10 May, 2014

#BookReview :: Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister by Tabrik C.

India has a new Prime Minister but is Siddhartha Tagore the product of his genius or of his dangerous mind? 

India is on edge, as a subversive internal revolt against the Constitution and the threat of Jehadi terror of an unthinkable level, are looming on the horizon. Ringing Shivas damaru in and out of Parliament, a sudden turn of karma catapults outsider Siddhartha Tagore - a conflicted genius, music maestro and prodigal son, with forceful views on China and Pakistan into national prominence as the head of the Opposition Alliance and finally as the newly elected Prime Minister of a disturbed nation. 

But buried secrets are being resurrected and threaten to expose the past. Twisted within the double helix of menacing politics and hidden lust, Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister is a scorching account of Siddhartha Tagore's fascinating journey from Harvard to 7 Race Course Road.

The book chronicles the life and journey of Siddhartha Tagore, an aristocrat from Calcutta, a believer in education, a musical maestro and also the Prime Minister of India for a short period. As he becomes a man in power with a bold personality and a man with a vision for the nation, there are people who would love to bring him down. With a ‘past’ to hide, Siddhartha faces all the challenges that are thrown at him. But is he strong enough to maintain his position in the shadowy world of politics?

The first thing about this book that catches a reader’s attention is its plot. It is not every day that IWE churns up a political drama for us to read. As such, I was personally intrigued by the book blurb and decided that this book would skip the queue. I may not be a fan of Indian Politics but this book not only captured my attention but also kept me engaged throughout. The flow of the story is smooth and the twists and turns that Siddhartha’s life takes are intriguing. But the stronghold of the book is the character of Siddhartha himself, a bold and dynamic personality that has many shades. I have no doubt that if he was a real person in the Indian political arena, I would be getting in line early in the morning to vote for. The supporting characters in the book do a bang up job to add flavours to the story. It is safe to say that all the characters in the story were well fleshed out. 

Also, I have to point out that the book doesn’t seem like the work of a debut author. Instead it has the feel of a maturity in the writing style that usually comes from years of storytelling. Beautiful language, awesome narration  and brilliant descriptions complements the plot and its characters.

All in all this is a ‘different’ IWE that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and would recommend you to give a try.

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