Book Review- A Friend Like Karna By Madhav Thapar
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“Friendship or Love, Power or Loyalty – these are the choices that mankind has struggled with from time immemorial.”

Set in present-day Mumbai and Delhi, the rivalry between two corporate houses and the contrasting backdrops of The Glamour World and Indian Mafia, the story follows its main protagonists as they evolve in the pursuit of the destiny. Theirs is a journey of passion, violence and even treachery. Dark secrets tumble out from the past shaping the future and their eventual fate.

The Desais are modern day media barons, The Sahni’s Industrialists, and Power Brokers. When the conflict erupts between them it’s a winner take all battle. At the center of the storm is Veer a modern day “Friend like Karna “. Veer must overcome not only his powerful adversaries but the legacy of his birth.

Then there is the Gorgeous Nisha whose substantive presence will catalyze the events that unfold.

This is a thriller, a love story and a document of human drama.


The story is often born not conceived. The author writes this in the prologue that he was complemented by his daughter for editing some of her works and challenged himself to write one book. Thank you girl, for inspiring your dad to weave his magic robes and make a complex story simple.

The book is definitely fast paced- filled with many characters- ummm.. yes- I had to make a mind map to understand each character best. The story of the book seemed obvious in the beginning  – if you have read Mahabharata and know Karna’s story but the author has managed to keep his twist intact. An important thing about this book is that the story had maintained its pace- it was interesting from the beginning and until the end- not many authors can keep that kind of characterization.

Talking about the outer beauty- this is one of the accurate covers I have received but the blurb could be still better.

If you are interested in politics and crime fantasies- this one is your best bet. This one has everything a Bollywood movie needs and can be better than any Chethan Bhagat movies- trust me here.

Do you think you know the wealthy much, the super rich tactics of money making, honor, and murders? This book will make you feel that you quite don’t know anything about it.

For a debut book- the author did a fantastic job, loved the characterization and looking for more books from the author.

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