Sunday, 29 May 2016

BOOK REVIEW: The Sialkot Saga by Ashwin Sanghi

'When it’s a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.'

The trajectories of Arvind and Arbaaz, both ‘businessmen’ of a kind whose lives are unwillingly intertwined, ricochet off one another while they play out their sinister and murderous plots of personal and professional one-upmanship, all the while breaking every rule in the book.

Both are unaware that what they seek and fight over is the very obstacle in realising an ancient secret that dates back to a time long forgotten.

And yet, at the heart of it all, there lies tenderness... and pathos... and blood... and rare moments of an almost exalted happiness. So, can it be that a man is both sinner and saint, victor and victim, black and white?

Ashwin Sanghi, master storyteller and spinner of yarns, weaves together threads of the past and present, fact and fiction, history and mythology, business and politics, love and hatred while dangling you ceaselessly over the cliff with this chilling multi-layered narrative, keeping you guessing till a totally unguessable end.

And you’re left wondering whether it's a matter of faith... or fate?

BOOK REVIEW:- After the success of Chanakya's Chant,that explored the world of politics,Sanghi now turns his attention to the intrigues of Indian business.
The sialkot Saga is a whole lot of melodrama that time travels across centuries  and manages to keep the reader entertained.

It is the story of Arbaaz,the son of a poor dockyard worker in Mumbai,and Arvind the son of a minor Marwari businessman in kolkata,and spans six decades post Partition.The twist?
Their story is linked to an ancient secret that dates back to the times of Ashoka.
I found the book a little cliched in places- the plot detailing the rise of the underdog and the clash of the titans seemed to be straight out of 70's Bollywood film.

The businessman turned author has said that he likes merging facts with fiction in the most interesting ways.The narrative is moved along by major historical events; at one point,former minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee makes an entry while Steve Jobs features on the search for his guru.

Well researched,with a storyline that will keep you hooked . It is must for those who are interested in reading historical sort of books.

I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Quotes From The Book-
“Rule number one: your accounts must always present a true and factual picture of your business operations.’ ‘And what’s the other rule?’ asked Arvind. ‘Rule number two is to occasionally forget rule number one.” 

“Politics is like a stage. Each politician plays his part according to the lines that are given to him. But backstage, the hero and the villain enjoy their drink together. Everybody” 

“Some animals hunt. Others hide. And a few hunt while they hide.” 

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