Tuesday, November 19, 2013

#BookReview: The Himalayan Revelation by Pankaj Misra

On the jacket:

The Himalayan Revelation is a work of fiction but developed using genuine facts from history and modern times. It is a gripping tale of mystery, adventure, romance and international intrigue.

Today Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But around 450 years back, this capital of the magnificent Vijayanagar Empire was brutally plundered and devastated. But before it happened, its masters hid a secret. Centuries later, a young couple chance upon an object that holds a secret much more than Hampi had hidden, in a place 2000 miles far north of Hampi - the Himalayas. The Himalayas have something to tell and when they do - two nations become so desperate to get it that they are ready to go to any lengths, even global annihilation.

What happens next is thrill laced, fast paced adventure. Read the book to find out more...


Himalayan Revelation is about Gaurav, who is on a vacation in the Himalayas. He goes to Leh wanting to explore monastries and this is where he meets a Chinese tourist Shunyan. While on the first day of his journey, there is a landslide and Gaurav's vehicle loses it's grip on the road. After he gains consciousness, Gaurav finds himself in a monastry where he is being treated by a monk and a Tibetan medicine man.

When he returns back to his city and work, he gets a new project for which he has to head off to Hampi for their project. Hampi used to be the ancient capital of the Vijayanagar Empire. Here, Gaurav and his project partner Natasha find some intricate cravings in an underground room of a temple, which Gaurav finds familiar. And thus begins the roller-coaster ride.

Very well-researched plot, characters are well-defined and there are so many twists & turns in the plot, the author has managed to keep me glued from cover to cover. Easy to read, though the plot is a little long. The transition from past to present was smooth and very well-orchestrated.

Rating: ****/5

[The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.]

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