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*** Special Feature - September 2016 ***
About the Author:
Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories.
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Random Facts about the Author:
1. I procrastinate. Push has to come to shove…
2. While in first standard, I was to be a juniper tree in a school play on coniferous trees. A week before my stage debut, jaundice laid me low for two months. A promising career in the performing arts was nipped in the bud.
3. As a kid, I hated my name. Wished and wished my parents had named me “Surya” or “Shiva” or “Vishwanath”. The prospect of telling people my name was “Vishwanath Nath” was compelling.
4. I don’t mind doing the dishes and washing the clothes. But I hate sweeping and dusting the house.
5. Whenever I see Madhubala, I wish I’d been born a generation or two earlier. I would definitely have sent her fan mail. Would have even proposed to her, perhaps.
6. The first book I remember reading was Treasure Island. The second was Around The World In 80 Days. They’ve remained favourites ever since.
7. I love the sound of rain on a tin roof.
8. I think the Mahabharata is the greatest story ever told. It never ceases to enthrall me.
9. I want to go to Scotland, drink scotch and roam the desolate moors. With just the wind and the clammy mist for company.
10. During childhood, my house always had dogs. Shony, Putsi, Tinka, Loony… When Tinka died of a snake bite, I remember weeping my heart out. Ditto when my parents gave Loony away to our neighbour’s maid because they thought he was unruly and unmanageable. I haven’t forgiven my parents for that.
11. I like spooky stories. I have a few of my own. Two of them actually happened to me.
12. Snooty and snobbish people put me off seriously. If I had my way, I’d dig their graves for them. If I had my wish, I’d spend the rest of my days digging graves.
13. My favourite food as a kid used to be boiled noodles mixed with sugar. Ugh!
14. I’ve never get headaches. Ever. Even when I’m hungover.
15. I envy school-going boys and girls who hang out together. All the schools I attended were boys’ schools, and I never got to socialize with girls much. That’s why.
About the Books:
VICTORY IS TEMPORARY. THE BATTLE IS ETERNAL.
Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine have fought valiantly to repel the rampaging hordes from Devaloka and Patala – but Avanti has been brought to its knees. Ujjayini lies battered its citizens are scared and morale is badly shaken. Meanwhile, the barbaric Hunas and Sakas are gathering on the horizon and cracks are emerging between the allied kingdoms of Sindhuvarta.
The only silver lining is that the deadly Halahala is safe. For now.
Bent on vengeance, Indra is already scheming to destroy Vikramaditya, while Shukracharya has a plan that can spell the doom for the Guardians of the Halahala. How long can the human army hold out against the ferocity and cunning of the devas and asuras? And will Vikramaditya’s love for his queen come in the way of his promise to Shiva?
The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction.
But was the Halahala truly destroyed?
A small portion still remains – a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to whoever possesses it. And both asuras and devas, locked in battle for supremacy, will stop at nothing to claim it.
As the forces of Devaloka and Patala, led by Indra and Shukracharya, plot to possess the Halahala, Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches. It is now up to Samrat Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine to quell the supernatural hordes – and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaos!
A sweeping tale of honour and courage in the face of infinite danger, greed and deceit, The Guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend.
Three commandos of the Indian Army’s elite Unit Kilo—Major Imtiaz Ahmed, Captain Shamsheer Suleiman and Lieutenant Rafiq Mehmood—are chosen for a one-of-a-kind ops mission: to enter Pakistan and eliminate dreaded underworld don, Irshad Dilawar. However, somehow, the Inter-Services Intelligence and Dilawar always seem to be one step ahead of them, foiling every plan they make. It doesn’t take long for Major Imtiaz to realize that something is amiss—the operation has been compromised. Will he be able to successfully complete his mission, or are he and his men, like Abhimanyu, entering a trap they cannot make their way out of? Set in the world of covert operations, where double-crossing and diabolical mind games are the norm, The Karachi Deception will keep you hooked till the very end.