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Featured in every major national newspaper including the Hindu, The New Indian Express, Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle, Asian Age, Millennium Post, Eenadu, top end bloggers & vloggers, literary magazines like the Muse, Sakaal Times and Writer's Melon among others. Synopsis A tantric uses the entrails of a dead prince to perform an irreversible act of evil. Years later, Featured in every major national newspaper including the Hindu, The New Indian Express, Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle, Asian Age, Millennium Post, Eenadu, top end bloggers & vloggers, literary magazines like the Muse, Sakaal Times and Writer's Melon among others. Synopsis A tantric uses the entrails of a dead prince to perform an irreversible act of evil. Years later, Sheila, a quantum physicist, finds a source of energy unparalleled in human history under an old castle in Gudem, a remote village. It just might make India the next super-power. Or it might end up destroying the world. Govind Kiromal, an all-powerful politician, is hell bent on taking over the old castle to harness the energy. Ace lawyer, Raghuram Surya, files a case to stop the take over of the castle because it is the only remnant of his ancestry. Rathaya, a blind old man, dies clutching a piece of cloth. On it is ancient knowledge that can stop the approaching end of times. Raghu and Sheila must stop the impending apocalypse by using quantum science to interpret the knowledge. Through it all, they have to be one step ahead of Kiromal just to stay alive. Now is the time of final reckoning. Will Kiromal succeed in his plan to harness the unfathomable energy in Gudem? Or, will the evil succeed in eradicating the planet? Or, are Raghuram and Sheila merely pawns in an even deadlier game? A game as old as time!

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Featured in every major national newspaper including the Hindu, The New Indian Express, Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle, Asian Age, Millennium Post, Eenadu, top end bloggers & vloggers, literary magazines like the Muse, Sakaal Times and Writer's Melon among others. Synopsis A tantric uses the entrails of a dead prince to perform an irreversible act of evil. Years later, Featured in every major national newspaper including the Hindu, The New Indian Express, Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle, Asian Age, Millennium Post, Eenadu, top end bloggers & vloggers, literary magazines like the Muse, Sakaal Times and Writer's Melon among others. Synopsis A tantric uses the entrails of a dead prince to perform an irreversible act of evil. Years later, Sheila, a quantum physicist, finds a source of energy unparalleled in human history under an old castle in Gudem, a remote village. It just might make India the next super-power. Or it might end up destroying the world. Govind Kiromal, an all-powerful politician, is hell bent on taking over the old castle to harness the energy. Ace lawyer, Raghuram Surya, files a case to stop the take over of the castle because it is the only remnant of his ancestry. Rathaya, a blind old man, dies clutching a piece of cloth. On it is ancient knowledge that can stop the approaching end of times. Raghu and Sheila must stop the impending apocalypse by using quantum science to interpret the knowledge. Through it all, they have to be one step ahead of Kiromal just to stay alive. Now is the time of final reckoning. Will Kiromal succeed in his plan to harness the unfathomable energy in Gudem? Or, will the evil succeed in eradicating the planet? Or, are Raghuram and Sheila merely pawns in an even deadlier game? A game as old as time!

30 review for Agniputr-When Agni First Spoke

  1. 4 out of 5

    Praveen

    "Observation changes a phenomenon being observed and reality does not exist unless it is measured." I received this book from the author and believe me, I am really grateful that he provided me an opportunity to read it. This book turned out to be far more riveting than what I was expecting. When story started somewhere in a distant village of Gudem in Andhra Pradesh in 1940, with this beginning ….. “The lone man gawked at the samadhi, a tomb. He was a cadaverous individual wrapped in a dirty dark "Observation changes a phenomenon being observed and reality does not exist unless it is measured." I received this book from the author and believe me, I am really grateful that he provided me an opportunity to read it. This book turned out to be far more riveting than what I was expecting. When story started somewhere in a distant village of Gudem in Andhra Pradesh in 1940, with this beginning ….. “The lone man gawked at the samadhi, a tomb. He was a cadaverous individual wrapped in a dirty dark lungi around his lower torso. His flat lips were parched and as brittle as sun baked twig. He tried with little effect, to wet them with a sandpaper dried tongue. He liked to think of himself as an aghora tantrik. A necromancer. He lived his life around rotting carcasses. He ate them sometimes or had intercourse with them and at other times called for spirits through them.” ..I was almost sure that I was going to read a historical fantasy, flavored with typical Indian tantrism. However, soon I realized that this was not only flavored with tantrism and ancient Indian wisdom but author has also supplied it with condiment of alluring theories of modern quantum physics. When Sheila, A scientist and a head of project (that was to resolve the greatest mystery of science) met a 95 years old blind man, Pichi Rathya, whom she was searching to find the secret, she was astonished by this blind man’s casual take on quantum theories….. “People think I am crazy, Pichi Rathya, but am I? What is not crazy Miss Sheila? I am a living proof that quantum physics, or at least some part of it, is sound. What if I tell you that this blind old man sees, everything, but at a subatomic level? What if I tell you that this is my curse? What if I tell you that when I die I live on, hence death is also an illusion? I am everywhere and nowhere at the same time.” I found wisdom, drama and suspense sprinkled everywhere in this novel. In fact, this book is a complete package of entertainment! This is written around an evergreen concept of combat between the Evil and God, but there is almost everything in this novel; you wish to have as a reader. An age old mystery, a secret, science, village customs, supernatural depictions, interesting characters, a complex but captivating alliance between a lawyer and a scientist, betrayal, an obsessed power hungry politician, an ancestral castle where is hidden the secret……. And finally none other than AGNIPUTR! I truly appreciate the execution part by the author. It was perfect and gave the absolute satisfaction to me as a reader. He kept me engaged with the story line and his lucid and wise writing kept me engrossed in the suspense created by him. I think the writing skill of author that I witness, is beyond praise, as this book is only the second book from the author. A fast paced page- turner, full of well-crafted suspense and written in a very lucid, witty and intelligent way! I will recommend it to all!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Archit Ojha

