Religion does not breed terrorism, hatred does.
Yet, this is not a thriller alone. In his trademark style, the author brings forward various aspects of human drama: love, sacrifice
Suspense till the very end, and twists and turns throughout.
This is my second book from one of my favourite authors- Madhav Thapar.
Religion doesn’t breed terrorism, hatred does. If you haven’t read his first book ‘A Friend like Karna’- I would suggest you read it. Author has a quality lucid writing skill which makes this book a highly recommended one.
First things first- Have a character mindmap. I have listed all the characters and mapped it before I reviewed the book. This further helps me to get back to the book at ease.
This book is about the pain of the bloodiest partition ever- India Pakistan partition and the terrifying 26/11 Mumbai blasts and the authors interweaving skills about how one event affects another is brilliantly put in this honest yet thought-provoking novel.
The cover of the book is quite catchy and brilliantly describes the 26/11 bloodiest attacks which have sent shivers to the freedom of Indian existence. The blurb is crisp and goes deeper than the story itself.
The pre-requisite of this book(especially for readers abroad) is to understand the events of partition and 26/11 blasts.
The book has set all the important characters in the beginning- Sarfaraz (Inspector general) and his son Parvez who loves Sushma – a beautiful daughter of Lal Mehta (Sarfaraz’s close friend). Most of the characters are from the previous book – A Friend like Karna. This book is a fresh breather of characterization and I loved the way these characters develop- especially the prime characters like Pranav Desai and Veer Sanghi.
The Times We Live is filled with the rich details of bloodiest partitions, but the unique structure of the story gives the novel a fresh and modern sensibility. The research on RAW spy agents and the impact of partitions in the lives of Indians and Pakistanis has been the highlight of this book.
The book is relishing in the psychological intricacies of power and faith but still crackling with suspense and intrigue.