Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Book Review - RIP by Mukul Deva

Book title : RIP
Author : Mukul Deva
Published by : Westland Ltd.

R.I.P. The Resurgent Indian Patriots. Self appointed guardians of a nation seething with anger at the endless scams and scandals rocking its very foundation. Vigilantes who vow to stop corrupt politicians and colluding civil servants. Even if it means killing them. Colonel Krishna Athawale and his team of Special Forces officers rally to protect the country from the enemy within. They call themselves the K-Team. And no one is safe from their deadly intent. Hellbent on stopping them is Raghav Bhagat, rogue para commando, gun for hire and Krishna’s bĂȘte noir. Caught in the crossfire is Vinod Bedi, Special Director CBI. Reena Bhagat, a glamorous news anchor, embittered by her husband’s betrayal. And two young boys, Sachin and Azaan, torn apart by the loss of a parent. It doesn’t get bigger.

In a country where corruption and dirty politics have become like a given, an unacceptably accepted scenario, a read like this was so refreshing. Just the thought of having a clean country with a good stable government, though at the cost of the lives of the corrupt was so very welcome. Makes you wish something like this really happened in our country. Made me wish Colonel Krishna Athawale was real.

The personal turmoil the people involved in defense might face has been portrayed very delicately. The acute qualities they develop, the amazing sensory abilities they possess is just amazingly described. The angst of losing a beloved, the anxiety of a bad relationship, the joy of finding new love, the blind trust shared between the team, the connection between true friends, the stress even kids go through is all excellently rendered by the author.

The dirty roots of corruption is so wide-spread in India, when dug you unearth so many filthy people with their hands soiled with the blood and sweat of more than one innocent common man. We need books like these to alert the people who still have not realized the gravity of the situation and inspire those who have.

Mukul Deva
This is my first read of a novel authored by Mukul Deva, and i must say i'm a fan already. A literal page-turner. It did compel me to keep the midnight oil burning. The characters are so well described. As you read on you tend to share their pain, their excitement, their joy, their frustration, their success and their mission!

The work is so professional and the scenes and characters so thoroughly described. You can feel the storm rise within you. His words succeed in making you a part of the rebellion. The silence pricked, the intensity felt and the war waged. I, for one, enjoyed this thrilling, race-pulsing, realistic fiction a lot and would surely put in a word to all my fellow readers to not miss it and grab a copy ASAP!


Price : Rs.200
Pages :286
My Rating : 4 on 5
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