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4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2 out of 5 stars
The Curse of Surya
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on 29 October 2017
A gripping and fast paced novel. I enjoyed it totally particularly description of various places related to Lord Krishna for eg Kans kila, Bet Dwarka, PanchNanda Tirtha, Matsya Avatar Temple etc. A nice blend of history and fiction. I finished it in two sittings. I recommend it to everyone who likes this genre.
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on 27 October 2017
Love this book.
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on 25 August 2015
the book is a mystery novel where two people - Sangeeta & Alan are accused of setting up terrorist attacks in a famous temple in Mathura. They're tagged as fugitives and have to run and unravel a thousands of years old mystery. By following the clues and deciphering them, they have to find a unique stone that was lost thousands of years ago.
Historical Fiction: The book is full of riddles entwined with historical fiction. If you're a person who gets wowed with historical fiction, this one is for you. You would be thrilled to read a historical fiction based in India.
Fast Paced Story: The story is quite fast paced and keeps you glued to the book. You will keep turning the pages to find out what happens next.
Narration: The narration is superb. Even with a complex plot and exciting twists, you don't get confused on what's happened. It is all complex but still simple.
Overall, I think this book is a must-read. It can be quickly read and you would have a pretty good time reading it. Perfect for those who like thrillers and mystery novels , with a slight hint of romance in it. ;)
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on 8 September 2015
I never thought I would like “The Curse of Surya” but I ended up enjoying it a lot. It is a fast-paced book that ends before you even know it and leaves you hankering for more. It is a thriller set across Singapore and India which is perfect for Ashwin Sanghi fans and will also appeal to Aroon Raman’s readers.

It is a thriller based on Indian mythology and about the quest for Shyamantaka – a jewel believed to have been lost for 5000 years. Sangeeta Rao, the protagonist is a TV anchor in Singapore who drops everything to go to Agra for a special story and that is when she gets embroiled with a Welshman Alan Davies to find the jewel and go through a lot of trials and tribulations.

The thing about the book is the story. The plot is the king and that’s how it should be. The characters are well-etched and the banter between Sangeeta and Alan is worth it. It also has a wry sense of humour in some places, which is refreshing.

The writing sometimes seems a bit tepid but carries pace when it has to and saves the day. I loved the way the book was written and the chapters kept revealing the plot lines, keeping me glued to the edge of the seat.

“The Curse of Surya” is the perfect book to be read on a flight. Before you know it, it is over and done with. If someone asks me what thriller they must read next, which will get over soon and which will keep them hooked, I will recommend this one.
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on 14 September 2015
The plot is very tightly written and the suspense scenes are brilliantly thought out and described in a racy fashion. The moment you think you get the story, it takes an unexpected twist. Every chapter ends in a way that you have to get to the next chapter. This brilliant thriller is written against a backdrop of religion and Indian history and the thorough research shows in the book. The author has seamlessly mixed the places and life of Lord Krishna and the fiction of his plot, penning a story that keeps us engaged and interested till the very end. A good example of well written mythology based fiction in the thriller genre.

The characters in the story are very well written and completely developed as individuals . Sangeeta is an intelligent woman while Alan is equally up to the task. Even Blanchard and SP Nisha are also very exhaustively written and fleshed out. Clearly each character has been given the right amount of attention and that helps the entire book very credible and very thoroughly enjoyable and riveting to the core.
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on 21 May 2016
The Curse of Surya is a relentless thriller which when combined with India's glorious heritage, makes for an explosive read. The language is lucid, the plot racy, and the print quality first rate. The characterization has been well defined which is an added asset in this wonderful book written by friend and contemporary, Dev Prasad. Go for it!
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on 18 April 2016
Wonderful book with an astounding pace. The author did full justice to all the characters who were woven pretty neat. Story which will keep you occupied till the end doesn't have any loose strings and is worth every penny u spent on this book.
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on 10 August 2015
reading this book. This book keeps you literally on the edge of your seat, sometimes due to the Mythological mysteries and sometimes because of Sheer excitement. The events mentioned in the book happen in the time frame of just two days.

Uttar Pradesh is all set to host two major international events, The International All Saints' World Religions Conference at Krishna Janmasthan Temple in Mathura and the meeting between the Presidents of Singapore and India at the Taj Mahal in Agra. A day before the Mathura event, a Tibetan is found dead at Krishna Janmasthan, that Tibetan was a reporter working for Channel 7 TV, Singapore. Thus, Sangeeta, another reporter has to postpone her holidays to cover the Presidents meeting at Agra.

Sangeeta meets Alan Davies at Taj Mahal and they quickly become friends. Both travel to Mathura to attend the All Saints' World Religions Conference. This particular conference has become centre of attention for not just Indians but also for all important countries and the Underworld Mafia due to one of the Speakers, Swami Brij Mohan. Swamiji has promise to reveal the current location of Shyamantaka, which is not just a precious 5000 old gem but also a very powerful one.

