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Harappa - Curse of the Blood River Paperback – 9 June 2017
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“Harappa knits 3,700 years, powerful ancient and modern-day characters, and a nail-biting conspiracy – all in one literary thriller.” - Times of India
“Vineet’s style of narrative and backdrop does remind (the reader) of Dan Brown, but Vineet has surpassed him in terms of vision and imagination” - ikreatepassions.com
“Harappa is definitely the next Bahubali…” - Mala Ramakrishnan
“Very nicely written book…” - Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
“Vineet…weaves a whole alter reality with Harappa…a magnum opus!’ - 94.3 FM, Radio One
“Bajpai sets you up perfectly for the dark revelations…of the great storyline he has created in Harappa.” - thebigfatboho.com
“Harappa…a blend of history, mythology, religion and crime.” - afaqs.com
“Harappa…is a mix of history, mythology and fantasy…The story has the visual effect of a screenplay.” - Asian Age
“Harappa…fiction fills the gap left by reality…in a Dan Brown fashion.” - Mid Day
"Lending a true Dan Brown-esque vibe, author Vineet Bajpai weaves a gripping narrative…introduces a myriad elements and yet manages to keep them together…brilliant…unputdownable experience for the reader.” - Hindustan Times
About the Author
He has led the global top-ten advertising agency TBWA as its India CEO. This made him perhaps the youngest ever CEO of a multinational advertising network in the country. He has won several entrepreneurship and corporate excellence awards, including the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. He was recently listed among the 100 Most Influential People in India’s Digital Ecosystem.
Vineet’s second company talentrack is disrupting the media, entertainment and creative industry in India. It is the fastest-growing online hiring and networking platform for the sector.
He has written three bestselling management and inspirational books – Build From Scratch, The Street to the Highway and The 30 Something CEO.
He is an avid swimmer, a gaming enthusiast, a bonfire guitarist and a road-trip junkie. He is 39.
From the Publisher
Q & A with Vineet Bajpai
Q1. What is Harappa about?
A1. Vineet Bajpai: Harappa takes the readers on a journey spanning 3,700 years, from 1700 BCE Indus Valley to modern-day Delhi & Paris. It spins a thrilling tale around some of the unanswered and haunting questions of the Indus Valley.
The story traces the bloodline of the greatest man of Harappa. There is a deeper conspiracy around the fall of the civilization, which connects several dots from Harappa, to Kashi, to 5th century Constantinople, to 16th century Goa and to the Vatican. The story oscillates from history to mythology, from occult to religion, from exorcism on one side to gunfights on the other, from taantrics to warriors, from love to ambition.
Q2. What was the inspiration for the book? Is it based on any real or fictitious characters?
A2. Vineet Bajpai: Harappa is an effort to creatively exploit the rich history, mythology and heritage of India. When we read books of brilliant western authors like Dan Brown and we read say, the Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons, we love them. But why hasn’t a book ever taken us on a fantasy ride through the dark and terrifying narratives of the Garuda Puraana? It was this quest for creating a high-quality book based on our own Indian heritage, our own myths & mysteries, which made me envision Harappa. As far as the characters are concerned, while the book uses intense historical and mythological backdrops, the characters are all sculpted afresh.
Q3. From business/management books to best selling Indian fiction…the transition is significant. What prompted you to get into history, mythology and fantasy fiction?
A3. Vineet Bajpai: Just as I wrote management books to share my experience in the industry and help my readers build better careers and companies, I also wanted to write about India’s ancient mysteries and our rich heritage.
Q4. Describe your journey as an author so far. What are your future plans?
A4. Vineet Bajpai: It has been a great journey, with the love being showered from one’s readers being my greatest reward. Starting with my first business book, Build from Scratch, it has been a dream come true. The book continues to be a favourite of entrepreneurs and start-ups even today. I wrote my second business title The Street to the Highway in the year 2011. In 2016 I released my most recent business and inspirational book The 30 Something CEO. Harappa is getting much love from readers all over the country. Within just 90 days of launch, the book is on all bestseller lists and has sold nearly 20,000 copies. The response has been tremendous. What more can an author ask for?
My immediate goal is to complete writing Harappa’s sequel - Pralay: The Great Deluge. Lots of readers who have read Harappa and have loved it have sent me emails and messages asking me when Pralay will be released.
Q5. Some in the media are comparing you to Dan Brown. What do you have to say about that?
A5. Vineet Bajpai: It is very flattering to be compared to a great literary icon like Dan Brown. I have thoroughly enjoyed his books and the films made on this books over the last decade and more. I have learnt a lot from him. However, Harappa is a completely different body of work and writing style. First of all, it truly has history and mythology unfolding within the story, and not just as a backdrop. It carries two different eons in parallel. You can call Harappa a historical fiction novel, a crime thriller, a fantasy book or a mythological fiction work.
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- Paperback : 316 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9789352685486
- ISBN-13 : 978-9352685486
- Product Dimensions : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Item Weight : 281 g
- Publisher : VB Performance LLP (9 June 2017)
- Reading level : 12 and up
- ASIN : 9352685482
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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