03:02 Book Review

RATING – 5/5

AUTHOR: Mainak Dhar



After finishing his schooling at Modern School, Barakhamba Road and his under graduation at Hindu College, Delhi, Mainak Dhar graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has spent two decades in the corporate sector, starting with Procter & Gamble in India. He spent eighteen years with P&G, fifteen of them outside India across the Asia Pacific region. In 2014, he moved back to India as the CEO of the India operations of a major consumer products multinational.

A self-described cubicle dweller by day and writer by night, Mainak is also the author of over a dozen books, some of which have been bestsellers in India and abroad. These books have been translated into Turkish, Vietnamese, Japanese, French, German and Portuguese. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Puja, and their son, Aaditya. When not at work or with his family, he can usually be found working on, or thinking about his next book.


As 03:02 on a Sunday morning, the World as we knew it came to an end. Mumbai suddenly went black – no electricity, no phones, no internet and no working cars. It was as if someone had turned off the master switch off our civilisation, turning us back hundreds of years overnight. We learned that it was not just Mumbai, but much of the world that had been impacted.

We also learned that it was no accident. A deadly enemy was behind it. An enemy that was now in our midst, seeking to conquer us and destroy our way of life. This is how our was of freedom began. A war that was to be waged not on the borders or by the Army, but in our homes and streets, with us as the soldiers. This is our story.


03:02 by Mainak Dhar is one of the best thrillers I ever read in my life. As the name of the book looks very creative and different from others, the plot of the story is also very new and it will surely blow off your mind. Once you start reading the book, it looks just like a normal story of a man but the second chapter changes everything. It marks the beginning of a war against bad men.

The story looks very real and you can literally feel the flow of emotions inside you. The author has beautifully described each and every detail in a very catchy yet simple manner in 342 pages and you will be hooked to the story till the last page. He plays with your mind throughout the book and you cannot predict what’s coming next in the story.

The book is very Inspirational and will motivate you with beautiful quotes and it will force you to think about the unanswered question “What will happen if everything goes down one day?” with no technology, can we survive and the answer is yes we can. It also covers many social topics and if you are an entrepreneur you can learn many leadership qualities from the main character of the story which will motivate you to never give up.

We need authors like Mainak Dhar to improve the standard of novels in India. A book should be perfect in every way just like 03:02. Apart from a creative name and amazing plot, the cover of the book is also very creatively designed and it looks very unique. I would like to recommend this book to every single person reading this review. It is a MUST READ!

I would like to quote the last 3 lines of the book:

“It was in those days, that I learned that even if your whole world is painted black, you can start to light it up again. All it needs is for each of us to realise that we should stop waiting for someone else to provide the spark; that the spark lies within each of us."

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