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In this thriller novel involving a right wing Hindu party and an imminent terror attack by Islamists, a Mughal Scholar stumbles across a conspiracy to fake the history of the Taj Mahal, leading to its destruction.

Summary of the Book

Mehrunisa Khosa discovers the murder of a supervisor of the Taj Mahal, and an altered Quranic inscription to prove that the Taj was a Hindu monument. The discovery could prove disastrous, for although the theory had been abound for a long time, proving it could spark a controversy as strong as the Ayodhya conflict. In the labyrinths under the monument, Mehrunisa discovers plots that involve the machinations of a communal Hindu party and Islamic terrorists primed to attack the nation yet again.

About Manreet Sodhi Someshwar

Manreet Sodhi Someshwar is an Indian writer. Her debut novel: Earning the Laundry Stripes was a best-seller.

She graduated from IIM Calcutta and began writing in 2006, earning critical acclaim.

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Authored By Manreet Sodhi Someshwar
Book Details
Publisher Westland And Tranquebar Press
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9789381626139
ISBN-10 9381626139
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 412 Pages
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12 Jun 2012
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Fast paced and thoroughly engaging

The Taj Conspiracy, the first of a three part trilogy, is highly compelling and befits the genre of a thriller very well. For author Manreet Sodhi Someshwar, it is a literary achievement with brilliant and engaging descriptions as well as a fast paced yet astounding plot.
The characters of the story are diverse, yet easy to associate with and envision as actual people. The author promotes a feeling of tension by creating intricate relationships based on love, hatred, as well as revenge.
This book revolves around a shocking discovery at the Taj Mahal, and although it deals with controversi...
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The Taj Conspiracy, the first of a three part trilogy, is highly compelling and befits the genre of a thriller very well. For author Manreet Sodhi Someshwar, it is a literary achievement with brilliant and engaging descriptions as well as a fast paced yet astounding plot.
The characters of the story are diverse, yet easy to associate with and envision as actual people. The author promotes a feeling of tension by creating intricate relationships based on love, hatred, as well as revenge.
This book revolves around a shocking discovery at the Taj Mahal, and although it deals with controversi...
The Taj Conspiracy, the first of a three part trilogy, is highly compelling and befits the genre of a thriller very well. For author Manreet Sodhi Someshwar, it is a literary achievement with brilliant and engaging descriptions as well as a fast paced yet astounding plot.
The characters of the story are diverse, yet easy to associate with and envision as actual people. The author promotes a feeling of tension by creating intricate relationships based on love, hatred, as well as revenge.
This book revolves around a shocking discovery at the Taj Mahal, and although it deals with controversial issues, the author has handled them responsibly; the story has a stunning and unpredictable conclusion reminiscent of even modern day India.
The plot has no lack of fast paced action and some serious fighting scenes that left me openmouthed, desperately flipping through pages. The riddles and puzzles in the story befuddled and engaged me as much as Mehrunisa, the strong willed protagonist of this book.
With the Taj Conspiracy, Manreet Sodhi Someshwar had set the bar high for her sequels.

93% of 15 users found this review helpful.
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20 Jun 2012
The Other Taj

...you know mention Taj, A Conspiracy; and people start thinking of the City By The Sea. Sodhi-Someshwar steers us gently to that other structure which has seen more than its share of tragedy,mystery,dreams.
If a book has you parceling off your kid for the day "which is good for your darling, you will have soo much fun", playing hookey from your own commitments, and then plonking that kid on the commode when he returns (and conveniently "forgetting" him so you can race through its final pages), well THIS is the book for you. You are not usually that kindness impaired t...
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...you know mention Taj, A Conspiracy; and people start thinking of the City By The Sea. Sodhi-Someshwar steers us gently to that other structure which has seen more than its share of tragedy,mystery,dreams.
If a book has you parceling off your kid for the day "which is good for your darling, you will have soo much fun", playing hookey from your own commitments, and then plonking that kid on the commode when he returns (and conveniently "forgetting" him so you can race through its final pages), well THIS is the book for you. You are not usually that kindness impaired t...
...you know mention Taj, A Conspiracy; and people start thinking of the City By The Sea. Sodhi-Someshwar steers us gently to that other structure which has seen more than its share of tragedy,mystery,dreams.
If a book has you parceling off your kid for the day "which is good for your darling, you will have soo much fun", playing hookey from your own commitments, and then plonking that kid on the commode when he returns (and conveniently "forgetting" him so you can race through its final pages), well THIS is the book for you. You are not usually that kindness impaired towards your child, well famous last words I say.
Some of us may have our own take on certain sections, but I believe the final chapters as Sodhi Someshwar closes in on the "conspiracy" that surrounds the mausoleum, will hold one riveted as very few voices from India have done lately. I was chewing my finger nails and had become that person in the backseat, or in the seat next to you in the theater that calls out to the driver/protagonist "How Will You Get Us Out Of This Now". But Someshwar does and has you eager for the next offering!
The book forced me to think about the mausoleum as something other than an excessively sentimental love story, pretty to the level it becomes cloying. It reminds me how it has been part of India's national story, and continues to script the next chapter.
And it does not end up being just a thriller. It also initiates an interesting debate on hybridity, identifies India's tryst with identity politics and makes you wonder why we have not moved beyond "Indian Islam as the syncretic" as ideal/good Islam. But then these are debates for another forum.