    I'm. Bewitched! If this is the future of fantasy books in India, I'm sure it is brighter than bright! This was the book I couldn't put down for a second! Still I'm not sure in which genre Agniputr belongs! Such variety of genres it contained! And that's why it can be read and enjoyed by anyone and everyone. Set in many different eras, in Agniputr the writer gives a picture of mythology sometimes and next moment he enlightens the reader about Quantum Physics. Sometimes army and next moment politics I'm. Bewitched! If this is the future of fantasy books in India, I'm sure it is brighter than bright! This was the book I couldn't put down for a second! Still I'm not sure in which genre Agniputr belongs! Such variety of genres it contained! And that's why it can be read and enjoyed by anyone and everyone. Set in many different eras, in Agniputr the writer gives a picture of mythology sometimes and next moment he enlightens the reader about Quantum Physics. Sometimes army and next moment politics. It carried thriller, suspense, drama, mystery, mythology and everything a reader in me could have asked for. The concept of future/past/present/time/atoms - oh God! How simply the author has made his point. Although I figured out the secret it had since a long time but when it was finally revealed, the book didn't cease to surprise me. The climax is brilliant. No words are enough words for that. I will not give any any spoilers for this one! You better find it for yourselves. Actually, do find it! You won't be disappointed. :) Its fantastic cover promises you that you can keep your expectations higher and higher from this one. It's a full time page turner. Few things that can be improved for the next series are : * The informative part could be written in better ways. * Many facts could have been clarified.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pooja

    One of the phenomenal book I read this year! This was the kind of book you don't dare put down for a minute. A book that you enjoy to the fullest. Agniputr is an amazing narration of the mysterious events happening in a village named Gudem. Some people think its paranormal activities, some are naming it as a source of huge energy and some are trying everything to keep the secrets away from the eyes of common people. Be it anything, reading Agniputr is certainly going to be a delightful treat. Under One of the phenomenal book I read this year! This was the kind of book you don't dare put down for a minute. A book that you enjoy to the fullest. Agniputr is an amazing narration of the mysterious events happening in a village named Gudem. Some people think its paranormal activities, some are naming it as a source of huge energy and some are trying everything to keep the secrets away from the eyes of common people. Be it anything, reading Agniputr is certainly going to be a delightful treat. Under the spell of the author, you keep on exploring what he has to offer you. As you proceed further, your expectation with the novel knows no bounds as the writer's imagination of binding various genres into one recognized no limits. I'm still mystified with the fact that how Agniputr was a blend of mystery, fiction, fantasy, quantum mechanics and what not and yet it has been successfully managed and handled by the author to keep the reader's interest on the top. Agniputr made me think that during it was written, along with being honest and sticking to its theme and concept adamantly, Vadhan has also put his fans ' expectations on high priority. Agniputr is a page-turner, very well written, polished and fine piece of art and imagination. Everything comes crashing down when you reach the ending and you know you can't wait for a long time for the next part of the series. In the arena of fantasy, the author has declared clearly that he is at the top of his game. Kudos to the writer for penning down a fantastic book. Agniputr, I recommend you highly.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gorab Jain

    2.5 Thank you Vadhan sir for providing a beautiful paperback in exchange for an honest review. Gripping narration, mixing various genres. Starting with urban legends, horror, quantum physics, politics, love, action, thriller. Which made me ponder on what could be the real life profession of the author other than writing? Not surprised he's a lawyer :) Hence the multiple field expertise, along with excellent writing skills (vouching on a lawyer friend!) "The concept of the 'Observer Effect' in Quant 2.5 Thank you Vadhan sir for providing a beautiful paperback in exchange for an honest review. Gripping narration, mixing various genres. Starting with urban legends, horror, quantum physics, politics, love, action, thriller. Which made me ponder on what could be the real life profession of the author other than writing? Not surprised he's a lawyer :) Hence the multiple field expertise, along with excellent writing skills (vouching on a lawyer friend!) "The concept of the 'Observer Effect' in Quantum physics states that observation changes a phenomenon being observed. Another theory is, reality doesn't exist unless it is measured. Both theories feed off each other." What went well: 1. Narration and writing style. 2. Character development. 3. Extremely loved the conversations with RP (blind old man) - mixing philosophy with laws of quantum physics was very pleasing! 4. Dividing the book in apt parts and chapters. 5. Cover art. Apt and beautiful. 6. A coloured full photo of author inside back cover. I could imagine him narrating the story while reading it :) What didn't go so well: 1. Plot - The conclusion was not at all convincing. 2. Such huge energy generation needs to be justified logically, and not just by some fancy tantriks and black magic... which was a big disappointment. 3. Regarding creation of universe - "Speech pierced that eternal silence causing the big bang, and speech only comes from a thinking mind". Well, it can very well be "sound" and not necessarily speech. Not a "sound" argument this! 4. The significance of "When Agni first spoke" fell down flat. 5. Mixing Telugu and Hindi with English... providing translations at some places, and not providing at others. Overall: A good entertainer. Read it in a couple of stretches and loved it, except for the conclusion part.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pallavi Sareen

