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To Deepa, Prem gave no hint of the churning inside him. In front of her he affected a cheery demeanour, indulging her in her plans for their honeymoon, which she kept revising. It was a welcome escape from the mayhem surrounding him. There were occasions where the pretence got to him and a voice rose inside, urging him to tell her everything. He silenced it. Deepa was a Hi ...more
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Kanwarpal Singh
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review: This book is about what happened in 1984 after operation Blue star and how lifes get effected its the stories of 2 families who are got effected too, a love story of boy and girl and then assassination of Indira Gandhi happens and boy face the wrath of the mob because of religion then got offer from militant and unknowingly he did the heneious crime of terror attack and lost his life and his lover in attack families has to face wrath of city and then boy family shifted to Seattle and lat ...more
Bigsna
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-authors
The Assassinations: A Novel of 1984, is a historical fiction novel based on the 1984 Sikh riots that took place in India after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her two Sikh bodyguards. The story takes place in Delhi, the centre of the riots, and follows the lives of two families who are unwittingly drawn into and deeply affected by the event, turning their lives in directions they could never have imagined.

Most non-fiction books on the subject capture stories from the worst affec
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Khyati Gautam
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Assassinations is an evocative tale centered on the event of Operations Bluestar that took place in 1984 in India. It was then when PM Indira Gandhi announced raid on the Gurudwara to combat the Sikh militants and was consequently shot by her Sikh bodyguards. This incident brought mayhem in the lives of people and the worst affected were the denizens of Delhi. The Sikhs were brutally killed, women were raped, houses were set on fire and what surrounded was the smoke of burnt flesh and dead d ...more
Anukriti Malik
Deepa , a hindu girl falls head-over-heels in love with Prem Kohli , a sikh boy the moment she sees him. Prem also falls for Deepa and they both decide to get married. Their religious differences never mattered to them until one event that changes their entire world - The Assassination of (then) Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The Assassinations : A Novel of 1984 by Vikram Kapur is a historical fiction that focuses on the disturbances across New Delhi's area during the Blue Star Operation and the a
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Mridula Gupta
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Operation Bluestar is an important event in the political history of India. Thousands of Sikhs were massacred, innocent people, who died over a mission that was (maybe) a mistake. But other things happened, alongside the cold-blooded murders, events that scarred people. This is one such story.

Deepa and Prem, two people in love, planning their life together. But then Indira Gandhi, the country’s Prime Minister is shot by her own bodyguards. These people who shot her are Sikhs, so is Prem. So when
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Reethu Ravi
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Story

Overcoming her father's qualms about a Hindu marrying a Sikh, young Deepa is engaged to Prem Kohli, an ambitious son of a Sikh refugee and a prominent doctor. The wedding preparations are underway when the Indian army enters the Golden Temple. The blasphemy of the shrine and the nonchalance of the people around him about the attack is more than what Prem could take, and a change comes over Prem, beginning with him growing out his beard and hair and the regular visits to the Gurudwara.

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Tiwary Amit
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kudos to Vikram Kapur for bringing out a story woven around an event which changed many lives and blotted the very fabric of religious harmony of our country. This story is simple but very effective in portraying the pain and suffering of the masses. Stories like this should come out periodically to keep this issue in our memories till the justice is delivered to the suffered.

Many thanks to you, Vikram. A good effort. A very satisfying read.
Anu Lal
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clothed in a crimson cover, the book invites readers to face a haunting series of unsettling events. Deepa and Prem are about to cross the most important threshold of their life. They start dreaming and planning their beautiful life. Their marriage is nearing. Deepa’s mother, Savitri is in frenzy. She wants everything to be perfect on the wedding day of her daughter. But life has something else to offer them. Through the story of two families, the novel unravels the harrowing experiences of the ...more
Animesh Das (Booksandbeard)
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title- The Assasinations : A Novel of 1984

Author- Vikram Kapur

Publisher- Speaking Tiger Publishing Pvt.Ltd

Genre-Fiction

Format- Paperback

Length- 216 pages

Year- 2017

Rating- 4.2/5 stars


"Nowhere else in the world did the year 1984 fulfil its apocalyptic portents as it did in india...There were days in 1984 when it took courage to open the New Delhi papers on the morning."

