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REVIEW | Pokhran by Uday Singh

|Blurb|

The success of the ‘Smiling Buddha’ nuclear test marked the rise of India as a nuclear power in 1974. But what went unreported in the media was the nuclear fallout that had lasting impact on the inhabitants of Pokhran, especially Chaitanya.

It quickly becomes clear that the conspiracy surrounding this radioactive fallout runs pretty deep in the establishment. Those who have had a hand in covering it up are willing to go to great lengths to ensure that the secrets stay buried.

Chaitanya sets on a journey to expose the truth. With Zara by his side, he is sure to bring justice to his people. But when fate snatches Zara away from him, he is consumed by revenge. Undeterred by threats, he embarks on a mission that takes him from the deserts of Pokhran to those of Syria, and into the halls of MIT.

A heady page-turner, at its very core, Pokhran is an exceptional journey of revenge, courage, love, and the unbeatable human spirit.


TITLE- Pokhran
AUTHOR- Uday Singh
FORMAT- Paperback
PUBLISHER- Srishti Publishers
*Thanks for a review copy in exchange for an honest review.*

With everything good, comes something bad too. 

Uday Singh takes his readers on an emotional journey of vengeance, love, heartache, and the undying human spirit.

What is Pokhran?
Pokhran is a village and a municipality located in the Jaisalmer district of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a remote location in the Thar Desert region and served as the test site for India's first underground nuclear weapon, ballistic missiles. (Source = Wikipedia)

We all know that the nuclear experiment was a success but what we don't know is its aftermath and how it affected the lives of the people in the worst way possible. This book is all about the adverse effects of the experiments conducted in Pokhran

The story revolves around Chaitanya, who is born with disabilities as a result of the nuclear fallout that was conducted in Pokhran In 1974. As soon as he was born, he lost his mother and hence was raised by his father and sister.

For Chaitanya growing up was never easy and his father's upbringing didn't help it either. He wanted Chaitanya to grow up into a tough person but in the process, he forgot to show him his underlying love. 

Chaitanya did have physical disabilities but mentally, he was a really sharp boy. He didn't let his disabilities stop him from achieving his goals. 

Pokhran is a story of hardships, courage, and consistent determination.

Pokhran was an enjoyable read. The book was full of emotional twists and turns. One could really feel the hardships Chaitanya faced while reading about it. Character development is great and I could easily feel myself connecting to the characters. I did not really feel connected to the romantic aspect of the story but as it was not particularly a contemporary romance, so it didn't bother me much. 

COVER & TITLE: The cover is beautiful and perfectly compliments the book. The title 'Pokhran' is apt as the entire story revolves around the fallout of a nuclear experiment that was conducted at Pokhran.

STORYTELLING: The writing style is kept easy and simple, though at some places I felt like the narrator failed to convey certain things that he wanted to through this book. It was like he wants to say something, but couldn't find the right words. The pace of the book is kept moderate for most of it, but the ending is quite abrupt and I was like: Okay what happened?

I really liked the theme of paracracy, that was used in the book. I have never before heard of paracracy so it was nice to learn about it.

All in all, it was a refreshing read.

Happy Reading!

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