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Book Review: Aahvan by Saurabh Kudesia

Aahvan by Saurabh Kudesia is one novel, in lifetime, which will move you to the extreme core of your beliefs. If you do not know the meaning of Aahvan, well by Googling it, you will come to know something as ‘invoke’. Clear enough, the story kicks off with Rohan. He seems to be an enigmatic personality, later it comes out that he was way ahead in research as well. Importantly, he is the backdrop of the story too.

The story opens with Rohan and his infant son’s death in a car accident. On the same day, a will prepared by Rohan reaches up to his family members: wife, father, and one younger brother. Hereafter, the rigmaroles of suspense and thrill will begin catching you. The will does not look ordinary. It starts indicating about a sun sign (Suryakawach) and mentioning of manuscripts. More or less, it confuses the father of Rohan. Also, to put more fat in the fire, there are treatment reports of his late infant son that either seem misjudged or wrong. A bundle of confusion, commotion, and mystery begins spiraling up.

Then, inspector Jayant is being introduced in the story to check whether Rohan’s death was simple and natural or there was something else behind the screen. He gets into the case soon when one more accident befuddles him. Not only this, in fact wherever murky mysterious deaths are taking place, the dead persons are replaced with Rohan's doppelgänger. How’s that possible? This becomes one of the most difficult conundrums to solve by all experts, leave alone Jayant. Around the same time, the intensity in the novel begins gripping readers. The story is not all about Rohan or people investigating, like Jayant. Rather, it is way far-reaching, to the realms of Mahabharata epoch.

It is one such story where things ‘look settled and about to get uncovered’ will never happen. Well, before you could understand the suspense in Rohan’s will, the story takes an unprecedented stance – it happens when you begin reading about this black deathly shadow-like personality – Mrutyusir.

Was the will invoking someone? Or that sun sign armor is a plaything of some dreadful deity? Questions begin forming, and that’s the time that the author does not lose the grip, and one after another riveting mysteries unfold which keep readers on the tenterhooks of scalding curiosity. Will someone come to reclaim that sun sign? When both the manuscripts about the Mahabharata are read and analyzed, stunning discoveries come in the limelight. In fact, a lot about lord Krishna’s traits and other unknown attributes.

Aahvan by Saurabh Kudesia is one such rare novel that despite its heavy length does not let readers go astray. On the other hand, there are many aspects which seem tightly closed in the novel, for instance, the complete characterization of Rohan and other people running after the manuscripts. What happens in the end, hopefully, will be answered in the next novel. This novel has been written in a series format. Readers are, undoubtedly, waiting for the remaining parts. If translated well in English, this novel has all the charming elements to be of that level of Shiva Trilogy and so on. The only advice to the author is that he needs to mention dates in English format, it will foster more credibility and clarity in the plot.


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