Saturday, February 9, 2013

Book Review: RIP by Mukul Deva

On the jacket:

Indias 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. 

Hellbent 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 husbands betrayal. And two young boys, Sachin and Azaan, torn apart by the loss of a parent. 

It doesnt get bigger. 


A thriller set in the present day political scenario. Before I get to the plot and the reading experience, I too would like to mention a few points like the author himself has in the author's note. While I respect that the book is a result of a lot of anger seething within the author, it was no acceptable to me, as a reader to see no imagination when it came to situations. Why did Uttar Pradesh have to have a woman CM? Why was the judge who was one of RIP's targets the one who let Manu Sharma go in the Jessica Lall case? Why is Hazare, Hazarika in the story? Why is the current political situation of the country, used as a backdrop in story, the same as is? Where is the author's imagination? Did he not trust the readers' intelligence enough to think they will accept new fresh backdrops? Or is it too easy to use incidents which readers are familiar with, to sell a book. With regards to this aspect, as a reader, if feel cheated.

 As a plot. RIP is a thriller with a love-story spun in it. Pacy, with all sub-plots well-connected, RIP is a tightly spun thriller. The book is indeed unputdownable, except where as I mentioned above, familiar situations crop up. 

Three groups of people walking towards the same targets. One group, the K-team, aims to end lives of those who think hav done the country wrong, yet got away scot-free. they call themselves RIP (Resurgent Indian Patriots) and are all ex-army men. Special Director Vinod Bedi, heading the Special Crimes Division (CSD) of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) along with his men, is trying to track the K-team, and catch them before they attempt another killing. Raghav Bhagat, hired by the home minister, Karunakaran, along with his set of men, all of who are also ex-army men are trying to catch hold of RIP before Bedi and his men, and kill them.

Spun within is an angle of Sachin and Azaan, Krishna and Raghav’s sons, who happen to be best friends. Krishna’s wife is dead and Raghav’s estranged wife is shown to be slowly turning into Krishna’s love interest. Raghav and Krishna had crossed [ath earlier and were shown to be not in the best of terms. Hence, further complications, in this sub-plot.

A gripping tale, RIP was worth a read. The cover design is innovative and does hold interest.
Rating: ***/5

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