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Private India

Private India

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Language English
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  1.  “Private India”: Once Upon A Time In Mumbai… 21 August, 2014 On
    The story starts with the 2006 Mumbai train Bomb blasts and ends with the prevention of another similar attack on Mumbai: a sub-plot (involving Pakistan’s ISI and the Indian Mujahideen) and is incidental to the main story of serial murders.
    I bought a copy (I suppose, like most Indian readers) only because of the American/Indian writer collaboration.
    I have not read any of Patterson’s “Private” series though I am an inconsistent fan of his “Alex Cross” and some of his stand-alone novels.
    The closest (but distant) genre that this novel comes to is Robin Cook’s “Foreign Body” (2008) that was based in India: an absorbing medical-thriller despite the bad reviews.
    “ Private India” has enough twists to merit a satisfying read, despite poor characterisations.
    In any case Patterson has never cared much for descriptions, believing it dents the story telling.
    This is breezy airport/railway/vacation reading (short, chunky one-incident-per-chapter that sometime has only few paragraphs. Chapter 116 for example has only 3 lines) with instant gratification and immense satisfaction but it’s no Dan Brown/ Grisham, not that Patterson/Sanghi care.
    Seemingly random women are being killed and the Indian Branch of “Private” (an international investigative agency) headed by an alcoholic with a troubled past, and his motley staff, is called to explore the murders.
    The murders are baffling as all are women and have no similarities to each other.
    Yes, there is an accidental killing of a male, but with a different motive.
    Apart from the victims, there is also an ACP (Assistant Commissioner of Police) who is not who he seems, a married attorney-general with a roving eye, a perverted Godman (aren’t they always?) and a Robin-Hood like “Don.”
    As the story proceeds, all things fall into place, methodically, and more importantly, convincingly.
    Every connection to the victims (that initially appears chaotic) is traced to the murders in a pat-ending.
    The simplistically-narrated tale also includes exploitation of underage boys/girls, begging-syndicates, match-fixing, adultery, dance-bars and prostitution….
    In a clever marketing move, the Indian edition has Sanghi as the prominent author and Patterson’s name in smaller writing and vice-versa in USA/UK editions.
    This 470 page-book has 20 pages of extracts from the first “Private” novel.
    Along with the main story it’s the small parts/paragraphs that are readable.
    The description of the sari’s sensuousness, the reason behind the ACP’s hatred of the main protagonist, the Politician/Mafia link-ups and the Page-Three parties…..
    An obligation to a “Don” to seek vengeance by an important character (for a rape) has shades from Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather”, also seen in Feroz Khan’s 1975 hit film “Dharmatma.”
    Patterson/Sanghi suggest that terrorists are born, not made (a racially motivated crime makes one person turn patriotic, and another, a terrorist)
    The writers have obviously kept the international audience in mind as though the Indian characters have Indian names, the dialogue seems artificial.
    Also included are many of the Mumbai’s sights/locations from Colaba to Chowpatty, Arthur Jail to The Tower of Silence, Haji-Ali to the Navratri festival, Five-Star Hotel/Cocktail parties to Wikipedia-like descriptions of the Mumbai trains, Dharavi: Asia’s biggest slum and Kamathipura : the red-light area.
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     band-on absolutely compelling thriller 16 October, 2014 On
    With this book the Author Ashwin Sanghi has given us the Indian's a much advanced technified detective agency, Private India, an Indian Chapter of world's top-notch detective Agency controlled by Jack Morgan. Private Investigator Santosh Wagh with a troubled past is the head of Private India and his team is rather more fascinating with Hari the one-of-a-kind Techie who has a personality like Hritick Rohshan (with too much bollywood-ness in the book, Hritick's comparison fits perfectly :P ) , Mubeen the medical guy and Nisha - an indispensable irresistible ex-cop turned Private Investigator.

    Thumbs up coffee points :

    If you have read the rest of the series by James Peterson in the "Other Private Offices" series then you will know the his detective-story manner but I have't read the books so this was an absolutely fresh story for me, the suspense was maintained throughout. The collaboration between the two authors who have a good history of writing this genre delivered a fast-paced page turner. The Part where this book become 'Indian' was written well as well, it was pretty easy to differentiate which author wrote which part and this guessing game help my attention.

    High-profile murders are happening in the metropolitan city that stays up all night, the city of dream- Mumbai and the Mumbai police is more than happy to hand over the case to the mentioned agency and they came with their Dr Salunkhe’s-style laboratory and equipment.

    The mythological angle that explained why the killer is so set upon the murders and as to nine forms of Gurga is connected to all this was fascinating. The illustrative narration by the killer gave me goosebumps. Each aspect of the story had it's own mysterious angle.

    Thumbs down coffee points:

    With everything of Mumbai was touched upon from celebrities, politicians, Gangsters, evil guys, good guys, beggars, police, journalists, orphans, nomads, prostitutes, the famous local trains, ramshackle buildings, terror attacks and gazillions of people lead to a complete bollywood-ish novel. Though it can be a likable point too but I wasn't much enthralled by it.

    Verdict :

    All in all it is one band-on absolutely compelling thriller which will hook you till the last very page, a collaboration India was in high need of. I enjoyed it.
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  3. 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
     9th Murder 30 August, 2014 On

    Book Review: Private India by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi: 9th Murder

    Reading Ashwin Sanghi’s is a treat to enjoy as usual. Private India is a jointly written mystery by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson, the two masters in mystery fiction. This is a 116 chapters and a little below 450 pages book. Chapters are short and crisp. Usually for a book with so large number of pages, flow of fiction story and keeping readers hooked towards the plot of mystery is a challenge that has been very well taken care of by Ashwin and James. I enjoyed it as good as the earlier release by Ashwin Sanghi The Krishna Key.

    The story of Private India by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson has so many characters revolving around the lead character Santosh Wagh, who heads the leading private detective agency of the country. This is a global detective agency “Private” headed by Jack Morgan and its Indian part is handled by the team headed by Santosh Wagh. Hari is the guy who handles tech expertise to dig down any kind of mobile phone transactions history or the current location of a mobile and so on. Nisha is an ex-CBI who is the right hand of Wagh. And Mubeen is the medical expert in the team Private India.

    The story has almost everything to keep its reader’s engaged with the fluent drive along with a number of interesting sequences. There is a series of bomb blasts, involvement of ISI and Indian Mujahedeen. There is involvement of celebrities, politicians, influential social figures, lawmakers, Godman, gangs, goons and mafias; and the police high officials. Story begins with a murder of a Thai doctor who is on her personal visit to India, found dead in mystical circumstances in her hotel room with strange articles around her dead body.

    Then there is a sequence of murders that take place, in a short span of time and every time, the victim being a woman and the pattern of some different articles found around the body created a big challenge for police. The case is soon handed over to Private India and Santosh Wagh with his sharp and intelligent mind is able to connect some lose string to arrive at some conclusions. Wagh is also able to make some connection with the sequence and series of murders that is taking place and linking in the relationship of the victims. A big shock gets revealed to him while trying to manipulating and knowing who could be the next victims when one of his team members becomes the target of murderer.

    Overall Private India by Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson is an interesting book to read. There is a bouquet of mysteries, well managed to surprise readers at various touch points of the fiction story. The tagline It’s the season for murder in Mumbai says it all what a reader is going to encounter in the story but in actual there is lot more to reveal, face and enjoy while reading the book. The surprise pack is the number of mystery deals in the story that are well packed and interestingly presented to the readers by the authors.
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