Author Archives: Geeta Nair

About Geeta Nair

Born in Independent India to two really wonderful people who cherished and nourished me with great care, I consider myself lucky to have had the best that life could offer me. Lucky to have had the best education , the best sibling, the best husband, the best daughter,the best of everything that I could ever want, Love to live life on my terms .

BookReview: The Sage’s Secret by Abhinav

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PUBLISHER: PENGUIN
ISBN-10: 0143442368
ISBN-13: 978-0143442363

 
 
Two different timelines intertwined together seamlessly, to give an interesting and intriguing read is how I’d describe ‘The Sage’s Secret’. The first book in the Kalki Chronicles being brought out by the author, this one does pique the reader’s interest in not only the tenth and supposedly last avatar of Lord Vishnu i.e. Kalki who is sent to Earth to restore the balance between righteousness and depravity, but also in the ancient and powerful nemesis that is already in place to destroy him and unleash a reign of darkness. Will Kalki be able to take on the evil and win as did the previous avatars of the Lord or will he and with him the earth be doomed, is a question that’s yet to be resolved. ‘The Sage’s Secret’ in fact, has to do more with a secret passed down ages by Sage Dweepa the close confidante of Lord Krishna, to his disciples who incidentally too bear his name, than the action ground of Kalki. It also lays the ground for Kalki’s actual ascent to fame and his battle with the dark forces that are out to ravage earth.Replete with beautiful scenes, the narrative draws the reader to the scene of action.

The language though simple, has the power to draw up a vivid imagery. The reader also gets an insight into the high level of intelligence and craftsmanship prevalent in times of yore. (Though the book is based on mythological events that appear nothing short of fantasy, let’s not forget that the master craftsmen and people of ancient India displayed a high level of skill and intelligence even without the tools and gadgets available today. Our temples especially those in South India, are a testimony to the same).

Characterization! Yes, that’s where I felt the book wanting a little. I’d have loved to get to know Sage Dweepa and his disciple Annirudh better. I personally felt that Annirudh’s battle to come to terms with his new identity could have been characterized better. Hopefully this part i.e. the development of characters, will be taken care of in the next book in the series.
 

VERDICT

Overall, ‘The Sage’s Secret’ is nothing short of an engaging, entertaining and enlightening read. Engaging because you can’t help but look forward to where the story is headed to with bated breath, entertaining because it’s relaxing, and enlightening because it sheds light on the plight of Earth via a feminine literary personification named Bhoomidevi, as well as to the extent to which the wicked can go to achieve their end.


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Disclaimer:
An ARC was provided via Penguin India in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are my own and are not influenced by either the author nor the publishing house in any manner

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Spotlight: Killer Moves by Varsha Dixit

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Blurb
Everyone has a secret. Aisha Khatri has many! 

Aisha’s life is seemingly mundane on the surface-she writes for television and takes care of her niece Kiara and her retired father. But when Kiara’s life is threatened during a modeling assignment for the famous Kabir Rana, once a suspect for his wife’s murder, the only way Aisha can save Kiara is by accepting the unique ability she has aggressively resisted all her life. 

But Aisha is not the only one with secrets. There are others who have secrets and will kill to keep them. Aisha is determined to protect Kiara even if it means placing herself in the crosshairs of a depraved killer who butchers beautiful girls and leaves them as grotesque displays. 

Is Kiara a target of a serial killer or is the killer closer to home-and Aisha’s heart? 

Who is Kabir Rana? An elusive and moody fashion photographer burdened with a dark past or a murderer who got away? 

How will Aisha save Kiara from a killer who is several steps ahead of an entire city’s police force? When the dead come calling, will Aisha answer? 

From the bustling streets of Goa to the beautiful palaces of Sirsa, Killer Moves is a fast-paced, gripping, romantic suspense tale with strong thriller and supernatural elements. 

