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1700 BCE, Harappa – Harappa is a magnificent city on the banks of the mighty Saraswati river. The darkness of treachery, taantric exorcism and bloodshed unleashes itself on the last devta, paving the way for his devastating revenge…and the horrifying truth behind the fall of the glorious civilisation.
2017, Paris – The world’s most powerful religious institution is rattled. Europe’s dreaded crime lord meets a mysterious man in Paris. A lethal assassin boards a train, as Rome fears the worst. The prophesied devta has returned.
What connects Banaras, Harappa and Rome? What was the ancient curse and who was the last devta? What is the terrible secret behind the fall of the colossal Indus Valley? Read on as you travel through a saga of deceit and violence, gods and demons, love and ambition.
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.