    This was an incredible book and I don't know which genre to classify it in. Was it Fantasy, sci-fi, mythology, political thriller? A blend of everything, I suppose. The summary gives you a clear cut idea of what to expect from this book. A powerful entity has been growing underneath the earth, something so powerful that it can destroy the earth. I was amazed by the way author uses Quantum Physics as well as mythology to explain the situations. It could've been more clearer though. And what tops This was an incredible book and I don't know which genre to classify it in. Was it Fantasy, sci-fi, mythology, political thriller? A blend of everything, I suppose. The summary gives you a clear cut idea of what to expect from this book. A powerful entity has been growing underneath the earth, something so powerful that it can destroy the earth. I was amazed by the way author uses Quantum Physics as well as mythology to explain the situations. It could've been more clearer though. And what tops the plot are the variety of characters. For some, it's all about power, for some it's about revenge. Raghuram and Sheila, our main protagonist had such interesting chemistry and were strong characters on their own. This one is a real-page turner. As soon as you start, you'd want to reach the end, for all the mysteries to be unveiled finally. And THE ENDING! Wow, now that is how you end a book. P.S-Beautiful Cover. This will make a good addition to my shelf.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hina Jadhav

    For me Agniputr turned out to be a really thrilling read. It’s the best Indian science fiction that I have read in this year. From paranormal activities to quantum physics, metaphysics, this book has it all.The author has very nicely explored the concepts of Vedas and modern science.The character portrayal is very good from the very beginning, and like I always say that if the characters are good and strong then definitely the story turns out to be good.From page one, this book became a visual tre For me Agniputr turned out to be a really thrilling read. It’s the best Indian science fiction that I have read in this year. From paranormal activities to quantum physics, metaphysics, this book has it all.The author has very nicely explored the concepts of Vedas and modern science.The character portrayal is very good from the very beginning, and like I always say that if the characters are good and strong then definitely the story turns out to be good.From page one, this book became a visual treat for me.The plot of the book is original and very tense.I must admit that the author has done a lot of research and hardwork which is visible.Vadhan has a good command on vocabulary, so some words are difficult to understand for a beginner. Overall a really good piece of work by the author, I wish that he writes more books in future. Also I think this book should be turned into a movie or a web series, it will be a huge success.🤞

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shreya Vaid

    A mix of historical fiction and sci-fi with a hint of mythology, Agniputr by Vadhan is a book that I was not able to place into a specific genre. But all I know is that Agniputr is a story that will leave you mesmerized and asking for more! A super entertainer from the very beginning, it will keep you engaged till the very last page. And that trumps the genre categorization for me. The story of Agniputr starts from 1940's when the Gudem village's patriarch is poisoned and murdered by his own kin. A mix of historical fiction and sci-fi with a hint of mythology, Agniputr by Vadhan is a book that I was not able to place into a specific genre. But all I know is that Agniputr is a story that will leave you mesmerized and asking for more! A super entertainer from the very beginning, it will keep you engaged till the very last page. And that trumps the genre categorization for me. The story of Agniputr starts from 1940's when the Gudem village's patriarch is poisoned and murdered by his own kin. One the very same night, a tantric enters the royal palace's Samadhi complex with a motive to make a concoction of destruction. The tantric is trying to unleash something demonic, according to his Master's wishes. And when he unleashes it, a sudden realization hits him that he has committed the biggest mistake of his life, keeping at stake the life of every living being. Fast forwarding to 1970's, you meet another royalty from Gudem, a cripple who decides to enter the Samadhi to save his people. He becomes successful in controlling the demonic activity, but then he is lost forever into the Samadhi. No one can ever enter or pass by it. People are consumed by it. In the present day, the only remaining heir of the royalty of Gudem, Raghuram Surya lives in Gurgaon. One morning, he receives a notice of requisition from Government of India for entering, vacating and providing his castle in Gudem and Samadhi grounds for research, to understand what is beneath those grounds that makes people vanish from the face of the earth. Lead by a formidable scientist Sheila and her team of scientists along with the army lands at Gudem only to witness more spooky things. Sheila and Raghuram join their forces to understand what is going on in Samadhi, and by doing so they witness things that change their very perception of formation of human life and it's attributes. Raghuram also comes across a truth that he was chosen by his ancestors to finish the evil, "The Sutram", lurking under his ancestral grounds by raising "Agniputr". Will he able to fulfill his destiny when politicians like Home Minister Kiromal and his tantric ally want the Sutram to thrive more? From the very first page, Agniputr is a complete page turner. It holds the reader's interest throughout the book, hardly slipping anywhere. The most striking feature about Agniputr is that it manages to handle a mixture of multiple genres very smoothly. Rarely a reader might feel lost in this unique art of mixing but otherwise, this wise concoction of multiple genres makes up for a pretty great read. The inclusion of Army backdrop with a hint of politics adds a bit of spicy thrill into Agniputr. The characters are beautifully created, each doing justice to their part. Another striking thing about Agniputr is that the smaller characters, who either withered out of the story or played a small part create a very strong base of mystery. Characters like pichi Rathaya and Sathi played a very short but a central role in the plot. The only issue a reader may face will be the climax of the story. The author has done an excellent job of carving out a climax from two-three genres mixed but then climax may seem a little confusing to some readers. I also had to read the climax twice just to wrap my head around it. All in all, Agniputr makes up for a pretty great read, something that any reader can devour into.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vivek Tariyal

