Bookish Witch

Raja of Nowhere by Deepak Rosha

Book blurb:

A male baby is kidnapped in Lahore, undivided India and never found. Many years later, the family of the baby is given irrefutable proof of the kidnapped baby’s current identity. He is Jagannath also known as ‘Raja of nowhere’, a poet, and eminent politician of modern India Jagannath has had some inexplicable mystical experiences beginning from his youth including encounters with a mysterious woman. The knowledge that he is not really the heir to his erstwhile kingdom places Jagannath in a quandary. Meanwhile forces unknown to him are working behind the scenes placing him in great danger.

Genre: Fiction/ Historical thriller

Pages: 136

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback

Price:

  • Kindle eBook: 139 INR/$2.99
  • Paperback: 185 INR/$15.00

My Ratings: 4.3/5

HH (His Highness) is a respected MP and a Raja (King) of his own times. He is soon turning 70 and hires a biographer to listen to him as he narrates his life story. In the course of this narration, many bitter and long-hidden truths are revealed. Will these revelations lead to the end of HH’s legacy? Read the book to find out.

A historical thriller fiction that keeps you engaged.

What I liked about the book:
–> HH’s larger-than-life character, virtuous actions, and admirable achievements.
–> The retelling of HH’s past that sheds light on the history and many other interesting tidbits.
–> Almost all major characters have a chapter dedicated to their PoVs.
–> The takeaway message about karma and its impending effects on your next life.
–> It keeps you hooked from the start till the end.

What I did not like about the book:
–> Though I understand it is a fantasy fiction book, the bit about Neelu baba and how HH’s mother finds him, seemed a bit too far fetched.
–> At many points it felt that the women were portrayed in a negative light.
–> The mystery and the ultimate culprit was kind of predictable for me (but this could be just a ‘me’ thing because I have read so many mystery novels and seen so many crime movies)

Quotable quotes:

—> These youngsters nowadays, you know? They keep everything in midair for so long that one of them loses interest. Then before you know it, it’s all over.
—> “Why do we not encourage the states to develop their own funds by letting them independently invite business industries into their small towns and rural areas? This would automatically lead to the development of infrastructure and employment.
—> I am not trained in writing poetry, but I suppose, you don’t have to teach a bird to fly. Do you?
—> You should understand that your poems are no longer your own once you have written them. So, when you share them and people get pleasure from them, then you will understand why you can not abandon your craft.
—> I walked up to the window and looked at the beautifully landscaped garden. People in Delhi don’t leave any space for a garden, the land is too expensive and every inch is built up.
—> As one grows older, one wants to cling to whatever one has. It is strange; life seems more valuable as you grow older as does wealth.
—> I think only a woman can understand the behaviour of another woman because we men think differently. We try to understand female behaviour from the male perspective and fail.
—> One can tell if someone loves you to distraction, can’t you?
—> In relations, there are two sides to the same events.
—> Wealth does not matter when you are young but it helps as you grow older. It’s better to be beautiful and rich than beautiful and poor.
—> You cannot lead the lives of your children. Their fate is their own, good or bad, the path is theirs to choose.
—> If you give up wanting what you don’t have, the rest of your life will be idyllic.
—> I could get used to this. Except that all these people are humans. I know they must be well-paid and looked after, but I have feelings of guilt that so many people should act in such a subservient manner. It’s an anachronism certainly that one does not see in modern society.
—> It’s been a wonderful experience. It’s sad that it is all coming to an end for you.
—> All source of unhappiness stems from the fact that we believe we have lost something that belongs to us. In fact, we are transients on Earth and nothing belongs permanently to us. Today, what I think is mine will belong tomorrow to someone else. If we can reconcile to the fact that nothing is ours on this Earth and we will go empty-handed when we die, then our source of sorrow will vanish.
—> A human may live much longer but a human’s designated lifetime is seventy years. After that, it’s bonus time.
—> I have the powers, yes, but without very strong justification, these powers cannot be used.
—> The wrong done by you is recorded by God, instead, it is imprinted on the souls of the people so affected. The good you have done is also similarly imprinted. The souls that inhabit bodies of humans and other thinking beings may become stained by misdeeds and thus, cannot merge with the pure energy force.
—> Sometimes the best justice is the natural one.
—> It felt good to be back in Delhi again. Back to my little apartment. No matter how polluted, dirty, crowded you may think it is, it’s home and I love it.
—> You think your parent just exists for you, to fulfil only your needs. You never think they may have feelings or fears or sorrows independent of you.
—> It’s so terrifying when the strongest person in your life suddenly appears weak.
—> Once a theatre person, always a drama lover.

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