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2017, Delhi – Vidyut’s dying ancestor summons him to Banaras. The old Brahmin chieftain of the Dev-Raakshasa Matth, or the God-Demon Clan, bears a chilling secret. Their bloodline carries an ancient curse that will plague mankind – towards its own violent extinction.
1700 BCE, Harappa – Harappa is a magnificent city on the banks of the mighty Saraswati river. The darkness of treachery, taantric exorcism and bloodshed unleashes itself on the last devta, paving the way for his devastating revenge…and the horrifying truth behind the fall of the glorious civilisation.
2017, Paris – The world’s most powerful religious institution is rattled. Europe’s dreaded crime lord meets a mysterious man in Paris. A lethal assassin boards a train, as Rome fears the worst. The prophesied devta has returned.
What connects Banaras, Harappa and Rome? What was the ancient curse and who was the last devta? What is the terrible secret behind the fall of the colossal Indus Valley? Read on as you travel through a saga of deceit and violence, gods and demons, love and ambition.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
Vineet is a first-generation entrepreneur. At age 22 he started his company Magnon from a small shed. Today Magnon is among the largest digital agencies in the subcontinent and part of the Fortune 500 Omnicom Group.
He has led the global top-ten advertising agency TBWA as its India CEO. This made him perhaps the youngest ever CEO of a multinational advertising network in the country. He has won several 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.
Vineet’s second company talentrack is disrupting the media, entertainment and creative industry in India. It is the fastest-growing online hiring and networking platform for the sector.
He has written three bestselling management and inspirational books – Build From Scratch, The Street to the Highway and The 30 Something CEO.
He is an avid swimmer, a gaming enthusiast, a bonfire guitarist and a road-trip junkie. He is 39.
MY REVIEW :
From school days I have always distanced myself from History and Geography. I never liked reading History. I hardly choose to read Historical or Mythological books. But even after not liking History I willingly chose to read Harappa – Curse of The Blood River. The reason behind is the blurb itself was so intriguing. I had a sudden urge to pick up this book. I wanted to know the answers to the questions in my mind. Secondly even the cover was enough attractive to tempt me. Like the title would compel the readers to turn the pages, the introduction and prologue would also do the same. There are few books that hold suspense from page one. This book belongs to the same category. There are many books that hold the story of past and present but this book holds the story of AD and BC. There was bit confusion in the beginning but with the turning of pages; the book completely amazed me. From Harappa to Kashi the journey has been surely an interesting one. We know either a complete man or believe in God. But this book had a concept of half man and half God. The books hold many secrets within its pages. The book isn’t centered on one place. From Delhi to Harappa to Paris to Kashi the story revolves around many places. Vineet Bajpai has very well balanced the story of past and present. Apart from the story line, I would like to add that the book was quite informative too. I must praise the author for doing so well research before penning down. The book starts on a completely different note and ends on a note where it leaves the author astonished. It was surely a lengthy read and one cannot complete it in one sitting. But the interest of knowing what will happen next will force the readers to hold the book again as soon as they get time. The best part an author can do is to connect his/her readers to the characters and Vineet excelled in it. I felt that rather than reading I was witnessing it all in front of my eyes. The book was a splendid blend of history, mythology, and religion.
The language of the book is lucid. I ended this month reading a masterpiece. I would love to see this book as a movie someday. If you are looking something completely different from the ongoing trending genre without any doubt pick up this book. It is so engrossing that one won’t realize how much time they spent on reading.
RATING : 5/5