    Hello All …. Before going deep into the review of Agniputr by B. Sai Chandravadhan, I would like to congratulate the Author for his efforts. Every Literary work is unique in itself and the review given below is an honest result of my understanding and must not be taken otherwise. Let’s quickly go through the ratings Title : 4/5 Cover : 4/5 Blurb : 5/5 Plot : 4.5/5 Language Used : 4/5 Presentation : 4.5/5 Overall : 4.3/5 About the Book : A journey to once self conscience and leaving the reader spell bound Hello All …. Before going deep into the review of Agniputr by B. Sai Chandravadhan, I would like to congratulate the Author for his efforts. Every Literary work is unique in itself and the review given below is an honest result of my understanding and must not be taken otherwise. Let’s quickly go through the ratings Title : 4/5 Cover : 4/5 Blurb : 5/5 Plot : 4.5/5 Language Used : 4/5 Presentation : 4.5/5 Overall : 4.3/5 About the Book : A journey to once self conscience and leaving the reader spell bound, Agniputr not only justifies the Author's efforts but also creates a compelling charm on the reader which leaves the reader craving for more at the end of the story. Taking mythology side by side with logic & science, the story revolves around a globule of uncontrollable & unfathomable energy called "Sutram" which is the result of dark practices by a necromancer back in 1940s using the Surya King as a bait at that time. While Sutram is an uncontrollable dark energy capable of grasping the whole planet in its darkness, it must be stopped and such an effort was made by the last Surya King which though didn't shut this thing down but somehow contained it within the memorial hall. Sutram can only be destroyed using Agniputr by the only Surya blood left, Raghuram Surya. Unaware of his ancestral efforts to destroy Sutram he comes to know about it when he receives an order of requisition for his ancestral castle from Govt of India. Home Minister Govind Kiromal who sent orders for requisition knows the power of Sutram and hopes to harness it and become the most powerful person on earth. Backed by the necromancer who created it he puts all his efforts to get hold of the Sutram before Agniputr destroys it. Shiela a quantam physicist who has been working for Govt realizes Govind's evil plans and decides to help Raghuram Surya. What would happen when Sutram will set itself free to feed on the planet? How will Raguram destroy this beast? What if Govind harnesses the evil's powers? All these questions have an answer inside the book. Grab it today :) About Writing : The book is full of thrill and adventure. The plot has been well crafted and detailing every situation and place by the author creates a feeling that everything is happening before the eyes of the reader. The Author seems to have a very good hold over his vocabulary and vividly describes each and every detail of the situation and people involved. The segmented approach of the novel connects with reader and leaves reader craving for more. Almost every character has been given due space and brief history of every character's life creates deep understanding of every character on reader's mind. The flow of the story is very good and every chapter is well connected. While reading this book what all I actually dreamed while sleeping was Sutram, Agniputr, Shiela, Raghu and P.Eshwar. The book creates a spell bounding impact  on the reader and the only choice it gives to the reader is to complete it asap :) I believe this story has all the qualities of becoming a big budget motion picture and I hope to see this happen soon. Disclaimer : Once you start reading, you would not be able to put it down. Although I liked every part of the story but few things I liked the most were 1. Justifying the mythology with quantum physics. 2. The author has taken up the topic of "Do we deserve independence?" and the concept of "Collective Independence" have been covered in a chapter which speaks volumes about Author's deep understanding. Critical review : 1. The word usage is bit tough which might make it difficult to understand for general and non seasoned readers. 2. Few events have been detailed too much and for a short time only makes the read a bit boring and lengthy. Despite all critical views, the words and story seem to come out from depth of Author’s heart and his effort is appreciable. I once again congratulate him and wish him luck for his future endeavors.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sahil Pradhan

    the author has penned down the book with such perfection, that I would not hesitate to call the book as a " masterpiece". the book is just amazing to read for. one gets addicted to the book as one reads the first chapter itself. the language is simple and the narration is crisp. the chapters are short just like dan brown's narration which makes the book a page-turning one. The book starts by setting the scenes in Gudem and from the starting itself the author starts setting up the dark plot and the the author has penned down the book with such perfection, that I would not hesitate to call the book as a " masterpiece". the book is just amazing to read for. one gets addicted to the book as one reads the first chapter itself. the language is simple and the narration is crisp. the chapters are short just like dan brown's narration which makes the book a page-turning one. The book starts by setting the scenes in Gudem and from the starting itself the author starts setting up the dark plot and the intriguing and eerie scenes and narrations. The characters are beautifully created, each doing justice to their part. the greatest thing about a thriller I feel is pace. the pace reaches a crescendo and it fills the heart of the readers with great thoughts of the climax which happens in the book very nicely. the character whom I cheered to succeed was Raghuram Surya. there's a bit of politics, horror and a lot of thrill. you would get a plethora of quantum theories as you go forward with your reading. the epilogue ties up the threads and adds up to the backstories of the characters. just loved the research done on the history of the thriller and the lay of the land. just the one critic which i would give is that the book is a concoction of multiple genres and one is not sure which it would fit into and this creates a sort of confusion for the reader. the climax is even a bit same kind of thing. the book is just awesome in mere words and intriguing, intense and imaginative.

  10. 5 out of 5

    The

    Very rarely have i come across a work of fiction that has stayed with me for good. Agniputr takes you to a world where metaphysics, quantum and mythology collide with each other, creating a story unlike other. What happens when you find a way to harness source energy? Will dark matter follow? Who is God really? Is our life just a matter of possibilities and choices, or is there really a grand divine plan at play? Are we all connected? How long is eternity? Is our reality real or are we just spec Very rarely have i come across a work of fiction that has stayed with me for good. Agniputr takes you to a world where metaphysics, quantum and mythology collide with each other, creating a story unlike other. What happens when you find a way to harness source energy? Will dark matter follow? Who is God really? Is our life just a matter of possibilities and choices, or is there really a grand divine plan at play? Are we all connected? How long is eternity? Is our reality real or are we just spectral illusions with imprints across parallel worlds? While the story answered some these questions, and raised the others, it left me yearning to explore my world with more wonder and curiosity in my eyes. This one is going to stay on my bookshelf for a long time.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ritu Mantri

