Book Review

“Harappa – Curse of Blood River” – Greed, Power, Position, Curse

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I love reading. Though I do not consider myself an avid reader who prefers reading to just any other activities, reading is my favourite pastime. Yes, pastime, I read books to entertain myself.  So, for last few days I have been spending my leisure time in between the pages of Harappa – Curse of the Blood River by Vineet Bajpai.

Book details:

  • Title: Harappa – Curse of the Blood River
  • Author: Vineet Bajpai
  • Genre: Historical thriller /Fiction
  • Reading level: 12+ years
  • Format: Paperback & Kindle
  • Pages: 316
  • Publisher: VB Performance LLP
  • Publication date: First edition on 9 June 2017
  • Language: English
  • MRP: Rs. 200
  • ISBN-10: 9352685482
  • ISBN-13: 978-9352685486

Cover and blurb of the book:

This book caught my attention for its unique yet interesting cover page where two contradictory situations assemble into one image – one is of a dark night with lightning and thunderstorm and the other one is of a rising sun – beginning of a new day. Few words from the blurb like “…half human, half God”, “Dev-Rakshasa Matth”, “tantric”, “Exorcism”, “devta”, “curse” etc made me very inquisitive to know how these words are related to each other. The title of the book is also very captivating and suggestive of a story having historical setting/reference. Last but not the least, the author himself…as after writing three management and inspirational books this is his first venture in this genre.

The author and his book:

At age of 22 he started his company Magnon from a small shed. He has won several entrepreneurship and corporate excellence awards, including the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. He was recently listed among the 100 Most Influential People in India’s Digital Ecosystem. Vineet’s second company Talentrack is disrupting the media, entertainment and creative industry in India. He has written three bestselling management and inspirational books – Build from Scratch, The Street to the Highway and the 30 Something CEO.

According to the author, the book takes the readers on a journey spanning 3,700 years, from 1700 BCE Indus Valley to modern-day Delhi & Paris. It spins a thrilling tale around some of the unanswered and haunting questions of the Indus Valley. Harappa is an effort to creatively exploit the rich history, mythology and heritage of India. His quest to go on a fantasy ride through the dark and terrifying narratives of the Garuda Purana made him create a high-quality book based on our own Indian heritage, our own myths & mysteries, which made me envision Harappa.

Main characters:  

Vidyut is a 30 years old charming entrepreneur who is skilled in different martial arts like Kalaripayattu, Ji Jitsu and Krav Maga. He is a successful businessman who lives with Damini, a journalist and his love interest. Vidyut is very popular and has rich knowledge about the Vedas and the Indian history. What makes him special, is that he is half human and half god.

Visvasvan Pujari is the ancestor of Vidyut. He laid the foundations of the city of Harappa 3700 years ago. A horrifying curse was bestowed upon him that doomed the Harappans.

Story in brief:

The book has a strong story-line where the past and present is interwoven beautifully. The story moves back and forth between history and mythology, supernatural and religion, exorcism and gunfights, tantrics and warriors, love and ambition. Author creatively interweaves 2017 Delhi, 1700 BCE Harappa and 2017 Paris. The book deals with nail biting conspiracy against the most powerful man of Harappa leading to the demolition of the great civilisation.

The background of the story is Harappa and opens with Vidyut Shastri, a half human half God, being summoned to Kashi by his 108 years old great grandfather, Dwaraka Shastri. The old man, on his death bed, wants to reveal a prehistoric curse to Vidyut. A curse that not only destroyed the entire civilisation thousands of years ago, also obliterated its very truth. After reaching Kashi, Vidyut realizes that his life is in danger. Then the book goes back to 1700 BCE to unveil the story of Harappa. Further as the story precedes, it unfolds the answers to the questions like what is the curse of Harappa and how does it relate to Vidyut? Why Vidyut’s life is in danger? Who wants to kill him and why, etc.

I am not going to unveil the story any more. Feeling anxious to know what happens next? Grab your copy from Amazon, Flipkart or local book store and find the answers by yourself.

Writing Style:

The strongest part of this book is the simple third person narrative in reader friendly language. Bajpai skilfully used flashback technique to cohere the story, develop the characters and to add structure to the narrative. The author has shown a well-balanced approach in handling the reader’s curiosity very efficiently as there is very little scope for the readers to be confused.

My perspective:

This book has a strong story-line, plot, subplots and talks about many historical facts that shows how power, position and greed turns friends into heinous conspirator. The book starts on a strong note and manages to hold its pace throughout. The seamless writing style of the author is really fascinating which doesn’t make readers confuse even after having such an extensive plot. I enjoyed this book thoroughly; from the dynamic characterisation to the incredible plot-line; from the description of the ancient civilisation to the modern-day Varanasi’s sacred Ghats. Now, I am eagerly waiting to grab the next book in the series to know what happens next…

In a nutshell, I would say that Harappa will take you to a short and jovial adventure filled with enthusiasm, implicit sentiments and a few surprises.

Hope this review is helpful to you. Please leave your comments and feedback below.

See you in my next post. Till then happy reading

Sarbani

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