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In Alexander’s Footsteps

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The Emissary - A Tale of Love, Vendetta and War by Aniruddha Bahal, book reviewAsk him why an Indian wrote a historical novel and Aniruddha Bahal says something like, “Because it was there!” Well, not exactly that but because he wanted to write about Alexander the Great and chose not to use his travels in India and that famous encounter with Porus, though that may happen in a later book. His character is a sportsman, a charioteer Seleucus the son of Nicator who despite being hounded by the Macedonians finds himself following in Alexander’s footsteps and giving us insider information as to what happened behind the scenes at his battles.

Historical fiction is usually written to show the utter inevitability of the event that took place, or to give the happening a different turn by presenting the back-story behind the clinching main facts.


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Bunker 13

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 Bunker 13 by Aniruddha BahalIt’s rare that a book leaves me with a nasty taste in my mouth, but Bunker 13 is a thoroughly unpleasant piece of work. Thank God it’s fiction.

Minty Mehta – or MM as he’s referred to through the book – is a disgraced army-cadet turned investigative journalist who has managed to get himself embedded with the Indian military. The novel starts with him at the parachute training centre and then follows him on missions with the Indian Special Forces engaged in conflict in Kashmir on the disputed border with Pakistan. He takes a lot of drugs, gets involved in smuggling operations, sets different regiments off against one another brokers deals with foreign ‘organisations’ for guns, drugs and secrets, and isn’t averse to killing people who are in the wrong place at the wrong time. His apparent mission is to kill plenty of ‘mossies’ (Muslims to you and me) and to take as many hard drugs as possible. In between he has strangely unfulfilling sexual encounters with various women.

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