Meet Somu. His days are divided between tackling physics problems and the taste of fresh parathas and alu-gobi. He is in love with Sangeeta, the girl next door. She is seven years older than him — and a doctor.
Sangeeta already has a boyfriend. An odd fellow named Jatin who says he will change the world. Then there is a shooting and Jatin disappears. Slowly, Somu and Sangeeta unravel a story of murder, betrayal and ultimately an act of unbelievable cruelty that is `Operation Johar.'
Who is the mysterious woman that Jatin meets in the forest? What is Jatin's strange obsession with conquering the power that she calls the `Guardian of the forest'? And will Jatin really push Sangeeta over the edge of the waterfall to her death?
In 2003, the state of Jharkhand and its capital of Ranchi have become a playground for the forces of hope and the forces of fear. And a bit of love. This is that story.
Abhishek Banerjee is a Ranchi boy who grew up with a passion for mathematics. After graduating from Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, he went to study at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 2005. Four years later, he acquired his PhD in Mathematics, after which he held a faculty position at Ohio State University and was also Maître de Conférences Associé at Collège de France in Paris. Since 2014, he has been an Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.
His work in academia has given him the opportunity to travel all over the world, from the sketchy lanes of Kosovo to the igneous landscapes of Reykjavik, Iceland. The more he connected with people around the world and heard their stories, the more he wanted to write a story of his hometown. One cold January morning, while at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, he began typing away.
Abhishek also takes a keen interest in social and political issues. He is an avid blogger and tweets @AbhishBanerj.
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