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About the author


Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of six successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free,Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman.Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.
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Book Review : Tarikshir The Awakening by Khayaal Patel

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Formats available: Kindle & Paperback
Publisher: Westland Books
ISBN-10: 9789387578500
ISBN-13: 978-9387578500
ASIN: 938757850X

 
 

Mythological? Historical? Paranormal? Thriller?

Wondering what this book is about? Well it’s a combination of all of the above. Though the book opens up with a prologue that suggests at a mythological edge to the story, the subsequent read sees the scene of action shift to the small princely Rajputana Kingdom of Devangarh ruled by a fierce and valorous warrior Raja Ravindra. With the British forces at their doorstep, the Kingdom of Devangarh opts for war instead of dialogue ignoring good counsel. What follows is utter chaos, death and deceit. Strange sightings, ritualistic murders and unbelievable experiences with a dash of subtle romance see the young crown prince Rudra who incidentally happens to be our protagonist, fight a battle not only on the physical level, but on the mental plain too. What he sees, hears and experiences shatter him. Yet the urge to live drives him on. Death of dear ones, deceit of close companions, and secrets dark and ominous are dealt with in true Rajputana style.

Skillfully crafted and narrated in simple, crisp and lucid language, the book is a fine example of creative writing with an eye to keeping the reader hooked by way of a strong plot, thrilling suspense and wonderful imagery. Apart from offering a good read, the book also offers some wonderful thoughts/ insights that are relevant at all times. Here are a few –

 “…there are no lines between people. Everyone is equal in His eyes. There’s nothing between us and Him, no one above us except Him. It is His whim that the world walks and it is His strength that we prevail.”
 Crown Prince Rudra regarding the British and the Indians: “…They work as a single unit and overpower us by sheer numbers because we let them. What if every raja across the country joined forces, Father? What is all of Bharat began functioning as a single unit? Then not just the British, but the whole world wouldn’t be able to defeat us.”

 “Just as a single grain of rice can tip the scale, a single man may be the difference between victory and defeat.”

 “Words are like arrows. Once shot, they cannot be called back.”

Interesting and intriguing at the same time, ‘Tarikshir’ ends with an epilogue that reveals the true identity of one of the characters of the main plot i.e. Baa Yaani and I must say it came as a shock because nowhere in the plot did the author give an inkling to her identity by way of her looks, her temperament or her lineage. With this revelation came another revelation that I believe must be followed up by the author in the form of a sequel to “Tarikshar: The Awakening”. Looking forward to the same.

Characters quite a few, are well- developed and display varied traits that make them stand out. Without them, their traits and what they stand for, the story would not have evolved so well. Though some can drive us to despair, there are others that provide hope.

VERDICT

A wonderful blend of various genres, the book is a thrilling read, one that has the ability to keep you on the edge till the end.

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I received a copy from WritersMelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Book Review : R.S.V.P. : A Novel by Ruchira Khanna

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Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B07G4HV63L
 
 
 

Family is where the heart is anchored. But what happens when a violent tide lets loose the anchor? The heart drifts and gets lost. Tumultuous weather and harrowing experiences coupled with anxiety make the heart skip many a beat. Once the choppy waves give way to calm waters, the heart relaxes, the haze, the fear and doubt that overpower the mind vanish, and calm sets in. The heart finds the way back home eager to be anchored again. However does Jay Seth, the Indian born American protagonist of R.S.V.P.: A Novel find peace and calm in his life, a life shattered with the sudden departure of a man he looked up to, and a woman he loved madly? Can Jay trust anyone given that the woman left him with a huge debt? Will he be able to repair the anchor of his life and set sail once again, leaving the past behind? To know this, one must read R.S.V.P.: A Novel which as the blurb states, ‘explores the lines between reality and illusion, and the significance of family.’
 

Narrated succinctly, the story is evocative, and therein lies its success. One can’t help but empathize with Jay.
 

Jay’s canine and best friend Yogi is another character to look out for. His love, devotion and calming effect on Jay’s frayed nerves tend to make him truly adorable. But what really struck a chord with me was his way of calming Jay when he has his bouts of nightmare and the way he tends to him when they get shipwrecked. If it were not for Yogi, Jay would have long become a human wreck. Yogi salvages him from the depths of despair but the road to recovery is something that’s beyond Yogi’s ministrations. So…..? The book has the answer.
 

