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The Steradian Trail: Book #0 of the Infinity Cycle Paperback – 10 Dec 2013
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About the Author: M. N. Krish has spent a good part of his life teasing stories out of numbers to do anything from scheduling planes to selling insurance (not simultaneously). His occasional articles have appeared in Business Line and Business Standard. He holds a BTech degree from IIT and Master's degrees from MIT .
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This Krish guy, an undergraduate of IIT Madras and post graduate of MIT, I should say, must have mastered fluid mechanics - yes - how else one succeeds in pumping adrenalin non-stop throughout his work?
At first it was giving me parallels from Dan Brown for having an MIT professor Joshua Ezekkiel instead of Harvard professor Robert Langdon and an instance of number-clue left by on a phone call with a gasping breathe before dying instead of symbolic drawings from oozing own blood before dying, however, Krish kept emerging brilliantly original in plot and content with every flipped page.
The story kicks of with a murder - not so unlikely for a thriller novel - but quickly gets the reader to travel with the MIT professor Joshua and his friend IIT professor Lakshman trying to decode the secret behind the number 70209 which had been left by the murdered before his last breathe. The following events are not only filled with twists and turns but also brimming with loads of interesting information from computer science to economics to mathematics to history to tradition to .... almost everything!
I don't like bearing the sin of spoiling the fun and thrill by writing more on the novel, but - there's always a but - just one last thing on the title; Steradian is the SI unit for solid angle measurement. The way he has put the title at the center of this thriller is really, as they say, a stroke of genius. In epilogue the author has mentioned that this is a work from a decade of efforts - started writing in 2003 and publishing in 2013 - and it's worth it.
I see a great potential for this work to generate lot of readership for thriller novels if translated in Tamil, similar to Sujatha's stint decades ago with science fiction stuff but with even more intense intellectual stimulation and fulfillment. Not long ago I read an article by writer Jeyamohan in Tamil Hindu daily entitled "We need Dan Browns" (நமக்குத் தேவை டான் பிரௌன்கள்) to instill reading in Tamil in a mass scale and now I can say, We have one provided this book gets translated into Tamil.
I have marked Krish for whatever he's going to publish henceforth, after all, this is just book#0 of the infinity cycle!
Whenever you want to add to your cart in amazon india, combo offer with one or more books will be visible. Most of the times, I ignored and stuck to my choice; But, during my last visit to Amazon, my habit changed, browsed another one, and immediately hooked on to it.
The Streadian Trail(Book# 0 of Infinity# Cycle) written by M.N.Krish, published by Westland was a huge surprise. It was the first one of the series and after reading, I felt it was a worth buy.
The Streadian Trail
The mystery starts with the murder of Jeffrey Williams in U.S., an associate of renowned maths professor Dr. Joshua. Jeffrey promptly calls 911 and utter the name of Dr. Joshua and dies.
Dr. Joshua's return to U.S. was affected by this murder and forced to extend his stay in India. With the help of his Indian friend Lakshman (an IIT Professor), Divya (energizing student), Duraisamy (english speaking chauffer), and Venus (Divya's fiancee) Dr. Joshua tries to pin down the murderers.
The novel travels from U.S. to Chennai, Kancheepuram, Kumbakonam, and also Royapuram :-) Mathematician Srinivasan Ramanujan being referred in the later half and it was quite heartening to read a novel written on mathematical genius. M.V. Krish should be commended for taking on Srinivasan Ramanujan, preferring Chennai as a base, for throughout subtle humour and for also coining a new word 'Streadian' (referenced for an obvious older one!).
Those who are interested in maths, algorithms and financial crime would find this book definitely more absorbing.
A word of caution as the novel initially dwells on Tam-Brahm (Tamil Brahmins) and takes a dig towards the general addiction to television serials. It also contains Kanchi Mutt and Enaththur but strictly been used for Dr. Joshua's research on Panini and Sutras.
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Alright, I see people comparing this with Dan Brown novels. That's an insult to the author.Read more