Book Title: Swastik Trilogy-Eka – Baramulla Bomber
Author: Clark Prasad
Publication: Niyogi Books
Genre: Science Fiction Espionage Thriller
Call it plain co-incidence but the moment I completed reading the heavily loaded and powerful Baramulla Bomber and set down to write the review of the book, my computer’s external drive had crashed.
“Quantum Physics meets Bible and Vedas in Background of Kashmir and Cricket!” the cover picture screamed at me. While one part of me was inquisitive about this combination of faith, terrorism, ancient weapon, science and logic the other part was treading slowly, wondering what this book was going to hurl back at me. Was I going to survive it unharmed? Would I complete the journey of reading the book enticed to read more? Or, would the whole concept of this “Scientific Fiction Espionage Thriller” just blow over my head?
The protagonists are many in the novel but the ones that we are made to follow are Mansur, Aahana and Adolf.
Mansur Haider is a man of faith from Kashmir aspiring to become a cricketer. Is it possible for a man from troubled Kashmir to aspire and convert his dream into reality?
“Kashmiris cannot dream; other Indians will not support our rise and we will always be looked at with suspicion. Father thought otherwise – of one does not dream, one cannot achieve, he used to say.”
Unknown to him, intelligence agencies from across the globe are trailing him for their own selfish purposes. His girlfriend Aahana Yajurvedi is working hard to locate her friends from the mountaineering team that vanished mysteriously during an earthquake. The Swedish intelligence officer, Adolf Silfverskiold is investigating the mysterious disappearance and Mansur.
So, what is so thrilling about this espionage novel? Well! For one, it is very realistic and the moment you begin reading it albeit after a few moments of confusion you are thrown into the conspiracy of a novel filled with characters and situations that seem to have jumped straight out of a thriller movie.
General Chan’s spies here too, General Pervez’s maniacal henchmen staying in my adjacent room. At least the ISI has told who they are….every Chinese looks a spy to me. General Chan feels I am using ancient Chinese knowledge and he has every right to the results from my use of it.
Dr Nasir pushed the blue elevator button and waited patiently for the cylindrical glass elevator to arrive. He loosened his scarf and scratched his neck gently, rotating his head in a circular motion.
General Pervez and Chan will never appreciate the power of the Vedas. They don’t understand. It’s not about religion but knowledge. After all, the Vedas were given directly by the Gods.
The manipulation of the chant AUM along with some Sanskrit mantras is used to take control of another matter. So, were Dr. Nasir Raja, a predominant scientist and thinker, the ISI and China getting together to create a weapon based on the combination of the primordial sound and modern contemporary science? Was it possible to kill by using an infrasound?
Writing more would be revealing the plot which will prove to be a spoiler for this unique book. The author, Clark aka Suraj Prasad has done a great deal of research to make this wonderful book as realistic as possible. It is as if he himself is on a mission. That is why I cannot refrain myself from mentioning a few lines which a character in the novel representing India at the UN Assembly says:
“Pervez, there are people like you who feel that by shouting a few threatening words, and then using religion as a tool to manipulate emotions, you can blackmail the world. But I stand here to tell you and people like you that we Indians are an ancient race. A race that not only values its own culture, but also respects every other culture. We do not need lectures on it. If you way of thinking was right, then why aren’t you the most prosperous country on the planet? Why aren’t your people the happiest people on Earth?”
Once you are through the first part of the Swastik Trilogy don’t miss out on the Dvitiya part of the novel titled, The Consultant: Shopno Paradox.
Clark Prasad, alter ego of Suraj Prasad is a pharmacist with a management degree who believes in conspiracy theories. Baramulla Bomber is his first book. His first education on the mysteries of the universe came via Carl Sagans Cosmos, and since then he never looked back on reading, watching and discussing about the universe. He grew up during the cold war days with BBC radio being one of his mysterious companions as a kid, when his father played the news regularly every day. World War II news and documentaries on CIA-KGB tussle kept him engaged that time. At present he is a healthcare management consultant based at Bengaluru.