Blurb: Vihaan Shastri, India’s young and dynamic Defence Minister, comes under attack when 20 soldiers are killed during a terrorist strike at an army camp in Kashmir. With the whole country seething with rage and thirsting for revenge, and the government depending on him to resolve the crisis, Vihaan finds himself battling a strange distraction: Zaira Bhat, the only woman he has truly loved, is back in his life, after 12 long years. In a chequered relationship which began with a love affair in 1990, and which had the two love and lose each other twice at different stages of life, Vihaan and Zaira now find themselves in an extraordinary situation. While Vihaan is the defence minister of the country, Zaira is the daughter of Kashmir’s leading, and most wanted, pro-Pakistan separatist leader, Bilal Mohammad Bhat. Is Vihaan capable of pulling off a double coup? Can he win back the love of his life and also save an on-the edge Kashmir? Come, be a part of Vihaan and Zaira’s crazy journey as they make their way through learning what it is to love someone eternally .
About the author: Tuhin A. Sinha is a best-selling author and a politician. He studied in Loyola School, Jamshedpur, and Hindu College, Delhi, before doing his Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Communications Management (PGDACM) from the National Institute of Advertising, (NIA), New Delhi. Tuhin is acknowledged as one of the most prolific Indian writers with a maverick knack of experimenting with new genres. While his first book, That Thing Called Love (2006) was an offbeat romance, The Captain (2008) was a thriller that explored the underbelly of modern cricket. Of Love And Politics (2010) was a political thriller. His fourth and fifth books, The Edge Of Desire (2012) and its sequel, The Edge of Power (2013), can be called socio-political thrillers. Daddy (2014) was Tuhin’s sixth book and his first non-fiction narrative. It is India’s first parenting book that has been written from a father’s perspective and celebrates new-age fatherhood. Tuhin’s next book, Let The Reason Be Love (2015) was, once again, an offbeat romance. Other than these, Tuhin has also co-authored the book India Aspires with Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Shri. Nitin Gadkari. He has also been a screenwriter for several popular television shows, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, being one of them, which he co-wrote in 2011-12. At present, Tuhin is involved as a special initiatives advisor to Shri Nitin Gadkari for his ministries, with a special focus on designing newer communication strategies for road safety and Namami Gange. He is also a prominent face on prime time debates on national television as a BJP representative.
Review: When the Chief Fell in Love, which is author Tuhin Sinha’s ninth book,which released on February 15. The title of the book was easy to understand at least for me as it indicates towards a love story. What I liked the most was the background of the cover image, snow clad mountains depicting Kashmir. And when you see the slogan written below the title, “Kashmiriyat, Jmhooriyat, Insaniyat… Hindustaniyat”, you will remember Atal Bihari Bajpai, the then prime minister of India, who gave this slogan; if you follow Indian politics, especially in Kashmir perspective. The story is about Vihaan Shashtri – boy from Banaras. His father is a professor and his mother is a homemaker. Vihaan, with a fire to achieve more in life leads him to the Hindu University, Delhi. Zaira Bhat is from Kashmir, an emotional and strong person who is a poet. Her father is a Kashmiri and mother is British. Bilal Bhat, Zaira’s father is modern in his thoughts, and he openly rejects the ideology of the separatists. He sends her to complete her further studies in the peaceful environment of Delhi. But there happens nothing peaceful. The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, the former prime minister of India leads to unrest in the country. The situation of Kashmir however gone from good to bad and then the worst, compared to the rest of the country. Needless to say that Vihaan and Zaira fall in the love in between all this. This is a book written in the backdrop of the Kashmir unrest. The book definitely not a masterpiece and it has its own highs and lows. The book also has an excerpt of the fictional book published by the male protagonist in year 2030! The book is named “Resurgent paradise” and the excerpt is 15 pages long which conclude the story. The beauty of Kashmir is quite nicely explored especially the Shikharas. I enjoyed the trip to Taj Mahal via this book and for the young college readers; the college and hostel scenes are quite interesting. If you follow the Indian politics closely, you can find mention of many living or dead persons in the characters of the book. The author is quite open to name some places, people, terror groups, neighbour countries and political incidents.
I came across some nice quotes in this book which are worth a mention.
- To know me, even a lifetime may fall short.
- I had often observed that social and political differences breed problems in a person’s personal space as well.
- When you’re around, nothing else is more important.
- You keep crossing paths with your karmic partner.
- That’s life. You don’t know what the next chapter is going to be.
There is some adult material which could have been avoided or written differently. The pace of the book also fluctuates at various places. Despite the book has its own highs and lows the last segment of the main story has the potential. I would surely recommend this book to others.
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