    The title suggests it's a mythological book but it started with paranormal activity. But soon settle as a fantasy thriller. Whatever be the genre but the book is an absolute thriller and has just enough suspense and pace to keep the readers glued to the book till the last page. The end of the book was completely out of the box. Something which no one could predict while reading. Anyone who loves to read fantasy thriller this could be worth a read. Follow the link to read the full review http://t The title suggests it's a mythological book but it started with paranormal activity. But soon settle as a fantasy thriller. Whatever be the genre but the book is an absolute thriller and has just enough suspense and pace to keep the readers glued to the book till the last page. The end of the book was completely out of the box. Something which no one could predict while reading. Anyone who loves to read fantasy thriller this could be worth a read. Follow the link to read the full review http://thebookworld.org/agniputr-agni...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shivam Jindal

    Mythology has always been my love and while picking up this book, I had quite high expectations from it seeing the cover and reading the blurb. And before writing the review I make it clear that it was hard to put this book down and I give it 5 stars out of 5. It has made my love for mythology stronger.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ila Garg

    Agniputr By Vadhan Review By Ila Garg Agniputr, a novel by Vadhan, is published by Bloomsbury India. The cover shows a palace set on fire—giving the plot a historic appeal. The title and sub title (When Agni First Spoke) adds to the feel. With more than two decades as a litigator and consultant for legislative compliance, Vadhan turned to writing a few years ago. He is a lawyer by training, an entrepreneur and dreamer. His first book, ‘Shatru’, part of the Kronikles series, is highly praised and cri Agniputr By Vadhan Review By Ila Garg Agniputr, a novel by Vadhan, is published by Bloomsbury India. The cover shows a palace set on fire—giving the plot a historic appeal. The title and sub title (When Agni First Spoke) adds to the feel. With more than two decades as a litigator and consultant for legislative compliance, Vadhan turned to writing a few years ago. He is a lawyer by training, an entrepreneur and dreamer. His first book, ‘Shatru’, part of the Kronikles series, is highly praised and critically reviewed to be one of the best fantasy novels in India. Vadhan is married with two children. He aspires to be a politician and a reformist one day. Vadhan lives in New Gurgaon, India, with his wife. Read the complete review here - http://www.ilagarg.com/2017/01/agnipu...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shibil

    This book is an awesome read. Author does a great job at capturing minute details of various events. The story is engaging and at no point I felt like leaving the book and moving on to something else. The book also does justice to all the characters in the story. Every character has a very well defined reason to exist. Over all a great purchase and an Awesome read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Naman Pandey

    A fusion of science and mythology brings out the story of Agniputr. Raghuram, an heir to a very respected and vast empire, find himself in a tough situation. The situation involves a strange power being trapped in his inherited property. Various parties involving sinister ministers and other parties lock horns to acquire or destroy it. Raghuram finds a perfect ally in Sheila, a scientist who is investigating the very same power. The story goes at a wonderful pace. It'll surely leave you with an A fusion of science and mythology brings out the story of Agniputr. Raghuram, an heir to a very respected and vast empire, find himself in a tough situation. The situation involves a strange power being trapped in his inherited property. Various parties involving sinister ministers and other parties lock horns to acquire or destroy it. Raghuram finds a perfect ally in Sheila, a scientist who is investigating the very same power. The story goes at a wonderful pace. It'll surely leave you with an enlightened smile at the end.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jignesh

    Great book to read being a writer myself, I must say it is a good mix of facts and fantasy. The ending could have been a little elaborate. However the research and the imagination of the writer is unparalleled

  17. 5 out of 5

    Harshali Patel

    I always wanting this type of books which is full of adventures and belonging to Indian mythology and epics. I am eagerly waiting for the author to write more books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kushi

    The book is written in very different ways which mixes science, fiction with myths and sagas. I would recommend this book to everyone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jigisha

    I love fictional book which are inspired from Hindu epics/mythologies.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Geeta Thakkar

    A MUST MUST MUST READ! The book is amazing. With captivating story and plot, you just can't keep it down. I was left bewitched with the writing of the author. Let me summarise my opinion for you guys: 1. The cover is very beautiful, interesting and apt. Also is the name. It got me interested right from the beginning. 2. The book doesn't belong to any specific genre. It is a perfect blend of mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, political drama, mythology and in short a full on entertainment. A MUST MUST MUST READ! The book is amazing. With captivating story and plot, you just can't keep it down. I was left bewitched with the writing of the author. Let me summarise my opinion for you guys: 1. The cover is very beautiful, interesting and apt. Also is the name. It got me interested right from the beginning. 2. The book doesn't belong to any specific genre. It is a perfect blend of mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, political drama, mythology and in short a full on entertainment. I mean what else does a reader want😁 3. The plot and story are amazing. The way the author has narrated the story, the way he brings together all the links, keeps us guessing till the end. 4. The climax of the book is awesome. Brilliant. I just couldn't think of anything like that. 5. There were a few instances where many things related to quantum physics were discussed. As I don't have any background to that, I didn't understand that part. But it is absolutely fine. It doesnt make much difference. All in all it is an amazing read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Abhyudaya Shrivastava