For now , buy this book, turn off the phone and be prepared for a rollicking ride of murder, mystery, mayhem and a whole lot of masala!

9 of 10 users found this review helpful.
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20 Jun 2012
A thriller with a difference

I wasn't sure what to expect with a woman for the lead, certainly not guns and action..? I was pleasantly surprised, the woman lead provides a great foil to the two male cops she works with - and the trio really keep the pages turning. This is a writer who has an art for using the ambience, the weather, the surroundings to create effect. There are scenes that create a chill, creep up on you and spring a surprise - and all the elements in the scene work to make that happen. The central characters are beautifully etched...there are some peripheral ones who are more stereotypes, but that I w... ()

I wasn't sure what to expect with a woman for the lead, certainly not guns and action..? I was pleasantly surprised, the woman lead provides a great foil to the two male cops she works with - and the trio really keep the pages turning. This is a writer who has an art for using the ambience, the weather, the surroundings to create effect. There are scenes that create a chill, creep up on you and spring a surprise - and all the elements in the scene work to make that happen. The central characters are beautifully etched...there are some peripheral ones who are more stereotypes, but that I w...
I wasn't sure what to expect with a woman for the lead, certainly not guns and action..? I was pleasantly surprised, the woman lead provides a great foil to the two male cops she works with - and the trio really keep the pages turning. This is a writer who has an art for using the ambience, the weather, the surroundings to create effect. There are scenes that create a chill, creep up on you and spring a surprise - and all the elements in the scene work to make that happen. The central characters are beautifully etched...there are some peripheral ones who are more stereotypes, but that I would think is intentional. I think the author is trying to draw parallels with some real life examples that we can see. The finale is subtle and very very in touch with the book, but packs a punch nevertheless. No nuclear bombs, no AK 47s, no racing cars - no maddening action here to distract you, but the action here is in the mind, in the conversations, and in the impending sense of doom if the mystery is not unravelled in time....A thoroughly enjoyable read, and while you are reading it - absorb some of research that the book is peppered with throughout. Go for it

8 of 10 users found this review helpful.
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01 Oct 2012
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Gripping presentation, based on thorough research! Very much Dan Brown-esque...

First of all, hats off to Manreet Sodhi for such a wonderful, fast-paced book! I read in one sitting on a Sunday, and it was a day well spent!
The story starts at break-neck speed with the female protagonist Mehrunisa Khosa stumbling upon a very unexpected scene right in the heart of the Taj. What follows is sheer research and solid writing skills, as Mehrunisa along with CBI investigator R. P. Singh set out unfolding the mystery. What is the Taj conspiracy? Who has plotted it? Is this external terrorism or internal extremism? You absolutely MUST read to find out.
The characters have been d...
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First of all, hats off to Manreet Sodhi for such a wonderful, fast-paced book! I read in one sitting on a Sunday, and it was a day well spent!
The story starts at break-neck speed with the female protagonist Mehrunisa Khosa stumbling upon a very unexpected scene right in the heart of the Taj. What follows is sheer research and solid writing skills, as Mehrunisa along with CBI investigator R. P. Singh set out unfolding the mystery. What is the Taj conspiracy? Who has plotted it? Is this external terrorism or internal extremism? You absolutely MUST read to find out.
The characters have been d...
First of all, hats off to Manreet Sodhi for such a wonderful, fast-paced book! I read in one sitting on a Sunday, and it was a day well spent!
The story starts at break-neck speed with the female protagonist Mehrunisa Khosa stumbling upon a very unexpected scene right in the heart of the Taj. What follows is sheer research and solid writing skills, as Mehrunisa along with CBI investigator R. P. Singh set out unfolding the mystery. What is the Taj conspiracy? Who has plotted it? Is this external terrorism or internal extremism? You absolutely MUST read to find out.
The characters have been detailed well. The use of some Indian phrases, slang, and of course, the information about Taj lends it a familiar touch.
Manreet Sodhi is definitely among the best Indian authors of the day.
MUST READ!

3 of 3 users found this review helpful.
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30 Sep 2012
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Inadequate

The level of English is better than many other contemporary Indian novels but the twist is predictable. The ending seems hurried and amateurish as compared to the rest of the story, as though the author was anxious to wrap everything up neatly before it went out of control. Mehrunisa's character is interesting, however the novel falls short of being a good thriller.

3 of 3 users found this review helpful.

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