Relations between India and Pakistan have been complex and largely hostile due to a number of historical and political events. Soon after their independence, India and Pakistan established diplomatic relations but the violent partition and numerous territorial claims would overshadow their relationship.
Since their Independence, the two countries have fought three major wars, one undeclared war and have been involved in numerous armed skirmishes and military standoffs.
The Times We Live In by Madhav Thapar is based on the India-Pakistan relations. All the characters in the book are directly and indirectly connected to India and Pakistan in one way or another.
What makes this book stand out of the box is its tagline - "Religion does not breed terrorism, hatred does." The book lives up to its tagline and delivers a thrilling read. You will be surprised by the new angle of the Indo-Pak rivalry. It will inspire and motivate you to look at terrorism from a totally different viewpoint.
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It is full of mysteries and all the characters play a vital role in shaping the plot. I loved the way how all unanswered questions are answers in PART 4 of the book.
All the major events including both India and Pakistan are covered very creatively without impacting the storyline. It is realistic and you will love the twists and turns.
The Times We Live In has some characters from, and references to, Madhav Thapar's first book - A Friend Like Karna. So, it is advised to read the first book also in order to understand the story in a better way.
Overall, The Times We Live In by Madhav Thapar is a must read. So, go ahead and buy this book from Amazon now! BUY NOW: THE TIMES WE LIVE IN by Madhav Thapar
RATING - 4/5
AUTHOR: Madhav Thapar
PUBLISHER: Notion Press
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From Madhav Thapar the author of the much loved A Friend Like Karna comes his second novel The Times We Live In. This is a world of terror and treachery, but also patriotism and hope. Spanning the seven decades and more since India and Pakistan gained Independence; it cleverly juxtaposes references to true events with a tale of different generations of two families separated by the bloodiest partition ever.
At the centre of the narrative is the hunt for the dreaded terrorist, code named Cobra. As the faceless enemy spreads his tentacles of terror, the Indian RAW is in relentless pursuit, and the body count rises. The action shifts rapidly from scene to scene across three continents and multiple timelines.
Yet, this is not a thriller alone. In his trademark style, the author brings forward various aspects of human drama: love, sacrifice and family values, even as he unravels the motivation and machinations of a criminal mind. Suspense till the very end, and twists and turns throughout.
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