About the Book:
Educated, young, no-nonsense bearing, able administrator—these are the qualities that won Sesha the loyalties of the people after three years of rule as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. An allegation that he was the mastermind behind the murder of 73 Kannadigas threatens to bring him down but he is miraculously saved in the 11th hour. Even before he can relish his victory, Sesha is slapped with the charge of sexually offending a young nurse. This time round, the case is strong and his supporters are uncertain. Worse, his teenage daughter calls him ‘vile’ and walks out of the house. While Mythili, his wife promises her full support, her secretive activities—undertaken with the help of a retired cop—is a cause of concern for Sesha. Will Zarina, the human-rights activist, succeed in bringing him down? What about the insinuations of a celebrity lawyer that he is casteist and antiminorities? When the young nurse is found dead, the case becomes even more complex. Who is innocent? Who is guilty? And who is the mastermind?
About the Author:
Hariharan Iyer is a finance professional based in Dar es Salaam. Not content with just a rewarding corporate job, he took to writing a couple of years back. He blogged on media and current affairs for a year at valadyviews.blogspot.com before hitting on the idea for this novel. An idea so powerful that it convinced the accountant in him that he could put together not just a balance sheet but an intriguing political thriller as well. He has definite views on politics, NGOs and media ethics and has tried to package them in the form of an interesting novel. Hariharan lives with his wife in Dar es Salaam while his two sons are pursuing their ambitions in India.
Review: When I first heard about this book, the title Surpanakha intrigued me that I immediately signed up to review it. As I got the book in my hand, I read it immediately to know the connection of the story with the title. The blurb was interesting but as though I read through the pages, I found it boring and lengthy and it did not manage to make me stay to read the full book. I stopped it in between for a break and started to read it from the page I left it last after 3days as I could not sink in the story easily. But suddenly as I started to read, my interest grew with the story and the main turn around came in when the Kannadiga story takes a pause and the sexual harassment pops up in the course. I liked the way, author has written the characters. You can find them to be good, bad, weak, strong, right, wrong and many more within the same time frame. What I liked in this book is that the author has been able to successfully create an impression of belief and reality through the story that while reading I felt I was one among the characters in it. It did not make me feel made up. There is Seshadri/Sesha, the Chief minister, Mythili (his wife), Zareena, Indrani, Catherine, Sadagopan, the teenager Vaishali, every one has their own mark left upon the reader. Once the book took its pace, I did not find it boring but it was not super fast like a bullet train but interesting read. I took a week’s time to complete as I had left it unread in between for few days. I personally would recommend this to other readers. Not spilling any beans on the title and its reference in the story, interested to know please take your copy now to read it.
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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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