Book: A Friend Like Karna
Author: Madhav Thapar
Genre: Thriller, Fiction
Published by: Notion Press
Number of pages: 161 pages
My Rating: 5/5
MY REVIEW: I was kindly provided with a copy of this book by the author Madhav Thapar.
The story is set in modern times but readers familiar with the Indian epic The Mahabharata can certainly draw the analogy between the epic and this thriller.
The story is about two of India’s elite families, the Desais and the Sahnis. Veer Singhi, the central character works for Pranav Desai, a media baron and his spoiled son Jay. Veer considers Pranav Desai to be his godfather and benefactor and is extremely loyal to him and Jay.
On the other side, the Sahni family comprises of Pran Sahni, his widowed daughter Aditi, her three sons Mridul, Vidit and Varun as well as Aditi’s maternal uncle Vidur.
The Sahnis decide to take out a contract on Pranav Desai which is partially successful. Veer on behalf of the Desais, decides to retaliate.
The story has all the ingredients of a potboiler with suspense, passion and betrayal all being part of the story. The lovely Nisha Kapoor adds to the glamour of the plot and plays an important role as she is engaged to Vidit and in love with Veer.
The story races to a climax with Veer’s parentage being part of the mystery. I just wish that the ending was different!
A Friend Like Karna is an extremely enjoyable suspense thriller and I recommend it to readers.