Book Review: 'Wheels of Wish' by Bibhu Datta Rout

Friday, 22 April 2016

When I was little, I had loved to spend time when my grandma used to tell me stories of all kinds- fairy tales, folklore, mythology and historical accounts, etc. And having some ancestral roots to Odisha, I happened to hear the tales behind the construction of Puri and Konark temples, amongst many others. As I grew, these stories have been hibernating deep in my mind, and this story has managed to bring back the memories of all those enchanting stories I'd heard as a child.

Read on to find out the review of this suspense thriller, which I was excited to read from the moment it fell into my hands.

Details of the book:

  • Title - Wheels of Wish
  • Author - Bibhu Datta Rout
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9351967484
  • ISBN-13: 978-9351967484


In the year 1232, A King planned to build an enigma on the shore of Chandrabhaga Beach. Twelve hundred 'Shilpis' took oath to build the most magical art form of the world. The complex temple architecture got the best of science and mythology. Days turned into months and months into years. Convictions became stronger to spellbind the world. But, they failed to place the magnetic idol, which happened to be the heart of the entire design. Twelve years of blood and sweat ended with the ultimate announcement from the King - The death sentence to all. However, destiny had different plans for them. A miracle boy came for the rescue. His magical touch saved their lives. When the task got completed, all eyes searched for their savior. But he was not there. He had committed suicide. This mystery remained unsolved until the year 2008, when investment banker Shashank was arrested in a double murder and rape charges. A saga of crime, passion and mystery.


When I first saw the cover of the book, the picture of the temple and a boy jumping off the top had triggered some memories in me. I knew it was one from of those folklore/historical tales I have heard before. And when I read the blurb, I knew I was in for a ride.

As I began to read, I saw three prologues, written in three different timelines, each of them ending with a suspense. All the timelines were interesting in themselves and eventually crossover and blend in together after the seventh chapter. The way facts of the Puri and Konark temple are wonderfully intertwined and brought to the modern era is quite fascinating. I wondered how the writer will put them together into one suspense thriller, but Bibhu has managed to wonderfully place all the pearls in the string, without even one falling apart. The book kept getting more interesting towards the last chapters and the ending seemed perfectly apt to how the whole story unfolded.

First off, I really appreciate Bibhu for choosing this over the regular college-love story. Rightly so, he might have found his genre. The hardwork that went into making the book was cleary visible in every chapter of the book. The way he brought together, two great legends and legacies of Odisha into a simngle book, and that too, a suspence crime thriller, is absolutely commendable.

Another thing worth mentioning is his courage to pick up the 'present tense' narration as opposed to the 'past tense' which many writers prefer to choose. And he has tried to keep the tense in check almost everywhere, except for a minor oversights here and there. There might also have been really tiny issues with the flow of the language at certain places, but except that, the book is close to perfect.
So, I give it a 4 out of 5.

You can visit the book's official goodreads page here, and buy the book at Amazon.

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