#BookReview : The Treasure Syndicate by Jatin Kuberkar


When Kaliyug resolved to enter Aryavatra, and encountered the lats Pandav, king a curse gave the world it's first 'Nidhi-Palak' or The Guardian of treasure Troves in the form of Lord Kuber's mortal son, Suta. In time, the Guardian bloodline scattered all over the world. Acharya Agnihotri is an astrologer. He searches for hidden treasures, to fulfill his destiny as a 'Nidhi-Palak'. Dr. Mahesh secretly finances missions for Acharya. Kumar is favored by unfathomable luck.. Jabbar is a legendary digger, and Srikanth is just a common man. United, they form the Treasure Syndicate, always a team of five; a motley mix with an uncanny balance. Bound by the elaborate framework of coincidence, destiny, and fate, the mission of the syndicate is not a cakewalk. The danger is real, and the conditions are never favorable. A hunting past awaits Acharya's team, as the Kaliyug threatens to turn the mission upside down.

Every time I read thrillers that tie the present to the past, the science to mythology and stories from India's culturally rich heritage transcending centuries, I feel a different sense of pleasure and pride. This book gave me the same in abundance. The story hooks you from page one and made me wish I had a weekend to myself to read this much sooner than I did. It is narrated in a way that all stories and the layers of the mysterious Treasure Syndicate are revealed in a very timely manner to the reader and there is never a dull moment in the book. A treasure hunt is worth the thrill, joy & sense of satisfaction it brings to the person reading about it and this hunt had it all.

The story not only narrates the fears and doubts of every person who is bound to the treasure but also presents so many chances for the reader to observe and not to judge any situation or person blindly. there are so many social messages woven into the story in a subtle way that gives the story a very happy vibe. For some readers, it might not be an exact science, but all the methods and steps followed by the syndicate for finding the treasure and handling it were explained in a scientific way. The book clearly shows the research done by the author on the ways of the treasure syndicate and to present it to the reader so brilliantly with no loose ends. There is a lot of symbolism used in the book which enhances the depth of the plot. 

Though I felt the end reveal was a little rushed and the plot twist was not necessary, this is still one of the best Indian fiction I read this year and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

My rating: 4/5 

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About the Author:
https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgwv4GiGTNrdKyVZaFgtjz7gOmUeNAob30AIPAI3p6dj-_2HMRww87DXN5a0RKS05hiZlnKrAZyzu2w1NqoWSBLJrSwFqCmA_dEcseJMgpyK-5LohzzE_ChS8hU2NtZQeqljAYZoP4xM1I/s1600/Jatin+Kuberkar.jpg For the mortal world, I pretend to be a Software Engineer who works hard (or hardly?) in the hours of a day. I am the guy next door, a hardcore Harry Potter fan and a movie buff. I literally ‘live’ every movie, I have strong opinions about its content and I hate it when a movie based on an interesting concept is messed up for the sake of commercial value.
But beyond the boundaries of this ‘cholesterol-rich’ coil, I am a rider of rapturous thoughts. I am a thinker, a philosopher, a seeker, a story-teller, a writer, a wanderer and every other thing that a thought can be. At times some of these figments fire out of my thoughtful bowl and command me to write, muse, create, recreate, destroy…EXPRESS!

Who am I?  I have been asking this question to myself for 33 years, and I got a different answer always. Sometimes I get confused and think, am I asking the right question to seek the correct answer? or maybe that am I missing the whole fantastic universal drama around me while I am busy finding an answer to an irrelevant question? Does the answer even matter?

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