    This book comes with a lot of promise especially because it is a supernatural fiction book and is published by Bloomsbury. Harry Potter filled those two criteria and we know the rest of the story. The cover design is perfect with a burning house in the background raising questions more than uncovering the plot. The book is about a problem that doesn't really fall into the normal every laws of normalcy. It requires a certain understanding of quantum physics and certain creative liberties (of cours This book comes with a lot of promise especially because it is a supernatural fiction book and is published by Bloomsbury. Harry Potter filled those two criteria and we know the rest of the story. The cover design is perfect with a burning house in the background raising questions more than uncovering the plot. The book is about a problem that doesn't really fall into the normal every laws of normalcy. It requires a certain understanding of quantum physics and certain creative liberties (of course!) to finally get acquainted to this villain. The story is of Raghuram Surya who had inherited immense wealth, respect and this problem in his ancestral village in Gudem, Andhra Pradesh. Along side Sheila and a motley crew of people like Poti, Eshawar and Kant, our larger than life hero/ anti-hero fights this problem which could end us in a way we wouldn't even understand. The book reads like a graphic novel and sometimes like someone's nightmare. The spooky bits are well done and the imagination of the author is very vivid. It is western fantasy meeting the Indian masala entertainers. The publishing quality is of course good. Nice, off-white paper, clear font and chapters divided nicely. The book provides for a fast read. The book is not without its problems though. The first and foremost is editing. It is almost 100 pages too long. The adjectives overflow as the author tries to keep the reader abreast with the plot and happenings. Sometimes the adjectives fit and sometimes they make sentences awkward with too many words ending with -ly. Also, the characters do not require the detailing the author has given them. Some of the characters could have been left obscure or better fleshed out via dialogue. The descriptions tend to drag. The biggest problem aside from all this is that the character of Raghuram Surya has certain inconsistencies and is hard to empathize with. One almost feels like this is a book without a protagonist and none of the characters really stand out. It is also difficult to like any of the male characters in general. The language too is not free flowing. Certain sentences require re-readings. The book's appeal lies in its story and I feel it could have been much better at the hands of a better editor. There are minor editing errors like 'where' instead of 'were' which show poorly on the book. Hope they get corrected in the forthcoming editions.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dipanshu Rawal

    The novel is a page-turner with a gripping plot and easy to catch writing style of the author. The story starts with SRK finding some suspicious activities in Gudem. He was about to get married to Sri Sailaja. But, he went on to find out about those abnormal things and gets killed. The disappearance of SRK led his boss Sheila to get in touch with the Defense Minister about this matter. She convinced the minister to help him with Satellite support, which leads her to detect something suspicious aro The novel is a page-turner with a gripping plot and easy to catch writing style of the author. The story starts with SRK finding some suspicious activities in Gudem. He was about to get married to Sri Sailaja. But, he went on to find out about those abnormal things and gets killed. The disappearance of SRK led his boss Sheila to get in touch with the Defense Minister about this matter. She convinced the minister to help him with Satellite support, which leads her to detect something suspicious around that area. The book is divided into 4 parts, namely- A- Sutram B- Sheila C- Surya D- Agniputr In this way, the story progresses and takes the reader on a fantastic journey of fantasy plot knitted brilliantly by the author. Mystery, thrill, mythology, supernatural fiction... all the themes add up beautifully with the writing style of the author. There was a compulsive need for better editing, which may pull off some grammar nazis from reading this art. The title and the book cover couldn't be any better. Maybe if the book was a couple of pages shorter, it could have added as a whole to the fast read. For complete review, please visit this link- http://dipanshurawal.com/indian-fanta...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sheetal

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The title of the book usually gives a brief idea as to what is in store for the reader. When I read the title of the book I presumed it would be on the same lines of the Meluha Trilogy or the Govinda Trilogy. But the book took me by surprise , the start no doubts is a tad bit slow paced & it gives off a horror book vibe but it changes as soon the protagonist enters the story. To be honest the writer fooled me to second guessing as to who the protagonist might have been. The writer is a master The title of the book usually gives a brief idea as to what is in store for the reader. When I read the title of the book I presumed it would be on the same lines of the Meluha Trilogy or the Govinda Trilogy. But the book took me by surprise , the start no doubts is a tad bit slow paced & it gives off a horror book vibe but it changes as soon the protagonist enters the story. To be honest the writer fooled me to second guessing as to who the protagonist might have been. The writer is a master storyteller because he has woven a very complex tale around a very simple premise. That is usually the allure to the book. The book had my full attention to the core that despite changing 2 flights I was able to finish the book in one shot. The only complain I had with the book is the romantic angle for me seems to be a tad bit of an afterthought. What is the crown jewel of the book is the ending , it has an inception like ending wherein the reader keeps guessing as to what just happened. The character are well defined & they stay back in your memory once you keep the book down. This book surely ranks as one of the best I have read in 2016. Kudos to the writer.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sankalpita (bookGeeks India)

    Read on to know why I think this book should be on your "must read" list - https://www.bookgeeks.in/agniputr-vad... Also, watch the video review here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9Q4I...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nishtha

    Review on my blog - https://thebestwhattoreads.wordpress....

