Bhumika Desai Shah

Book Review: Private India by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson

In commuter's rage.. on September 16, 2014 at 5:12 am

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Book Name: Private India

Authors: Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson

Published by: Arrow Books

Genre: Fiction

Ratings: *****

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Famous Indian thriller writer Ashwin Sanghi has teamed up with internationally acclaimed writer James Patterson and the result is fascinating and Thrilling- “Private India”. Private India targets all threads to conquer suspense and thriller in reader’s minds! Private India unfolds many covers of mysteries like Pakistan’s ISI , Mumbai underworld don and what not!

For fiction lovers, it becomes quick addiction, to finish at one read, definitely a page turner! I bet you will fly through, almost living every time stamp and story in span of 450 pages!

Private India is India’s biggest and best detective agency, a branch of Private Worldwide, run by the inimitable Jack Morgan. Santosh Wagh heads Private India in region of India. the first case it holds is of- visiting Thai surgeon Kanya Jaiyen  killed in mysterious circumstances at the Marine Bay Plaza. Private India gets to the scene first since apparently it is employed by Marine Bay Plaza. The police come by later, but they are happy to let Private India get on with it, since they are overworked and have their hands full. The rule is the same as in countless other crime thrillers – the actual detective work is delegated to the private detectives on the understanding that if they succeed, the police will get all the credit. It is not clear who’s paying Private India to spend so much time and money on the hunt, but I didn’t let that get in the way of enjoying this fine thriller.

The first murder is followed chain of similar kind of murders. Afternoon Mirror reporter Bhavna Choksi is the second victim. Then Elima Xavier, a school headmistress, Anjana Lal, the Chief Justice of Mumbai High Court, Ragini Sharma, a politician and list goes on. The serial killer keeps killing without a break, each murder victim found strangled with a yellow scarf and surrounded by strange religious and cultural artifacts.

In addition to the main story – the identity of the serial killer, we get to know that Pakistan, acting through the Indian Mujahideen is trying to blow up the offices of Private India since Private India has thwarted so many of its plans and plots. Then there are minor mysteries such as why Police Chief Rupesh is no longer connected with his old friend Santosh. As expected, all of these are resolved towards the end.
Since the novel is set entirely in Mumbai, so it beautifully portraits different landmarks of Amchi Mumbai! I have never been to Mumbai actually- But “Private India” has almost created a virtual portrait of Mumbai for me! Taj Hotel, Colaba, Haji Ali, Arthur Road Jail, Chowpatty Beach, Cooper Hospital even suburbs like Bandra, Andheri and Thane are well captured in words!  Private India has even detailed descriptions of advanced technologies used by Private India as well as explanations for complicated things like DNA evidence and complicated forensic details.

To conclude, Private India makes you live almost all characters! even your sub-conscious mind keeps hovering in the story and secrets! As a whole I loved the thrill ride and became fan of “Ashwin Sanghi”- awaiting reading all his books! 

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