25 October, 2020

Sex, Spies And Red Tape

Suspend your disbelief and zip through this sometime intriguing, sometime shocking read

Jitender Gupta
Sex, Spies And Red Tape
So what does Aniruddha Bahal do when he isn’t wired up to hidden cameras, or sitting in court defending Tehelka in an interminable series of cases? He writes a book; a thriller that is being described in the UK as this season’s most awaited fiction debut.

It’s one of the ironies of Indian writing in English, that while a thousand works of literary fiction bloom in every shop window, there are few Indian thrillers, or spy novels around—and hardly any that have broken through in the competitive overseas markets. Bunker 13 promises to be a trail blazer; it’s already been sold for handsome sums of money to Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the US and Faber & Faber in the UK.

And the hype seems well justified. Don’t accept any dinner invitations—this is the sort of book that you will read without budging from the sofa, grunting at anyone who tries to make conversation. It’s a wild ride through corruption, espionage, journalism and plenty of debauchery; with characters that you certainly wouldn’t want your children to ever meet, let alone befriend. (In...



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