I have been guilty of delaying the review for this book Agniputr by Vadhan for a few weeks together. The reason was I wanted to sit on it and see what I really think about it after a few weeks. And, now, I can safely say, this book is absolute must-read with all its faults.
The charm of this book or rather the author lies in his ability to build scenarios with his words. He makes the novel come alive. And, that is not restricted to just this book of his but also his first book. After finishing this book, I ordered his first book as well and it was just the same. I totally loved his ability to play with words.
Book Review – “Agniputr” by Vadhan
About the Book
In 1940, someone triggers a phenomenon in the mistaken belief of becoming a super power and unleashes the God of Agony called Sutram in a village called Gudem in Andhra Pradesh. Thereafter, the destruction follows. But, it gets curbed by Surya Prasad Surya who loses his life in the struggle. Curbed but not destroyed. The Sutram is hidden from all eyes.
Today. After 60 + years, Gudem once again gets the status of a haunted village and becomes the center for paranormal activities. A young and curious scientist, SRK, comes to his native place for his engagement but gets lured to this urban legend and starts digging around, losing his life in the process. The reports sent by this scientist to his boss, Sheila Pitambar, gets her interest invoked in the Sutram which is getting stronger again.
Through government channels, Sheila gets deployed to research this phenomena in detail and present reports to the home minister who is funding the entire project. What they fail to do is approach Raghuram Surya, a lawyer based in Gurgaon and the owner of the ancestral palace under which Sutram has been invoked.