Overall an interesting and engaging read, the book offers subtle romance, suspense and some lessons on the reality of life. It also throws up some truly interesting characters and is capable of drawing the reader into their lives thereby making it easy to relate to them, their actions and reactions. But……..Wait. Want to know what the icing on this ‘cake’ is? – The Quotes that precede each chapter. They are not only lovely but thought provoking too. Don’t miss them out. Read and relish.

 
 

Now have I stoked your interest in the book? If so, I’m sure you’d like to check out the blurb. It’s here>> On Goodreads


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Book Review: Killer Moves By Varsha Dixit

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AUTHOR
Varsha Dixit
FORMAT/ GENRE
Kindle Edition / Crime Thriller
ASIN: B07DGKFYBZ
 
 

Now doesn’t this one give you the Goosebumps? Scary!😱
 
 

BLURB

Everyone has a secret. Aisha Khatri has many!

Aisha’s life is seemingly mundane on the surface-she writes for television and takes care of her niece Kiara and her retired father. But when Kiara’s life is threatened during a modeling assignment for the famous Kabir Rana, once a suspect for his wife’s murder, the only way Aisha can save Kiara is by accepting the unique ability she has aggressively resisted all her life.

But Aisha is not the only one with secrets. There are others who have secrets and will kill to keep them. Aisha is determined to protect Kiara even if it means placing herself in the crosshairs of a depraved killer who butchers beautiful girls and leaves them as grotesque displays.

Is Kiara a target of a serial killer or is the killer closer to home-and Aisha’s heart?

Who is Kabir Rana? An elusive and moody fashion photographer burdened with a dark past or a murderer who got away?

How will Aisha save Kiara from a killer who is several steps ahead of an entire city’s police force? When the dead come calling, will Aisha answer?

From the bustling streets of Goa to the beautiful palaces of Sirsa, Killer Moves is a fast-paced, gripping, romantic suspense tale with strong thriller and supernatural elements.
 
 

MY TAKE

Intense, inviting and intriguing, ‘Killer Moves’ has all the ingredients required of a successful crime thriller. The build-up of the suspense surrounding the murder of young women is well planned and has the ability to keep the reader hooked till the end. The guessing game that starts at the start of the book continues till the end and is interspersed with some interesting twists and turns. A sea of emotions find place in the pages of the book, some subtle and others intense and searing. Telepathic communications between the protagonist Aisha and her grandmother’s ‘boyfriend,’ as well as Aisha’s ability to communicate with the spirits, add an element of surprise and interest.

The characters not many, are well developed. While instincts define Aisha who is fiery and strong, rebellion is the hallmark of Kiara. Kabir Rana is an enigma.

Racy and nail- biting, the book is definitely a wonderful and engrossing read that prevents you from keeping it down till you’ve reached ‘THE END’.


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Book Review: Falling In Love With Cupid (A Mytho-fiction Romance Series Book 1)

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AUTHOR: RUBINA RAMESH
FORMAT : KINDLE EDITION
ASIN: B07G6NQD1C

 
 

Though not an ardent fan of romance fiction, I picked up this one. Want to know why? There were two reasons- 1) though a part of a romance series, this one has at its core mythological characters, and I’m partial to the same. 2) It’s from one of my favourite authors. So I had a lot of expectations from this one, and I must admit that Rubina did not disappoint me. In fact I loved every bit of this novel and can’t help wait for the next in the series. That said, here’s my opinion on the book –

The story of Psyche and Cupid though short, wraps within its fold multiple emotions. There is hate, despair, doubt and love. Revenge meant to wreak havoc, ends up in two souls getting entangled. However their path of love is fraught with dangers and difficulties. Will the flame of love burning within them help them overcome the obstacles or will it reduce them to ashes? ………That’s where the suspense lies, and to untangle the mystery you must read the book.

