#MagMugReviews: The Karachi Deception

imag1080.jpgThe Karachi Deception written by Shatrujeet Nath is a gripping tale set in the backdrop of Indo-Pak rivalry and cross-border terrorism. The fiction revolves around Major Imtiaz, a super efficient Indian Army commando and a member of discreet Unit Kilo. He is given the duty of Project Abhimanyu, an ambitious plan devised by RAW and Indian Army Intelligence to kill a globally wanted terrorist and underworld don, Irshad Dilawar.

The story carries real life examples of Bombay Cinema Blast and a lot more and Irshad Dilawar’s character is starkly similar to that of Dawood Ibrabhim. The story starts on a very high note with Major Imtiaz being assigned two of the best men to execute the operation. The plot is intelligently crafted to give you a glimpse of as to how intelligence agencies work and the book keeps you gripped till the first half. But the moment Major Imtiaz realises that he has been breached and Project Abhimanyu is compromised, the story starts losing its authentic nature. It feels like watching an Abbas Mastan flick where everyone is cheating on everybody, which is usually a rarest of rare case in an institution like Indian Army. The secrets which get unfolded at the end are too quick in nature and don’t give the reader enough time to digest.

Shatrujeet Nath no wonders has conceptualized the story well, usage of language and other technical information deserve a thumbs up. It took me hardly a day to complete the book but I kept wondering for a long while as to what could have happened if the author would have written this particular incidence differently.

Overall it’s a good read for those who are looking for easy-to-read thrillers but definitely not for serious readers who believe in exploring every scratch of the plot.

  • Udisha M.

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    An Engineer by degree, Digital Marketer by profession and a Blogger by passion, Udisha is an aspiring writer and a published poet. She has contributed on leading Indian and international defence forums. A born foodie, she has a keen interest in contemporary literature and cinema. She’s biased towards humans with intellect. Reach her on udisha0902@gmail.com


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Premchand & Potter !! What’s in the Date?


“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” – J.K.Rowling  

“Like timidity, bravery is also contagious.” – Munshi Premchand 

           

 

Considered as one of the greatest authors of the 20th century in their respective languages, it came as a surprise when I realised that Munshi Premchand and J.K.Rowling share the same birth date. 

It’s not the date which astonishes most but their ability to create some of the most memorable characters & bringing them to life, which enchanted readers both young and old. Creating a generation of readers, who once story ended, would strive for more to read and understand the real world. 

Munshi Premchand

460-jk-rowling-harr_802976cIt’s astounding when we were touched by the story of two bulls, Heera & Moti or a simple House elf Dobby. From Mirror of Erised to Hamid’s ‘Chimta’ you just pour your heart out for the protagonist.

From Devasthan Rahasya to Godaan or The Philospher’s Stone to The Deathly Hallows, what gives you ability to compare the two is their artistry to create a magical world around you which makes you one of the characters in the book. 

Often termed as ‘Upanyas Samrat’ – Premchand was influenced by Gandhian movement, his novel touched the dark side of the society. While most of his writings dwell in the socio-economic status of the society and talked about the poor and affected, the humour was rare and black . The protagonist was usually a common man, and story about his struggle, loss & courage. What kept the story intact was the potency of  narrating the ongoing in a poor person’s voice. His story was a means to connect poor to rich, man to woman, citizens to government. 

Rowling created an imaginary world for her readers which had characters that were easy to relate. From like of a mean kid Draco, naive Neville, cheeky Fred & George, the cool kid Ron, to the wise teacher like Dumbledore. But what connects you to the book is the depth of these characters in the story, the story of outcasts; where an orphan kid finds love in others, a geeky girl is accepted by peers and a fat bullied guy turns to be the hero. It’s a story of friendship, betrayal, loss, courage and most probably every said or unsaid emotion that a human heart can interpret.  

Different to their genre, different to their era, different by the language but what they shared

was creating a world of possibilities where the characters had their own flaws, own vigour and were true to themselves. The characters felt like one among us and the world surreal.    

On this day I wish you  …….

 जन्मदिन की शुभकामनाएं – श्री मुंशी प्रेमचंद

&

Happy Birthday – J.K.Rowling

Ohh & if I missed

Happy Birthday ‘HARRY POTTER’ too……. 

** Harry Potter is way better than LOTR**(Even the Movie)

– Just another Fan


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