I love reading. Though I do not consider myself an avid reader who prefers reading to just any other activities. Reading is my favourite pastime. Yes, pastime, I read books to entertain myself. So, for the last few days, I have been spending my leisure time in between the pages of Harappa – Curse of the Blood River by Vineet Bajpai.
- Title: Harappa – Curse of the Blood River
- Author: Vineet Bajpai
- Genre: Historical Thriller /Fiction
- Reading level: 12+ years
- Format: Paperback & Kindle
- Pages: 316
- Publisher: VB Performance LLP;
- Publication date: First edition on 9 June 2017
- Language: English
- MRP: Rs. 200
- ISBN-10: 9352685482
- ISBN-13: 978-9352685486
Why I wanted to read the book:
This book caught my attention for its unique yet interesting cover page where two contradictory situations assemble into one image – one is of a night with lightning and thunderstorm and the other one is of a rising sun – beginning of a new day. Few words from the blurb like “…half human, half God”, “Dev-Rakshasa Matth”, “tantric”, “Exorcism”, “devta”, “curse” etc made me very inquisitive to know how these words are related to each other. The title of the book is also very captivating and suggestive of a story having a historical setting/reference. Last but not the least, this is Vineet Bajpai’s first venture in this genre after writing three management and inspirational books.
About the author:
At the age of 22, Vineet Bajpai started his company Magnon from a small shed. He has won a few entrepreneurship and corporate excellence awards, including the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. He was recently listed among the 100 Most Influential People in India’s Digital Ecosystem. His three bestselling management and inspirational books are– “Build from Scratch”, “The Street to the Highway” and “The 30 Something CEO”.
According to the author, “Harappa – Curse of Blood River” takes the readers on a voyage covering 3,700 years, beginning from 1700 BCE Indus Valley to the modern-day Delhi & Paris. It tells the thrilling story of some unanswered and haunting questions of the Indus Valley. Harappa is an effort where he creatively connects the rich history, mythology and heritage of India. His quest to go on a fantasy ride through the dark and terrifying narratives of the Garuda Purana made him create a high-quality book based on our Indian heritage, our myths & mysteries.
Vidyut is a 30 years old charming entrepreneur who is skilled in different martial arts like kalarippayattu, Ji Jitsu and Krav Maga. He is a successful businessman who lives with Damini, a journalist and his love interest. Vidyut is very popular and has a rich knowledge of Vedas and Indian history. What makes him special? He is half human and half god.
Visvasvan Pujari is the ancestor of Vidyut. He laid the foundations of the city of Harappa 3700 years ago. A horrifying curse was bestowed upon him that doomed the Harappans.
The story in brief:
The book has a strong storyline where the past and present are interwoven beautifully. The story moves back and forth between history and mythology, supernatural and religion, exorcism and gunfights, tantric and warriors, love and ambition. The author creatively interweaves 2017 Delhi, 1700 BCE Harappa and 2017 Paris. The book deals with nail-biting conspiracy against the most powerful man of Harappa leading to the demolition of the great civilization.
The background of the story is Harappa and opens with Vidyut Shastri, a half-human half God, being summoned to Kashi by his 108 years old great grandfather, Dwaraka Shastri. The old man, on his death bed, wants to reveal a prehistoric curse to Vidyut. A curse that not only destroyed the entire civilization thousands of years ago but also obliterated its very truth. After reaching Kashi, Vidyut realizes that his life is in danger. Then the book goes back to 1700 BCE to unveil the story of Harappa. Further, as the story precedes, it unfolds the answers to the questions like what is the curse of Harappa and how does it relate to Vidyut? Why Vidyut’s life is in danger? Who wants to kill him and why, etc.
The strongest part of this book is the simple third-person narrative in a reader-friendly language. Bajpai skilfully used the flashback technique to cohere the story, develop the characters and add structure to the narrative. The author has shown a well-balanced approach in handling the reader’s curiosity very efficiently as there is very little scope for the readers to be confused.
This book has a strong storyline, plot, subplots and talks about many historical facts that show how power, position and greed turn friends into a heinous conspirator. The book starts on a strong note and manages to hold its pace throughout. The seamless writing style of the author is fascinating which doesn’t make readers confuse even after having such an extensive plot. I enjoyed this book thoroughly; from the dynamic characterisation to the incredible plotline; from the description of the ancient civilization to the modern-day Varanasi’s sacred Ghats.
In a nutshell, I would say that Harappa will take you to a short and jovial adventure filled with enthusiasm, implicit sentiments and a few surprises.