---Amitav Ghosh(The Ghosts of Mrs.Gandhi)


"The Assasinations : A Novel of 1984" by Vikram Kapur is a brilliantly woven work of fict
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Aparna Prabhu
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The early 1980s will remain etched in history for all the wrong reasons. The then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, had ordered the Indian Army to lay siege to the Golden Temple. The place was bathed in a pool of blood and numerous holy relics were destroyed in the mission. This led to the assassination of the Prime Minister and triggered a lot  of Sikh militant groups across the country.

The deepest fears of Jaswant, the senior bureaucrat, came true after these events. The Partition invoked a lot o
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Sharanya
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Trust me, very much like Prem, even I, while reading the book, didn’t see Deepa as different. The book started cliched. Yes, it did and I was actually left thinking, what would the book give me? Will all those promises and expectations from the cover. And then I turned the pages and went on reading it. I was dumbstruck. My eyes moist. Yes, that was the effect the book had on me.


I am a reader. Voracious or not, I don't know. And frankly, I don't have a specific genre I like to read. Everything an
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Bhargavi Chandrashekar
Operation Bluestar was an Indian Army operation to flush out rebels/terrorists/freedom fighters from the Sikhism’s holiest shrine in Amritsar. The June 1984 operation is among the most controversial events in modern Indian history. Vikram Kapur’s The Assassinations: A Novel of 1984 is the fictional story based on this operation blue star and Anti Sikh Riotsevents.

The book starts with the right flow and maintains throughout the story. It treats every minute detail fastidiously. Deepa, a girl from
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Sailaja
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Privy Trifles
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every time I read a book about the history of India, I am pained beyond words to know that something so beautiful has such a bloodied past. 1984 is a year etched in my memory because it’s my birth year and it was much later that I came to know how important a year it was in Indian history with the death of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi and the subsequent events before and after.

This book opens up those wounds of that time, taking up back into the era where life looked peaceful but the qu
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Priyaranjan Mohan
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is very well researched and well written book concerning  the days following the Indira Gandhi Assassination. Merely just 211 pages, this book has the power to move its reader. I could not stop thinking about the book. Evoked strong emotions in me. The book revolves around Prem and Deepa, the two people in love and planning their life together. Prem is a Sikh boy whereas deepa is a Hindu. Their life plunge after the Assassination of Indira Gandhi by Sikh body guard.  The language of the boo ...more
Just Mate A Book
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A historical fiction drama marking one of the most ruthless tragic riots in Indian history Anti sikh riot, which was flamed due to then PM Mrs. Indira Gandhi's assassinations. Author chose to bring about a story that ruefully paints the lives in retrospect. Both families were wealthy one Hindu the other Sikh but both were brutally twisted in the wind in a manner that had a timeless, life long effect on every person regardless of the age, gender.

An ambitious, not really religiously devotional, S
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Divya Chirania
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
5 stars to the writing style. A light read of 200 pages & the messages conveyed is overwhelming.
It takes great effort to summarize a contention of religion succinctly. Every word is carefully chosen & keeps the reader hooked till the last page.
For a change, it was not a Hindu - Muslim rivalry but Hindus vs Sikh. No matter what the contention is about, it is the innocent citizens who get affected & pay a cost by losing their dear ones.
Unfortunately, the ideology of religion which brags about hu
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Subhadrika Sen
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The 1980’s were turbulent times in the history of India. After the Hindu-Muslim the country had not quite recovered from the Partition around three decades ago when the 1980’s saw fresh communal uprisings between Hindus and Sikhs. Under the Prime Ministership of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Operation Blue Star had taken place. This included the army marching into the Golden Temple, one of the most religious places of worship for the Sikhs community. To top it all, Mrs. Gandhi was assassinated by her own ...more
Ankit Chouhan
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Assassinations: A Novel of 1984 by Vikram Kapur is a fiction based on Political History and incidents of 1984 in India.

Author has weaved the storyline beautifully around the incidents that took place in 1984, the assasination of Indira Gandhi, the attacks on Sikh community, every incident is being related by the story of a common family, and love story of Prem and Sikha.