The language, the imagery, and the twists and turns keep you hooked. In fact they draw you into the story, and you can’t help but try step into the shoes of the characters and live their role.

Revenge gone awry is how one can describe ‘Falling in love with Cupid.’
 
 
VERDICT

A light yet intense read one that will ensnare you and not let you stop till you reach the last full-stop.

 
 
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Book Review: Dystopia by Manoj V Jain

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Books!
Spreading light, making lives
Each a lesson leaves behind
But some there are that make you think
Leave a message to take and drink
Digest, absorb and ……….follow.
 
 

 
 

‘Dystopia’ by Manoj V Jain is exactly that. A short read of just 146 pages, this one is an eye-opener. Thought provoking, and one that can leave adults especially those that force their will on their children, feeling guilty, ‘Dystopia’ reveals the damage over protectiveness can have on the young mind. It also reveals how overpowering parents ‘shoo’ away their children from speaking their mind freely. This in turn translates into the child becoming an introvert or hesitating from revealing secrets that are meant only for parents’ ears. At times the child may turn to friends for help. Lack of proper guidance at this stage often spells doom for the child.

The age of dystopia i.e. adolescent years are those when a parent makes or breaks a child for incidentally it is in these years that the child is most fragile and impressionable. Inept handling of their problems can break them, make them cynical and force them to tread a path no parent in their right mind would wish their child to tread.

The story guided by the spirit of Dystopia sees five friends get together after decades. Their talk, their mannerisms, their thoughts all reflect their upbringing and life, and when they talk, discuss and catch up, the spirit of Dystopia rues on their life when they entered his gates, finds reasons and excuses for the flaws in their personality and more often than not, finds the fault hidden in faulty parenting.

 
 

The blurb on Goodreads is just a click away. Want to read it? Click HERE
 
 

Narrated in simple, crisp and lucid language, ‘Dystopia ’once again brings to the fore Author Manoj V Jain’s skill at making a mundane topic truly interesting and engaging. One can’t help but let the brain engage in a debate of sorts while going through the pages, and admire how skillfully the author has his reader engaged in the topic albeit sub consciously.

VERDICT

The book one of the best on parenting, is a must read for all parents especially those with young kids and adolescents.


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Book Review: The Bodyguard by Ruchi Singh

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Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B07BD2D9J3

 
 
BLURB

Someone wants Vikramaditya Seth Jr. dead.
He refuses the Z+ security option offered by the government. With too many variables trust is hard to come by…

Esha Sinha prepares for her first assignment outside of active army service, oblivious to the fact that she has to baby-sit a man who has no respect for rules or protocol—a man who is headstrong, workaholic and a tenacious flirt. As the attraction between Vikram and Esha simmers and sizzles, another attempt is made on his life.

The killer is resourceful and determined.
The motive is unclear and perplexing.

Will they be able to nab the assassin before he gets to Vikram?

MY TAKE

A tale of suspense with a twinge of romance, ‘The Bodyguard’ is an example of fine writing, one that has the ability to not only keep the reader hooked but also get involved in trying to sort a mystery, an identity. Cleverly crafted, this is one book you may want to read again after a few days.

Fast paced, the book makes you fall in love with the character of the bodyguard Major Esha Singh a woman of grit and determination who though a lonely soul herself tries to resist the charm of her boss a tenacious flirt.

Written in simple, lucid and crisp language, the story does throw up some surprises in the form of unusual twists. However isn’t that what good thrillers are all about, catching their reader unaware?

Overall a truly enjoyable read with the power to keep you on the edge of your seat, ‘The Bodyguard’ does justice to both the plot and the characters.

WARNING!

Don’t pick it up to read at night. No there’s nothing in there that will scare you out of your wits. It’s just that once you pick it up you may not want to keep it down till you read the last word. Now this could translate into a read deep into the night and being caught sleeping in your work place or over the kitchen counter the next day. 😉 I’m sure you don’t want that. 🙂


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THE AUTHOR

RUCHI SINGH

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BookReview: Into the Great Heart by Kamla K Kapur

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PUBLISHER: Jaico Publishing House
ISBN: 978-93-87944-10-7
FORMATS: Paperback/ Kindle

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THE BOOK

In a hurry? Then don’t pick up this one.

