TITLE: Ashvamedha – The Game of Power
AUTHOR: Aparna Sinha
PUBLISHER: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
GENRE: Fiction ( Political Thriller)



The sanskrit word ‘Ashva’ means horse and ‘medha’ means sacrifice. So in short, the word ‘Ashvamedha (Sanskrit: अश्वमेध aśvamedhá) means a horse sacrifice. The practice of ‘Ashvamedha’ was followed in ancient times by Indian kings keen to prove their imperial sovereignty. The King would release a horse accompanied by his warriors for a period of one year. Rivals were free to dispute the king’s authority by challenging the warriors accompanying the horse, while it traversed through their lands. After one year, if no one managed to kill or capture the horse, it would be guided back to the king’s capital and would be sacrificed. Following the sacrifice,the king would be declared as an undisputed sovereign.

Does the story do justice to the title of the book?

It’s apt. The only difference being that while in the sacrificial ritual followed by the Śrauta tradition of Vedic religion, the “Ashva’ or horse was the victim, here the same is the protagonist Ashwin Jamwal a man reared and propped up by another with the intent to be sacrificed in the end.




“You have to dethrone a powerful man to become the most powerful. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person, but there wasn’t any. I was left with only one choice — to create one.”

Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last twenty-five years of his life have been controlled by a master manipulator, who wanted to make him the most powerful man on earth, though for a reason! Ashwin steps up to take oath as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unknowingly thrown into a vortex of power and authority as the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy — Hades.

The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the savior, but he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end.

A story of greed, lies, deceptions, manipulations and corruption, Ashvamedha is a thriller revolving around the infamous game of power in a maddening bid to seek absolute control.



THE STORY: Interesting, intriguing and one that has the power to make even the disinterested sit up. The book is in every sense a page-turner. There is romance, there is politics. There is greed, there is deceit. There are lies, there are sacrifices.

One can easily relate to the story given that day-in-day-out we see the dirty game of politics being enacted in front of our eyes. Leaders are propped up only to be discarded once they outlive their utility. The system is so weak that it is easy for the corrupt to manipulate it to throw out the honest. Money and muscle power play a big role in winning elections.

There are twists and there are turns that one fails to foresee, but the icing in the cake is the climax.

CHARACTERIZATION: The characters are well-developed with all their virtues and vices. One can easily relate to each one of them, their thought process, their actions and their reactions. In fact one can catch a glimpse of some of our present day politicians in them. They are real.

LANGUAGE: Simple, crisp and lucid. No jargon to take away the taste, nor notable errors that act as road blocks.

PACE: Perfect. The flow is smooth right from the word ‘go,’ till the end thus making the book an untiring read.


Wish I could find one. **Joking**. There is none I can think of. So, it’s only “Wow!” “Wow!’ and “Wow!”


A potential bestseller, ‘Ashvamedha’ will leave you thrilled. I’ll give the book 5 on a scale of 5.



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A poetess at the age of 7 with the good luck to be broadcast on AIR, Aparna Sinha is a published writer with many of her works being published in various media, including reputed business magazines across Asia.

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This is not a paid review.

I was provided a review copy of the book by Author Paradiseas part of their Reviewers Programme. The opinion mentioned herein is unbiased and is formed after carefully going through the book. It is in no way influenced by the author or Author Paradise.


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