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Private India by Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson – a book review

private india

Authored By Ashwin SanghiJames Patterson
Publisher Random House India
Imprint Arrow / Random House India
Publication Year 2014
ISBN-13 9780099586395
ISBN-10 0099586398
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 448 Pages

When Blogadda announced the Book review, I knew this is what I was waiting for – an author signed copy from Ashwin Sanghi was the best deal as always!

And when the book arrived it was big all of 448 pages and it did go fast!  Thanks Blogadda!

It is yet another title from Ashwin Sanghi, a collaboration of a different kind with one of the world’s detective best sellers James Patterson.

Santosh Wagh heads Private India and is challenged by a series of murders with a precision that involves a thinking serial murderer on prowl. The weapon used is a simple one and the murderer makes no mistake and leaves no trail for investigation authorities to take a call. Even if he leaves some its to mislead the process than help it to the see the logical end.

The challenge is no sooner Santosh starts the investigation in the first murder, they are faced with a series, with a pattern and it is for Santosh and his team to unravel them at the earliest since they have little time before the next one happens.

The story is a riddle which deconstructs the psychological attitude of the murderer and his relationship with victims. Santosh does his best to get to the trail using the best of technology and investigating minds helping him gets to the murderer.

There is this Ashwin’s stamp of the mythological thread to the events unfolding with every murder as it continues to happen at a regular interval within days. You cant be happy when circumstantial evidences point to some one in the organisation.

A very light and a fast read, this is page turner though the intensity of the plot is broadened with some instances pointing to multiple suspects at different points in the story.

Yet another best seller from Ashwin for his style sprinkled in ample measure – a bit of Bollywood, page 3 celebs, the gang war and the spiritual guru which helps you identify with Mumbai ofcourse.

Ashwin uses his innate ability to relate things and makes it easy for the readers to go on one rollercoaster ride. You could finish it off in the fastest time possible thats usually a sitting.

On a personal note this would have been an easy novel for Ashwin & James having read all the other three works with such a lot of research material that he is used to. Or is that he is making me think so.

A fast read and a page turner, Private India if you ask me might be poised for sequels and I am sure Ashwin and James sure can come up with many more cases that Private India can handle with Santosh still at the helm of affairs.  

So its time to get your copy:

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Happy Reading!


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The Krishna Key – a Book Review

Let me start with a disclaimer, I am a big fan of Ashwin and know him close thanks to the social media. So it was with bated breath that I was awaiting the release of his latest thriller in his genre of mythological thriller. If anyone can give Dan Brown a challenge it would be Ashwin Sanghi and he has proved it time and again.

Now to the novel at hand – the Krishna Key. I told myself I will try to do an open reading and not have any premonition about Krishna (He is close to me). I had also read the first preview.

The book sets the pace and what a start it was a gory one and an executioner on prowl, planning with precision and setting the agenda for the police and the other stake holders to think hard.

The pace of the novel was class apart, you could not wait to see what happened next and what’s in store till the last page is read.

The change of pace and the characters especially that of Prof Saini and his student Priya were well etched out and quite educative. The best part is that springing surprises that happens during the story offering quite a twist. Radhika’s character is one of empowerment in itself.

The storyline especially that of Sri Krishna in first person makes it topical and how it came about for modern day characters to connect the dots. Realism in fiction sometimes  is an art but Ashwin makes it a science with his deep insights and wide reading of the topic that he presents in such a riveting and fast paced story which makes for an engrossing read.

I think anagrams apart Ashwin this time has set a new precedent with a mirror imaging of Sir Khan to Krishna, something which still rings in with the reader.

An absolutely great story told in a pretty lucid narrative and style that you would wonder why it went off so fast. You will continue to retain some of the finer characteristics of the story even after you have put your book down.

For me personally, the author has a way of presenting things in new light that I am reminded of George Bernard Shaw who said ‘You see things and say why, I see things and say why not?’

Senthilkumar Rajappan

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