Why?

This is one book to be relished slowly pondering over each word, each line.

‘Into the Great Heart’ is a lyrical biography that has at its heart Guru Nanak and Guru Angad alias Bhai Lehna. It is as its name suggests, a journey into the heart of one of the greatest Gurus of all times. Narrated mainly in Bhai Buddha’s words, this book the second in the Sikh Saga Series, carries forward the stories of Guru Nanak and his favourite minstrel Bhai Mardana, from the first volume. It also introduces the reader to the second Sikh Guru, Guru Angad and gives us an insight into his personality, love and devotion towards Guru Nanank and the events that unfold before he is declared the successor to Nanakji.

Written in simple, crisp and lucid language like the shabads composed by Guru Nanakji, the book gives us an in-depth insight into his life, thoughts and teachings. Pivotal to this narrative are some forgotten or should I say generally overlooked female luminaries like Mata Sulakhni (Guru Nanak’s wife) , Bebe Nanaki (his sister), Khivi (Bhai Lehna aka Guru Angad’s wife), and Amro. It also brings to light another interesting character in Bhai Mardana’s granddaughter Aziza a spirited girl who driven by a devotion to Baba Nanak and his teachings, yearns to learn all that happen in the Baba’s dera. She yearns for a freedom that is not hers to be thanks to her conservative mother, yet remains determined to live life on her terms without toppling the harmony of either her house nor Society. These female characters play a crucial role in the Guru’s life, his influence on his followers, the tensions he encounters at home and the path of self- reliance he advocates. All-in-all this is one book that transports the reader into a whole new world, a world where spirituality does not call for renunciation, a world where the voice of the woman is not stifled, a world where selfless dedication to mankind triumphs over family.

The book along with imparting some truly meaningful life-lessons also sheds light on some important aspects/ customs of the Sikh community like their spirit of service to humanity, the langars (community kitchen) they conduct, etc. Reading the free flowing shabads of Guru Nanak shared here, and understanding their meaning makes one yearn to know more of the Sikh Guru and his teachings. One can also feel a sense of calm descent upon the mind as one goes through the pages of the book.

The characters are well developed with their virtues and vices finding space within the pages of the book, thus making it easy for the reader to resonate with their emotions, their frustrations, their fears, their joy. The book wraps within it a sea of emotions some subtle and some not so subtle.There are also some heart wrenching moments as well as some joyous ones.

The pace is perfect and the style of narration I must admit, had me hooked. The book is in every aspect engaging, interesting and informative.

VERDICT

A perfect read for those who love to drown in a lyrical read as well as for those going through a tumultuous period in life.

A collector’s delight, this one offers food for thought, and also works as a guide for the soul that’s lost in the wilderness dark.


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Book Blitz :: Storm From Taxila by Shreyas

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~ Book Blitz ~
Storm From Taxila by Shreyas Bhave
15th to 17th August

About the Book:  

BHARATVARSHA, LAND OF THE ARYAS: 270 BC

Bindusar, the Samrat Chakravartin of all the Aryas, ruler of the Indian subcontinent, is dead. Chaos rules across the empire. The royal succession turns upon intrigue, dark coalitions, violence and death. The realm stands divided and civil war ensues.
In Vidishanagri: Asoka kills his brother’s Ashwamedha stallion and marches to Patliputra with his army. The ancient Brahminical order rises in his supports, awaiting his entry into the capital. Have they made the right choice?
In Taxila: The rightful heir, Sushem, raises an army to meet the challenge posed by his ambitious and gifted brother, Asoka. He prepares to march to the capital and seize the throne by force. Will history repeat itself; will Sushem achieve what his grandfather Chandragupta did 50 years ago?
In Junagarh: Guild Master Hardeo sets out on a private mission to acquire the great salt pans of Sindh. Will he succeed in his secret enterprise?
In Vidishanagri: Radhagupta travels to fulfill the task allotted to him by the Order. Kanakdatta, the Buddhist, stands up to stop him. Will Radhagupta fail in his mission?
The winds of war howl over the sub-continent, blowing every last person one way or the other. Blood will be spilled, secrets revealed and men ruined. History shall be made.
In Book II of the epic Asoka Trilogy, the storm approaches; the harbinger of death and destruction. When the dust finally settles, the great question will be answered: Who is the next Samrat of the holy Lands of the Aryas?


