Ashwin Sanghi the writer of the bestselling book, The Krishna Key, has come up with his next offering, the fourth book in the Bharat Series titled The Sialkot Saga, to be released on April 5, 2016.
The trailer of the book released by Westland books is intriguing. It catches your attention and makes you want to know more. This is precisely what urged me to read the excerpt offered on the author’s official site.
I have just read a part of the first chapter and I already want to know more. It seems that the book will make for another very interesting read. Much like his earlier books, this book too weaves together two distinctly different eras with ease. A blend of past and present, facts and fiction, history and mythology: it promises to enthrall the readers as it takes them through the lives of two young men Arbaaz and Arvind. The seemingly different trajectories of their lives intertwine reluctantly as they fight for personal and professional one-upmanship. Their fates are woven together but what they don’t know is that what they are fighting for can unravel a secret so strong that it can change the world. The secret of a world long forgotten. A secret buried since the time of Emperor Asoka.
The story starts with the haunting descriptions of death. Separated by centuries, yet the image of death remains the same. River Ravi and River Daya tinged with the blood of innocent people, people killed due to the aftermaths of the Indian partition and the Kalinga War respectively. Yet in stark contrast to this death are men who are willing to help. Willing to look for a sign of life. Hoping for a miracle in the darkest of times.
Even in the darkest gloom there is a ray of hope and this keeps us ticking. It sets the tone of the book, as this fast paced thriller follows the seemingly different lives of the two rivals from pre-Independence to present time, travelling across time, generations and geographies.
The narration is witty and keeps you hooked. A line which particularly struck me is a 9-year old Arvind’s question to his father in the restaurant while waiting for the food to be delivered, “Why are these people called waiters, when we are the ones who wait?” I don’t think any of us have thought of that irony before.
The amount of research that Sanghi puts into each of his books admirable and that’s what makes him a great writer and makes his books unputdownable. You can pre-order the book on Amazon. Do give the excerpt of the book a try. I am sure it will make you yearn for more. And do not miss the trailer of the book, it is comparable to the excellent trailer released earlier for The Scion of Ikshvaku.
Happy Reading Guys!!!