Harappa- Curse of the blood river by Vineet Bajpai

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Name         – Harappa- Curse of the blood river

Author                  – Vineet Bajpai
Publisher              – VB Performance LLC
Number of Pages – 316
Publishing Year   -2017
Edition                  -Paperback

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Rating : 4.5

My Review
In a land of immense cultural heritage tales are plenty. History is created by those who are powerful at that point, twisted in their favor. Since the release of Immortals of Meluha, there had been a torrent of mythological fiction novels, with mythology and history twisted and deformed to such an extend that I had given up on the genre as such.
Nevertheless Harappa is a fresh change from the trend.
With a citation of what is written in history, author has convincingly defined the tale of Harappa in a possible definition by characters crafted with finesse and sincerity. The tale of the Demi-God starts on an unexpected note.

Vidyut is summoned by his Great Grandfather who is on death bed. Leaving his city-life behind, Vidyut moves to Banaras to be by the side of his Grandfather. On reaching the divine Kashi soil, Vidyut realizes that he was living a life of oblivion. Least did he know that his clan bears a curse which is centuries old and Vidyut is tha last one in the bloodline. All his historical knowledge of Harappa proves insignificant after his discussion with Grandfather. 

In 1700 BCE, Vivasvan Shastri , Vidyut’s ancestor, starts the tale of curse. A devta himself, Vivasvan is unbeatable till the evil spirit takes control of the Harappans which in turn leads them to unfortunate fate. While Vidyut is with his grandfather listening to the tale of Harappa, a conspiracy against his life takes place in another part of the world.

How did the Devta become the curse bearer? what happens to prosperous city of Harappa apart from what is mentioned in the pages of history? What is the secret that Vidyut’s Great Grandfather bears? Why are unknown people after Vidyut’s life? What is the secret they want to hide? The suspense elements are plenty and maintained throughout the book.

The plot switches from 21st century to 1700 BCE through 16th Century. The switch is smooth and seamless. Author has taken immense care in making sure that the flow is not affected. Author’s talent in hooking the readers to the book is impeccable. With numerous characters and story-line which time travels time and again, readers are not confused, which in itself is the major positive of the book. 

Theme wise women characters are important yet they take a back seat when it comes to space. Thankfully there are no unnecessary making out sequences or eerie love making scenes. For the readers who are unaware of Harappa, there is a brief description of what is written and taught in history. The details are abstract and crisp that everything is explained but without boredom. In an urge to know what happens next, what is the curse and who is the betrayer, I ditched my sleep. But the climax disappointed me, like Bahubali 1’s climax. I can’t wait to get hold of the second part. Overall the book is definitely a win-win creation. I recommend the book to all mythological fiction lovers. 

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About the author

Vineet is a first-generation entrepreneur. At age 22 he started his company Magnon from a small shed. Today Magnon is among the largest digital agencies in the subcontinent and part of the Fortune 500 Omnicom Group.

He has led the global top-ten advertising agency TBWA as its India CEO. This made him perhaps the youngest ever CEO of a multinational advertising network in the country. He has won several entrepreneurship and corporate excellence awards, including the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. He was recently listed among the 100 Most Influential People in India’s Digital Ecosystem. 

Vineet’s second company talentrack is disrupting the media, entertainment and creative industry in India. It is the fastest-growing online hiring and networking platform for the sector. He has written three bestselling management and inspirational books – Build From Scratch, The Street to the Highway and The 30 Something CEO.He is an avid swimmer, a gaming enthusiast, a bonfire guitarist and a road-trip junkie. He is 39.

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