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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  26 reviews
He looked at his gun once more. The helplessness left him, in its place was a hardened resolve that he would still have the final say. A third option. The middle-finger to the middlemen who had driven him to this. A few moments later, Major General Iqbal Qureshi fired the shot that shook the nations conscience.

The death of a decorated war veteran, one of India's foremost m
Paperback, 388 pages
Published 2014 by Westland
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Animesh Jain
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So it starts with a theory and the theory culminates into a full-fledged plan, to achieve something that no one can imagine witnessing in the world's largest democracy. What starts like an orchestrated effort by an agency never heard of before by anyone in the world; results in so many people getting involved right from the president of USA to the intelligence agencies of Unites Kingdom. Are they scared of the situation or do they want to use the chaos to their advantage?

What happens next is a c
Radhika Sheth
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was not entirely sure I would like this book when I first read the description, but I decided to give it a try.
I was completely taken by surprise.
Kalyug by R. Sreeram, was definitely not what I was expecting.

Think House of Cards meets 24. Everything you've ever seen in a Hollywood movie: the CIA, Secret Service, international assassins, bad-ass journalists...They should make a movie based on it. Really.

Balamurali Selvam is the protagonist, an author who penned India 2012, a book about a fictit
Arvind Passey
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Jojo needs a little time. Review of KALYUG


It is Mrs Pandit, one of the political characters in the book (or should I say, political caricatures) who says, ‘Jojo needs a little time before he takes on more responsibilities. I think by the time the next elections take place, he will be ready for a more… significant leadership role.’ The caricatures don’t end with this one character but go on and try and ape the sort of scenario that most of us have been seeing India step into.

So we have the fact
Rahul Khatri
Kalyug ! This is the first Review copy I got , so wanna dedicate this to my Bestie because ....... Read my Book soon , You'll gt to know ;)
I'll say that the name is apt as the book's contents are .
Truly a pacy thriller and I admit a unique in its own . A Book with an idea of coup in the largest Democracy of the world , Republic Of India . I believed in a principle that " Learn everything that you get because one day it'll definitely gonna be in use " So the same lies with thia book which gives b
Soumya Mukherjee
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
KALYUG - A review
How about a benevolent dictatorship in India? Or is that an oxymoron? The fast paced page turner by Selvam, sorry, R Sreeram, Kalyug, published by Westland Ltd, tackles this question.
The story is set in current day India, where an author called Selvam has written just such a book, the story of a coup in current day India, thus giving rise to controversy, notoriety, and political vendetta. Wonder if this is wishful thinking by the author? Anyway, the story develops two years afte
Parul Thakur
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kalyug is a political thriller and has been named after the Operation Kalyug in the story that is the premise of the plot. Following the death of an honest war veteran, the existing government is thrown out of power, and a new one takes its place. The new regime promises a government that will get back things on track for India and on to a new path to success. Amidst politics, struggle for power, conspiracy and safe house attacks, is an author who is a pawn in this political game.

If you are some
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
If you ask me what is fiction.

I would say fiction is a piece of literature in which the author picks up a plots which could be a folklore, a myth or a real incident. Now to this plots, he adds many layers of innovative possibilities (based on his/her imagination) to make a story out of it.

An awesome fiction is that which blow out your mind with brilliant mosaic of the possibilities composing an amazing story to read and tell.

But this novel is not an awesome fiction but a good one.It compels you
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Kalyug is a rare animal in the menagerie that is Indian fiction - a political thriller. A brief synopsis of the plot is as follows.

Following the death (suicide/murder?) of a highly decorated war veteran, the existing government is overthrown in a military coup. The new government, backed by a Big Brother like organisation, promises to get India back on track - now where have we heard that before? A rival organisation run by a well-connected industrialist plans to sabotage the new government. And
Viswanathan Nemmara
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Kalyug, the author has attempted an out-and-out political fantasy in a format that is inherently metafictional because their simple existence provides commentary on the story telling process. This style though is currently on indefinite hiatus; but I believe there is plenty here to read about and learn from. He lets his imagination run a reckless riot. It’s like a car let loose at break-neck speed on a not too congested highway interspersing through mind-blowing hair-pin bends, unimaginably d ...more
Sandeep Sharma
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The very first thing about the book is it’s unique and great cover. Now-a-days books are coming with fabulous cover designs and this one is one of them which is very intelligently designed keeping the storyline in mind. It’s simple yet convincing and that’s where the beauty lies.

Blurb talks about the death of a war veteran that triggers a movement that is a part of a operation called ‘Kalyug’. A writer Selvam is somehow related with this mass movement. Story of the book talks about a political c
Nitin Vadher
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
It’s a fast paced, political thriller. Nice and very interesting book to read. You will get everything in this book suspense, conspiracy, Indian army, politics etc to glue you for further thinking, what will happen next. The author has very well portrayed the mindset of Indian politicians and politics. Also while reading the book one can know how the political decision affects to general public, economy, media etc. The language is easy and the story line is so perfectly woven which keeps readers ...more
Karan Rajpal
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
There haven't been many mature attempts by Indian writers in the political thriller spectrum. As a result, most of us are more aware of the US government's workings than we are of India. Kalyug addresses this rather large niche, and does it well.

