"Things like movies, restaurants, celebrities are usually never part of historical narrative."
Top Indian thriller author, Ashwin Sanghi, has launched his much-awaited new book, .
The master storyteller, who has established himself as India’s answer to Dan Brown, released his book at Landmark Bookstore in Somajiguda on July 23, 2016.
The historical and mythological thriller kicks off in 1947 and traces the decades after independence through the lives of two businessmen.
Both men recoil off one another while they play out their sinister and murderous plots of personal plots, while breaking all the rules.
The businessman-author explains why he created The Sialkot Saga, published by Westland Books:
“I have wanted to write a book that involved the world of Indian business for the longest time.
“I wanted to set this business story against the backdrop of post-independence India.
“Many businesses emerged post-1947 as a result of those who relocated. I felt this was the perfect starting point for the business tale.”
He adds: “The bulk of the book explores the lives of the two protagonists, Arbaaz and Arvind, through sixty years of Independence. They do not realise it but their but their lives are connected by an ancient secret.”
The Rozabel Line author also speaks about getting the sense and exploration of contemporary history in India right:
“Most books are able to provide history but I needed more. Things like movies, restaurants, celebrities and culture are usually never part of historical narrative.
“And it is these things that provide the flavour of that time. I was able to fill those gaps with extensive interviews with people who had lived those years in those cities.”
He assures readers that he has weaved together threads of the past and present, fact and fiction and love and hatred through his fictional work.
Ashwin ranks amongst India’s highest-selling English fiction authors. He is also included in Forbes India Celebrity 100 list.