A Chemical Engineer, Ajinkya Bhasme is currently working as a performance coach and HR manager by day and author by night. He loves to amalgamate technical knowledge and creativity. He is an ardent lover of dancing and painting. He wrote his first novel “Boo in the well of danger’’ at the age of 11.
His novel When the Devil Whispers is a crime thriller and a psychological horror which takes the reader on a mysterious ride with full of twists and turns. The story is loosely inspired by true events of arguably India’s most horrific crime ever committed by a group of women who became the first Indian women sentenced to be hanged to death.
The plot revolves around a mysterious kidnapping of a young girl named Shalini and the murder of an unidentified headless body. Under a great façade of the central characters, very quickly in the story, the readers are exposed to the underlying mass murder and kidnapping of children aged between 6 months to 12 years, by the same criminals who are responsible for the kidnapping of Shalini. In the series of this mass murder, Shalini fails to fit in the profile of the usual victims and a mist of mystery surrounds the reason for her kidnapping.
The several characters in the stories narrate their personality traits and their actions through psychological turbulence, guilt-ridden conscious and a struggle to survive the wrath of one sinister woman who is capable of scaring even the devil himself. In the finale of the story, it is brought to light that over a period of roughly 5 years, the group has kidnapped and brutally murdered more than 17 children for personal benefits and Shalini is a victim of a cold-blooded revenge plot.
The entire justice system of India upheld the decision of capital punishment for the sinister women, including a recent denial of mercy petition by the then-President making them India’s first women to be hanged to death.
The book ends in the following original quote- At times like these, when the world is at a loss and has been stripped of humanity, one may challenge the very existence of God. And if one must believe in Him, then He might as well be the most insidious force that humans will ever encounter.