dutta, working for the crime reporting department of his news channel. As Abhishek moves through the web of crime reporting through the city, he makes friends and foes but the ultimate lesson he learns is that in the underworld, there are no friends and no enemies and that a man must fend for himself.

Along with the story of Abhishek, moves the story of ACP Mayank Sharma from the Crime Branch, who very soon becomes good friends with Abhishek; Deputy Commissioner of Police Uday Kumar, a corrupt police officer; a mafia from the underworld who controls the mafia world in Delhi from outside the city and Abhishek’s mentor, Samir Saxena, who oversees his transition from print media to TV Journalism.

The story carries the reader to the hidden world of the underdogs in Delhi where the lives of the common men have little value and where corruption is an accomplice in crime. The author has brought into context his personal experience with the capital city of the country, which has its own dark history with the underworld. The book explores the city through those who make it what it is. The book is interspersed with dialogues that are typical to the city. The book is a reflection on how ego, corruption and power can combine to shape the response of people in this city to criminal activities. It is not only a satire on the social life of Delhi, but also a crime thriller that totally absorbs the reader into its plot.

The book was launched at the Delhi Press Club in 2013.

About Somnath Batabyal

Somnath Batabyal has worked as a journalist for several years before moving on to be an author. Other books by the author are Making News In India: Star News And Star Anand published in 2011 and Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change. He is currently involved in writing another novel, Scoop. Currently he is pursuing a fellowship programme with the University of Heidelberg in Germany in Environmental Politics and Media. He lives in London and is a teacher at the School of Oriental And African Studies. He also occasionally teaches at the Jamia Millia Islamia.

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The Price You Pay by Somnath Batabyal

I picked the book without much expectation as it is a debut, but am pleasantly surprised. Somnath Batabyal draws you in with his wry wit, vivid description of vice and politics, and a never-let-go plot. A young journalist’s ambition and anxiety are well captured as he treads Delhi’s high and low, sly and corrupt, and tries to balance between age-old-values and ever changing technology. The author gives us a real feel of a crime reporter’s life and the uncertainties of the profession. He also ...
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Sumanta Ganguli

Jun, 2013

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Excellent Debut

Excellent book. Very nicely written thriller. Reveals the media hypes and the glamour of TV news anchors shouting on debates with very minimal facts.
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Abhijit Biswas

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Aug, 2015

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I cannot tell you what price you will pay for not reading it ...

I was hesitant to read this book as I feared that I would have to give the author honest feedback.... let me tell you, my fears were in complete vain. I loved the book and have since bought about 15 copies to give away to others to read! Singing it from the rooftops - this is a great read :-)
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Nov, 2014

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An exhibition of useless characters

I bought the Kindle version of this book as soon as I heard about it. My bad that I expected it to be a fast paced thriller. On the contrary, it is pretty slow and meandering. You will never know where the story is going. Every 20-30 pages or so, there is a dinner / lunch or a booze scene where the characters would go out of the way to tell their biodata -- their birth, schooling, what their parents do, what they would like to do in life and blah blah. Frankly speaking, it made me sleep. On t...
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Udaya Satapathy

Aug, 2013

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The Price "Well-Paid"..!!

A brilliant read – stark, vivid, witty. Fast-paced take on a crime-reporter’s life in Delhi that breaks many myths. Gives us the real deal on how news is made – in print and media; how far people strive to get noticed. The dialogues are just Delhi – raw and explosive. And a very imaginative plot – that can strike any common man, or the mighty. Looking forward to read more such from Somnath Batabyal..
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Niladri Chatterjee

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Jun, 2013

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The Price You Pay - "a slow train to sleepy land"

If you are looking for a fast paced, edge-of-the-seat read, this is NOT it.

"The Price You Pay" by Somnath Batabyal is more like a super slow afternoon 'local' train - it goes slow and stops at every station. You wish you could sleep through it but are worried you might miss the action if and when it happens.

In my opinion, our only gain is some incomplete knowledge about the relationships between cops and reporters.The action in the book when it does happen, is so weak it won't even regi...
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Valmiki Nayak

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May, 2013

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The Price You pay - Somnath Batabyal

Just finished the final bit of TPYP. Very intricate, even complicated, plot dealt with great eye for detail. Not one loose end. The characters breathe, even minor ones like Mishraji. Excellent pace makes it unputdownable. And one can smell the biryanis, feel the sagging sofas, shiver the early winter mornings, taste the extra sweet tea and visualise Matera and Ombir in Somnath's Delhi. TPYP does to a social critique what Robin Cook does to medical issues. Highly recommended.
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Pankaj Bhattacharyya

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May, 2013

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The Price You Pay

The Price You Pay belongs to the rare breed of fiction through which you actually learn more about a topic than by reading academic analysis of it. For some reason the book reminded of the American TV-series The Wire. What The Wire did for allowing a rare insight into the politics drug trade in Baltimore in the US, The Price You Pay does for contemporary Delhi. Part sociological analysis; part crime noir; and always fully readable - I highly recommend this excellent debut by Somnath Batabyal.
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Matti Pohjonen

May, 2013

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Delhi Noir

A smashing debut by Somnath: The Price You Pay is a real treat. I finished it overnight a while ago now and will certainly be taking my highlighter to it sometime in the next few weeks.
The first pass was quick mainly on account of the story (stories) - beautifully narrated vignettes from a young reporter's life.
I have passing familiarity with men in khaki, and could identify some of the characters in specific, and all of them in general. Yes, there's a 'rushed feel' to each episode but th...
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Nikhil Prasad Ojha

May, 2013

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