Book Review: 3 @ a time by Diptendu Sekhar Chakraborty

Title: 3 @ a time

Author: Diptendu Sekhar Chakraborty

Genre: Romance

Publishers: Omji Publishers House Ltd.

The Blurb:

Falling in love is one of the most exquisite feelings that one can experience in their lifespan. But what if while searching for your true soul mate, you end up having that ‘exquisite feeling’ for three people at the same time?

3 @ a time is the story of Deepankar and his tryst with trust, love, relationship, betrayal and humiliation with 3 girls at the same time along with maintaining his reputation as the wonder boy of his college.

Deepankar- strong, laborious; with a never-say-die attitude while searching for true love ends up in relation with three girls from his college.

Notorious yet dedicated for his deeds at college, Deepankar seeks love from his dream girl who turns out to be homosexual!

And then destiny plays its game.

And the reason- GIRLFRIENDS

But one should never back down and nor did Deepankar; Pooja stood by him in full support.

And in the end…

It does matter

Will the search for his soul mate be completed after his rendez vous with all the three girls?

Will Deepankar restore his faith in others or will life throw curve balls at him?

Will he be able to maintain his reputation or will be hailed as a wonder?

“3 @ a time” tells us not to be complacent on our victories neither be demotivated on our losses.

About the author:

Diptendu Sekhar Chakraborty is an engineering graduate and holds a post-graduate degree in Management from Pune. He currently works at an automobile company based in Muscat, Oman.

In his five year old professional career, he has worked with automobile, advertising and entertainment sector. His work has taken him to many parts across the country and abroad. He finds this experience very relevant while giving shape to his stories.

Three at a time is his debut literary achievement. .

Diptendu is currently based in Muscat, Oman. He loves watching movies or reading anything near the sea shores of Muscat when he is not working.

Diptendu can be reached at

My Review:

3 @ a Time”, debut novel of Diptendu Shekhar Chakraborty, has dollops of various elements that makes for a meaningful read. There is emotion, there is die-hard friendship, there is romance, there is humor, there is ecstasy and so is agony.

Although the story has been overall success, but its feel little sluggish in the first half. I started liking the book at the later stage. Initially, I was not much convinced by the story line which included Ragging, so many love affairs in sequence, Yes, this novel disappointed me at various points yet, this novel is a delicious slice-of-life book with lush characterization, setting and atmospherics.

Positive Points:

This tale’s setting is of college life, they have some incidents in it which make you realize the importance of a lot of things in life.

Had it not been the climax, the story wouldn’t have been more than just average one. But the climax stole the show and to some extent overshadowed the exaggerated first half.

Negative Points:

Deepankar (Lead character of the story) manages to balance all three relationships! I am not at all convinced with this fact. When you write a book, you not only write it for the sake of writing, you write for passing on some message to the reader. I personally disliked this part of the book and what’s more shocking is not even a single girl comes to know about Deepankar’s league of affairs.

Publishers and specifically editorial team need to focus on editing errors as these errors actually distract a reader while going through the story. This book have got caliber to do good in market but I feel these kind of typing, spacing and grammatical errors might get this book negative reviews.


3 @ a time is written simply and has the quality that makes one want to read the book cover to cover in one sitting. I’m sure the story makes connection with every reader in one form or the other. The story is overwhelming with the colours of love, friendship, relationship and that too in different contexts. it’s certainly readable, and even with all its flaws is a pretty catchy story. Above all, it is that ‘All’s well that ends well’ theme that is one of the most striking element of the book. Overall, the book is not extraordinary but you will be engaged in the story and will  be able to complete it.

It’s a one-time read for me, and a book that is best for travel.

All the best Diptendu for your upcoming projects!

Rating: 3 out of 5


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