Book Review- Ashvamedha by Aparna Sinha
Book Name- Ashvamedha: The Game of Power Author- Aparna Sinha Genre- Political Thriller Publisher- Srishti Publications Pages- 214 Price- ₹195
BLURB- “You have to dethrone a powerful man to become the most powerful. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person, but there wasn’t any. I was left with only one choice — to create one.”
Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last twenty-five years of his life have been controlled by a master manipulator, who wanted to make him the most powerful man on earth, though for a reason! Ashwin steps up to take oath as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unknowingly thrown into a vortex of power and authority as the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy — Hades.
The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the savior, but he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end. A story of greed, lies, deceptions, manipulations and corruption, Ashvamedha is a thriller revolving around the infamous game of power in a maddening bid to seek absolute control.
So what does the title ASHVAMEDHA means?
The Ashvamedha is a horse sacrifice ritual followed by the Śrauta tradition of Vedic religion. It was used by ancient Indian kings to prove their imperial sovereignty: a horse accompanied by the king’s warriors would be released to wander for a period of one year.
But the world looks up to the protagonist of the story, Ashwin Jamwal as the hero, the savior of the political deception which revolves around the entire plot. But he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end.
Starting with the cover – the cover shows a horse which symbolizes strength and majesticity. The knight in a chess game is the most unique piece as compared to others. The cover gives you a clear insight about the book- which is politics. A political thriller, to be precise with a taste of darkness, envy, lies, deceptions and corruptions.
THE STORY- it begins with a beautiful poem which says
“I have manipulated truth Veiled it, snubbed it I didn’t let you see it I propagated a lie Enforced it, inducted it And you believed in it”
This gives you a brief idea of what Ashvamedha is all about. We believe in something which is a lie. In fact, we don’t realize that it’s a lie which is groomed to turn into a truth. AND WE BELIEVE IN IT.
The story is excellently crafted with twists that kept me tickling till the end about “who the main antagonist is”. Though primarily being a thriller, it also tells us a lot about the politics that goes inside. Starting from the greed-killing, power, dominancy, romance; we have a tinge of romance and friendship too.
The Style of writing is Simple, descriptive, and very real which adds a positive note to the novel.
Considering the characters’, they were simply brilliant. The friendship of Arun and Ashwin should me mentioned. Both sides of the Political leaders’ are described vividly. Cracking jokes while they are on a light mood followed by the serious expressions which they make while sitting for a conference. Once again Kudos to Ms.Sinha for the characterizations she made.
I was taken aback by the two parallel series of events which she has plotted with Ashwin and Hades. Their meeting, the conversations, their deceptions will surely leave your eyebrows to fold.
As an individual I felt that the character of Hades could be more enthralling and gripping than it is. The scene where Ashwin meets Hades could be made more thrilling.
Overall I would like to rate the book 41 on a scale of 50.
4 stars out of 5
Originality of the plot and sub plots- 9/10
Net emotions in the story- 7/10
Usage of words and phrases-8.5/10
The title, cover and the illustration-8.5/10
The net impact on the readers- 8/10
Overall the plot is like a film where every page moves like a slide, in front our eyes. Every page will make you to read the next.
KUDOS TO APARNA SINHA