Badri, chief miner of the Kuru empire and a soldier with a dark past, has given up the glamorous life of a Kshatriya and lives like an ordinary citizen, hiding in the intricate mesh of tunnels he has created for the protection of the royals. But when Prince Duryodhan hatches yet another conspiracy to kill the Pandavs, this time by burning them in Purochan’s house of lak at Varanavat, it is only Badri who can save them. On this mission, he has to deal with treacherous cannibals, rebel leader Janaki and mercenary Durjan. He also needs to rekindle love with soldier-soulmate Urvashi and fight his biggest enemy Vishnu. At the same time he must conquer the demons within. Will he succeed in saving the Pandavs—and himself?
Set in the mystical world of the Mahabharata, Tunnel of Varanavat explores the physical and spiritual transformation of a reluctant warrior.
About the Author
Gautam Chikermane is a writer tracking the worlds of money and power, faith and mythology. He is currently the new media director at Reliance Industries Ltd and a director on the board of CARE India. Earlier, he has worked in leadership positions for some of India’s top newspapers and magazines like the Hindustan Times, The Indian Express, The Financial Express and the Outlook group. He has served three terms as director on the board of Financial Planning Standards Board India and one as its vice chairman. He is also the author of The Disrupter: Arvind Kejriwal and the Rise of the Aam Aadmi. His body lives in Mumbai and New Delhi, his soul in Pondicherry.