The good things: Well paced, logical and a cast of characters that are well etched. Their motivations, actions and events they become a part of, are well depicted. The cardinal sin of telling rather than showing never occurs- something which Indian auth
Simran Khurana
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's fast. It's furious. It's kickass. Kalyug is a glimpse into the darky, dingy, dirty corridors of power. Power corrupts. We know that. But if you want to know how much, read this book. For a politics enthusiast, this book is orgasmic. If however, you'd prefer the prettier side of the world, don't go here.

A writer wronged. A war veteran interrupted. A government on shaky feet. A secret mission. A master coup that promises to rewrite history. What more can one want in a political potboiler? I c
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
This books works on so many levels.
1. Fast paced
2. Well Written
3. Detailed information regarding political protocols.
and the list goes on.

So what is this KALYUG about,

A story with thinly veiled references to politicians and their tactics used in the field. A group fighting against corruption, reservation, terrorism, nepotism in India . Using Emergency in India as a way to fight corruption induced by Corporate. The things that are day dreamed by a common man to save the nation from th
Sarandeep Kaur
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
A man who lives by his country is betrayed by the system.. And an organisation which claims to clean up the system.. But is it really the system they want to clean up or is it part of a bigger plan? Is it a real coup or a puppet regime? A gripping tale of powerhouse, money and politics in India and how it embroils politicians from across the world..the parallels drawn from real life politicians make the story so come alive..The tactics were probably too detailed for my interest but nevertheless ...more
Privy Trifles
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gripping and un-put-down-able are the first two words that come to my mind once I finish reading this book. As is customary the moment I receive a book for review I tend to flip a few pages to get a feel of it. And it is in very rare cases that I end up reading the whole book in that very sitting. THIS was one such rare case. A book that has a death scene in the first two pages, add to it the fact that it is a suicide is surely one that needs to be read like now!

Read the whole review here http:/
Vivek Rao
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great debut by a promising new writer.

My first thought when I finished reading Kalyug was: this can't be the work of a first-time writer!

R. Sreeram's language is very good, and yet he ensures that he doesn't send readers scrambling for their dictionary apps. The unraveling of the plot, the build-up of tension, the characterization, the action sequences, have all been handled with finesse. The pace is pretty good, and once you get hooked on, it's a nice ride till the end.

I recommend Kalyug to
Jairam Mohan
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Quite a nice book, imagining a situation where a bloodless coup results in the country being plunged into President's Rule. Kudos to the author for having imagined this situation and backing it up with quite a believable and interesting narrative.

However, I stop short of praising the book to high heavens due to a few things which I wasn't entirely convinced about. Will detail those in my review on my personal blog.
Kedar Muley
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brilliant work. It's not an easy thing to choose a political thriller as a debut novel. Kalyug is gripping, believable and no nonsense novel that sticks to its plot throughout. R Sreeram's attention to details is very sharp. Looking forward to his next novel.
Akhila Madhu
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing political thriller. The language is splendid and every chapter in the book is intricately woven with the other which kept me hooked to the book till the last word of it. A must-read for those who love the beauty of language, suspense and political ideals!
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping read.

Nice gripping tale. Hard to leave once you have started reading it. Good scenario building for the future of the nation.
Ajay Singh
Need more clearity

Unclear thought
Unclear writing
No serious plot
Purly friction
Need to know more about indian political system and method
Keep on.
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Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
A pacy thriller which is unique in its own . A Book with an idea of coup in the largest Democracy of the world, Republic Of India . I believed in a simple principle that " Learn everything that you get because one day it'll definitely gonna be in use " So the same lies with this book which gives brief idea of a possible coup in a Democracy .

On a contaminated white cover lies shoe pair . A typical old one as What Army men used to wear . Especially the Special forces . Shoes shown a
Shiv Kumar
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adv-thriller
A political thriller which started well but the plot lost out somewhere near the middle. The author has tried to develop the story around a seemingly impossible scenario in India- A coup. There is no doubt on writing capability of the author but the plot fails to captivate the reader.
Indian army revolting on a suicide of a major general is a far fetched scenario which however can be digested but further incidents in the story are just do not plausible. Where the plot fails is when the author tri
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced and interesting. Defi worth a read.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
concept was good.... but something was amiss..
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“there would have been some idle persecutions here and there, a clash of ideas and egos, but by and large, for the duration that we were the richest and most wonderful of nations in the world, we were also the most tolerant. That tolerance is the fabric that weaved our different states, united our tongues . . .” 0 likes
“You know what I love about India, Mr Selvam?’ he asked softly. ‘It’s the birthplace of so many new thoughts. Religion. Philosophy. Science. Zero. Geometry. Trigonometry. Governance. But above all, tolerance. Take any topic, any era before the British Raj, and you will see that we’ve never persecuted anyone for the thoughts they had or the beliefs they propagated.” 0 likes
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