  26. 5 out of 5

    Trina Ganguly

    NAME: Agniputr AUTHOR: Vadhan PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury RELEASE DATE: 15th September, 2016. GENRE: Fiction FORMAT: Paperback PAGES: 364 RATING: 3 galleons and 8 sickles out of 5 Before I jump head long onto the book and it’s content, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the author, Mr. Vadhan for giving me the opportunity to review his second piece of work-‘Agniputr’. To be honest, while reading this book, a popular adage that has travelled from generation to generation haunted my mind: “Champions a NAME: Agniputr AUTHOR: Vadhan PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury RELEASE DATE: 15th September, 2016. GENRE: Fiction FORMAT: Paperback PAGES: 364 RATING: 3 galleons and 8 sickles out of 5 Before I jump head long onto the book and it’s content, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the author, Mr. Vadhan for giving me the opportunity to review his second piece of work-‘Agniputr’. To be honest, while reading this book, a popular adage that has travelled from generation to generation haunted my mind: “Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else.” I can easily justify the question mark I have caused to occur in the reader’s mind. So, hold your patience. Here, we go. The blurb of this book gives a more or less the sketch of the story, carefully not revealing any of the finer details of it. And an individual might lead oneself to believe it to be the cliched tale of most of the thriller and adventure films. But, I would ask you to pick this book up and take a leap in the leaves and you would know!! You might, as well, want to forgive yourself of your earlier incredulity, because this book, might have a popular plot line, but yarned in a different manner. Something, which is iresistable. Now, the content. The story starts with the necromancer trying to arise something or someone, from the tomb of the late Raja Raghuram Surya. It is just the begining of an adventure as the protagonists fight against time. The rise of the ‘Sutram’, the dark power, potent enough to engulf the whole world in utter darkness. The urgency to prevent the world from such a predicament, the last decendant of Raja Raghuram Surya– who once tried and prevented this powerful force from causing any kind of destruction, Raghuram Surya – an ace lawyer along with his intelligent assisstant Sheila embark on this journey. What happens next? I’ll not be the spoil sport. The reader must join the characters to reach the end and know the finale. The story line, as enticing it is, has the possibility to conjure up the images right infront of one’s eyes. The vivid imagination is made possible only by the deft penmanship of the author. His usage of words and narrative style is smart and crisp. The descriptions are pretty explicit and somewhat nauseous at times. There are moments, I felt, when the author took his storytelling a notch higher than the reality, which seemed fine given the cynosure of the tale. The choice of words define his fine vocabulary and hold over literature. But the scattering of his vernacular terms would have been more conducive, had there been footnotes translating the meanings in English. Another aspect of the book, which am sure would make the reader pick it up is the title itself, ‘Agniputr’. I felt it symbolic. The name is popular yet he made it different from the rest by omitting the last letter which lies in the general spelling. A supplement from the ordinary yet keeping the usual meaning and pronunciation to it, serves as honey to the bears. Tales with twists and turns at every page of the book, is what a reader would finish at one go. Classified as an unputdownable peice of work, I would recommend this book to every thriller lover. At the end, I want to congratulate the author on such a writing and wish him all the luck for his future ventures. And, as always, I would like to wish all my readers –“Happy Reading”. P.S.: I wouldn’t be surprised, if I someday see this book adapted to a film.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ritika Chhabra

    Follow Just A Girl High On Books for more reviews. "I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review." Mr. Vadhan described his book quite aptly when his character, Raghu thought the following lines  in the novel:  "This was the stuff of fairy tales. Except it did not sound like a fairy tale. It was more like a horror movie." -Raghuram Surya This was something that Raghuram Surya thought upon hearing about the truth of his land and of his family. And believe me, his tho Follow Just A Girl High On Books for more reviews. "I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review." Mr. Vadhan described his book quite aptly when his character, Raghu thought the following lines  in the novel:  "This was the stuff of fairy tales. Except it did not sound like a fairy tale. It was more like a horror movie." -Raghuram Surya This was something that Raghuram Surya thought upon hearing about the truth of his land and of his family. And believe me, his thoughts could not be far from what I really thought of the book.  Agniputr by Vadhan has everything that one requires to make it an amazing novel. There is an old age mystery, a long forgotten secret, village superstitions, supernatural elements, scientific explanations, unexplained effects, questions, answers, love, betrayal, drama, a politician sucker for power, an unlikely alliance between a lawyer and a scientist, an ancestral castle and finally, the one and only, AGNIPUTR. There are just so many things I want to say about this book but don't have the words to. Let me start with the basics though (the old pros and cons style): The Pros: 1. The cover. I adored the cover. It was so beautiful and attractive. I could not not fall in love with it.  2. The title. Curiosity begins with the title. And this title did nothing but generate ounces of curiosity within me.  3. The writing style. Have you ever witnessed a book where the writing style of the book is so captivating that you neither have the courage to put the book down nor do you want the book to end? I've felt that way with very few books and Agniputr was one of them. All the while that I was reading it, I wanted to know how the mystery of the Sutram will be unveiled, what will happen to our three main characters. Yet, once it ended, I wanted to read more and more. His style was that good.  4. The plot. Of course the plot and the story line had a far bigger role to play in this than the writing style but well, a reader has to blame someone, right? 5. The genre. The thing about Agniputr was that although I put the book in three major genres, Romance, Mystery and Science-Fiction, I have no concrete idea of where it belongs. The book had such varied themes and topics — one minute mythology, the next science. One minute the army life, and the next politics. There was such a huge variety that I ended up believing this particular book could be read by anyone and everyone because of well, its diversity. 6. The climax. Oh damn, the climax! Believe me when I type this, you so have to read this book because damn, that climax was so breath-taking (and I mean it in the positive sense)! Now back to a little things that didn't go well. The Cons:  1. Well, for starters, I did not understand the significance of When Agni First Spoke in the tagline. I understand that a lot of what transpired revolved around the first syllable, but somehow, this still did not make sense to me.  2. The facts and information provided could have been a little better explained for a non-scientific student. I'm from a science background so I knew, but when I showed it to my cousin, she didn't understand half the things. I had to explain her stuff.  So there! That was it, I guess. If this review interested you and you happened to think that it is for you, then don't hesitate in buying it online. I'm adding the Amazon links here: Paperback or Kindle.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Apurba Ganguly

