Educated, young, no-nonsense bearing, able administrator-these are the equalities that won Sesha the loyalties of the people after three years of rule as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. An allegation that he was the mastermind behind the murder of 73 Kannadigas threatens to bring him down but he is miraculously saved at the 11th hour.
Even before he can relish his victory, Sesha is slapped with the charge of sexually offending a young nurse. This time around, the case is strong and his supporters are uncertain. Worse, his teenage daughter calls him 'vile' and walks out of the house. While Mythili, his wife promises her full support, her secretive activities-undertaken with the help of a retired cop-is cause of concern for Sesha.
Will Zarina, the human-rights activist, succeed in bringing him down? What about the insinuations of a celebrity lawyer that he is casteist and anti-minorities? When the young nurse is found dead, the case becomes even more complex. Who is innocent? Who is guilty? And who is the mastermind?
Hariharan Iyer is a finance professional based in Dar es Salaam. Not content with just a rewarding corporate job, he took to writing a couple of years back. He blogged on media and current affairs for a year at valadyviews.blogsopt.com before hitting on the idea for this novel. He has definite views on politics, NGOs and media ethics and has tried to package them in the form of an interesting novel.
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Politics of feelings
Sesha, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, is not a typical politician. He's educated with experience of a corporate job. He is in politics because of his capabilities, and not connections or family.
The book starts in a courtroom where Sesha is being tried for being the mastermind behind the gruesome murder of 73 Kannadigas. An accusation which puts a blight on all that the Chief Minister has accomplished.
Surpanakha is a very fast moving story - a maze actually. There seem to be twists at e...
This is a fun book, mirroring reality. Lots of twists and turns. Although its sometimes predictable its still quite exciting. A peek the behind the scenes of headlines. The complex web of politician, film industry, 'activist' socialist, NGOs relationships laid out in breezy, simple writing. This is a fun non-pretentious book that has not set its sight on wooing foreigners or winning awards. The author has enjoyed writing it and I enjoyed reading this. Its totally worth it. Glad I bought it. ...