Guruji’s Ashram

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Blurb: “Three people died simultaneously in different parts of India, seemingly unrelated but as the investigation progressed the investigators started finding evidences which ultimately not only related these incidents but opened doors to an investigation which was a much larger conspiracy, beyond anyone’s imagination. Tapas had a good job, a bright future and was about to marry the girl he loved but fate suddenly turned against him. That’s when he met a spiritual Guru who taught him Pranayama, meditation, and the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. Soon, he started taking classes of Pranayama, meditation and started giving Gita pravachan for a small fee. With this modest beginning, he went on to having the largest ashram in India at Puri, Odisha and many ashrams in various countries around the world. An MLA, an American and an Ayurvedic doctor, were instrumental in his rise. Everything was going well for everyone until there was a murder in the ashram. What was really going on? Was the ashram really, what it was supposed to be? “

About the Author: Sunil Sinha was born in Jamshedpur and brought up in Rourkela, a steel township in Odisha. After completing his MA and LLB from Sambalpur University, Odisha, he worked with different private companies for a few years before starting his own business. Sunil has extensive experience in domestic and international trade. He has done business with buyers from many countries. He has also launched several new products and has experience in product development right from inception to sales. Sunil enjoys reading, travelling and adventure sports. Currently, he lives in Bangalore with his wife and children.

Review: I congratulate Sunil Sinha for his debut novel. Sunil was born in Odisha, has his this novel based on that state. Gurus who build up millions in the name of God and peace make the theme of this book. I initially thought this book would be about these many self called Guru’s of India who created sensations in the nation with their scandals, but this book has three murders not one, which made me finish reading this book in a day. Three people die simultaneously in three different states of India. The investigators start finding evidence which ultimately relates these incidents and opens doors to a much larger conspiracy. I liked the twists and turns of the plot. The lead character is Tapas, who had a good job and was about to marry the girl he loved, but fate turned against him. His father is detected with cancer and a rich businessman strikes a deal with Tapas – to marry his daughter, and he will finance the treatment. Soon after his marriage, his father dies. Tapas thinks, ‘Had my father died a month before, I’d have happily married my love’. Suddenly, his wife also dies. He struggles with depression. He meets a spiritual Guru, who teaches him Pranayama, meditation, and the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. He marries Guruji’s daughter Minakshi, who has been a victim of sexual abuse. Tapas starts classes of Pranayama, meditation for a small fee. He goes on to build the largest ashram in India Odisha. An MLA, an American and an Ayurvedic doctor are instrumental in his rise. Everything goes well till there is a murder in the ashram. Tapas’s illegimate daughter from his first love solves the case where an American is involved in a drug business. The story goes through a sequence of violence from here. This book is a true picture of our society, gives good messages to the readers. I wish all the Gurus and Politicians of India started thinking like the protagonists of this novel – Tapas and Sarat. All the scenes are descriptive and some scenes are very explanatory, which may make you cringe (especially the love making scenes, sex, rape scenes and details of cancer treatment) and I did not like the so much detailing of intimacy. Otherwise it is a good read and I would recommend it.

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