15 Feb 2013

RIP By Mukul Deva

About The Book

India's literary storm trooper, Mukul Deva delivers yet another pulse-pounding, crackerjack of a thriller. Tethered on the edge of reality, RIP will keep you turning pages late into the night.

R.I.P. The Resurgent Indian Patriots. Self- appointed guardians of a nation seething with anger at the endless scams and scandals rocking its very foundation. Vigilantes who vow to stop corrupt politicians and colluding civil servants. Even if it means killing them.

Colonel Krishna Athawale and his team of Special Forces officers rally to protect the country from the enemy within. They call themselves the K-Team. And no one is safe from their deadly intent.

Hell-bent on stopping them is Raghav Bhagat, rogue para commando, gun for hire and Krishnas bete noir.

Caught in the crossfire is Vinod Bedi, Special Director CBI. Reena Bhagat, a glamorous news anchor, embittered by her husband's betrayal. And two young boys, Sachin and Azaan, torn apart by the loss of a parent.

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My View

Are you unhappy with the current political melodrama? Sad how our country is progressing? Angry about corruption prominent in each and every aspect of life?

If all the questions lead to “YES” as an answer, “What have you done about these??”

When such questions arise to the characters in the book Colonel Krishna Athawale, Karan, Sanjive, Kulwant who form the K-Team from the army take refuge in fighting; against corruption choosing not to gel with the current setup. According to the team’s motto, the one and only lesson for everyone (mainly politicians) involving in corruption is death. They have to die. Then there is another team that has “officially” assigned to nab the K-Team before they are successful in their attempts. Finally Raghav Bhagat from the army, hired by the home minister “unofficially” to kill the K-Team who are tracking the HM down for his misdeeds.

Mukul Deva, to be known as first Indian writer expert in writing military thrillers has delivered an immense one this time in R.I.P, which stands for The Resurgent Indian Patriots in the book.

The events that follow between the three groups is what makes this novel an irresistible read. Amidst the chasing is also a love story between Colonel Krishna Athawale and Raghav's ex-wife Reena and the way their kids are buds in same school.

Author’s style of writing matched with a noted local journalist Ravi Belegere. This book carries everything that’s happened in the past 2yrs and in current India. With change of names but scenarios being the same, I guess author wanted the audience to feel elated about “knowing” what they are “reading”. The major one being Prime Minister shown as a puppet in the hands of Ruling Party President; also depicted is her son, who is proposed to be the next PM of democratic India. No prizes for guessing who the author is referring to in this scenario.

I have always believed that increasing corruption at every level of governance is directly related to the politicians. Why would a constable take bribe? He has to bribe his higher authority. Why does the higher authority take bribe from a constable? Because he has to survive in his current post for which he has to pay a hefty amount to the local politician. This story is just about the police department, but this is also the similar issue in each and every government department of our country.

Earlier people entering politics were the ones who wanted to do “Jana seva” for 90% and self-seva for 10%, but these days there is no meaning to “Jana Seva” and 100% is funded into self seva and with the consideration of the next upcoming election. The novel said that my belief was cent percentage true. It says that whereas people elect their leaders considering progress and well being of our country but once they are in the political seat, personal progress is the only progress they think of.

Mukul Deva, a Mentor, Coach, Speaker, Entrepreneur and most importantly, the writer has foreseen reality. That day will come soon

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