Surpanakha by Hariharan Iyer

Though the title was much justified when I finished the book, it was confusing for me in the beginning and intriguing too. The story revolves around the CM Sesha and his devoted wife Mythili who seem to be the focus of all major storms that can rock the state of Tamil Nadu. We get introduced to the characters very early on in the book and through the case of mass murder against the CM, the author gives us a good glimpse into the personality and history of all the central characters along the political scene at work. This helps the reader connect to the story and to easily follow the flow with interest.

There is nothing superficial or fake about the cast that author has assembled here. The book is not just a political drama but also a very good story of how personal agendas wreck havoc in our lives and also in those of innocent minds that are brainwashed. One of my favorite person from the book is , Mythili who not just is devoted as expected but also strong willed and resourceful when the need arises. The climax is a high power show that I enjoyed a lot even though the end becomes clear much before you reach it in the book. This has the making of a very brilliant and entertaining novel,and perhaps a movie too.

My rating : 4/5

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