Blurb: In a daring midnight operation by armed men, over 10,000 pilgrims are taken hostage en route to the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi, a popular Himalayan religious-tourist destination in the troubled state of Jammu & Kashmir in Northern India. The hostage-takers threaten to shoot pilgrims every day, unless the incumbent Government accedes to their demands. With the largest Hindu festival of Diwali just around the corner and elections less than six months away, the Government at the center is under immense pressure to act. What will the Government do? The army? The intelligence agencies? The common man? No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Who are these men? Is there a larger plot? Faced with such unprecedented events, will the country descend into unimaginable anarchy or will it rise above the issues of collective apathy and greed that have plagued it since Independence?
About the author: Inspired by the CIA-KB cold war, Pratik Shah wrote his first quarter novella a story about a Russian agent named Sekakova landing in the USA and engaging in espionage activities, at the tender age of 13. An avid blogger and writer Pratik Shah has traveled widely. ‘Operation Jai Mata Di’ is his debut novel.
Review: Operation Jai Mata Di has been an interesting and absorbing story of thrill and suspense. Just having finish reading a terrorist story when I started reading this I thought it will be of the same type. The story line was expected terrorists taking naive people as hostage to meet their ends, brief negotiations, bitterness followed by massacre and the climax. Conversely ‘Operation Jai Mata Di’ was an enjoyable shocker. The story was a nice change from the boring terrorist stories attempted by Indian author with Pakistani enemies. In this story the terrorists are very different from nationality and their mission. We get to wonder if such situations can come for real in people’s lives. And by chance if such a situation as in this book happens, it will definitely be our country India’s one of the worst nightmares. I liked the simple and crisp writing of the author and climax is really something which the reader has to look out for. I am not giving many spoilers about the story. Though initially it started off slowly, as the story progressed it caught the pace and went off fast. A nice read and recommending to readers who like suspense and mystery thrillers.
The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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