Tarikshir : The Awakening – Book Review

Book: Tarikshir : The Awakening

Author: Khayaal Patel

Publisher: Westland Books

Pages: 332

Format: Paperback


A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne.

But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumbered and the British forces are closing in. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers the king’s death may not have been accidental after all. The strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm.

As Rudra struggles to manage his new responsibilities and investigate his father’s death, dark secrets will be uncovered that will disrupt life as he knows it.


The concept is very new, fresh, and interesting. A new perspective to the colonial Indian history and Hindu mythology.

The elements of mystery and suspense have been deftly dealt with.

In my case, I didn’t find any favourite scene or character but I could connect with the protagonist, Rudra, and felt really sad about how fate treated this innocent soul.

What I found most fascinating is the story within the story. The new take on Ramayana, or, in better words, a new extension to the epic, the aftermath of the well-known climax and the rise of the Sons of Hanuman.

Quite interesting. Want to read more

My Rating: 4.5/5

P.S. I have received this book from the publishers through Writersmelon. Thank you Westland Books and Writersmelon

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