Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Book Review – Yama by Kevin Missal

Book Name: Yama
Author: Kevin Missal
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Price: Rs. 175


A violent saint... A man who claims he is Yama, is punishing sinners by killing them according to the twenty eight hells described in the Bhagavat Gita.

Who is he? What does he want? Is he a vigilante or a psychopath?

A delusional hero... Iravan Rajpoot, an Ex- Black Cat Commando with a dark past is receiving letters with names and time limits. It's no sooner that he learns about the intended victims than they die within the mentioned time frame.

An ambitious reporter... Swati Kaushik, a widow and a woman who can do anything for success, must team up with Iravan to stop the God of Death and Justice.

Story in a nutshell:

Iravan is a private detective. He is very experienced with his work and that is the reason why he is considered as one of the best investigators. His nephew, Vardhan works as an assistant to him. Vardhan is the mastermind. He is a hacker.

A fine day, Iravan receives a call from Mr. Gagan that Mrs. Galgotia would visit him. Mrs. Galgotia's visit is in regards to her missing husband. The same day, Iravan receives a letter, an unusual one. Mr. Galgotia is the person who is mentioned in the letter. What does it mean? The next day, Mr. Galgotia is found murdered. Was the letter a clue to save him? Who killed Mr. Galgotia and why?

Iravan receives another mysterious letter few days later. Is this the second clue? Does Iravan manage to save him? Vardhaan finds some information regarding this mysterious killer. Iravan receives a phone call from the killer himself who calls himself Yama. Yama talks in riddles to Iravam and gives him a hint about his further actions. Iravan's job is to unmask this Yama. He thinks Yama to be Roshan Yadav, a maneater who has fled from the jail. He talks to Swati Kaushik, a journalist. It was she who had discovered the bodies. The strange fact is that the victim's kidneys are missing.

A series of killings occur. Iravan and Vardhaan save some people from Yama. During the last kill, Iravan ends up in helping Yama instead of saving the victim. What made Iravan help him? Who is Yama and what is his story? Does Iravan unmask him at yhe end?


The plot seems to be well researched and thoughtfully crafted. This story not only focuses on crime that is being committed but also on depression, father-child relationship, realisations of life, love and friendship. I must say Yama is all-in-one package. The progress of the story is moderate and it enhances the reading experience. The narration is lucid. There have been many occurances where i found new words (added to my vocabulary). Since the story is a crime-thriller, many characters are involved. Character sketching has been done well.


  • The suspense aspect has been maintained until the very last page.
  • Yama wishes to bring a change in the society (reminded me of Gabbar is back movie) and not just be famous. We need more people like Yama.


  • The chapters are very short and more in number. It would have been better had they been long and less in number. No issues are caused with this arrangement either.
  • There have been mentions of organ trading. No closure to it has been given.
  • The story misses that emotional touch (Iravan and his relationship with his family)

I rate:
Cover: 3/5
Story: 3/5

My overall rating for Yama is 3.5/5 stars.

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