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‘THE CROWS OF AGRA’ – AN INSIGHT

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TITLE: THE CROWS OF AGRA – A Birbal Mystery
AUTHOR: SHARATH KOMARRAJU
PUBLISHER: AMAZING READS
GENRE: FICTION (MURDER MYSTERY)

THE BOOK

In the words of the author: Maybe ‘a murder mystery with historical flavour’ …….. Maybe just ‘murder mystery’ is better still.

But why ‘The Crows of Agra?’ That too is part of the mystery.

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The year is 1562 A.D.


Just into his twentieth year, Akbar readies himself to emerge from behind the veil and stake his claim to the Mughal throne.


But the figure of his regent, Bairam Khan, looms large in his path. After an exchange of blows and wits, Bairam Khan is subdued. Akbar forgives him, and forces upon him a pilgrimage to Mecca. On the eve of his departure, Bairam Khan is found murdered in his chamber.


With the help of Mahesh Das — a Brahmin who Akbar has befriended — Akbar must find out who killed Bairam Khan. But in the insidious Mughal court — a hotbed of intrigue and suspicion — danger lurks at every step. One false step could cost them their lives.


ME THINKS

PLOT: Wonderful and gripping the story revolves around the murder of Bairam Khan father figure to Akbar and the Regent of Agra on the eve of his departure to the Holy city of Mecca. Mahesh Das, a new entrant in Akbar’s life is entrusted the task of finding the murderer. Now starts the story full of twists and turns, intrigue and back stabbing. Each of the suspects is open about their animosity towards the Regent; each of them would wish him dead. Then who did it? To know that one has to read till the end. I loved the climax.


In short, this one is a typical whodunit story.


However if one is to see the story in its historical perspective, one is sure to find certain anomalies like the ladies of the royal family entertaining men other than family members in their private chambers and that too unveiled. But then the author has taken bail in the beginning itself by making it known that he has taken certain liberties with the characterization and known facts of how the Mughals lived to fulfill the demands of the tale. He requests that the reader focus more on the story than on the historicity.


CHARACTERIZATION: The characters are well etched with all their imperfections. The only thing I missed in particular was Mahesh Das’s typical sense of humour one that is he is acclaimed for in history. That would have added spice to the story.


LANGUAGE: Simple and easy to understand. However there are a few typos and grammatical errors that need to be taken care of before the book goes into reprint.


PACE: Perfect.

VERDICT


An enjoyable and light read, I give the book a 4 on a scale of 5.

 

BUT BEFORE I WRAP UP

A few sentences about the author

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Sharath Komarraju is an author of fiction and nonfiction. An Ex- software engineer Sharath is now into writing writes full-time. To know more about Sharath’s books click HERE


To catch up him on his blog click HERE

 


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BUYING LINKS

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Disclaimer

This is not a paid review. I was provided a copy of the book almost free by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

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BOOK REVIEW: Operation India One

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TITLE: Operation India One
AUTHOR: Shiv Kumar
PUBLISHER: Om Books International
GENRE: Fiction (Mystery- Adventure- Thriller)

THE BOOK

COVER PAGE

The cover design with a man in battle fatigues holding a gun and the title i.e. ‘Operation India One’ depicted in the tricolor is enough to make one realize that this one has got something to do with the Nation’s security. It fits the story-line.

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Dedicated police officer, ACP Gautam Dhaliwal, takes it upon himself to root out the MAF, a major Naxal organization based in the remote village of Bhagatpur, Bihar, as part of the central government backed, ‘Operation India One’. As his investigations on the ground progress, however, he uncovers behind the official facade of development that he had set out to defend, an ugly nexus of unscrupulous politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen feeding off the oppression of the underprivileged. Torn between his commitment to the Indian State and the sympathy he begins to feel for the miserable plight of the people of the area and the supposed terrorists fighting for them, an agonized ACP Dhaliwal is forced to rethink his earlier views on the meaning of one’s responsibility towards one’s fellow countrymen.

THE HIGHS & THE LOWS

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Plot: Wonderful and realistic. Deals with a socio-economic topic and the Naxalite menace. One can easily relate with the emotions of the displaced those whose land is acquired for developmental purposes, their agony and anger on not being given adequate compensation or being rehabilitated properly, the apathy of the State towards these poor beings and how muscle-power often forces simpletons to take up arms. ‘Operation India One’ also gives us an insight into the dirty politics played by politicians just to feed their ego, at the expense of the safety of the common man, the security forces and the Nation.

Language: Language is simple, crisp and lucid.

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Story: Inspite of having a wonderful plot I felt there was something missing in the book or should I say it felt incomplete. That feeling of satisfaction that one feels after having read a fast paced action- packed thriller or a mind- boggling mystery was missing.

Characterization: A little under- developed. A story especially a thriller, is complete only when the characters are able to connect with the reader. Here that was sadly missing. I also felt that the Swamiji could have been given a bigger role in the story to make it more interesting.

RECOMMENDATION & RATING

Overall a simple read which one can finish in just one sitting I give this 3 on a scale of 5.

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BUYING LINKS

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‘OPERATION INDIA ONE’ IS THE BRAINCHILD OF

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SHIV KUMAR

A commercial tax officer in Government of Bihar(India), Shiv Kumar was previously an engineer in BHEL(A government of India Undertaking). A voracious reader and passionate writer, Mr. Shiv Kumar is interested in subjects that provide an insight into issues concerning contemporary Indian Society. He is also fond of travelogues, thrillers and crime fiction.

To make contact with him just mail to – shiv5180@gmail.com

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Disclaimer

This is not a paid review. I was provided a copy of the book by the The Readers Cosmos under their Book Reviewing Programme, in return for an honest review.

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