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The cloaked man stood before them, his hands folded, his back straight, looking them in the eye.
Sushem studied the man from head to toe. He looked harmless enough. He was much too old to be a spy or assassin. “You desired a meeting,” he said. “Well, you have one. Now speak.”
“Allow me to say that I am honoured to meet the young lion in person,” the man said, bowing. “I once had the honour of meeting the lion himself, in a similar tent in this same place, fifty years ago.”
The words took some moments to register in Sushem’s mind. When they did, he froze. “You claim to have met my grandfather?” he asked, surprise showing on his face.
“Indeed, My Lord. I met him when he was laying siege to Patliputra, just like you.”
“What is your name?” Sushem asked, sitting down and resting his chin on his clasped palms. This was getting interesting.
“I am one Dasharath, and I represent the Ancient Brahminical Order.” “For what purpose did you meet my grandfather, all those years ago?”
“To help him take the city, My Lord.”
The words of the fable resounded in Sushem’s head: Like a bolt of lightning he came to liberate us. “No one knows how my grandfather captured the city. It remains a mystery.”
“Not known to the common people perhaps,” Dasharath acknowledged. “But I represent the Ancient Brahminical Order.”
Sushem rubbed his chin thoughtfully. The role of the Order in his grandfather’s victory over the Nandas had been well documented by bards and scholars over the years. “So how did you help him take the city?” he asked.
“It was simple.” A smile crept across the lined face. “Patliputra is invincible, but only above ground. Below it is an entirely different story.”
“Is there a hidden way into the city?”
“Aye, My Lord.” There is a tunnel that joins the infamous underground maze of the Patliputra prisons. It starts not too far from where we stand.” “And you say you took my grandfather through that tunnel?”
“I did. I remember it as clearly as if it was yesterday. It was one of the proudest moments of my life.”
Sushem glanced at the Senapati, who wore a dubious expression. Looking back at Dashrath, he asked, “Do you have any proof?”
Dasharath slipped a hand into his cloak and drew out a roll of cloth. He unrolled it slowly, letting it fall to the ground. A small shining circlet of gold remained in his hand.
“The ring…” Sushem said, recognizing it instantly. “It is my grandfather’s fabled ring. He wore it when he captured the city and till the day he died.”
“Do you think this is the true ring, My Lord?” the Senapati asked, inspecting it suspiciously.
Sushem stared at the ring for some time. Then he nodded. “It is,” he said. ‘There is no other like it.” He leaned forward, his grey eyes looking straight into Dasharath’s brown ones. “Why are you telling me all this; showing me this ring?” “The Order wishes to welcome you to the city as it once welcomed your grandfather. We wish to see you take the city and oust the Pretender, your brother, who sits on the throne just as the Nandas once did.”
Sushem took a deep breath. “This tunnel you speak of… can you tell us where it is?”
Dasharath smiled. “I cannot tell you, My Lord, but I can show you.”
About the Author:
Shreyas is a 21 year old guy currently pursuing his B.Tech in Electrical Eng. from VNIT Nagpur. His love for history since his childhood prompted him to write his take on the story of Asoka who was one of the towering figures in the history of India, which has been taken up as ‘The Asoka Trilogy’ by Leadstart Publishing.
The first part of the trilogy called ‘The Prince of Patliputra’ has been published in January 2016 and garnered positive responses.
He is also presently working on several other manuscripts and completing the final year of his engineering Course.
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