Hii everyone! So this post is a book review on The Lover Boy of Bahawalpur by Rahul Pandita. This was the first non-fiction book I have read in months and it was a great book. Let’s get into the review.
Genres: non-fiction, investigation, crime
Page count: 212
Synonpsis (from publisher)
Inside the world of the jaish-e-mohammed – from the Parliament attack to the Pulwama bombing in February 2019 One of the worst terror attacks on India takes place in Pulwama in Kashmir. Forty Indian soldiers are dead. But when the NIA probes the bombing they hit one dead end after another. Who were the actual masterminds of this audacious strike? It seemed impossible to find out. In this thrilling and deeply reported book, The award-winning author and journalist Rahul Pandita tells the story of how a team of extraordinary NIA sleuths cracks the case one jigsaw piece at a time. Against all odds, they manage to connect the dots between a seemingly routine troublemaker put in preventive detention at the time of the abrogation of article 370, a mobile phone full of lustful messages recovered after an encounter that killed a terrorist and the pulwama attack itself. The sinister roots of the strike, they would discover, are several decades deep and can be traced to one man – Masood Azhar – and the empire of terror he created in Kashmir. In this book we enter the terrifying world of radical Islamists and secret militant operations, of intelligence agencies and elite counterterrorism units. With never-before-published details about the Pulwama case, the resultant Balakot strike and the arcane world of terror groups, this is one of the most significant works on Kashmir and terrorism in recent times.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It felt like I was watching a crime investigation. The book was informative and contained a lot of names, which confused me at times, but the writing was captivating enough for me to not get lost. The book talked about how the officials solved the Pulwama bombing case that took place in the Pulwama district of Kashmir, on 14 February 2019. The book broke down how the case was solved brick by brick, until the perpetrators were found.
I loved the writing and how the events were explained. I also enjoyed the fact that the author gave us a background on the militancy that has been happening in Kashmir for years. The language is fairly simple and I think you may enjoy the book, even if you don’t like non-fiction literature. I also loved how the investigation was narrated- it could’ve gone the other way if the writing wasn’t intriguing.
The time jumps between events confused me at times, but I had a better understanding towards the end
Overall it was a great book and I would definitely recommend it if you like politics, the political history of Kashmir, want to learn more about the attack, or even if you want some non-fiction literature in general.
Other book (s) I’ve enjoyed reading by the author:
Our Moon Has Blood Clots by Rahul Pandita (5 star read, definitely recommend)
That was all for this review. I hope you enjoyed reading it!! Let me know if you want me to review a specific book.
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