The plot covers every aspect that a novel should hold within it, love, pain, emotions, happiness, moment of grief, sadnes
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Deepali Joshi
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
1984 is considered one of the darkest years of India’s post-independence era. The erstwhile Prime Minsiter Mrs Indira Gandhi was shot dead by her security guards who sought revenge for Operation Blue Star. Thousands of Sikhs were brutally murdered in the communal riots that erupted as an aftermath in Northern parts of the country. Property was ravaged and people were torturously killed to avenge the death of the PM. Sikhs who were forced to leave their homes still shudder at the memories of the ...more
Rakhi Jayashankar
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, non-fiction
Unity in diversity: There would not be an Indian alive who has not studied this in their school. But have this unity been a matter of the past or a myth? If we study our history in detail, we would find it oxymoronic. The hindu- muslim conflict during the partition and the hindu-sikh conflict during the 80s prove the term to be a farce.
Vikram kapoor through his book The Assasinations, breaks the pseudo secularism in the country or should we say that whatever happened was because the country was
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Uday Singh
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book is isolated into four sections: Delhi, 31st October 1984, Before, After and Delhi 2004, with little parts. So does encourages the peruser to take the direct account. the best piece of the book is the change of the characters.The writer has concentrated on each and every character in the book and treated them similarly. The straightforward dialect with the liquid portrayal has helped in organizing the book.

I totally adored the key separating of the story. The characters were played well
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Dr.  Lucy
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review of “The Assassinations: A Novel of 1984” - Vikram Kapur
There have been plenty of novels set in the backdrop of war and violence. What makes this one distinct is the fact that it is not merely a love story centered on the boy and the girl. It takes the spotlight around to each member of their respective families, their inner turmoil and their coping mechanisms. At first, it is like any other love story, boy meets girl, they fall in love, etc. But later, when the tragedy strikes their city,
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Manvi Singh
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Smiles lost, lives devastated, an event which took the history of brutality to another level.”

Portraying one of most agonising incident of the communal history of India, The Assassinations : A Novel of 1984 by Vikram Kapur is a nightmare lived by the Sikhs of Delhi and the entire nation state.

The ever growing incidents of the brutality against the Sikh community haunted Prem Kohli to the core. His life changed after the 1984 operation in Harmandir Sahib. As his inside went on a toss, his love
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Anusree Koottungal
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 18-january
I have not read anything else from Vikram Kapur, and he has moved me immensely with The Assassinations. The writing is simple, and the author has portrayed the horrors and brutality of the riots very convincingly. I was turning pages almost effortlessly – the writing is very fast paced but natural. Nothing seems forced.

The character development is also done very well, especially for Prem. The drastic changes which happens to his character after Operation Bluestar and the riots feel very genuine
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Nimi
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Vikram Kapur's poignant novel begins in the year 1984 at a time before the four digits evoked painful memories and strong emotions.
And the biggest problem is a rather routine one - inter-religion love marriage.

Operation Bluestar changed things.
The author comments "Most Hindus believed it was warranted; most Sikhs disagreed"... I realize that it holds as true today as it did in 1984.
And because the plot of the book has us getting the viewpoint of both a Sikh family and a Hindu family closely, th
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Akshatha Kamath
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
📖 Title - The Assassinations - A novel of 1984.
📖 Author - Vikram Kapur.
📖 Edition - Paperback.
📖 Number of pages -211.
📖 Publisher - Speaking Tiger.
📖 Brief Review and Rating -
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Vikram Kapur's novel is a thriller which intertwines facts with fiction.
The story is set in the year of 1984 when Delhi witnessed the anti- Sikh pogrom, post the assassination of the then Prime minister, Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.
The Sikhs were infuriated with the Indian Congress government after the desecration of
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Rohan Raj
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Assassinations:A Novel of 1984 by Vikram Kapur is extremely impressive in its narration.The author has conveyed his message to the reader not by sermonizing, but with the help of a gripping plot.To drive home his point of view ,he has interwoven the incidents into a story line which leave the reader sometimes curious, at other times appalled.The writer is proficient in the art of portraying his characters ,all of them are true to life and one connects with them instantly.He remarks philosoph ...more
Archana Thakur
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deepa, a Hindu. Prem, a Sikh.
When they fell in love, this never mattered, but then life changed and so did his prospective about her. Until then, he never found her to be any different, but the rising turmoil inside, made him differentiate humanity on the basis of religion, and so did his love.

This book holds the events of 1984 in the most descriptive and haunting way. The description of two lives and how one communal incident changed the lives of them and their families forever. Truly said, th
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Siddharth Singh
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Life is a beautiful gift, it’s upto you, 
if you’ll be able to make it or lose it to the conflicts of hatred and love.”

Prem Kohli was stuck in one such conflict between his religion and himself. He didn’t wish to betray either of them, but he couldn’t overcome his fear of staying engulfed in the circle of conflicts which compels him to make mistakes, mistakes which took his life on a toll.

The Assassinations : A Novel of 1984 by Vikram Kapur is a turmoil which was lived by a thousand people impa
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