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August 25, 2014 / subramanyam

Private India :: My take

          Ashwin Sanghi, one of the most critically acclaimed and successful novelists of India has teamed up with the Internationally acclaimed thriller novelist James Patterson to come up with “Private India”. Here is the 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.

When Santosh Wagh isn’t struggling out of a bottle of whisky he’s head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest PI agency. In a city of over thirteen million he has his work cut out at the best of times. But now someone is killing women – seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes. As Santosh and his team race to find the killer, an even greater danger faces Private India – a danger that could threaten the lives of thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens


Here is a video blurb of the book.

          For Santosh Wagh, a deadly nightmare is shattered as he gets a call from his (Private India’s) client. The Marine Bay plaza, a reputed hotel,  seeks his help.  The  murder of a foreign guest and the eerie clues the murder has left are the case in point. Santosh,  the head of Private India along with his assistants Nisha, Mubeen and Hari is supposed to chase and solve this.  Private India gets into action,  however, their  troubles double as they are appraised of more murders that happen in the city.

          The saga that begins with the murder of a doctor, later claims the lives of a journalist, a pop singer,  an actress of the erstwhile era, a politician, a revered judge, a high profile yoga instructor …. the list goes on… Who is the murderer? What is the motive? As the deaths pile up and the questions mount, Private India’s challenges keep multiplying,  at some point the battle becomes personal for the team at Private India. Will  Santosh and his team put up everything needed to fight this out ? Will the police support them? What will Private India do ? Was the enemy able to infiltrate their ranks as well ? Is the team united against the enemy? Read the book to have the answers .

          History, Mythology, a modern day connection and a murderer on the prowl … that’s typical Ashwin Sanghi, now that he has co-authored a book with the world’s highest selling thriller-writer, there was always more and more to expect from Private India. The authors don’t disappoint the readers; they came up with an absolute page turner. The pages just turn automatically, a very fast paced book which is absolutely un-putdownable.

          While Ashwin Sanghi’s previous books make us travel all over the globe, this book in its marked shift from tradition keeps us glued to Mumbai, the historical aspect comes out as we are told about origins and history of various places in Mumbai.  If it was Lord Krishna in The Krishna  Key it was Goddess Durga this time, once again, Ashwin’s History and Mythology elements get their due in the book.

          I loved the pace of the book, the language, the eye for detail and the way the plot was woven around one of the most populous cities of the world. The plot covers mafia, prostitution, politics, the judiciary , terrorists, mujahideen, power politics, glamour, drug pedaling, yoga and Indian Mythology … I wonder if there can be a more exhaustive list that can be covered in a 450 page plot.

          Coming to the things where I feel the book was slightly below expectations, I think part of these come up because the readers would expect something very high when authors of this stature come together. I felt the book had more breadth for the topics than the depth, the plot covered many things and hence the authors could not do a deep dive and enlighten the readers on few of the areas. Then the ending of the book, I felt it was almost predictable and some how I felt that it was slightly rushed through, there indeed was a twist but a voracious reader would have predicted that one as well.

          Ashwin’s previous books had a limited range of topics but they were indeed handled very well,  the depth of research was always his hallmark, however, he touches and leaves too many topics in the book. So a reader like me would be disappointed. This is the first book I am reading from James Patterson, hence I cannot speak much about his previous books vis-à-vis this one.

          Those things apart, I donot have much to complain, as I told you before this is an absolute thriller and a page turner. Do read it, you will enjoy it.

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