    Before I begin, I thank the author for giving me an opportunity to review this unique book. Yes, I say "unique", and I have a valid set of arguments to support. I've come across Thriller and Suspense books that mostly revolve around a handsome and intelligent male protagonist, with a beautiful and smart female character in the supporting role. The plots, usually consisting of numerous "race against time" situations, deal with a complicated puzzle that often bridges the gap between science and rel Before I begin, I thank the author for giving me an opportunity to review this unique book. Yes, I say "unique", and I have a valid set of arguments to support. I've come across Thriller and Suspense books that mostly revolve around a handsome and intelligent male protagonist, with a beautiful and smart female character in the supporting role. The plots, usually consisting of numerous "race against time" situations, deal with a complicated puzzle that often bridges the gap between science and religion, adding to it a few sprinkles of philosophy and moral science. Agniputr has a similar plotline, but has an entirely different approach altogether. The first thing I liked about the book was the way the contents of the story were divided into. The presentation of the story into four major fragments, concentrating on a particular central theme or element of the plot, is quite innovative. Secondly, the characterization was good. In fact, the lead protagonists are very much concrete. Then, does it follow the stereotypical pattern of characterisation like I stated before? Not at all! The blurb might have mentioned Raghuram Surya first, but both him and Sheila are significant to the plot. However, a wrinkle here — there were multiple insignificant characters in the story, whose past or background was not necessary to the context of the story. Another thing the author should have considered is having a glossary, or at least the English translations of certain Telugu dialogues. Not all of us are acquainted with Dravidian languages, you know. Now, moving on with my arguments. Thirdly, the story has genuine Indian roots, which deserves appreciation! I'm often fed up of books which seemingly can't survive without mentioning one or two lines about the hegemonic power of our times, or our former colonial master, or even India's "best friend in Europe" during the Cold War era. (P.S. — Guess the names of the country for brownie points!) An Indian English Thriller book entirely based on Indian philosophy and thought, that too well-woven and comprehensible to all, is indeed a great job by the author! Finally, the last thing which makes the book more amazing is the plot twist at the end. Trust me, reading the last two pages of the book before even finishing it will not help you at all. I was dumbfounded at that juncture! And I loved that feeling! This book brims with a lot of character introspection, detailed explanations about Scientific phenomena, and philosophical concepts and ideas, all of which collectively make Agniputr an amazingly interesting read! 💙💙💙💙/5 — Lady Bookamore

  29. 5 out of 5

    Venkitesh Mathakode

    Received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This one comes with mythology, physics, Indian Tantrism, thriller, suspense, mystery, and investigation which has happened earlier 1940’s and still continues in a small village called Gudem of Eluru ( Andhrapradesh). A mind blowing start, the readers will go thru chilling thrill. A Tantric trying to open a Samadhi. The “Sutram” comes out injuring the Tantrik. All bad things are happening, Gudem village is mourning on the death Received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This one comes with mythology, physics, Indian Tantrism, thriller, suspense, mystery, and investigation which has happened earlier 1940’s and still continues in a small village called Gudem of Eluru ( Andhrapradesh). A mind blowing start, the readers will go thru chilling thrill. A Tantric trying to open a Samadhi. The “Sutram” comes out injuring the Tantrik. All bad things are happening, Gudem village is mourning on the death of their beloved Rajah Raghuram and an earthquake just hits Gudem. A grand opening of Agniputr will be inviting you for an amazing thrill in the forthcoming chapters. SRK the junior CSIR scientist is getting engaged to his girlfriend. During this period he lands in Gudem village along with his friend but the villagers packs them back with a stern warning. He reports about the incident to his superior Sheila. Then next day SRK and his family disappear. What is there in Gudem village? Where is SRK? What happened to him and his family? The next gripping chapters will give you the answer. This book was absolutely brilliant and blindsided me. The story was fast paced and instantly ensnared me. Every time something creepy happened and the build-up was amazing. I found myself wanting to jump inside the book and interact with the characters when it came to clues I was like...jumping and on the edge of my seat. Agniputr was one of the best books I have ever read! I don't think I quite expected that once I flipped the first page that I couldn't stop! But guess what happened! I am constantly thinking about this book and I am 100% in "WOW" mode! Everything about this book I absolutely loved. Overall a really enjoyable fast read that I would recommend if you are looking for something light and not too serious. There have been many books that I have cherished through the years, and I expect there will be many more to come. But Agniputr will always be the one I treasure the most of them all. So that's all I have to say for now. I'm afraid this was not so much an actual review as simply a story about my experience with and passion for this book. If you've been patient enough to read to the very end, I thank you for your attention.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hiren Samtani

    Book Review "Agniputr: When Agni First Spoke" by Vadhan Overall Verdict:- An engaging multigenre read A fiery castle in a well designed cover, a mythological and full of suspense colophon, but most importantly Bloomsbury (I still love reading Harry Potter), I set to immerse myself in the book that I wanted to read for a really long time. Indeed, the first three pages were enough to blow me away. “Agniputr..” interweaves genres of mythology, fiction, suspense, political thriller, fantasy, sci-fi and Book Review "Agniputr: When Agni First Spoke" by Vadhan Overall Verdict:- An engaging multigenre read A fiery castle in a well designed cover, a mythological and full of suspense colophon, but most importantly Bloomsbury (I still love reading Harry Potter), I set to immerse myself in the book that I wanted to read for a really long time. Indeed, the first three pages were enough to blow me away. “Agniputr..” interweaves genres of mythology, fiction, suspense, political thriller, fantasy, sci-fi and more to give us a story that keeps us occupied throughout the book. We have the unspeakable apocalyptic beneath-the-earth evil “Sutram” which is biding its time. Fear and death surround it, as every now and then someone dies and disappears. Sheila and Raghuram Surya want to destroy it and thwart the powerful politician Govind Kiromal and his Tantric advisor who want to harness it to become all powerful. The book is written in a third person narrative. The pace and the story line keep you engrossed wanting for more. There are times where the sequences so abrupt and sudden that you might be tempted to see if you have missed something. But going forward everything settles in and you are able to connect the dots. The ending felt rushed and it could had been written in the same pace as with the rest of the book. The characters are well written and you are able to visualize them effortlessly. Personally I felt that the antagonists were comparatively well written than the protagonists. Govind Kiromal and the Tantriks play their part flawlessly. There are times where Sheila’s sudden mood swings hamper the flow. Also some normal life sequences might seem too rushed, especially when it comes for the chemistry between Raghu and Sheila. An occasional chunk here and there, Raghuram Surya is able to execute his part well. None of the supportive characters are overused. Overall the author is able to successfully deliver a story that keeps you on the edge and captures your attention throughout. For Vadhan’s gripping diversified genre combo my overall rating would be 4/5.

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