Book Review – Private India


Title : Private India
Author : Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson
Publishers : Arrow Books
Genre : Fiction ( Crime Thriller)



Ashwin Sanghi – Educated at St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai and Yale University, Ashwin has authored The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key all rated as bestsellers.


James Patterson – Author of some of the most popular series of the last decade- the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Detective Benett novels- James Patterson is a well known writer who has churned out some of the bestsellers of all time.



Blurb of the book

In Mumbai, seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses.

For Santosh Wagh, Head of Private India, The Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigation agency, it’s a race against time to stop the killer striking again.

In a city of over thirteen million, he’d have his work cut out at the best of times, but this case has him battling Mumbai’s biggest gang lord and a godman who isn’t all he seems.

And then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organization- along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens.

What I felt about the book


Storyline– Interesting. The main story is full of suspense, making one hooked to the book. The chapters are kept short and hence prove to be a great source of relief. One can easily relate to the characters. The corrupt cop, the underworld dawn, the shady godman and the begging syndicate are not new to us. They come alive as the story progresses. The suspense is kept well under wraps till the very end. No point in guessing who the killer is or what his motive is.

Language – Language is simple, lucid and engaging. One can visualize the scenes as the story moves on. The frustration building up in Santosh the Head of Private India with each passing murder, the trauma he undergoes as a result of a personal loss are conveyed with ease.


Blurb – The blurb could have been made more catchy and interesting.

Story-line- While the main story involving the ritualistic killer was interesting; the one involving the danger to Private India was confusing. The plot would have been better off without it. One also fails to understand the connection between the killer, the victims and the nine forms of Durga. The authors could have elaborated on this aspect instead of weaving in unnecessary sub-plots.

Characterization – The characters need to be worked upon. Even the main protagonist Santosh, fails to leave an impression on the reader.

Editing – Could have been tighter. The story is in the form of a narrative. However the part presented by the killer is in first person. The sudden switch-over between narrative and first person… left me confused at times. The feeling is akin to that one gets on stumbling on a stone in the midst of a smooth morning walk.


A few quotes from the book that I must share

“A smile is a curve that sets everything right.”

“One realizes the value of air when one is deprived of it and one only begins to value life in the face of death.”


The twist towards the end is something to look out for. Overall a good and easy read, I give it 3.5 points on a scale of 5.

Private India (Private 8)

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8 responses »

  1. Love this review. While i was making a point to point review of this book – I wasnt sure if this is the way a book review is to be done. Though i did not detail it out as you have done, yet I felt a separate mention to Characters and Plot was essential.

    Fav Quotes – I like it when Santosh Wagh says- “Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence”


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