This fun trip to Mathura takes an ugly turn when a terrorist disguised as a Sadhu sitting beside Sangeeta kills Swami Brij Mohan. SP Nisha Sharma who is incharge of Mathura Event thinks Sangeeta is also a part of the Terrorist group. Alan and Sangeeta run for their life, somehow they are convinced that finding Shyamantaka is the only way to prove their innocence and thus their Quest begins. They meet a old man, Anton Blanchard during this Quest. Is Anton a good man? Will Sangeeta and Alan Find Shyamantaka? Will they be able to prove their innocence?

Read the book to find out the answers.
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on 9 September 2015
I recently got a chance to read The Curse of Surya by Dev Prasad while on my birthday trip. This book is what one might call a mythological mystery set in modern times, a-la The Da Vinci Code or Chanakya’s Chant.

This book is set in locations inhabited by Krishna during his era (Mathura, Dwarka etc.) and focuses around a jewel called the Shyamantaka that was lost during Krishna’s times. What powers does the jewel hold, who all are the interested stakeholders in this jewel, what transpires between them is what makes up the story.

It is refreshing to see a female protagonist in a mystery novel. Sangeeta Rao, the carefree reporter from India working in Singapore, fits the bill very well. She is strong, inquisitive, knowledgeable and ready for adventure. She runs into Alan Davies, a Welsh professor, and is instantly charmed off her feet by the Welshman. Together, the two attend a religious conference where an untoward incident happens. In the ensuing confusion, the duo finds themselves on the run and being helped by a Frenchman who works in a museum in the USA (talk about globalization!). Meanwhile, the police is after them for prosecution. How this intrepid group of individuals peels the layers of the plot behind the crime and realize the bigger game underway, is what forms the crux of the story.

In terms of structure, the story flows well from one part to the next. I did not feel as if it was disjointed at any level. It takes a couple of chapters for you to get invested in the story, but once you’re in, you want to know what happens next and are wondering about the next steps of the characters.

In terms of the background, the story has its origins in Indian mythology and this makes it easier for the average Indian reader to relate with and understand. The easy-going way the story is written also makes you wonder about the authenticity of the claims. I, for one, have felt interested in reading more about Krishna’s times and the history behind them. As it turns out, the author Dev Prasad has written another book, Krishna A Journey Through The Lands & Legends Of Krishna which caters to the actual historical information about Krishna’s era.

In terms of readability, I would say it is a good read. As mentioned, the book starts out a little slow, but picks up speed as you go along. In the second half, the motivations of a few characters seemed a bit circumspect to me. However, all in all, this seemed like only a minor hiccup in what was an easily readable story.

In terms of final views, I would rate this book as a good easy read. As mentioned earlier, I read this in transit, and this was done by the time I had reached my destination. It’s a book that will keep you entertained, interested and invested while it’s in your hands. Once done, you have an easy option to explore further as well. Overall, I would give it 3.5 out of 5.
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on 10 August 2015
09:23 PM

Indian writers writing in English have a long, impressive history. However books by Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Ray (both booker winners) have seldom being read by the crowd who have a phone to check every five minutes, or the ones not too familiar with the nuances of english language. This seemingly gaping void has been filled considerably by authors, these days. Books are written in a fairly colloquial language and which, devoid of the complications of magic realism, become a jarring reflection of reality which frankly you could do without . In the end, then, the average reader is left content on twofold - first, smug with the realisation of a book being read and that one, which did not tease his mind much. Dev Prasad's "the curse of the Surya" falls in the latter category. A journalist, a seeming oxford professor and a curator accidentally meet at Agra and their lives are never the same again. A lost precious jewel, armed with an ability of extraordinary power is finally about to be located when the man responsible for revealing it is shot dead. The book spans for a period of twenty four hours, as they move from Agra to Mathura to new Delhi to dwarka. The central protagonist is a female protagonist, Sangeeta Rao who will remind you of every Sidney Sheldon hero-ine. She can fight, she can swim,she can love and she can break codes, as easily as chomping on a sneaker. Truth be told, who wouldn't enjoy such a protagonist who literally leads the reader through the course of the novel. Sadly, what sets Prasad's protagonist so starkly different from a Sheldon's is she is completely deprived of the vulnerability that made the latter's ones so heart warming. . The reader understands Sangeeta can do anything, in fact so well equipped is she with everything, that her job as a journalist appears as a farce and makes a fellow cryptographer look like a fifth grade boy who had only agreed to accompany her in the pursuit. The inconsistencies in her character is jarring. With most books being turned in to films, the deliberate choice of the author to have a pre-climax just before the interval(!) to the actual one is deliberate, one understands. What one does not, however is, how can the antagonist so stealthily hiding in the dark fail to inspire any fear. Sadly, text messages never quite make the cut. We readers still shudder at the rendezvous. To completely dismiss the book will be unfair perhaps even unforgiving. One may not agree with the author's characterisation but one cannot help but be impressed at the amount of research and detailing that has gone in writing the film. Sadly, in a Dan Brown novel the research and the story are finely entwined, in this case however they look immiscible. Each overwhelming the other. Still, you read the book!
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