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THE IDOL THIEF

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Subhash Kapoor was a New York-based antique dealer whose pieces can be seen in every major museum of the world. In October 2011 when he presented his passport at immigration in Germany, Kapoor was unceremoniously whisked away into Interpol custody. India had weeks earlier issued a red-corner notice for his arrest after connecting him to audacious idol thefts in two Tamil N ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published August 31st 2018 by Juggernaut
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Kiranmayi
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Looking at the book cover and the name, it is easy to be fooled as a ficton thriller, but read the blurb to be surprised that this a true account of events around art theft and smuggling that happened in the past few years. The book is narrated by Vijay who is a prolific art lover and aficionado who played a major role in helping the authorities burst the multiple smuggling networks and bring back the idols to their origins, out from glass museum doors to their worship lands.

The story majorly ce
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Garima Agrawal
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a non-fiction book based on idol theft thats happening in India for decades. Billions of dollars of our ancient Indian heritage are stolen, destroyed and sold to museums, art galleries and private collectors all over the world. With tremendous amount of work from few people and US force less than ten percent of the idols are back and no thanks to Indian law enforcement for sure.

Our own Indian police is least bothered and wont even make an arrest even after being provided all the evidenc
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Tushar Mangl
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this hardcover edition of Vijay Kumar's debut book, the reader is taken deep into the mysterious World of Art thievery. The nonfiction book could have very well been a thriller genre fiction about how a handful of volunteers team up to counter millions of dollars worth racket involving stolen art and artifacts.
More significantly, here we are talking about idols of Gods and Goddesses stolen from temples located in Tamil Nadu, a southern state in India. A well-oiled network of thieves, art dea
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Saraswathi Sambasivan
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a factual account of the antiques stolen from India. The author is a part of the team that worked tirelessly to restore them back to where they belong! "Not every Indian is for sale" he writes. And I am so glad that there are people like him who value our culture and heritage more than dollars! Kudos to him for bravely writing this book. Fantastic read!
Ram
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tamil, novels, in-library
Amazing book on the solving the mysteries of a theft done carefully and meticulously for decades. The debut work is absolutely amazing. Very thrilling read and most of all, this is a good example of how anyone can protect our heritage, legacy and the patrimony of our culture that our ancestors left for us - the identity of who we are. I have been following poetryinstone.in since the start of it. I had been in the blogging world too, since 2005 on similar topics (my blog) not to the depths of poe ...more
Anil Kumar
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gripping true story, Many years of hard work condensed into short gripping tale.
Exposes many aspects of murky world of stolen art.
Sad to learn such atrocities to our gods being committed.
Krishnakumar Tk
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The Idol Thief" book is a true account of events around the idols theft and smuggling. It is such a heavy subject, but the author has made this book very gripping and interesting. The book that starts with the invasion and attempt by the priests to save the murtis in the 11th century CE. Then, it unfolds to the current affairs of the idol smugglers, their network, their methods, the involvement of few authorities and ultimately the attempt by an US law enforcement officer with the help of a tea ...more
Vidhya Nair
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Important read. To understand how idols are taken out of india, the way documents are forged and what the significance of these idols are to local communities. Just because the local environment is impoverished and law enforcement is weak it doesn’t absolve us of basic responsibilities to safeguard national treasures. It’s time to become aware and stop illegal trade. The book sheds light on the inner working of heists and how perpetrators get caught.
Satya Balakrishnan
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent work by S Vijay Kumar! He has dedicated time, effort and I am guessing a whole lot of his personal wealth on studying and cataloguing the Idols of the Chola era! His efforts have borne fruit and many idols have indeed come back. The book excellently captures all the efforts of chasing the idol thieves! I would say this book is a must read if you remotely interested in Indian history / Chola history / Hindu Temples ...
Vinay
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
An real eye opener... Highly recommended
Privy Trifles
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, I would like to thank Juggernaut for bringing out such different and unique book titles. They are totally out of the box and ones that leave you wide eyed at their mere concept.

With a gripping cover that looks like a suspense thriller, this book is nothing less than a roller coaster ride!Unlike what it looks like from the cover and the title, this book is actually a non fiction narrative of S. Vijay Kumar as he takes us through his personal experience in dealing with some of the bi
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Varun
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do your soul a favour, pick this book up, read it and become aware. This is not a crime thriller fiction genre but the author certainly gives it that treatment. He has tried to present a serious problem in front of the Indian conscience in as thrilling a way as possible. Whilst it can be read in one sitting and is not very lengthy, the years of hard work that has gone in for the author to come up with this credible and serious content is easy to see. He also gives a generous amount of referencin ...more
Natasha Borah Khan
"The Idol Thief" is a true story of how idols have been stolen from India's ancient temples and smuggled out of the country to be sold illegally to known organizations across the globe. It is basically written to create awareness about this underestimated crime and how one should be alert while buying antique items. Read full review at Natasha'z Words
Ashish Goyal
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book deserves a 5 star simply for the investigative work that the author has done on stolen Indian antiques. The scale of the looting over the last 50 years (and previously since colonial times) is heart-breaking. The apathy of the authorities is shocking. The collusion of the giant auction houses - Sotheby's and Christie's; the famous international art museums, the rich and famous is galling.

On a positive note, a bunch of volunteers who care deeply about Indian antiques have cleverly used s
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Nanda Rajanala
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful book by the first time author and most importantly a passionate volunteer who has worked very hard to protect the rich, cultural heritage of India. This is compelling given that within the country, there are enough people highly enthusiastic enough to destroy India's past without batting an eyelid. Of such characters in real life is what this book is all about.
It is sad to see that thieves come in all shapes and sizes across all facets of society. The fact that justice is yet to be s
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Sivaramakkrishnan.S.K
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read the Tamil version. What a wonderful read. Exciting, fast paced yet detailed. Recommended for Temple & Art lovers.
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